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7:50 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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Romney Looks Strong in South Carolina and Beyond
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.
Washington Post:
Conservative activists scramble to stop Mitt Romney
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Romney: Any Concern For Income Inequality Is ‘About Envy’
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
If Newt Is Perot . . .  . . . then Romney should avoid being Bush.
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.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
James O'Keefe's Group Appears To Commit Voter Fraud In Order To Gin Up Hysteria Over Non-Existent Fraud Problem  —  James O'Keefe's latest video features surrogates appearing to commit voter fraud in yesterday's New Hampshire primary election, all in an attempt to highlight voter fraud …
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Would-be dead man voter stopped at polls  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — A mystery man trying to vote in the New Hampshire primary using a dead man's name got caught by an eagle-eyed voting supervisor in Manchester, then disappeared before police could corral him.  —  “We take a lot of pride in this primary …
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.
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 …
Guy Benson /
Five Myths About Romney's New Hampshire Win
Donovan Slack / The Politico:
W.H. guests bail, Biden gets a seat  —  Dozens of journalists packed into the East Room at the White House today for the president's remarks on “in-sourcing,” at least 60 of them lining the press risers and walls.  —  But what many couldn't see in press coverage of the event …
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
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Recognize ‘Ministerial Exception’ to Job Discrimination Laws
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
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 …
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.
Patrick Hruby / Washington Times:
Top 5 ‘let them eat cake’ moments of the Obama White House
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake and State Politics
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 …
Rana Foroohar / Swampland:
Warren Buffett Ready to Take Republicans' Tax Challenge  —  Warren Buffett is ready to call Republicans' tax bluff.  Last fall, Senator Mitch McConnell said that if Buffett was feeling “guilty” about paying too little in taxes, he should “send in a check.”  The jab was in response …
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” …
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Iranian scientist involved in nuclear program killed in Tehran bomb attack
Buzzfeed Politics / Politics:
Bush Beats Obama  —  Bush picked up more votes in 2004 in New Hampshire than Obama did last night.  A measure of intensity.  —  U.S. President Barack Obama and former president George W. Bush during the inauguration ceremony in Washington on January 20, 2009.  —  (Reuters / KEVIN LAMARQUE)
Discussion: CNN and Scared Monkeys
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: Verum Serum and Big Government
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Fox News:
Video Appears to Show Marines Urinating on Dead, Sparking Military Investigation
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Daniel Malloy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Cain will not endorse in GOP primary
Discussion: The Hill
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Moderation is winning in the Republican primary
New York Times:
Vote Fraud Nullifies Hawk-Name Contest
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
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James Mackenzie / Reuters:
Mafia now “Italy's No.1 bank” as crisis bites: report
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and emptywheel
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Warren raises $5.7M for Senate race
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet:
Like it or not, many of America's biggest corporations may be forced …
Discussion: MyDD
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
Newt Gingrich is out swinging with a new web ad dubbed, “For The Dogs.”
Discussion: Hot Air and GOP 12
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Gov. Walker Accused Of Over 1,000 Violations Of Campaign Finance Law, Could Face $557,500 Fine
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Senator Brings Dinner From Montana