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2:35 AM ET, January 13, 2012


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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Yes, Romney Could Lose  —  [Reposted from earlier yesterday.]  —  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 …
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 …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
What Really Happened In Gaffney?  —  The Left is carrying out a coordinated attack on Mitt Romney's business career.  One sees exactly the same allegations, often phrased identically, whether you look at the Daily Kos, the Associated Press, Slate or Think Progress, or listen to Newt Gingrich or Rick Perry.
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.
Molly Moorhead / PolitiFact:
The PolitiFact guide to the anti-Romney ‘King of Bain’ video  —  King of Bain, a video attacking Mitt Romney's record at the private equity firm Bain Capital, made its Internet debut this week.  Winning our Future, a super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich, produced the movie.
Mike Allen / Reuters:
Stephen Colbert to explore run for president in South Carolina
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Mitt Romney and Bain: How to Unite the Conservative Base with One Easy Attack
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Hot Air
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Poll: Romney slipping in South Carolina, holds just 2 point lead over Gingrich
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Colbert for President: A Run or a Comedy Riff?
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Giuliani to Newt: ‘What the hell are you doing?’
Discussion: Riehl World View
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's extreme defense of capitalism
Wallacegw / CNN:
South Carolina GOP Chairman defends free market amid Romney attacks
Discussion: The Politico and ABCNEWS
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
Charles P. Pierce / New York Times:
The End Of Truth  —  My business is so very screwed.  —  This attempt at public-editing from Arthur Brisbane at the Times is exactly why I usually tell people to take it a little easy on the grunt reporters who have to do the day-to-day work of covering campaigns.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
What are newspapers for?  —  Arthur Brisbane, the New York …
Discussion: Brad DeLong and Balloon Juice
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
So whaddaya think: should we put truthtelling back up there at number one?
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Brad DeLong
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Yes, The New York Times Should Definitely Be a Truth Vigilante
Mark Meckler / Across The Fence With Mark Meckler:
NYC Gun Charges Dropped.  Now I Can Speak Out.  —  On December 15, 2011 at approximately 5:15 a.m., I was at LaGuardia International airport preparing to check in for a flight out of the city.  During a routine check-in, I requested a firearms declaration form from the ticket agent.
Discussion: The Politico and The Daily Caller
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 …
Zeke Miller / Politics:
Jeb Bush Likely To Endorse Romney Before Florida Primary
Discussion: Hot Air, Saint Petersblog and Guardian
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 …
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 …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Some expected more from team Obama's fundraising haul  —  When Obama campaign manager Jim Messina appeared in a video early Thursday morning to unveil that his team had raked in $68 million in the last part of the year for the president's reelection bid, he claimed that the fundraising was off to a “pretty good start.”
Discussion: CNN
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] …
Kirk Makin / Globe and Mail:
Despite legal about-face, Harper has ‘no intention’ of reopening gay marriage  —  The Harper government has served notice that thousands of same-sex couples who flocked to Canada from abroad since 2004 to get married are not legally wed.  —  But speaking in Halifax Thursday …
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Dan Savage / The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper:
Canada's Conservative Government Turns My Husband Back Into My Boyfriend
Discussion: Globe and Mail
Buzzfeed Politics / Politics:
Book Depicts Cranky Obama On Baghdad Visit  —  The then-candidate “didn't want to take pictures with any more soldiers.  —  President Obama at a recent Pentagon briefing.  —  (Getty Images / SAUL LOEB)  —  Michael Hastings' new book, The Operators, jabs at what could be a vulnerable spot …
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.
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
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