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12:05 PM ET, January 12, 2012


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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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Florida GOP Primary: Romney 41%, Gingrich 19%, Santorum 15%  —  Mitt Romney is now running away with the race in the latest Rasmussen Reports' survey of the end-of-the-month Florida Republican Primary.  —  Coming off his decisive win in Tuesday's New Hampshire Primary …
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 …
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Poll: Romney slipping in South Carolina, holds just 2 point lead over Gingrich  —  Despite a historic sweep of the first two nominating contests in the GOP field, Mitt Romney holds just a two percentage point lead in South Carolina, his smallest lead of 2012.
Benjy Sarlin /
TPM2012  —  Dems Prepare To Hammer Romney With The REAL Bain Onslaught  —  Thanks to Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, Bain Capital is all over the news this week, prompting an upset MItt Romney to accuse his rivals of turning to “the bitter politics of envy” in order to halt his momentum.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich: South Carolina will be ‘Armageddon’  —  GOP primary campaigns have a history of turning ugly once the campaign trail heads to South Carolina.  —  And to hear former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) tell it, this year will be no exception.  —  Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.).
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 …
NBC's Andrew Rafferty /
Santorum: Attacks on Romney are attacks on capitalism  —  WEST COLUMBIA, SC — Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum on Wednesday hit his Republican rivals for their critiques of frontrunner Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital, calling their criticisms of the former Massachusetts governor an attack on capitalism.
Newt Gingrich: I crossed the line
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Discussion: The Hill
Wallacegw / CNN:
Gingrich: South Carolina will be ‘Armageddon’ of attacks
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Romney's push against amnesty makes immigration a defining issue
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Pirate's Cove and Ballot Box
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.
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” …
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.
Stewart Baker / The Volokh Conspiracy:   Volokh Conspiracy Scoops Drudge, The Atlantic, and Reuters by ... Two Years
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.”
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Obama's 2011 fundraising haul: Bush's league  —  The Obama campaign and Democratic National Committee raked in a combined $68 million in the fourth quarter, bringing their total 2011 haul to $250 million — an impressive take but not quite up to the blistering pace set by the Bush-Cheney reelection machine over the same period.
Discussion: CNN and Big Journalism
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama Campaign Raises $42 Million in Fourth Quarter
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
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]
Arthur S. Brisbane / The Public Editor's Journal:
Should The Times Be a Truth Vigilante?  —  I'm looking for reader input on whether and when New York Times news reporters should challenge “facts” that are asserted by newsmakers they write about.  —  One example mentioned recently by a reader: As cited in an Adam Liptak article on the Supreme Court …
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.
Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Renewable energy company founder will run as Democrat for U.S. Senate in Nevada  —  Barry Ellsworth gave Rep. Shelley Berkley $1,000 last cycle and likes her “as a person.”  —  But — you knew a ‘but’ was coming - he's running against her in a Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hotline On Call
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
Mormons in America  —  Certain in Their Beliefs, Uncertain of Their Place in Society  —  With a Mormon candidate among the front-runners for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, a musical about Mormons playing on Broadway and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) …
Discussion: The Politico and New York Times
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Business groups, Republicans launch onslaught on president over Keystone  —  The nation's most powerful business groups are dialing up the political pressure on the White House to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.  —  December's payroll-tax-cut deal gives the administration 60 days to approve …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Emily Babay / Washington Examiner:
Capital Land  —  Man charged after baby found in McPherson Square tent  —  A man is facing child cruelty charges after his 13-month-old daughter was found alone in a tent in the Occupy DC camp at McPherson Square.  —  Occupy members told authorities that a baby was alone in a tent at about 10 …
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and The Jawa Report
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