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11:05 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 …
Josh Lederman / The Hill:
Crowd boos mentioning of McCain's name at Santorum event  —  SOMERSWORTH, N.H. — Drawing an implicit contrast with Mitt Romney on the eve of the first-in-the-nation primary, Rick Santorum on Monday implored New Hampshire not to settle for a centrist, establishment candidate.
Steven Shepard /
Poll: Romney, Paul Tie Obama
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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.
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
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
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 …
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: The Politico and Election Law Blog
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 …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Daley Stepping Down in Rare White House Shake-Up  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama announced Monday that the White House chief of staff, William M. Daley, was stepping down, jolting the top ranks of his administration less than a year before he faces a difficult re-election.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Caucus
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: The Politico and Associated Press
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.
Anthony Shadid / New York Times:
President Bashar al-Assad Vows to Crush ‘Conspiracy’ Against Syria  —  BEIRUT — In his first public address in months, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria on Tuesday lashed out at the Arab League for isolating Syria, taunted rebels as traitors and vowed to subdue what he cast as a foreign-backed plot against his country.
Discussion: and News Desk
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.
Matthew Breen / Advocate:
Gayest Cities in America, 2012  —  It's no secret that megalopolises New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles have robust LGBT life — and we've even heard tell of little queer hoods like the Castro and P-Town.  This isn't that list.  —  There's the official census with information …
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Bruce Judson / New Deal 2.0:
The Foreclosure Crisis: A Government in Denial
Discussion: EconLog and The Huffington Post
Blogger Bob / The TSA Blog:
Deadly blast hits bus terminal in Khyber, Pakistan
Now it's New Hampshire's turn to decide
Discussion: The Politico and GOP 12
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Lawmakers accuse Facebook of ducking questions on its privacy practices
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Discussion: Hit & Run
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Gingrich: How does he know so much about the super PAC ad?
Tim Murphy / Political Mojo:
Elizabeth Warren Stands Outside Fenway, in the Cold, Shaking Hands
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
California Bars Prisoner From Reading ‘The Atlantic’
Discussion: Mediaite
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
Conservatives vs. Capitalism