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1:35 PM ET, January 14, 2012

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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Under voter pressure, members of Congress backpedal (hard) on SOPA  —  The public outcry over the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act seems to have gotten so loud that even members of Congress can hear it.  On Thursday we covered the news that Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) was expressing second thoughts about SOPA's DNS provisions.
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Lamar Smith:
Smith to Remove DNS Blocking from SOPA  —  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today said he plans to remove a provision in the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261) that requires Internet Service Providers to block access to certain foreign websites.
BBC:
Italy cruise ship Costa Concordia: Search for missing  —  The BBC's Alan Johnston says it “must have been an extraordinarily harrowing experience”  —  Emergency teams in Italy are racing to rescue those missing after a cruise ship ran aground off the country's west coast with about 4,000 people on board.
Paul Krugman:
Untruths, Wholly Untrue, And Nothing But Untruths  —  I was deeply radicalized by the 2000 election.  At first I couldn't believe that then-candidate George W. Bush was saying so many clearly, provably false things; then I couldn't believe that nobody in the news media was willing to point out the lies.
Discussion: US Politics
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Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
Everyone's Got a Right to Their Own Opinions...
Discussion: Applesauce
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
What does Ron Paul want?  —  Ron Paul is on track to end the GOP presidential race in second place.  But his refusal to directly take on the man who's ahed of him — Mitt Romney — has Republicans wondering: What does Ron Paul want?  —  Paul has already ruled out a return to the House …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
ABCNEWS:
Super PACs Outspending Candidates Two-to-One In South Carolina  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. — Super PACs have emerged as the big-money behemoths of the 2012 campaign, and in the closing week before the South Carolina primary, new figures show that the groups …
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ABCNEWS:
Coming Up on ‘This Week’: Gov. Rick Perry and Stephen Colbert
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Zeke Miller / Politics:
Huntsman Exodus Begins
Discussion: Hot Air
A.Killough / CNN:
Rep. Trent Franks backs Gingrich
Discussion: The Politico
Emily Schultheis / The Politico:
PPP: Mitt first, Newt second in South Carolina
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Berates Student Concerned About Pell Grant Cuts, Tells Her To Join The Military  —  To avoid a government shutdown at the end of 2011, Republicans succeeded in their campaign to cut the federal Pell Grant program by effectively kicking up to 100,000 low-income students off the rolls.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Warns Israel on Strike  —  Officials Lobby Against Attack on Iran as Military Leaders Bolster Defenses  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. defense leaders are increasingly concerned that Israel is preparing to take military action against Iran, over U.S. objections, and have stepped up contingency planning …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Mandarin Smackdown!  Stewart vs. Huntsman vs. Xiao Li  —  What do Messrs.  Stewart and Huntsman have in common, apart from spelling their first name Jon?  Apparently an interest in Asian language.  Stewart puts the needle effectively in Huntsman for using Mandarin on the campaign trail, starting at time 5:00 of this clip.
Discussion: The Agonist
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
CBS News: 11 More Solyndras In Obama Energy Program  —  CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson takes a look at 11 more Solyndras that were part of Obama's Energy program.  Attkisson was one of the original reporters that uncovered the Solyndra scandal.  —  CBS News counted 12 clean energy companies …
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
Heart Surgery Is Planned For Edwards; Trial Delayed  —  GREENSBORO, N.C. — The criminal trial of former Senator John Edwards has been delayed until at least March because he has a life-threatening heart ailment that requires surgery, a federal judge said Friday.
Discussion: Guardian
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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 …
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Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
Beyond Good and Google  —  I don't use Gmail, but Henry Farrell does …
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 …
CNBC:
S&P Cuts Credit Ratings for Nine Euro Zone Nations  —  Standard & Poor's downgraded the credit ratings of nine euro zone countries, stripping France and Austria of their coveted triple-A status but not EU paymaster Germany, in a Black Friday 13th for the troubled single currency area.
Telegraph:
France credit rating cut puts eurozone bail-out fund at risk  —  The €440bn (£365bn) eurozone bail-out fund faced fresh threats last night after France, its second-largest contributor, was stripped of its AAA credit rating for the first time.  —  The French downgrade casts …
Discussion: Agence France Presse and Guardian
 
 
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Frank Green / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
U.S. judge rules against presidential primary ballot challenge
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Fighting Antipiracy Measure, Activist Group Posts Personal Information of Media Executives
Discussion: The Snitch and Deadline.com
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Obama Campaign to Host Dance Party in Boston
Discussion: Hot Air and The Right Scoop
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Conservative Group Spends Big to Tie Obama to Solyndra
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Penny wise, pound foolish
Suzy Khimm / Washington Post:
Gallup: Wealthy worry about deficit, poor worry about jobs
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Fox News John Stossel: Young People 'Are Dumb Or Don't Pay Attention, And They Shouldn't Vote'
Discussion: Applesauce
Terrance Heath / ourfuture.org/blogs_chrono/*:
Palin Advises Romney On Bain
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Allen West on the Marines Incident: ‘Shut Your Mouth, War Is Hell’
Dana DiFilippo / Philly.com:
Woman says her fake penis got her fired