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8:35 PM ET, January 10, 2012


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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Colbert in South Carolina  —  Stephen Colbert wanted to sponsor the South Carolina Republican primary.  He wanted his name on the ballot and he wanted a referendum about whether corporations are people or only people are people.  He was rebuffed in his efforts but our team at PPP decided …
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.
Democracy in America:
Whose side are you on, Jon Huntsman?  —  BEFORE it was clear whether Rick Perry would stay in the race or drop out, Erick Erickson, a conservative talking head for CNN and managing editor of, said, “If Rick Perry leaves the Republican race, there will not be a candidate in the field …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
New Hampshire Primary Overview and Forecast  —  Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire is not likely to be as dramatic as the Iowa caucuses, with one candidate, Mitt Romney, holding a clear lead in all of the polls.  —  Still, the state is known for defying pollsters' and pundits' expectations.
Romney well ahead of Republicans, trails Obama: Poll  —  (Reuters) - Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has sailed farther ahead of rival Republican candidates nationally but still trails President Barack Obama in the White House race, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Tuesday.
Discussion: US Politics and Prairie Weather
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
How to Keep Score in New Hampshire: Will Romney's Win Really Be a Victory?
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Perry pleads for second look in South Carolina
Discussion: Saint Petersblog
Record turnout likely in New Hampshire GOP race
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Reaction News:
You Don't Have to Love Mitt to Vote for Him
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
Santorum Says Romney's ‘I Like Being Able to Fire People’ Moment ‘Not a Good Message’ to Voters
Discussion: The Hill
Mj Lee / The Politico:   Gary Bauer: It's not a ‘stop Romney meeting’
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Barack Hussein Gingrich  —  He's desperate, he's angry, and he's doing Romney a favor.  —  Humiliated in Iowa, a desperate and angry Newt Gingrich is taking the offensive against Mitt Romney, whom he accuses of “looting companies when he headed the Bain Capital investment firm,” …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Romney's GOP critics undermining his general election argument  —  Conservatives are furious with GOP candidates like Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry for attacking Mitt Romney's Bain tenure as capitalism run amok.  Gingrich has claimed that Bain “looted” other companies, and Perry today slammed enterprises …
Web Edition:
Doomsday Clock moves to five minutes to midnight  —  It is five minutes to midnight.  Two years ago, it appeared that world leaders might address the truly global threats that we face.  In many cases, that trend has not continued or been reversed.  For that reason, the Bulletin …
Ron Paul Defends Romney, Lashes Out at His Critics  —  In an exclusive interview outside a Manchester polling place, Ron Paul lashed out at fellow Republicans for making unfair and ignorant attacks on Mitt Romney's business record.  —  “I think they're wrong.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Paul defends Romney ‘fire’ comment, history at Bain
Ann Gerhart / Washington Post:
New Hampshire polls open in Dixville Notch — with nine votes
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama picks immigration reform advocate to lead domestic policy  —  President Obama has picked a strong advocate of immigration reform to head the Domestic Policy Council.  —  The White House announced Tuesday that Cecilia Muñoz, a former senior vice president of the National Council of La Raza …
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Obama pledges to stand by EPA
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Paul Krugman:
Businessmen and Economics  —  A brief thought on something I'll try to expand on later.  Leaving aside all the questions about what Mitt Romney did or didn't do at Bain — and about his self-aggrandizing double standard — there's an even broader question: why does anyone believe that success …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
A Slate resident feminist hears Gov. Christie talking about oral sex when he's obviously not.  —  What a joke!  Christie — responding to hecklers who used the words “going down” in connection with jobs — said: “You know, something may be going down tonight, but it ain't going to be jobs, sweetheart.”
Gov. Corbett declares war on food stamps  —  Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has announced a major assault on the food stamp program that feeds 1.8 million Pennsylvanians, including 439,245 in Philadelphia.  Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare announced that on May 1 …
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.
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Companies Face Fines for Not Using Unavailable Biofuel  —  WASHINGTON — When the companies that supply motor fuel close the books on 2011, they will pay about $6.8 million in penalties to the Treasury because they failed to mix a special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel as required by law.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: 10th Circuit Court Of Appeals Declares Oklahoma's Sharia Ban Unconstitutional  —  The 10th Circuit Court Of Appeals struck down Oklahoma's ban on Sharia law today, declaring that the Sooner State's move violated the United States Constitution.  —  In November 2010 …
Jennifer Martinez / The Politico:
SOPA becoming election liability for backers  —  To the ranks of same-sex marriage, tax cuts and illegal immigration, add this to the list of polarizing political issues of Election 2012: the Stop Online Piracy Act.  —  The hot-button anti-piracy legislation that sparked a revolt online …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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.
Indianapolis Star:
Republicans vote to send ‘right to work’ to full House  —  House Republicans today voted 8-5 on party lines to send the so-called “right to work” bill to the full House, refusing to allow any debates or any amendments.  —  House Democrats, who unanimously voted against the bill …
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Nick Bunkley / New York Times:
Wanted or Not: Alternative-Fuel Cars Flood Auto Show
Rush Limbaugh:
Gingrich Goes Perot on Romney
Discussion: National Review
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Rahm Emanuel defends Daley's tenure
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
GOP: Corporate donation ban unconstitutional
Rosemary Winters / Salt Lake Tribune:
Salt Lake City named America's ‘gayest’ burg
Washington Post:
For women in business, the squeaky wheel doesn't get the grease
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The Crisis We Should Have Had … - Ron Paul's Quest for Victory …
Discussion: Political Mojo
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama 2012: 'Osama Bin Laden Will Never Again Walk the Face of This Earth. That's What Change Is.'
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
U.S. Economic Confidence Rises to Seven-Month High
American Prospect:
A Contradiction, Without Comment
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Rgauldin / BuzzFeed:
Did Jesus Intervene?
Pam Spaulding / Firedoglake:
NC Elections Official Resigns Rather than Facilitate the Marriage Discrimination Amendment
Discussion: BlueNC and ThinkProgress