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4:50 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 …
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.
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
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Group spends $6 million linking Obama to Solyndra in ad  —  (CNN) - A conservative group announced Monday they were spending millions to spotlight President Barack Obama's involvement in the failed green energy firm Solyndra, which received loan guarantees from the federal government before it declared bankruptcy.
Discussion: Ballot Box
Axelrod: Huntsman Dropped Because He Wouldn't Sell His Soul  —  Obama's top strategist tells BuzzFeed in an email: “He was simply unwillingly to make the Faustian bargains with the Right that Romney has so willingly made.”  —  Jon Huntsman's withdrawal offers an opportunity for Democrats …
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
GOP poll: Gingrich wins for ‘nastiest’ campaign  —  Newt Gingrich leads the field of Republican presidential candidates for running the nastiest campaign, according to a new poll on Monday.  —  Twenty-nine percent of registered, Republican voters said Gingrich's campaign has been the …
SC Poll: Romney Lead Grows, Gingrich Second
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum calls on Romney to release tax returns
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Huntsman Says He's Quitting G.O.P. Race
James Antle / Guardian:
Jon Huntsman: chronicle of a defeat foretold
Discussion: American Spectator
Huntsman, Trapped In 2009, Never Had A Chance
Discussion: and Balloon Juice
NY Daily News:
Newt Gingrich, natural woman
Wallacegw / CNN:
DeMint: I will not endorse
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Huntsman Leaves Race With Plea for Party Unity
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Romney nabs Florida endorsement
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
How Fares the Dream?  —  “I have a dream,” declared Martin Luther King …
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
On MLK Day, Romney Campaigning With Anti-Immigrant Official Tied To Hate Groups
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.
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  —  On the night of Friday, January 13, the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia, with more than 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members on board, struck a reef, keeled over, and partially sank off Isola del Giglio, Italy.  Six people are now confirmed dead …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
Discussion: CNN and Democracy in America
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 …
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