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12:40 PM 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.
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 …
Mitt Romney and the Bain bomb  —  NASHUA, N.H. — Forget his specific rivals.  The biggest threat to Mitt Romney is hitting now and set to fully detonate in South Carolina: it's the Bain bomb.  —  While conservatives look unlikely to unite around one alternative to Romney …
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Gingrich Says Bain Capital Looted Companies
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.
David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Gingrich Tells The Brody File His Goal Is To Slow Romney Down And Expose Him
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
This Is the Most Boring New Hampshire Primary Ever
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
PPP: Romney at 35 percent, Paul and Huntsman nearly tied
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Campaign Disavows Pro-Gay Rights Flyer From 2002 … GOP Debate , Mitt Romney , Republican Debate , Video , New Hampshire Primary , Romney Gay Rights , Romney New Hampshire , Mitt Romney 2012 , New Hampshire Primary 2012 , New Hampshire Romney , Social Issues , Politics News
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Campaign Disavows 2002 Gay Pride Flyers
Discussion: Holy Bullies …
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 …
Seattle Times:
Republican Sen. Steve Litzow helps lead with gay-marriage support  —  Washington state Sen. Steve Litzow told The Seattle Times editorial board he will be the first Republican in the Senate to support gay marriage.  His decision is a profile in courage.  He will make a big difference.
David Kotok / Business Insider:
An Alarming Development In China That Everyone Has Missed  —  “I think this move is a sign of weakness and will only increase the likelihood that the winds of change from the Arab spring will reach China.  The Chinese middle class, while enjoying their new wealth, will eventually demand …
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 …
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Keith Olbermann Agrees to Anchor Current Election Coverage (Exclusive)  —  “I am pleased that I'll be running the election coverage on Current, following this Tuesday's New Hampshire primary,” said Olbermann in a statement on Sunday.  “However, I don't think those participating in the New Hampshire primary will share my satisfaction.”
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: At Current TV, Keith Olbermann Is Trapped Inside His Show
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Media mob chases Ron Paul from campaign stop in New Hampshire  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — A campaign stop at a New Hampshire eatery unraveled into a bit of a circus when the media scrum chasing Ron Paul apparently became too much for the 76-year-old Texas congressman to handle.
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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 …
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Christie Squares Off with Occupiers at Romney Rally  —  Exeter, N.H. - It was a rally for Mitt Romney, but it was Chris Christie who brought the hundreds of attendees to their loudest cheers in the cavernous high school gym.  —  “We can no longer put up with the most pessimistic man I've ever seen …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
TRENDING: Christie takes on protesters chanting at Romney rally
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Iran court sentences accused American spy Amir Mirzaei Hekmati 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 …
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Richard Wolf / USA Today:
U.S. debt is now equal to economy
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