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9:25 AM ET, January 12, 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 …
Karl / Patterico's Pontifications:
A bigger problem than Bain?  —  The New York Times picks up where I left off, reporting on Team Romney's reaction to the attacks from Mitt's rivals on his tenure at Bain Capital.  The news is not particularly reassuring: … They should be concerned, given that New Hampshire and Iowa …
Publius / Big Government:
BREAKING: Palin Urges Romney to Release Tax Returns, Provide Proof of 100,000 Jobs Created at Bain Capital  —  Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has called for Gov. Mitt Romney to release his tax returns, as well as the data that could substantiate his claim of having created 100,000 jobs as CEO of Bain Capital.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘When Mitt Romney Came to Town’  —  We knew the short film from Newt Gingrich's Super PAC, targeting Mitt Romney's private-sector work, was on the way.  We didn't know just how devastating it would be.  —  Probably the easiest-to-see version of “When Mitt Romney Came to Town” …
Reid J. Epstein / Reuters:
Mitt Romney readies Bain Capital counterattack  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. - Mitt Romney's done defending his Bain Capital record.  He's going on offense.  —  The former Massachusetts governor arrived here Wednesday fresh off his New Hampshire primary win armed with a new plan for a multi-pronged response …
NBC's Andrew Rafferty /   Santorum: Attacks on Romney are attacks on capitalism
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama Campaign Raises $42 Million in First Quarter  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's presidential campaign raised $42 million during the final three months of 2011, giving him what his campaign manager called a “pretty good quarter” going into his re-election bid.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Bush '03 fundraising beats Obama '11  —  The Obama campaign and Democratic National Committee raked in a combined $68 million in the fourth quarter, bringing its total 2011 haul to $222 million — an impressive take but not quite up to the blistering pace set by the Bush-Cheney reelection machine over the same period.
Discussion: Big Journalism
Dan Merica / CNN:   Obama announces big fundraising haul
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 …
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
NH poll workers shown handing out ballots in dead peoples' names [VIDEO]
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Would-be dead man voter stopped at polls
Discussion: Blue Hampshire
Afghan leader Karzai condemns ‘US Marines body desecration’ video  —  Afghan President Hamid Karzai has condemned a video that appears to show US Marines urinating on the bloodied corpses of several Taliban fighters.  —  The Taliban has also criticised the video as “shameful” but said it would not derail attempts at peace talks.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. peace talks with Taliban to resume
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Fox News:
Video Appears to Show Marines Urinating on Dead, Sparking Military Investigation
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Rana Foroohar / Swampland:
Warren Buffett Ready to Take Republicans' Tax Challenge  —  Updated, 6:10 p.m. E.T.  —  Warren Buffett is ready to call Republicans' tax bluff.  Last fall, Senator Mitch McConnell said that if Buffett were feeling “guilty” about paying too little in taxes, he should “send in a check.”
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Bolton to Back Romney  —  Former U.N Ambassador John Bolton is set to endorse Mitt Romney and will join his top team of foreign-policy advisers, according to people close to the campaign.  —  The move is a blow to Newt Gingrich, who is close to Mr. Bolton and said recently that he would nominate …
Emily Schultheis / The Politico:
John Bolton endorses Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential run
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and New York Times
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Homeland Security watches Twitter, social media  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's command center routinely monitors dozens of popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, WikiLeaks and news and gossip sites including the Huffington Post and Drudge Report, according to a government document.
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Homeland Security Is Monitoring The Drudge Report, The New York Times
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Recognize ‘Ministerial Exception’ to Job Bias Laws  —  WASHINGTON — In what may be its most significant religious liberty decision in two decades, the Supreme Court on Wednesday for the first time recognized a “ministerial exception” to employment discrimination laws …
Fox News:
Supreme Court sides with church on decision to fire employee on religious grounds
Bob Cesca / The Huffington Post:
The Fantastical Crackpot Cult of Ron Paul  —  During Tuesday night's New Hampshire Primary election coverage, Lawrence O'Donnell hilariously and saliently described Ron Paul as “not a candidate,” therefore Jon Huntsman was the realistic second place winner, though not technically since he placed third on paper.
Discussion: Alas, a Blog
Judith Howard Ellis / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama: I'm not ‘some angry black woman’  —  Michelle Obama could have stayed home with her lips sealed today, and gotten a head-start on the annual Easter egg hunt.  Instead she spoke about the alleged conflicts with former White House advisers described in Jodi Kantor's new book …
Discussion: The Week
Alex Wong / ABCNEWS:
Michelle Obama on New Book: Some Want To Give Her ‘Angry Black Woman’ Image
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
3 billionaires who'll drag out the race  —  Meet the three billionaires who could drag out the GOP presidential primary, bloody up front-runner Mitt Romney and weaken the odds of defeating President Barack Obama: Sheldon Adelson, Foster Friess and Jon Huntsman, Sr.
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Voting in Plain Sight  —  Of all the domestic policy differences between the Bush and Obama administrations, just about the sharpest and most telling may be their opposite responses to the drive by Republican-dominated states to require voters to present photo identification at the polls.
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
Haley Barbour Pardons 14 Murderers; Judge Orders Halt  —  Here's a story I never expected to see: Mississippi Haley Barbour, a respected conservative and former RNC Chair, has gone on a pardon spree on his way out of office, drawing howls from Democrats.  A judge has issued an injunction against more pardons.
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 …
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 …
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
The Liquidity Trap may soon be over
Discussion: Modeled Behavior
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Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
Mormons in America  —  Certain in Their Beliefs, Uncertain of Their Place in Society
Discussion: The Politico and New York Times
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Hollywood or Silicon Valley? — President Obama must choose
Ali Gharib / ThinkProgress:
Bolton Calls Iran Assassination And Sanctions ‘Half-Measures,’ Calls For ‘Attack’ On Iran
Yuval Levin / National Review:
Obama's Peculiar Re-Election Strategy
Discussion: and Mediaite
Daniel Malloy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Cain will not endorse in GOP primary
Discussion: The Hill
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Bush Beats Obama
Discussion: CNN
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Romney: Questions about Wall Street and inequality are driven by ‘envy’