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4:00 PM ET, January 12, 2012

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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.
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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” …
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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Giuliani to Newt: ‘What the hell are you doing?’  —  Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has recently called Mitt Romney “a man without a core,” defended the GOP frontrunner's record as an executive at Bain Capital, calling the attacks against him “ignorant and dumb.”
A.Killough / CNN:
Perry donor defects to Romney, citing Bain attacks  —  Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - One of Rick Perry's leading financial supporters in South Carolina is defecting to Mitt Romney - and he told CNN Thursday that Perry's sharp criticisms of Romney as a “vulture capitalist” were the main factor in his decision.
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 …
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.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich: South Carolina will be ‘Armageddon’
CBS News:
John McCain defends Romney's record at Bain
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's extreme defense of capitalism
NBC's Andrew Rafferty / msnbc.com:
Santorum: Attacks on Romney are attacks on capitalism
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Sarah Palin on Mitt Romney: Needs Bain show & tell
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
So whaddaya think: should we put truthtelling back up there at number one?
Fox News:
Panetta orders probe of video allegedly showing Marines urinating on dead Taliban  —  The top commanders of the Marine Corps U.S. forces in Afghanistan are investigating a video that purports to show U.S. Marines urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered …
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Steve Clemons / The Atlantic Online:
U.S. Soldiers Give Ammo to Taliban  —  As Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, US military officers — incumbents and retired — and others in DC's firmament condemn the US soldiers that apparently urinated on dead Taliban militants, I'm wondering how long it will take for a movement to grow inside …
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
CAIR Condemns Alleged “Desecration” of Dead Jihadists by U.S. Marines in Afghanistan
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Jeremy Wallace / HT Politics:
Laura Bush wanted Jeb to run for president in 2012  —  SARASOTA  —  Former first lady Laura Bush wishes there were one more candidate in the Republican presidential primary: Jeb Bush.  —  Speaking to a sold-out Sarasota audience on Wednesday, Bush said she had hoped that her brother-in-law …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
The Department of Justice offered a defense Thursday for President Obama's controversial decision to make several recess appointments while Congress was holding pro forma sessions.  —  In a memo, Justice argued the pro forma sessions held every third day in the Senate do not constitute …
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Josh Gerstein / Reuters:
Justice Department approved recess appointments  —  President Barack Obama's decision last week to snub Congress and make a series of recess appointments while the Senate claimed it was technically in session had the legal blessing of the Justice Department, according to a formal legal opinion released Thursday.
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and The New Republic
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
President Obama's got sons?  —  President Obama, speaking last night in Chicago at a fundraiser at a private home, unloaded this bombshell:  —  Obama, according to the White House transcript, talked about “The first bill I signed — a bill that said that we're going to have equal pay …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
GOP Rep. Jerry Lewis to retire from House  —  Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), the former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, will retire at the end of this term, he announced on Thursday.  —  Lewis, a 17-term lawmaker from southern California, was pushed into a Democratic-leaning district …
Discussion: CNN and The Website …
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Ben Goad / Press-Enterprise:
2012 ELECTIONS: Veteran Rep. Lewis to retire
Discussion: Daily Kos and FlashReport
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama Campaign Raises $42 Million in Fourth 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.
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Dan Savage / The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper:
Canada's Conservative Government Turns My Husband Back Into My Boyfriend  —  After issuing thousands of marriage licenses to same-sex couples from United States and other nations where same-sex marriage is not yet legal—marriage licenses that did not come with a disclaimer or an asterisk …
Discussion: Globe and Mail and Firedoglake
 
 
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Associated Press:
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CNN:
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BBC:
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Discussion: The Lede
Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and Good As You
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
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Discussion: Hit & Run and Sense of Events
U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
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 Earlier Items: 
Deadline.com:
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Discussion: Guardian
Radley Balko / The Huffington Post:
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Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Renewable energy company founder will run as Democrat for U.S. Senate in Nevada
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Ballot Box
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
Haley Barbour Pardons 14 Murderers; Judge Orders Halt
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
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