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11:55 AM ET, January 10, 2012


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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Majority of Conservatives See Romney as “Acceptable”  —  Only Romney now seen as acceptable by majority of Republicans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mitt Romney is the now the only candidate that a majority of conservative and moderate/liberal Republicans nationwide see as an “acceptable” GOP nominee for president.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Among GOP hopefuls, Romney fares best against Obama  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds a two-point lead against President Obama …
Steven Shepard /
Poll: Romney, Paul Tie Obama  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, run neck-and-neck with President Obama in a general-election matchup, according to a new CBS News poll released late on Monday that shows the two front-runners in Tuesday's New Hampshire GOP …
National Review:
Romney's Profitable Past
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why You Cannot Say You ‘Like’ Firing People  —  As Derek Thompson points out on our site, and as the Romney campaign will be fully justified in reiterating, obviously Mitt Romney did not mean that he enjoys the process of telling people “you're gone!” when he made his infamous “I like being able to fire people” remark in New Hampshire.
Aaron Carroll / The Incidental Economist:
Lots of people can't fire their insurance companies  —  Governor Romney is getting a lot of heat for a line that appears to have been taken out of context.  I'd like to talk about it in context.  I think that's much more illuminating: … Gov. Romney is not saying that he enjoys telling people that they no longer have a job.
Paul Bedard / US News:
Poll: Americans, 2-1, Fear Obama's Reelection  —  When it comes to how Americans view President Obama going into the new year, there appears to be very little spirit of Auld Lang Syne.  Instead, according to the new Washington Whispers poll, many voters aren't forgetting what they dislike about Obama and want him out office.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama reelection effort picks up speed amid noise of NH primary
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Torie Bosch / Slate:
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Responds to Female Hecklers With Offensive Oral Sex Joke … - New Hampshire Debate: Gingrich Attacks Romney for His “Pious Baloney” - CBS Stakes Its Claim as the Adult Contemporary of the Network Morning Shows  — Chris Christie Responds to Female Hecklers With Lame …
Sarah B. Boxer / CBS News:
Christie turns protestor's chant into anti-Obama tirade
Discussion: The Raw Story and Gothamist
Ann Gerhart / Washington Post:
New Hampshire polls open in Dixville Notch — with nine votes  —  DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H. — The voters of this tiny hamlet, all nine of them, have spoken.  Very briefly.  —  The polls opened here at midnight and closed less than a minute later, and the tally was final by 12:05 a.m. On the Republican side …
Ryan Sabalow / Record Searchlight Stories:
UPDATED: Herger to announce retirement; LaMalfa to run for his seat  —  After a quarter century representing the north state, U.S. Rep. Wally Herger will announce today he is planning to retire at the end of his current term and state Sen. Doug LaMalfa will be running for his seat.
Discussion: The Hill and Hotline On Call
Jon Fleischman / FlashReport:
Breaking* U.S. Rep. Wally Herger To Retire; Endorsing Doug LaMalfa for Congress
Discussion: The Politico and Washington Post
The Politico:
Bill Daley resignation: Why he had to go  —  The Bill Daley era on Monday screeched to a jarring, clattering conclusion.  —  Daley, who departs after a little more than a year as President Barack Obama's chief of staff, was never a great fit inside the West Wing — and Obama …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Texas Voting Rights Case Heard by Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON — Several members of the Supreme Court appeared frustrated on Monday as they surveyed the available options and looming deadlines in a major voting rights case from Texas that could help decide control of the House.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
A way out on Texas?
Discussion: Election Law Blog and The Politico
Pam Spaulding / Firedoglake:
NC Elections Official Resigns Rather than Facilitate the Marriage Discrimination Amendment  —  This thunderous letter of support for equality was sent to PHB and BlueNC by Sherre Toler, who, until last week was the director of elections for Harnett County in my state.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and BlueNC
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Pain: The David Gregory Solution  —  Before we leave the weekend's debates behind, and in keeping with the blog's first rule of economics — Fk The Deficit.  People Got No Jobs.  People Got No Money.  — I would be remiss not to mention the performance on Sunday of Dancin' Dave Gregory …
New Jersey Online:
N.J. Assemblyman Alex DeCroce collapses, dies in Statehouse after long legislative session  —  TRENTON — Longtime Assemblyman Alex DeCroce, the leading Republican of the state's lower house who represented Morris County for 23 years, collapsed and died in a bathroom inside the Statehouse late Monday night …
Discussion: Associated Press and The Politico
Blogger Bob / The TSA Blog:
Cupcakegate  —  This will be short and “sweet.”  Like many of you, when I think of a cupcake, I don't think of it being in a jar.  However, the photo below shows the “cupcake” that was prohibited from being taken into the cabin of a plane last month.  —  Cupcake Jar Photo Courtesy of
Fidel Castro: ‘robot’ better than Obama, Republicans  —  Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro said Monday that a “robot” would be better in the White House than President Barack Obama — or any of the Republicans candidates in the 2012 election race.  —  “Is it not obvious that the worst …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Rgauldin / BuzzFeed:
Did Jesus Intervene?  —  Did Jesus Intervene?  —  Sports Buzz Jesus is a busy guy, and doesn't have time to get involved in everything!  Here's a simple guide illustrating where he decides to influence earthly affairs.  —  rgauldin  —  More from rgauldin ›  —  Be the first of your friends to like this.
Clea Benson / Bloomberg:
Gingrich's Former Consulting Firm Declines to Release Freddie Mac Contract  —  A lawyer for a consulting firm founded by former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he was barring the release of a contract between the Republican presidential candidate and Freddie Mac.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Hill
Asad Kharal / The Express Tribune:
The name ‘Jew’ lands Christian in trouble  —  A man wrote that his name was ‘Jew Jurian’ on his national identity card form.  The data entry clerk then assumed he was a Jew.  Thus for the first time in the history of Computerised National Identity Cards (CNIC), a Pakistani was officially declared a Jew.
The Right Scoop:
Rush: Newt using language of the left targeting Bain makes me uncomfortable  —  Rush pretty much lays the blame on Romney for all these scorched-earth ad campaigns now, but even so he says that Newt using the language of the left in beating up Romney over his company Bain Capital makes …
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Wall Street Journal:
The Stephanopoulos Standard  —  Republicans can turn media bias to their advantage.
Discussion: Vodkapundit
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Argues Adoption Services Should Be Allowed To Take Taxpayer Money While Discriminating Against Gays
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
City: Rat population has ‘exploded’ around Occupy D.C. camps
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Bruce Judson / New Deal 2.0:
The Foreclosure Crisis: A Government in Denial
Discussion: EconLog and The Huffington Post
Anthony Shadid / New York Times:
President Bashar al-Assad Vows to Crush ‘Conspiracy’ Against Syria
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Daley Stepping Down in Rare White House Shake-Up
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Caucus
 Earlier Items: 
Deadly blast hits bus terminal in Khyber, Pakistan
Now it's New Hampshire's turn to decide
Discussion: The Politico
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Lawmakers accuse Facebook of ducking questions on its privacy practices
Tim Murphy / Political Mojo:
Elizabeth Warren Stands Outside Fenway, in the Cold, Shaking Hands