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6:55 PM ET, January 16, 2012


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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.
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
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: Gallup, Poll Watch Daily, CNN and Don Surber
Fox News:
Fox News Poll raw data: Romney hits record high, but still tied with Obama  —  While far more Republican primary voters view Rick Santorum as the true conservative, Mitt Romney has become the clear leader in the race for the GOP nomination, according to a just-released Fox News poll.
A.Killough / CNN:
Gingrich pitch to conservatives: Don't vote for Santorum  —  Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (CNN) - Newt Gingrich delivered a staunch warning to South Carolina conservatives Monday: “Any conservative who votes for anyone but Newt helps elect a moderate as the nominee.”
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum calls on Romney to release tax returns
Discussion: CNN and The Other McCain
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Group spends $6 million linking Obama to Solyndra in ad
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Impolitic
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, TBogg, Verum Serum, Hot Air and Vodkapundit
SC Poll: Romney Lead Grows, Gingrich Second
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News poll: 2012 Obama-Romney race would be tight
Discussion: The Politico
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Huntsman Leaves Race With Plea for Party Unity
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 …
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Holder: Same voting issues as MLK  —  Attorney General Eric Holder used Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy on the anniversary of the civil rights leader's birthday Monday to emphasize the Obama administration's dedication to protecting the American people from discriminatory voting practices.
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.
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
Discussion: American Spectator
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
Huntsman, Trapped In 2009, Never Had A Chance  —  The Utahn dropped out today, but the whole campaign was a fantasy.  —  Huntsman looks over Sarah Palin's shoulder at a meeting with Obama on December 2, 2008 in Philadelphia.  —  Jon Huntsman had his moment.
Discussion: and Balloon Juice
NY Daily News:
$44 million bill from Bronx-Lebanon Hospital  —  ‘System error’ is blamed  —  Alexis Rodriguez got a bill exeeding $44 million for Bronx-Lebanon Hospital outpatient services.  —  The hospital cured his pneumonia, but the bill — for an eye-popping $44 million — made him sick.
New York Post:
The strange birth of NY's gun laws  —  Recent months have seen a former Marine from Indiana, a Tea Party activist from California and a nurse from Tennessee all arrested and charged in New York City for possession of firearms they had legal permits to carry back home.
Discussion: Instapundit
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Jobs take center stage in Keystone fight  —  When U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue proclaimed that the Keystone XL pipeline would create 250,000 jobs, he touched a nerve in the environmental community.  —  “That's just not true,” Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, director …
Washington Examiner:
Only Obama and Big Green oppose Keystone pipeline
Discussion: Across The Fence …
Burlington Free Press:
Vermont delegation rewarded staffers with $236,830 in bonuses  —  Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, left, gave 29 of his personal office staffers bonuses ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 last year, totaling $138,830.  Sen. Bernie Sanders, right, gave $2,000 bonuses to 32 people on his personal staff, totaling $64,000.
Discussion: Big Government
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
U.S. to Tell Drug Makers to Disclose Payments to Doctors
Discussion: The Raw Story and Truthdig
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Measuring futility  —  The Times' analysis looked at six …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren call for Super PAC cease fire
Discussion: Wonkette
Tamim Elyan / Reuters:
Islamist set to be Egypt's new parliament speaker
Jeffrey Sachs / The Huffington Post:
Libertarian Illusions  —  In a recent column my friend Bob …
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
CNN amplifies Romney's bogus jobs claims