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7:15 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
Washington Post:
Conservative activists scramble to stop Mitt Romney
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.
Donovan Slack / The Politico:
W.H. guests bail, Biden gets a seat
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Patrick Hruby / Washington Times:
Top 5 ‘let them eat cake’ moments of the Obama White House
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet:
Like it or not, many of America's biggest corporations may be forced …
Discussion: MyDD
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.
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 …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
James O'Keefe's Group Appears To Commit Voter Fraud In Order To Gin Up Hysteria Over Non-Existent Fraud Problem
Discussion: Indecision Forever
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 …
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
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’
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
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Another Iranian Nuclear Scientist Assassinated, and What it Means
Discussion: The Daily Dish and National Review
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
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
McKay Coppins / Politics:
Bishop Romney Pressured Single Mother To Give Up Baby, Book Says  —  The Boston Globe's biography opens new windows into the candidate's time as a Mormon lay leader.  Romney was a traditionalist.  —  Republican presidential candidate former Governor Mitt Romney, left …
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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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
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Bush Beats Obama
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New York Times:
Vote Fraud Nullifies Hawk-Name Contest
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
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: Outside the Beltway and emptywheel
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Warren raises $5.7M for Senate race
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Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
Newt Gingrich is out swinging with a new web ad dubbed, “For The Dogs.”
Discussion: 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
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TPM2012  —  The Perfect Storm That Could Sink Romney's Hispanic Vote Hopes
John Cook / Gawker:
John Castle, 76-Year-Old Palm Beach Plutocrat, Breaks Insolent Waiter's Finger
Discussion: DealBook