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5:30 PM ET, January 11, 2012


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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 …
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 …
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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Touts War Against Christianity, Gay Adoption In South Carolina  —  Newt Gingrich tracked hard right during a morning town hall in South Carolina on Wednesday, following his fourth place finish in the New Hampshire primaries on Tuesday night.  The former House speaker …
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.
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” …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Another Iranian Nuclear Scientist Assassinated, and What it Means
Discussion: The Daily Dish and National Review
US denies killing Iran nuclear scientist with magnetic bomb
Discussion: Blogs of War
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.
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Romney: Any Concern For Income Inequality Is ‘About Envy’
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.
Washington Post:
Conservative activists scramble to stop Mitt Romney
Gov. Rick Perry / Big Government:
No More Go-along-to-Get-along
Discussion: GOP 12
Ron Paul / CBS News:
Ron Paul shrugs off electability concerns  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  After a second-place finish in New Hampshire's Republican primary Tuesday, Texas Rep. Ron Paul dismissed concerns that he's not a candidate that conservatives can coalesce around to take on frontrunner Mitt Romney.
Zeke Miller / Politics:
Ron Paul To Everyone But Mitt: Drop Out
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 …
Brian Beutler /
TPMDC  —  Obama's Recess Appointments Dilemma Is About To Get Worse  —  Despite making several key, contentious recess appointments since Congress left town, the Obama administration is still operating with scores of vacancies, including an unexpected hole at the top of the Office of Management and Budget.
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
The Liquidity Trap may soon be over  —  About a decade ago, I wrote a paper on monetary policy in the 1990s (published in this book).  I estimated the following simple formula for setting the federal funds rate:  —  Federal funds rate = 8.5 + 1.4 (Core inflation - Unemployment).
Discussion: Modeled Behavior
Eddy / Crossing Wall Street:
Correction on the Mankiw Model
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Free exchange
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 …
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Warren raises $5.7M for Senate race  —  Elizabeth Warren raised $5.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, a campaign aide confirmed to The Hill.  —  It's the best quarter of fundraising by any of the candidates running for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's (D-Mass) seat, and beats Sen. Scott Brown …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Elizabeth Warren raises $5.7 million in final quarter of 2011
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
VIDEO: NH poll workers shown handing out ballots in dead peoples' names  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Video footage provided exclusively to The Daily Caller shows election workers in New Hampshire giving out ballots in the names of dead voters at multiple voting precincts during the state's primary election on Tuesday.
Discussion: The Raw Story and RedState
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Would-be dead man voter stopped at polls
Daniel Terdiman / CBS News:
Mercedes channels Che Guevara for car tech  —  They said it, not me.  —  “Some colleagues still think that car-sharing borders on communism,” Mercedes-Benz Chairman of the Board of Management Dieter Zetsche said onstage at CES today, speaking about Mercedes' new CarTogether initiative.
Michael Gonzalez / The Huffington Post:
El Che: The Crass Marketing of a Sadistic Racist
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
NH turnout dropped 16% among actual Republicans  —  Over at Townhall, Guy Benson has defended the strength of Mitt Romney's victory in New Hampshire, and I don't think there's any disputing that it was a solid win.  But I think there's one important point worth clarifying.
Guy Benson /
Five Myths About Romney's New Hampshire Win
Discussion: Guardian and The Enterprise Blog
Joel B. Pollak / Big Government:
Axelrod Defends Jeremiah Wright, Says He Was Victim of Selective Editing  —  David Axelrod, chief political strategist for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and former White House political adviser, defended Jeremiah Wright on Tuesday evening in a speech in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Rich Morin / Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
Rising Share of Americans See Conflict Between Rich and Poor  —  The Occupy Wall Street movement no longer occupies Wall Street, but the issue of class conflict has captured a growing share of the national consciousness.  A new Pew Research Center survey of 2,048 adults finds that about two-thirds …
Washington Post:
Child cruelty charge after baby found alone in Occupy camp  —  An infant's cries rang through the Occupy DC encampment in McPherson Square Wednesday morning, and when a group went to investigate they found only a baby girl alone in a tent, wearing a onesie and mittens.
Discussion: Big Government
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
High Court Reverses Conviction in Killings  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed the conviction of a New Orleans man, saying prosecutors there had withheld important evidence that his lawyers could have used in his defense.  —  The decision, by an 8-to-1 vote …
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McKay Coppins / Politics:
Bishop Romney Pressured Single Mother To Give Up Baby, Book Says
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Joel Gehrke / Campaign 2012:
DNC chair blames Tea Party for Tucson shooting
James Mackenzie / Reuters:
Mafia now “Italy's No.1 bank” as crisis bites: report
Discussion: emptywheel and Outside the Beltway
Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet:
Like it or not, many of America's biggest corporations may be forced …
Discussion: MyDD
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi Is Criticized on Wave of Pardons
Discussion: Clarion-Ledger and Hotline On Call
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
Newt Gingrich is out swinging with a new web ad dubbed, “For The Dogs.”
Discussion: GOP 12
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About New York: Belgian Tourist Arrested, but Crime Never Happened
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John Castle, 76-Year-Old Palm Beach Plutocrat, Breaks Insolent Waiter's Finger
Discussion: DealBook
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
In Greece, fears that austerity is killing the economy