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3:05 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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Rich Lowry / National Review:
‘The Leni Riefenstahl of the blistering attack documentary’  —  I write today about Barry Bennett's absurd anti-Bain film and the larger controversy.  I do give the film points for highlighting the plight of ordinary workers, although now we're learning that even their interviews appear to have been distorted.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Zeke Miller / Politics:
Gingrich Repudiates Super PAC For Inaccurate Video He Praised  —  Asks whether Romney will do the same.  —  (Reuters / BRIAN SNYDER)  —  Newt Gingrich is repudiating a 28-minute long feature paid for by his Super PAC attacking Mitt Romney's leadership at Bain Capital …
ABCNEWS:
John McCain: SuperPACs Will ‘Destroy Political Process,’ Predicts ‘Scandal’ Because of Them
Discussion: Hot Air
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
New poll in S.C. indicates tight race for top spot
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
GOP House freshmen urge WH hopefuls to lay off Bain attacks
Discussion: CNN
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Does Mitt Romney Have a Wealth Problem?
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Newt hits Romney for speaking French, despite his own apparent fluency
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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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  —  During a November debate, Rick Perry inexplicably forgot the name of the third federal agency he wants to eliminate.  He struggled for cringe-inducing 53 seconds, before acknowledging that he couldn't remember with an infamous “oops.”
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.
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Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Mitt Romney no stranger to tax breaks, subsidies
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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The White House:
Government Reorganization Fact Sheet
Emily Maltby / Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Elevate SBA Chief
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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 and CNN
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Court filing claims 17 million young adults would lose coverage without health law  —  Seventeen million young Americans would lose promised access to health insurance if the Supreme Court strikes down President Obama's healthcare reform law, the consumer advocacy group Young Invincibles argues in a legal brief filed Thursday.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
Chris Rawson / TUAW:
Most of Apple's $82 billion cash stockpile is ‘trapped’ overseas  —  Apple may have enough cash on hand to make Scrooge McDuck's money vault look like a kiddie pool by comparison, but according to SeekingAlpha, most of that cash is effectively trapped overseas.
 
 
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Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Roy Ash, Powerful Budget Director for Nixon, Dies at 93
Byron Tauand Donovan Slack / The Politico:
Obama asks for new power to merge agencies
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Slightly More Want Obama to Set Course Than GOP
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Mercedes apologizes for using Che Guevara image
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Tar sands pipeline will comfort our enemies
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Rand Paul returns $500K in office budget to Treasury
Discussion: Big Government
Wall Street Journal:
Bank of America Ponders Retreat
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
America Isn't a Corporation  —  “And greed — you mark my words …
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