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4:35 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” …
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 …
CBS News:
John McCain defends Romney's record at Bain  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  Mitt Romney  —  Arizona Sen. John McCain defended Thursday former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's record at a private investment firm against criticism from the frontrunner's opponents in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich: South Carolina will be ‘Armageddon’
Publius / Big Government:
BREAKING: Palin Urges Romney to Release Tax Returns, Provide Proof of 100,000 Jobs Created at Bain Capital
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's extreme defense of capitalism
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Sarah Palin on Mitt Romney: Needs Bain show & tell
Discussion: Daily Kos
NBC's Andrew Rafferty / msnbc.com:
Santorum: Attacks on Romney are attacks on capitalism
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
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 …
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.
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
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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 …
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
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
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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CNN:
Ohio landlord wants commission to reconsider ruling on ‘white only’ sign  —  An antique pool sign that reads “white only” hangs at the pool of a Cincinnati, Ohio residence.  Michael Gunn has filed a discrimination claim against the homeowner.  —  (CNN) — A landlord wants …
Discussion: Clutch Magazine and Jezebel
 
 
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
South Carolina's dirty political reputation outlives reality
Associated Press:
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BBC:
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Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and Good As You
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
Bankrupt Solyndra seeking to pay bonuses
Discussion: Hit & Run and Sense of Events
U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
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Deadline.com:
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Discussion: Guardian
Joel Gehrke / Campaign 2012:
Ethics: ‘probable cause’ in Rep Hastings sex case
Emily Babay / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: Campaign 2012
Radley Balko / The Huffington Post:
Death In The Devil's Chair: Florida Man's Pepper Spray Death Raises Questions About Jail Abuse
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
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Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
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