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4:35 PM ET, January 11, 2012

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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 …
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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 …
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.
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.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Touts War Against Christianity, Gay Adoption In South Carolina
Zeke Miller / Politics:
Ron Paul To Everyone But Mitt: Drop Out
Gov. Rick Perry / Big Government:
No More Go-along-to-Get-along
Discussion: GOP 12
A.Killough / CNN:
Poll: Romney, Santorum tied with Obama in Florida
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney raises impressive $24M in fourth quarter
A.Killough / CNN:
Santorum to spend fundraising haul immediately in S.C.
Discussion: The Hill and Ballot Box
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 …
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Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
NH turnout dropped 16% among actual Republicans
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Five Myths About Romney's New Hampshire Win
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: The Daily Dish and National Review
msnbc.com:
US denies killing Iran nuclear scientist with magnetic bomb
Discussion: Blogs of War
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
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.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Department of self-defeating arguments
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 …
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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.
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.
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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 …
Eddy / Crossing Wall Street:
Correction on the Mankiw Model  —  I have to apologize.  I made a mistake in a post from last week in calculating the interest rate based on Professor Greg Mankiw's interest rate model.  —  His model for where the Fed funds rate ought to be is: … In my original post …
Discussion: Free exchange and Paul Krugman
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Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
The Liquidity Trap may soon be over
Discussion: Modeled Behavior
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: CNN
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Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Elizabeth Warren raises $5.7 million in final quarter of 2011
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:
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
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
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
 
 
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