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10:45 PM ET, January 12, 2012

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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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Jim Romenesko:
NYT public editor on reaction to Truth Vigilante post  —  What I was trying to ask was whether reporters should always rebut dubious facts in the body of the stories they are writing.  I was hoping for diverse and even nuanced responses to what I think is a difficult question.
Arthur S. Brisbane / The Public Editor's Journal:
Update to my Previous Post on Truth Vigilantes  —  I have appended a note statement from Jill Abramson, the executive editor, responding to this post.  —  First, though, I must lament that “truth vigilante” generated way more heat than light.  A large majority of respondents weighed in with …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
What are newspapers for?  —  Arthur Brisbane, the New York Times public editor, has posted a remarkable piece that's generating attention on Twitter, because it gets at a core question: What is the role of newspapers in a political world that's awash in distortions and lies?
Discussion: Brad DeLong and Balloon Juice
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 …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Colbert for president (again)  —  (CNN) - Faux-news host and comedian Stephen Colbert announced Thursday night he was launching his second run for president in South Carolina.  —  “I'm proud to announce I plan to form an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my candidacy …
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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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Yes, Romney Could Lose  —  I just watched the Bain documentary featured below and being broadcast throughout South Carolina by Newt Gingrich's SuperPac in full.  It's loaded with out-of-context quotes and heavily biased; it focuses on the specific human suffering of the necessary …
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Poll: Romney slipping in South Carolina, holds just 2 point lead over Gingrich
ABCNEWS:   Mitt Romney and Bain: How to Unite the Conservative Base with One Easy Attack
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Giuliani to Newt: ‘What the hell are you doing?’
Discussion: Riehl World View
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘When Mitt Romney Came to Town’
Rasmussen Reports:
Florida GOP Primary: Romney 41%, Gingrich 19%, Santorum 15%
Reid J. Epstein / Reuters:
Mitt Romney readies Bain Capital counterattack
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Santorum Cites a Local Legend
Discussion: Wonkette and The Stranger …
Wallacegw / CNN:
South Carolina GOP Chairman defends free market amid Romney attacks
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
Outrage Over Video of Marines Urinating on Taliban Corpses  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — A video showing four United States Marines urinating on three dead Taliban fighters provoked anger and condemnation on Thursday in Afghanistan and around the world, raising fears in Washington that the images …
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Fox News:
Panetta orders probe of video allegedly showing Marines urinating on dead Taliban
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 …
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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.
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 …
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: Poliglot, Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
C-SPAN Getting Hammered With Prank Calls About Mitt Romney's Penis  —  C-SPAN is not, typically, a place where one can expect to find the sort of gaffes, fights, and general shenanigans running rampant on other politically-minded networks.  But, lately, it has had to contend with a couple of] …
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.
Kelly Kennedy / USA Today:
5% of patients account for half of health care spending  —  WASHINGTON - Just 1% of Americans accounted for 22% of health care costs in 2009, according to a federal report released Wednesday.  —  That's about $90,000 per person, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
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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The Onion:
Scandalous Photos Reveal Grover Norquist Carried On Secret Affair With Taxes For Years  —  WASHINGTON—In a scandal that strikes at the very heart of the American anti-tax movement, a series of incriminating photos surfaced online Thursday, revealing that, for decades, leading Republican power …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and The Hill
Dave Wedge / Boston Herald:
Elizabeth Warren out-raises Scott Brown, defends $$  —  Elizabeth Warren — who hauled in an eye-popping $5.7 million the last three months of 2011 — refused to swear off Wall Street money yesterday, instead claiming that any money she gets from deep-pocketed financiers is coming from those who “want reform.”
 
 
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Some expected more from team Obama's fundraising haul
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ABCNEWS:
Obama's High-End Campaign Fashions Unveiled
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Janie Lorber / Roll Call:
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Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
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Ron Paul's Delegate-Focused Campaign Strategy Came From Obama '08
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Ohio landlord wants commission to reconsider ruling on ‘white only’ sign
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Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
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