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10:55 PM ET, January 17, 2012


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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 5 on Romney nationally  —  PPP's first national poll of 2012 finds Barack Obama with his best standing against Mitt Romney since last May, right after the killing of Osama bin Laden.  Obama leads Romney 49-44.  —  It's not as if Obama's suddenly become popular.
Wallacegw / CNN:
Gingrich urges Santorum, Perry to drop out  —  Florence, South Carolina (CNN) - Newt Gingrich is urging competitors Rick Santorum and Rick Perry bow out of the Republican presidential race so conservatives can rally behind one “anti-Mitt Romney” candidate.  —  A reporter asked …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Romney says his effective tax rate is 15%  —  Florence, South Carolina (CNN) - Mitt Romney said Tuesday he pays roughly a 15% effective tax rate on his income - an acknowledgment that the multi-millionaire pays a smaller percentage of taxes on his income than many middle-income Americans.
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Romney Admits His Tax Rate Is About 15 Percent, Lower Than Many Middle Class Families  —  Citizens for Tax Justice a few months ago estimated that Mitt Romney, due to most of his income coming from investments, pays a tax rate of around 14 percent, a far cry from the 35 percent top income tax rate.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney, Dewhurst lead in Texas
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Palin: I'd vote for Gingrich in South Carolina
Discussion: CNN
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Perry: Santorum a ‘good Catholic’
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Democrats file 1 million signatures for Walker recall  —  By Patrick Marley, Jason Stein and Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - Democrats and organizers filed petitions Tuesday afternoon with more than a million signatures as they sought to force a recall election against Gov. Scott Walker …
Brendan O'Brien / Reuters:
Enough signatures collected to recall Wisconsin governor  —  (Reuters) - Organizers of the petition drive to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker submitted what appeared to be more than enough signatures on Tuesday to force the first-term Republican to defend his seat in a special election.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Dems gather more than one million signatures to recall Scott Walker  —  Wisconsin Democrats are telling reporters that they have gathered more than one million signatures to recall Governor Scott Walker — a remarkable number that could have real ramifications for this year's presidential race.
Monica Davey / New York Times:   Organizers Say 1 Million Signed Petition to Recall Wisconsin Governor
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:   BREAKING: Walker Recall Effort Delivers More Than 1 Million Signatures
Fox News:
‘Occupy’ protesters suspected of throwing smoke bomb over White House fence  —  WASHINGTON - The Secret Service was responding Tuesday night to an escalating protest that may have involved one or more smoke bombs being thrown over the White House fence.  —  An estimated 1,000 protesters have gathered.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and RedState
Donovan Slack / The Politico:   White House locked down because of ‘smoking objects’
Apparent Smoke Bomb Tossed Over White House Fence
Discussion: and Talking Points Memo
Joel Gehrke / Campaign 2012:
WH: Newt's Obama food stamp charge is ‘crazy’  —  President Obama's White House spokesman dismissed as “crazy” Newt Gingrich's claim that Obama has “put” people on food stamps, citing the ailing economy as the cause for the expanded use of welfare programs.  —  “Well, you know as well as I …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Gingrich On Food Stamp Comment: “Among The Politically Correct, You Are Not Supposed To Use Facts …
Discussion: Big Government and RedState
Pete Kasperowicz / Ballot Box:
Gingrich doubles down on promise to follow Obama around the country to force debates
Discussion: CNN
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.
Rick Perry Camp Explains Suggestion That Turkey Is Led By ‘Islamic Terrorists’
Google will protest SOPA using popular home page  —  The tech sector is pulling out the big guns.  —  Google, the Web's top search company and one of technology's most influential powers in Washington, will post a link on its home page tomorrow to notify users of Google's opposition …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
It's Baaaaaaaaack: Lamar Smith Says SOPA Markup To Resume In February
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Chris Matthews Accuses Newt Gingrich Of Racially Charged Use Of The Name ‘Juan’  —  A big moment of last night's debate came when moderator Juan Williams and Newt Gingrich argued over Gingrich's comments that many have seen as condescending towards blacks.  However, Williams …
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
U.S. drone that crashed in Iran goes miniature  —  A photo released by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps purports to show the RQ-170 drone that was reported crash in December.  (Sepahnews via Associated Press) TEHRAN — For the American government, the crash of the RQ-170 drone in Iran was an embarrassment.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney to release tax returns, estimates rate at about 15 percent  —  FLORENCE, S.C. — Bowing to pressure from his Republican rivals as well as the Democrats, Mitt Romney told reporters here Tuesday that he plans to release his federal income tax returns this spring and estimated his rate at about 15 percent.
Jessica Firger / Wall Street Journal:
Protest Sapped of Cash  —  Occupy Wall Street Freezes Spending on New Projects as Donations Dry Up  —  Occupy Wall Street—the movement built on protesting corporate greed and income inequality—is running out of money.  —  After raising more than $700,000 last fall …
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Pinkberry co-founder beat homeless man with tire iron, LAPD says  —  One of the founders of the popular Pinkberry yogurt chain is accused by police of chasing down a homeless man and beating him with a tire iron.  —  The incident took place in June 2011 on an off-ramp of the Hollywood Freeway …
Va. Appeals Court Rules Against Perry and Gingrich's Attempt to Get on Ballot  —  A federal appeals court in Virginia today denied an emergency request by Republican presidential hopefuls Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich to be placed on the ballot for the Virginia primary.
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell!
Emily Schultheis / The Politico:
Court rejects Perry's Va. ballot appeal
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Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Why the Saudis want $100-a-barrel oil
Discussion: Political Mojo and FT Alphaville
Kris Turner / Toledo Blade:
Solar-panel company lays off 40 employees
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
What Would New York Look Like With a Smaller Financial Sector?
Discussion: TBogg
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Conservative Media Is the Biggest Culprit in Huntsman's Weak Showing
Sara Murray / Real Time Economics:
Nearly Half of U.S Lives in Household Receiving Government Benefits
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Rick Perlstein / Rolling Stone:
What Mitt Romney Learned From His Dad
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Washington Examiner:
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Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Staffer Says Women Shouldn't Be President Because It's Against God's Will