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9:15 PM ET, January 16, 2012


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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Activists say pro-Santorum vote was rigged  —  A civil war is breaking out among evangelical leaders over allegations of a rigged election and ballot stuffing at a Saturday gathering of religious and social conservatives.  —  At the meeting about 150 religious conservative activists at the Benham …
Mark Halperin / The Page:
“Easy Answer,” Hard Ad  —  FIRST ON THE PAGE: New Santorum South Carolina TV spot finally goes where many conservatives (and commentators) expected Romney rivals to go.  —  Hits on Palmetto State TV stations Tuesday.  —  The script: … Watch it here.  »  —  HALPERIN'S TAKE
Discussion: The Other McCain
Wallacegw / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama tied with Romney & Paul in November showdowns  —  Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney is all tied up with President Barack Obama in a likely general election matchup, with the president showing signs of weakness on the economy and Romney seen as out of touch with ordinary Americans, according to a new national survey.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
National Polls Suggest Romney Is Overwhelming Favorite for G.O.P. Nomination  —  While most of the political world's attention has been focused on South Carolina, Mitt Romney has moved into a clear lead in a set of national polls conducted since his victory in the New Hampshire primary.
Discussion: CNN and Don Surber
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Romney Has 23-Point GOP Lead Nationally  —  Romney is up 13 points since just before Iowa caucuses  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mitt Romney has climbed to a commanding 23-point lead over his nearest competitor among Republican registered voters nationally, based on interviewing conducted Jan. 11-15.
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Romney in Line of Fire at SC Debate  —  As the Republican presidential field thins out, the remaining candidates are polishing their line of attack against Mitt Romney in what could be their last opportunity to derail the frontrunner.  —  Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are expected to come …
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Hot Air
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney way up in Florida  —  Mitt Romney's in a strong position to win this weekend in South Carolina, and he's in an even stronger position to follow it up with a big win in Florida.  Our first Sunshine State poll of 2012 finds Romney with a 15 point lead at 41% to Newt Gingrich's 26% …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum calls on Romney to release tax returns
Discussion: CNN, The Other McCain and Daily Kos
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Group spends $6 million linking Obama to Solyndra in ad
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Impolitic
A.Killough / CNN:   Gingrich pitch to conservatives: Don't vote for Santorum
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gingrich: A vote for Rick Santorum is a vote for Mitt Romney
Discussion: Hot Air, ABCNEWS and Campaign 2012
A.Killough / CNN:
Santorum's wife: Rick doesn't hate anyone
Discussion: TBogg
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Newt tweaks Mitt for losing to McCain
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
GOP poll: Gingrich wins for ‘nastiest’ campaign
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air, Vodkapundit and Verum Serum
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News poll: 2012 Obama-Romney race would be tight
Discussion: The Politico and The Stranger …
Congressman Allen West / Facebook:
Mr. President, please don't play the race card in 2012...  Mr. President, please don't play the race card in 2012  —  I was born in the inner city of Atlanta in 1961, when segregation was still rife, at a time when I would have been barred from visiting the very beaches that make up part …
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
On MLK Day, Romney Campaigning With Anti-Immigrant Official Tied To Hate Groups
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
How Fares the Dream?  —  “I have a dream,” declared Martin Luther King …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Sullivan: How Obama's Long Game Will Outsmart His Critics  —  The right calls him a socialist, the left says he sucks up to Wall Street, and independents think he's a wimp.  Andrew Sullivan on how the president may just end up outsmarting them all.  —  You hear it everywhere.
Nancy Hass / The Daily Beast:
Before Karen Met Rick  —  The GOP contender's hard-core pro-life wife once dated an abortion provider.  Nancy Hass on their time together.  —  Karen Santorum, the ultra-pro-life wife and mother of seven home-schooled children, has been the perfect complement to her husband, Rick, as he chases the Republican presidential nomination.
Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
Jon Hunstman, It Turns Out, Just Isn't That Good a Politician  —  Since I'm feeling lazy this morning, I'm going to outsource my Jon Huntsman commentary to a reader.  As it happens, he says exactly what I was thinking anyway about Huntsman's exit from the race:
David Weigel / Slate:
Jon Huntsman's Presidential Campaign, RIP
James Antle / Guardian:
Jon Huntsman: chronicle of a defeat foretold | James Antle
Daily Mail:
Forget women and children first.  Burly crew men led the race for the lifeboats  — Survivors tell of panic as men ignore order that women and children should go first and passengers fight to get on boats  — Foreign Secretary William Hague says all British passengers and crew have been accounted for and are safe
The Atlantic Online:
The Wreck of the Costa Concordia
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren call for Super PAC cease fire  —  BOSTON — Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren and Republican Sen. Scott Brown on Monday demanded a cease-fire of the third-party spending that's certain to play a major role in this state's pivotal Senate race.
Washington Examiner:
York: Final count could show Romney lost Iowa  —  A pile of counted ballots for the Republican presidential nominee sit on a table in the cafeteria at Kennedy High School during a caucus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Tuesday, January 3, 2011.  (AP Photo/The Gazette, Cliff Jette)
Discussion: Brad DeLong and Weasel Zippers
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Wolfgang Münchau / Financial Times:
After the downgrades comes the downward spiral
New York Post:
Private-sector experience? Oh, no!
Discussion: Caleb's blog
Robert Pear / New York Times:
U.S. to Tell Drug Makers to Disclose Payments to Doctors
Discussion: The Raw Story and Truthdig
Burlington Free Press:
Vermont delegation rewarded staffers with $236,830 in bonuses
Discussion: Big Government
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Measuring futility  —  The Times' analysis looked at six …
Tamim Elyan / Reuters:
Islamist set to be Egypt's new parliament speaker
NY Daily News:
$44 million bill from Bronx-Lebanon Hospital
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
The strange birth of NY's gun laws
Jeffrey Sachs / The Huffington Post:
Libertarian Illusions  —  In a recent column my friend Bob …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Eurozone Busily Decimating Member Countries
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Scott Walker Recall Drive Is Closely Watched
Discussion: The Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
CNN amplifies Romney's bogus jobs claims
Huntsman, Trapped In 2009, Never Had A Chance
Discussion: and Balloon Juice
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Jobs take center stage in Keystone fight