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12:15 PM ET, January 14, 2012

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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
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ABCNEWS:
Super PACs Outspending Candidates Two-to-One In South Carolina
ABCNEWS:
Coming Up on ‘This Week’: Gov. Rick Perry and Stephen Colbert
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Zeke Miller / Politics:   Huntsman Exodus Begins
Emily Schultheis / The Politico:
PPP: Mitt first, Newt second in South Carolina
Discussion: CNN, Ballot Box and American Prospect
A.Killough / CNN:
Romney back on top in new CNN national poll
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Ballot Box and Hot Air
A.Killough / CNN:
Rep. Trent Franks backs Gingrich
Discussion: The Politico
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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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.”
Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
Everyone's Got a Right to Their Own Opinions...
Discussion: Applesauce
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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Greg Sandoval / CNET:
DNS provision pulled from SOPA, victory for opponents  —  In a move the technology sector will surely see as a victory, a controversial antipiracy bill being debated in Congress will no longer include a provision that would require Internet service providers to block access to overseas Web sites accused of piracy.
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.
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 and he's pretty unhappy with its latest iteration: … Just out of curiosity, did anyone ever really believe that “don't be evil” stuff?  I mean, Google's a big corporation.  They've been a big public corporation for nearly eight years.
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 …
Frank Green / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
U.S. judge rules against presidential primary ballot challenge  —  A federal judge in Richmond on Friday turned down a bid by four Republican presidential candidates to get on Virginia's March 6 primary ballot, ruling that while he agreed with them on a key issue, they waited too late to sue.
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Mark Perry / Foreign Policy:
False Flag  —  A series of CIA memos describes how Israeli Mossad agents posed as American spies to recruit members of the terrorist organization Jundallah to fight their covert war against Iran.  —  Buried deep in the archives of America's intelligence services are a series of memos …
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.
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 …
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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Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Fighting Antipiracy Measure, Activist Group Posts Personal Information of Media Executives
Discussion: Deadline.com and The Snitch
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Penny wise, pound foolish
Suzy Khimm / Washington Post:
Gallup: Wealthy worry about deficit, poor worry about jobs
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
Menendez drops hold on judicial pick
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Fox News John Stossel: Young People 'Are Dumb Or Don't Pay Attention, And They Shouldn't Vote'
Discussion: Applesauce
Democracy Corps:
Presidential primary contest and pre-Christmas showdown put Republicans at risk
Terrance Heath / ourfuture.org/blogs_chrono/*:
Palin Advises Romney On Bain
Dana DiFilippo / Philly.com:
Woman says her fake penis got her fired
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Report: Rick Perry calls on a mannequin at SC town hall
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Bob Kerrey returns fire on Karl Rove