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5:05 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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
How low can he go?  —  Everyone has probably heard the corny “I once caught a fish this big” joke.  A guy boasts about the size of the fish he reeled in, but when pressed, he gradually reduces the actual size of his catch.  The little comedic routine is about exaggeration.  —  I wonder if Mitt Romney has heard it.
Rich Lowry / National Review:
‘The Leni Riefenstahl of the blistering attack documentary’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Zeke Miller / Politics:
Gingrich Repudiates Super PAC For Inaccurate Video He Praised
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
GOP House freshmen urge WH hopefuls to lay off Bain attacks
Discussion: CNN
Scott Powers / Los Angeles Times:
Newt Gingrich calls on ‘super PAC’ to pull anti-Romney ads in S.C.
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Mitt Romney no stranger to tax breaks, subsidies
ABCNEWS:
John McCain: SuperPACs Will ‘Destroy Political Process,’ Predicts ‘Scandal’ Because of Them
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Best of times (and worst of times) for Romney  —  NBC's David Gregory talks to TODAY's Matt Lauer about whether fierce attacks on Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney will backfire against his rivals or stop what seems to be Romney's inevitable march to the nomination.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Oops, He Did It Again: Perry Forgets The Three Federal Agencies He Wants To Abolish
Alana Semuels / Los Angeles Times:
Perry pivots away from Romney, focuses on defense
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 and Outside the Beltway
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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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney leads in SC, Paul gaining
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  —  President Obama asked Congress on Friday for the power to consolidate parts of the federal government, proposing a first step of merging several trade- and commerce-related agencies under a plan that the White House …
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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: GOP 12 and Politics
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.
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press, Mediaite and CNN
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
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Slightly More Want Obama to Set Course Than GOP  —  Obama has maintained slight edge since early 2011  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans say they want Barack Obama (46%) rather than the Republicans in Congress (42%) to have more influence over the direction the nation takes in the next year.
Chris Cannon / WTVF-TV:
Proposed State Bathroom Bill Would Limit Transgender Options  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A bill that would limit who could enter public restrooms has been filed in the Tennessee General Assembly.  The proposed legislation would restrict access to public restrooms and public dressing rooms designated by sex …
 
 
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