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6:35 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” …
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.”
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Romney Makes History  —  South Carolina is the last chance for most of his rivals, but the front-runner needs to better answer the Bain attacks.  —  In an open race for the GOP nomination, no Republican has won both Iowa and New Hampshire, as Mitt Romney has.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Gingrich's ‘Bain bomb’ fizzles  —  The “Bain bomb” is full of wet fuses.  —  We've been keeping regular track of claims made about Mitt Romney's business history over at our Mitt Meter, but today's video “documentary” from the Gingrich-affiliated Winning Our Future PAC requires its own post.
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Florida GOP Primary: Romney 41%, Gingrich 19%, Santorum 15%
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Gingrich: ‘So-Called Conservatives’ Are Attacking Me Because I Want an Accounting of Wall Street Bailouts
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's extreme defense of capitalism
Kristina Peterson / Washington Wire:
Rick Perry Slams Wall Street, Congress
Discussion: The Other McCain
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich: South Carolina will be ‘Armageddon’
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Sarah Palin on Mitt Romney: Needs Bain show & tell
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?  —  Somewhere along the way, telling truth from falsehood was surpassed by other priorities to which the press felt a stronger duty.  Arthur Brisbane, public editor of the New York Times, was unaware of this history …
Jim Romenesko:
NYT public editor on reaction to Truth Vigilante post
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Yes, The New York Times Should Definitely Be a Truth Vigilante
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.
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Santorum Cites a Local Legend  —  HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Rick Santorum is facing questions about supporting earmarks during his time in Congress.  He offered up a decidedly South Carolinian response on Thursday, boiling down his defense to two words: Strom Thurmond.
Dave Levinthaland Anna Palmer / The Politico:
POLITICO Influence: ‘Clean up house’
Discussion: GOP 12 and Reuters
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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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:
Justice Department memo argues Obama recess appointments were legal  —  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 …
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
President Obama requests $1.2T debt hike over GOP objections  —  President Obama on Thursday made an official request that Congress raise the debt ceiling by $1.2 trillion over the objections of several House Republicans.  —  Obama's formal notification gives both chambers 15 days to vote on whether to approve the hike.
Discussion: Big Government and Weasel Zippers
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama asks Congress for debt limit hike
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
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Kirk Makin / Globe and Mail:
Despite legal about-face, Harper has ‘no intention’ of reopening gay marriage
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Poliglot and Firedoglake
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 …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Conservatives Remain the Largest Ideological Group in U.S.  —  Overall, the nation has grown more polarized over the past decade  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Political ideology in the U.S. held steady in 2011, with 40% of Americans continuing to describe their views as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 21% as liberal.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and The Big Picture
Laurieguthmanncnn / In America:
Marine fights for gay brother's right to marry  —  By Kiran Khalid, CNN  —  (CNN) - Craig Stowell fought with the U.S. Marines in Iraq in 2004 and now is fighting for the right of gays, like his brother, to marry in New Hampshire.  —  “My brother and best friend, Calvin …
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Boy / Boy in Bushwick:   N.H. Lawmakers Expected to Vote on Marriage Equality Repeal Bill Next Week
 
 
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