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9:40 AM ET, January 13, 2012

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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.
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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 …
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
The E.J. Dionne Vote in South Carolina  —  The liberal Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. ends his column this way: … So it appears as if Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have done a masterful job of securing what most political strategists consider to be the key demographic …
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
New Romney Ad Defends Candidate's Record at Bain  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. — Mitt Romney's campaign plans to release its latest television ad in South Carolina Friday, geared to combat the growing attacks — from both Republicans and Democrats — on Mr. Romney's career at Bain Capital as a corporate buyout specialist.
William Galston / The New Republic:
Why Romney's Bain Problem Could Kill His Candidacy
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: The Politico, Riehl World View and CNN
Wallacegw / CNN:
South Carolina GOP Chairman defends free market amid Romney attacks
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
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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
Arthur S. Brisbane / The Public Editor's Journal:
Should The Times Be a Truth Vigilante?
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Inside the Fed in 2006: A Coming Crisis, and Banter  —  WASHINGTON — As the housing bubble entered its waning hours in 2006, top Federal Reserve officials marveled at the desperate antics of home builders seeking to lure buyers.  —  The officials laughed about the cars that builders …
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Fed's image tarnished by newly released documents
Discussion: CNBC, Hot Air and Economist's View
New York Times:
U.S. Warns Top Iran Leader Not to Shut Strait of Hormuz  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is relying on a secret channel of communication to warn Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that closing the Strait of Hormuz is a “red line” that would provoke an American response …
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Bank of America Ponders Retreat  —  Bank of America Corp. has told U.S. regulators that it is willing to retreat from some parts of the country if its financial problems deepen, according to people familiar with the situation.  —  Executives at the Charlotte, N.C., financial giant put …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
America Isn't a Corporation  —  “And greed — you mark my words — will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the U.S.A.”  —  That's how the fictional Gordon Gekko finished his famous “Greed is good” speech in the 1987 film “Wall Street.”
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Prairie Weather
Lee Roop / Breaking News from The Huntsville Times:
Parker Griffith says he will challenge Mo Brooks again for Congress  —  HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Get ready for Parker Griffith versus Mo Brooks, the rematch.  Griffith said Thursday he will file papers Friday to run in the March 13 Republican primary against Brooks for the nomination as 5th Congressional District representative.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hotline On Call
Keith Laing / The Hill:
TSA collected $400,000 in spare change left by passengers in airports in 2011  —  Airline passengers left more than $400,000 at airport security checkpoints operated by the Transportation Security Administration in 2011.  —  TSA found $409,085.56 in spare change last year that was unclaimed by passengers …
 
 
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Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
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ABCNEWS:
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Discussion: Wizbang
Kelly Kennedy / USA Today:
5% of patients account for half of health care spending
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Janie Lorber / Roll Call:
Ethics Study: More Employees Report Seeing Illegal Donations
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Jim DeMint: 'We Don't Cure Poverty, We Subsidize It' With The Social Safety Net
Discussion: Shakesville
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Ron Paul's Delegate-Focused Campaign Strategy Came From Obama '08
Discussion: Saint Petersblog
Kirk Makin / Globe and Mail:
Despite legal about-face, Harper has ‘no intention’ of reopening gay marriage
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Conservatives Remain the Largest Ideological Group in U.S.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler