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10:25 AM ET, January 9, 2012


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Mark Maremont / Wall Street Journal:
Romney at Bain: Big Gains, Some Busts  —  Mitt Romney's political foes are stepping up attacks based on his time running investment firm Bain Capital, tagging him with making a fortune from the rougher side of American capitalism—even as Mr. Romney says his Bain tenure shows he knows how to build businesses.
Quinnipiac University:
Romney Has Big GOP Likely Voter Lead In Florida, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Most Voters Say They Might Change Their Mind  —  With 36 percent of Florida Republican likely primary voters, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a double-digit lead three weeks before the nation's …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney holding steady in NH  —  Mitt Romney continues to be headed for a comfortable win in New Hampshire.  PPP's final poll there finds him with 35% to 18% for Ron Paul, 16% for Jon Huntsman, 12% for Newt Gingrich, 11% for Rick Santorum, 3% for Buddy Roemer, and 1% for Rick Perry.
New York Times:
Pro-Gingrich PAC Details Ads Against Romney's Bain Role  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Thanks to a $5 million donation from a wealthy casino owner, a group supporting New Gingrich plans to place advertisements in South Carolina this week attacking Mitt Romney as a predatory capitalist who destroyed jobs …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Boffo Awfulness  —  In the preceding post I referenced this swift-boat-style ‘documentary’ on Mitt Romney and Bain Capital which the Gingrich-backing SuperPAC (Winning Our Future) has bought and will use as the battering ram against Romney in South Carolina.  They've put up a trailer for it now which you can see after the jump.
Poll Shows Battle For 2nd In Primary; Romney Keeps Lead  —  Huntsman Moves Into Tie With Santorum  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — The top spot in the latest WMUR/University of New Hampshire poll still belongs to Mitt Romney, but the race for second and third place is very close.
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
This Is the Most Boring New Hampshire Primary Ever
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Mike Allenand Jim Vandehei / The Politico:
New Hampshire primary: The land of make-believe
Discussion: New Yorker, Ballot Box, ABCNEWS and CNN
Benjy Sarlin /
TPM2012  —  Carl Paladino Trash-Talks The Entire GOP Field (Except Newt)
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Mitt Romney says he knows the fear of a possible pink slip, but does not provide details
Discussion: US Politics
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Romney tells voters he knows what it's like to fear getting a ‘pink slip’
Discussion: The Politico
Mitt Romney Says He Feared Getting ‘Fired’
Discussion: Riehl World View and PERRspectives
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:   Debate shows super PACs' strength
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Record-High 40% of Americans Identify as Independents in '11  —  More Americans identify as Democrats than as Republicans, 31% to 27%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The percentage of Americans identifying as political independents increased in 2011, as is common in a non-election year …
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
White House ‘covered up’ Tim Burton-staged Alice in Wonderland Halloween party  —  The White House covered up an Alice in Wonderland-themed Halloween party staged by film director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp for fear of creating the wrong impression during a recession, a new book on the Obamas has claimed.
Carol E. Lee / Washington Wire:   New Book Portrays Explosive White House Dynamics
Laurel Ramseyer / Firedoglake:
Republican Sen. Steve Litzow Announces Support for Washington's Marriage Equality Bill  —  Washington state Senator Steve Litzow (R-Mercer Island) has announced his full support of the marriage equality bill expected to be introduced this week, making him the first Republican in the state Senate to openly support marriage equality.
Discussion: Seattle Times and ThinkProgress
New Jersey Online:
N.J. Legislature to introduce bill legalizing gay marriage
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Iran court sentences American to death  —  TEHRAN — An Iranian court on Monday convicted an American man of working for the CIA and sentenced him to death, state media reported.  —  Iranian authorities allege that Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine, received special training …
Discussion: News Desk and
Iran condemns American to die, starts nuclear bunker
Discussion: Hot Air
Kevinliptak / CNN:
TRENDING: Christie takes on protesters chanting at Romney rally  —  Exeter, New Hampshire (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fired back at protesters at a rally Sunday for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in New Hampshire.  —  The brash Republican governor …
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Just the Ticket  —  THE beginning of a new year is a time for resolutions, and Hillary Clinton's admirers are already busily, lovingly resolving on her behalf.  On one sideline, her friends tell me that after a few years of hyperactive globetrotting what she really needs is to put her feet …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
America's Unlevel Field  —  Last month President Obama gave a speech invoking the spirit of Teddy Roosevelt on behalf of progressive ideals — and Republicans were not happy.  Mitt Romney, in particular, insisted that where Roosevelt believed that “government should level the playing field …
David Eldridge / Washington Times:
Ex-Times Editorial Page Editor Tony Blankley dead at 63  —  Tony Blankley, a noted conservative author and commentator and former editorial page editor of The Washington Times, died Sunday morning, according to family sources.  He was 63 and had been battling stomach cancer.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:   Tony Blankley, conservative author, dies at 63
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Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
RuPaul in New Hampshire: ‘This country was founded by a bunch of men wearing wigs’
David Kotok / Business Insider:
An Alarming Development In China That Everyone Has Missed
Don Surber:
Gallup: Obama in trouble
Discussion: Wizbang
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Richard Wolf / USA Today:
U.S. debt is now equal to economy
Discussion: The Politico
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Perry: “I would send troops back into Iraq”
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Black Man Confronts Gingrich On Food Stamps Comments: ‘Stop Using Blacks As A Punching Bag’
Discussion: Shakesville and The Gateway Pundit