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3:40 PM ET, January 11, 2012

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David Weigel / Slate:
Haven't We Lived Through This Primary Before?  —  I'm thinking of a Republican primary.  It starts with a candidate (John McCain/Mitt Romney) who ran once before, came in second place, and won over the party's elite class without winning over its base.  Other candidates, understandably unwilling …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A tale of two speeches  —  After watching Mitt Romney's speech in New Hampshire last night, I went back and watched Barack Obama's speech in New Hampshire, delivered almost exactly four years ago.  The contrast told me quite a bit about the two candidates.  —  Obama, who'd just lost …
Reuters:
Newt Gingrich: I crossed the line  —  SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Newt Gingrich signaled Wednesday that he believes his criticism of Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital is a mistake — and that he's created an impression that he was echoing Democratic rhetoric.  —  Gingrich conceded the problem …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Romney Looks Strong in South Carolina and Beyond  —  The conventional wisdom holds that South Carolina is likely to be the toughest test yet for Mitt Romney's campaign.  But I'm not so sure that's true.  From my vantage point, Mr. Romney's position there looks fairly robust.
The Politico:
Mitt Romney vs. the dead-enders  —  HOOKSETT, N.H. - Any remotely sympathetic observer would have to say that Mitt Romney easily cleared the bar on what he needed to do in the New Hampshire primary, and in the process took a big step toward the Republican presidential nomination.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney likens work at Bain Capital to Obama's auto industry bailout  —  On the heels of his decisive victory in the New Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney took the attacks on his private sector record used by GOP rivals and turned them against President Obama.  —  Romney's critics have accused …
Zeke Miller / Politics:
Ron Paul To Everyone But Mitt: Drop Out  —  Campaign says unite behind Ron Paul to defeat Romney.  —  (Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla)  —  MANCHESTER, New Hampshire—Rep. Ron Paul's campaign called on the rest of the Republican field to drop out of the race and unite behind him in order to defeat Mitt Romney.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Touts War Against Christianity, Gay Adoption In South Carolina
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Five Myths About Romney's New Hampshire Win
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
NH turnout dropped 16% among actual Republicans
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney raises $24 million in fourth quarter, ends 2011 with $19 million on hand
A.Killough / CNN:
Poll: Romney, Santorum tied with Obama in Florida
ABCNEWS:
Biden Jabs Romney, Compares Republican Candidates to ‘Brush’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney raises impressive $24M in fourth quarter
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Santorum gambles, and loses, in NH
New York Times:
Blaming U.S. and Israel, Iran Reports Killing of Nuclear Scientist  —  LONDON — At a time of growing tension over its nuclear program and mounting belligerence toward the West, Iran reported on Wednesday that an Iranian nuclear scientist died in what was termed a “terrorist bomb blast” …
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Gordon Corera / BBC:
Iran car explosion ‘kills nuclear scientist’ in Tehran  —  BBC's Mohsen Asgari: “It seems a motor cyclist pasted a bomb to his car which he was in with two other passengers  —  A university lecturer and nuclear scientist has been killed in a car explosion in north Tehran, reports say.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Another Iranian Nuclear Scientist Assassinated, and What it Means
Discussion: National Review
msnbc.com:
US denies killing Iran nuclear scientist with magnetic bomb
Discussion: Blogs of War
James Meikle / Guardian:
Iranian nuclear scientist killed in explosion
Discussion: Firedoglake
Michelle Obama / CBS News:
No tension with husband's aides  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  Michelle Obama said depictions of friction in a new book, “The Obamas,” between her and former top aides to her husband, President Obama, aren't true.  —  In a wide-ranging interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Don Surber and The Raw Story
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama urges CEOs to invest in US
Discussion: CNN
Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet:
Like it or not, many of America's biggest corporations may be forced …
Discussion: MyDD
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Romney: Questions about Wall Street and inequality are driven by ‘envy’  —  Mitt Romney had a remarkable exchange on NBC this morning that may not be as attention-grabbing about his “fire people” gaffe — but may actually be just as revealing and significant.  And I hope it gets some attention.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Department of self-defeating arguments  —  Congressional Republicans are still quite outraged by President Obama's recess appointments last week, and plan to take up a resolution criticizing the move — just as soon as they return from recess. … Jonathan Bernstein called this the …
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Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  Obama's Recess Appointments Dilemma Is About To Get Worse
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Mayor's plan to limit booze sales  —  Party pooper!  —  First, Mayor Bloomberg went after smoking in public places.  Then trans-fats, salt and sugary drinks.  —  Now Bloomberg — known for sipping fine wine and downing a cold beer from time to time — wants to crack down on alcohol sales …
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
GOP Strategist Frank Luntz: ‘Conservatives Should Not Be Defending Capitalism’  —  Last year, Mitt Romney told a Tea Party gathering, “I believe in free enterprise, I believe in capitalism.”  Now, Romney's practice of “vulture capitalism,” in Rick Perry's words, is coming under attack.
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
About New York: Belgian Tourist Arrested, but Crime Never Happened  —  Just before he was loaded into the police car, Aaron Vansintjan said, one of the officers looked at him.  —  “He said, 'I'm embarrassed,' ” Mr. Vansintjan said.  —  That was no obstacle to a bad situation's getting more perplexing by the minute.
Discussion: The Awl, Gawker and New York Magazine
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Gov. Walker Accused Of Over 1,000 Violations Of Campaign Finance Law, Could Face $557,500 Fine  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) may have violated his state's campaign finance law over 1,000 times in the 2010 gubernatorial campaign by failing to properly report contributions, according to a new report.
John Cook / Gawker:
John Castle, 76-Year-Old Palm Beach Plutocrat, Breaks Insolent Waiter's Finger  —  It's an age-old and vexing question: How much is it fair to shave off the tip at a high-end restaurant to signal dissatisfaction with the waitstaff?  Two percent?  Five percent?  Should you stiff them?
Discussion: DealBook
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Senator Brings Dinner From Montana  —  THE space between Senator Jon Tester's 1,800-acre ranch outside Big Sandy, Mont., and the nation's capital is metaphysically and culturally large.  But mostly, it's just plain large.  —  Traveling from his ranch to the airport in Great Falls, Mont., takes 90 minutes by truck.
 
 
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Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi Is Criticized on Wave of Pardons
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Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
Newt Gingrich is out swinging with a new web ad dubbed, “For The Dogs.”
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
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