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10:45 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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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Mitt Romney no stranger to tax breaks, subsidies  —  Bain Capital profited from a steel company that got them, and he used them to attract business when he governed Massachusetts  —  A Steel Dynamics plant in Butler, Ind. Bain Capital, the former private equity firm of Mitt Romney …
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
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and Washington Post
Anjeanette Damon / Las Vegas Sun:
Sheldon Adelson distancing himself from documentary attacking Mitt Romney
Discussion: PJ Media and CNN
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
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Gingrich's ‘Bain bomb’ fizzles
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 …
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Jim Romenesko:
NYT public editor on reaction to Truth Vigilante post
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Bloomberg:
Apple IPhone Sales in China Stores Suspended  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL), whose skill at hyping new products helped make it the world's most valuable technology company, became a victim of its own success after a botched introduction of its iPhone 4S in China led it to suspend sales.
John Agar / MLive.com:
Former GVSU student Derek Copp's lawsuit against Ottawa County settled for $144,000  —  GRAND RAPIDS - Former Grand Valley State University student Derek Copp, shot by police during a drug raid at his off-campus apartment, received nearly $144,000 to settle his lawsuit against Ottawa County.
Discussion: The Agitator and Associated Press
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 …
Ivan Oransky, MD / Reuters:
Red wine-heart research slammed with fraud charges  —  (Reuters Health) - A University of Connecticut researcher who studied the link between aging and a substance found in red wine has committed more than 100 acts of data fabrication and falsification, the university said Wednesday, throwing much of his work into doubt.
 
 
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