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7:45 PM ET, January 13, 2012

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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, Guardian 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 …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Report: Rick Perry calls on a mannequin at SC town hall
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney leads in SC, Paul gaining
A.Killough / CNN:
Romney back on top in new CNN national poll
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hot Air
Zeke Miller / Politics:   Huntsman Exodus Begins
Emily Schultheis / The Politico:
PPP: Mitt first, Newt second in South Carolina
Discussion: CNN and American Prospect
Hans von Spakovsky / The Heritage Foundation:
BREAKING: Perry, Gingrich, Santorum, Huntsman Will Not Be on Virginia Ballot
Discussion: The Stranger … and The PJ Tatler
ABCNEWS:
John McCain: SuperPACs Will ‘Destroy Political Process,’ Predicts ‘Scandal’ Because of Them
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Rich Lowry / National Review:
‘The Leni Riefenstahl of the blistering attack documentary’
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
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
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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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.
The Daily:
TV chef famous for Southern-fried decadence to reveal she has diabetes  —  Paula Deen's “brunch burger” uses a donut instead of a bun.  —  Deen, with Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show,” could make millions endorsing a Novartis diabetes drug, sources say.  —  Paula Deen — the queen of high-calorie …
Henry / Crooked Timber:
The New Gmail Sucks  —  Doesn't it though?  It looks horrible.  The interface is badly designed.  Keyboard short cuts do unexpected things like e.g. make your email disappear irrevocably.  And while you can temporarily revert back to the old look, they make it clear that they are going to impose …
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
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Chronicling Mitt's mendacity  —  Paul Krugman noted this morning that Mitt Romney tells so many falsehoods so often, he seems determined to rehabilitate George W. Bush's reputation “by running a campaign so dishonest that it makes Bush look like a model of truth-telling.”
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 …
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.
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Penny wise, pound foolish
Suzy Khimm / Washington Post:
Gallup: Wealthy worry about deficit, poor worry about jobs
Rosie Gray / Politics:
Operation Grandma: Bringing Old People To Ron Paul “One Set Of Grandparents At A Time”
Discussion: Indecision Forever
William J. Astore / The Huffington Post:
Why It's Wrong to Equate Military Service With Heroism
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
Nine reasons Michele Bachmann's campaign fizzled
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Bob Kerrey returns fire on Karl Rove
McKay Coppins / Politics:
Mitt Skips The Mormon Moment
Discussion: US Politics
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In U.S., Slightly More Want Obama to Set Course Than GOP
Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
Another ATF weapons operation comes under scrutiny
Chris Rawson / TUAW:
Most of Apple's $82 billion cash stockpile is ‘trapped’ overseas