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7:00 PM ET, January 13, 2012

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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Four Pinocchios for ‘King of Bain’  —  Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. … — Voice-over from “King of Bain” video promoted by a pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC, “Winning Our Future.”  —  Newt Gingrich, meet Michael Moore!  —  The 29-minute video “King of Bain” is such an over-the-top assault …
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Terrance Heath / ourfuture.org/blogs_chrono/*:
Palin Advises Romney On Bain  —  The Romney campaign's “Bain problem,” which is also now the Republican party's problem, doesn't look like it's going away anytime soon.  Sure, Republicans are figuring out that this is not a winning issue for them.  Thus they've circled their wagons around Romney …
Zeke Miller / Politics:
Gingrich Repudiates Super PAC For Inaccurate Video He Praised
Scott Powers / Los Angeles Times:
Newt Gingrich calls on ‘super PAC’ to pull anti-Romney ads in S.C.
Rich Lowry / National Review:
‘The Leni Riefenstahl of the blistering attack documentary’
Emily Schultheis / The Politico:
Judge rules against Rick Perry's Virginia ballot suit  —  Following a hearing in Richmond today, U.S. district judge John Gibney ruled against Rick Perry's challenge to the Virginia ballot rules.  —  In his opinion, Gibney says Perry, and the other candidates who joined the challenge, waited too long to bring the suit.
Discussion: CNN, Outside the Beltway and Guardian
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
New poll in S.C. indicates tight race for top spot  —  (CNN) - With eight days to go until the South Carolina primary, a new poll suggests a close contest in the first southern state to vote in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.  —  According to an American Research Group …
A.Killough / CNN:
Romney back on top in new CNN national poll  —  Washington (CNN) - It's amazing what back to back wins can do for your poll numbers.  —  One-time Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is back on top in the race for the GOP nomination, according to a new national survey.  —  See full results (pdf)
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hot Air
Hans von Spakovsky / The Heritage Foundation:
BREAKING: Perry, Gingrich, Santorum, Huntsman Will Not Be on Virginia Ballot
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and The Stranger …
ABCNEWS:
John McCain: SuperPACs Will ‘Destroy Political Process,’ Predicts ‘Scandal’ Because of Them
Discussion: Hot Air
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Allen West on the Marines Incident: ‘Shut Your Mouth, War Is Hell’  —  Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a former Army lieutenant colonel, sends THE WEEKLY STANDARD an email commenting on the Marines' video, and has given us permission to publish it.  —  “I have sat back and assessed the incident …
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Dylan Byers / The Politico:
CNN's Loesch champions Marine video  —  CNN political analyst Dana Loesch celebrated the U.S. Marines who appear to have urinated on the bodies of dead Taliban members during her radio show on Thursday.  —  “Now we have a bunch of progressives that are talking smack about our military …
Dana Loesch / Big Journalism:
Correcting the Progressive Spin on My Defense of the Marines  —  Yesterday on my radio show I discussed the topic of the Marines videotaping themselves urinating on dead Taliban fighters.  The usual mob of progressive haters started campaigning on Twitter and complaining to CNN.  —  Video still
Toni Sandys / ABCNEWS:
Rick Perry Lists 3 Departments He'd Cut, But Adds One, Misses Another  —  BLUFFTON, S.C. - Oops he did it again.  When asked to name and provide the number of federal departments he'd eliminate as president, Texas Gov. Rick Perry managed to list three, but they weren't the three agencies …
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Report: Rick Perry calls on a mannequin at SC town hall  —  Rick Perry mistakenly called on a mannequin with its hand raised at a town-hall event Friday in South Carolina.  —  The female mannequin was wearing a T-shirt advertising Squat N' Gobble, the restaurant where the incident took place, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Oops, He Did It Again: Perry Forgets The Three Federal Agencies He Wants To Abolish
Nando Di Fino / Mediaite:
Soledad O'Brien Hammers Jodi Kantor Over Her Controversial Book On The Obamas  —  Soledad O'Brien welcomed The Obamas author Jodi Kantor on Starting Point Friday morning, and things got a little heated as O'Brien continuously tried to ask Kantor to defend her methodology in reporting the book.
Discussion: THEROOT.COM
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Washington Post:
Obama seeks more power to merge agencies, streamline government
Reuters:
Tea Party may get rebuffed in tax cut showdown  —  (Reuters) - House Speaker John Boehner, hoping to spare fellow Republicans a second embarrassing defeat over payroll tax cuts, is prepared to navigate around rebellious Tea Party-aligned lawmakers to get a deal, according to congressional aides.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Slightly More Want Obama to Set Course Than GOP
The Politico:
Obama tries to checkmate GOP
Discussion: The Stranger …
Associated Press:
Edwards' trial delayed because of heart condition  —  GREENSBORO, N.C. — A federal judge on Friday delayed John Edwards' trial on alleged campaign finance violations for at least two months because the two-time Democratic presidential candidate is suffering from a heart condition.
Discussion: CNN and Raleigh News & Observer
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Daniel J. Wakin / New York Times:
Ringing Finally Ended, but There's No Button to Stop Shame  —  They were baying for blood in the usually polite precincts of Avery Fisher Hall.  —  The unmistakably jarring sound of an iPhone marimba ring interrupted the soft and spiritual final measures of Mahler's Symphony No. 9 at the New York Philharmonic on Tuesday night.
JP Moore / BuzzFeed:
Hey Mitt!  Dogs Don't Go There!  —  Politics Buzz Mitt Romney once drove for twelve hours with his dog on the roof of his car.  In this children's book Mitt's dog Seamus walks you through the many things you shouldn't do as a dog owner.  —  JP Moore  —  posted about an hour ago  —  Follow @jpmoore
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Fox News John Stossel: Young People 'Are Dumb Or Don't Pay Attention, And They Shouldn't Vote'  —  Last night on Fox's Your World with Neil Cavuto, fellow Fox host John Stossel waxed scientific on the counter-intuitive nature of human intuition.  Noting that “we're alive because our ancestors …
Dana DiFilippo / Philly.com:
Woman says her fake penis got her fired  —  IS THAT a Fruit-A-Freeze in your pocket - or are you just happy to see me?  —  A northeastern Pennsylvania woman is suing a South Jersey-based maker of frozen treats and other snack foods, claiming that she was wrongfully fired because she wore a prosthetic penis to work.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Nation Now
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Tax dollars backing some “risky” energy projects  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  WASHINGTON - Solar panel maker Solyndra received a $528 million Energy Department loan in 2009 - and went bankrupt last year.  The government's risky investment strategy didn't stop there, as a CBS News investigation …
Zeke Miller / Politics:
Huntsman Exodus Begins  —  Some staffers have departed, others wish they could.  “We're not going to quit, but we don't really want to keep going either.”  —  (Getty Images / Richard Ellis)  —  Days after his third place finish in New Hampshire, some Huntsman for President staffers …
Tim Mak / Reuters:
Chris Christie praises Obama political skills  —  In a wide-ranging interview with Oprah Winfrey, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has kind words for President Barack Obama, calling him “charismatic,” “genuine” and “as good a politician as I've ever seen.”  —  Winfrey, who is a well-known friend …
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
Menendez drops hold on judicial pick  —  Sen. Robert Menendez on Friday gave the green light to one of President Barack Obama's judicial nominations — following media speculation that he had blocked the appointment due to a personal vendetta.  —  The New Jersey Democrat had refused …
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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William J. Astore / The Huffington Post:
Why It's Wrong to Equate Military Service With Heroism
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cbpp.org:
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