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1:30 PM ET, January 11, 2012


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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 …
Discussion: FP Passport and Balloon Juice
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
A.Killough / CNN:
TRENDING: Poll: Romney, Santorum tied with Obama in Florida  —  (CNN) - A new poll shows President Barack Obama statistically tied with Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney in Florida, a state that holds its primary on January 31 and widely expected to be a swing state in the general election.
Discussion: The Politico and Reuters
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  —  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.
First Thoughts: Next up: The last stand  —  Next up: The last stand of South Carolina... And it's likely to get nasty there... How will Romney emerge 10 days for now: battered or the de facto nominee?... The message that could take on Romney (but is there a messenger to deliver it?)...
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
Attack Film Depicts Romney as ‘Ruthless’ Rich
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Santorum gambles, and loses, in NH
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Sen. DeMint predicts Romney will win SC
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Mitt Romney: N.H. shows Bain attacks flopped
Discussion: Daily Kos, CNN and ABCNEWS
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney raises impressive $24M in fourth quarter
Discussion: The Politico and Hot Air
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Pro-Romney group raises ad budget to $3.4M in Florida
Discussion: CNN
Associated Press:
Romney wins in NH, cements front-runner position
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” …
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.
James Meikle / Guardian:   Iranian nuclear scientist killed in explosion
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:   Another Iranian Nuclear Scientist Assassinated, and What it Means
Mary Lu Carnevale / Washington Wire:
Obama Scores Easy Win; Rivals Pick Up 18% of N.H. Vote  —  While few noticed, President Barack Obama cruised to an easy victory in the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary, though a baker's dozen of others on the ballot and write-in candidates garnered about 18% of the vote.
Biden Jabs Romney, Compares Republican Candidates to ‘Brush’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
The Politico:
Mitt Romney's victory speech
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 and The Raw Story
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
In Greece, fears that austerity is killing the economy  —  ATHENS — Deeply indebted and nearly bankrupt, this Mediterranean nation was forced to adopt tough austerity measures to slash its deficit and secure an international bailout.  But as the Greek economy slides into free fall …
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
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 and Gawker
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Maryland Senate President: Same-Sex Marriage Is ‘An Attack On The Family’  —  Maryland Senate President Mike Miller (D) spoke out against Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) push for marriage equality, describing the effort as “an attack on traditional families” this morning on The Marc Steiner Show.
Discussion: Good As You
Pema Levy /
TPM2012  —  The Perfect Storm That Could Sink Romney's Hispanic Vote Hopes  —  Romney may have just become the first Republican candidate to win both Iowa and New Hampshire — and is looking increasingly like the eventual nominee — but the primary is about to spread to the rest of the country where the Latino vote is significant.
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
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