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11:30 AM ET, January 17, 2012


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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
GOP debate audience boos Romney's Mexican heritage  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may be in the lead in the Palmetto state, but that doesn't mean South Carolinians necessarily like him.  —  During a Fox News debate at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Monday …
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Attacks fly in Republican debate  —  Newt Gingrich was put on the defensive with the first question of Monday night's GOP presidential debate when he was asked about his recent attacks on Mitt Romney.  —  The former speaker repeatedly avoided making the same strident attacks on Romney's private-sector record he's made in recent weeks.
Kevin Derby / Sunshine State News:
Mitt Romney Routing the GOP Pack in Florida, Sunshine State News Poll Shows  —  Two weeks away from the Presidential Preference Primary, Mitt Romney holds a commanding lead over the Republican presidential pack in Florida, according to a Sunshine State News Poll of likely primary voters.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Taegan Goddard's …
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
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Gingrich gets vote from S.C. lieutenant governor  —  Florence, South Carolina (CNN) - South Carolina's Lieutenant Governor Ken Ard announced Tuesday that his vote in the state's Saturday primary will be for GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.  —  Ard is the highest office-holder …
Discussion: The Hill
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)
Zeke Miller / Politics:   Santorum Rattles Mitt Romney
Wallacegw / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama tied with Romney & Paul in November showdowns
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Romney Has 23-Point GOP Lead Nationally
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Newt Claims To Be More Electable than Rick . . .
A.Killough / CNN:
Santorum's wife: Rick doesn't hate anyone
Discussion: TBogg
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama administration warns the left: You will not like our budget  —  Top White House officials are warning liberal and labor leaders to brace themselves for President Obama's budget proposal.  —  Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, sought in meetings last week to lift …
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
GOP debate: Crowd gets rowdy when candidates talk foreign policy  —  The crowd at the GOP debate in military-heavy South Carolina got rowdy during a discussion of foreign policy, booing Ron Paul heartily and whooping and cheering when the other candidates took a hard line on foreign involvement.
Discussion: The Mahablog and Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Gingrich pushes Romney to release tax returns before SC primary
David Brooks / New York Times:
South Carolina Diarist
Discussion: The State and CNN
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Staffer Says Women Shouldn't Be President Because It's Against God's Will  —  In an article about the reasons Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign fizzled, the Des Moines Register points to “sexism among conservatives,” singling out an offensive email written by a staffer to Rick Santorum:
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama adviser Jarrett defends church pulpit criticism of GOP  —  Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett is defending critical comments she made of the GOP made from a church pulpit.  —  Jarrett ripped congressional Republcians for blocking President Obama's jobs bill …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
Obama to speak at Bank of America stadium  —  On the final night of this fall's Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama will deliver his acceptance speech at Bank of America stadium, party sources told the Observer on Monday night.  —  Convention officials are expected …
Fox News Insider:
TRANSCRIPT: Fox News Channel & Wall Street Journal Debate in South Carolina  —  Here's a full transcript from tonight's GOP debate in South Carolina:  —  BAIER: Thanks, Bill, and welcome to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and the Republican presidential debate.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Who will get the ‘Recovery Presidency’?  —  Julie Schmit reports that the housing market is at, or very near, its bottom.  After falling by 9 percent last year, single-family housing starts are expected to jump by 37 percent in 2012.  Prices could still fall a bit, but by 2013, we should be in a real housing recovery.
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Arianna Huffington Critical Of Michelle Obama Over Seeming Indifference To Poverty  —  HUFF: THAT'S NOT ENOUGH  —  Arianna To MO: Watch The Bel Air Trips  —  How will they pin this one on conservatives?  —  From our establishment media friends, nearly every criticism of Michelle Obama …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Measuring futility  —  The Times' analysis looked at six specific yardsticks for legislative activity: the amount of time each chamber spent officially in session; the total number of bills that passed; the number of floor votes each chamber took; the number of pages amassed in the Congressional Record …
Fox News:
Reid on bipartisanship: Republicans, drop the Tea Party ‘extremism’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
A defense of big money in politics
Associated Press:
Walker foes to file recall petitions today
CBC News:
Harper says pipeline debate should be left to Canadians
Discussion: New York Times News:
The Winnowing of the Republican Field Will Help Romney, Not Hurt Him
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
Statement from Faith Leaders Coalition National Co-Chair Don Wildmon
Discussion: Good As You and Joe. My. God.
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Mitra Amiri / Reuters:
Iran cracks down on Barbie, plans toys of captured U.S. drone
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Riding Electability & Expectations, Romney Rolls to 35 Percent Support
New York Post:
Private-sector experience? Oh, no!
Discussion: The Jawa Report and TBogg
Robert Pear / New York Times:
U.S. to Tell Drug Makers to Disclose Payments to Doctors

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Dasha Litvinova / Associated Press:
Russia places journalist and author Masha Gessen on a wanted list after opening a criminal case on charges of spreading “false information” about Russia's army

Daphne Keller / @daphnehk:
[Thread] Texas' and Florida's online speech rules for platforms cannot be justified, as less restrictive tools that give users control over online content exist

Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Dave Robb, a longtime investigative reporter and author on the Hollywood labor beat who most recently worked for Deadline, died on December 8 at 74

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