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11:20 AM ET, January 20, 2012


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Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Palin: ‘Dumb arses’ in media ‘overplayed their hand’ with Gingrich  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has now weighed in on the controversy surrounding an ABC interview with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's ex-wife, and Palin had some tough words for the media.
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
“I THINK GRANDIOSE THOUGHTS”  —  Location  —  A Selection Of Speaker Gingrich's Thoughts Over The Years  —  Gingrich on Gingrich:  — “I Am Essentially A Revolutionary.”  (Adam Clymer, “House Revolutionary,” The New York Times, 8/23/92)  — “Philosophically, I Am Very Different …
Speaker Newt Gingrich and Mrs. Gingrich Release 2010 Income Tax Return and Gingrich Foundation Tax Return  —  Atlanta, GA - Today, Newt and Callista Gingrich released their 2010 federal income tax return, which they filed jointly with the Internal Revenue Service.
New York Times:
Moralizing's High Cost  —  Multiple marriages and even adultery are not automatic disqualifications for the presidency.  If they were, the country would have a very different roster of former presidents and candidates.  But when a political party decides that moralizing about personal conduct …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Gingrich maintains 6 point lead  —  Thursday may have been one of the most eventful days of the Republican campaign so far, but the state of the race in South Carolina didn't change much.  Newt Gingrich continues to lead Mitt Romney by 6 points, 35-29, with Ron Paul and Rick Santorum each tied for third at 15%.
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell backs Romney
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Republican Debate Audience Boos Mitt Romney Over Releasing Tax Returns
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Taxes at the Top  —  Call me peculiar, but I'm actually enjoying the spectacle of Mitt Romney doing the Dance of the Seven Veils — partly out of voyeurism, of course, but also because it's about time that we had this discussion.  —  The theme of his dance, for those who haven't been paying attention, is taxes — his own taxes.
Wall Street Journal:
How Much the Rich Pay  —  Mitt Romney, the 1% and taxes.  —  Mitt Romney's disclosure this week that his effective federal tax rate is “probably closer to the 15% rate than anything” has created the predictable political uproar.  The White House and its media allies figure they've now got …
Discussion: Althouse
Aaron / Senate Democrats:
Reid Statement On Intellectual Property Bill … Washington, D.C. - Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today on the Senate's PROTECT I.P. Act:  —  “In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday's vote on the PROTECT I.P. Act.
Jennifer Martinez / Reuters:
Reid cancels vote on PIPA
Discussion: RedState and The Politico
New York Times:
Dodd Calls for Hollywood and Silicon Valley to Meet
Discussion: CNET and The Verge, more at Techmeme »
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Rejecting the Keystone pipeline is an act of insanity  —  President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico is an act of national insanity.  It isn't often that a president makes a decision that has no redeeming virtues and — beyond the symbolism …
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Secretary Clinton won't testify on Keystone pipeline rejection
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
Anonymous Goes on Megaupload Revenge Spree: DoJ, RIAA, MPAA, and Universal Music All Offline  —  Anonymous has sure been quiet lately, but today's federal bust of Megaupload riled 'em up good: a retaliatory strike against (and plenty of other foes) leaving them completely dead.
The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department Charges Leaders of Megaupload with Widespread Online Copyright Infringement
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
7 Charged as F.B.I. Closes a Top File-Sharing Site
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Afghanistan's Soldiers Step Up Killings of Allied Forces  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — American and other coalition forces here are being killed in increasing numbers by the very Afghan soldiers they fight alongside and train, in attacks motivated by deep-seated animosity between the supposedly allied forces …
New York Times:
Sarkozy Weighs Afghan Withdrawal After Soldier Kills 4 French Troops
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Obama Sings Soul Tune in Harlem  —  Shortly after taking the stage tonight for a fundraiser at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, President Obama broke into song.  —  Obama, standing behind the presidential podium, thanked his hosts and the performers who preceded him, including soul singer Al Green.
Discussion: Gothamist and alicublog
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Ex Factor  —  Romney gets a break from Gingrich's former wife.  But why has she changed her story?  —  Bye-Ku for Rick Perry  —  Trounced in Iowa  —  New Hampshire and—the third one  —  I can't.  Sorry.  Oops  —  Mitt Romney just got his biggest break in over a week.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Love online: 100,000 Grindr users exposed in hack attack  —  The Grindr app, left, and founder Joel Simkhai's profile.  —  A popular “meat-market” smartphone app that spawned a sexual revolution in Australia's gay community has been compromised by a Sydney hacker, potentially exposing …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
James O'Toole /
Best Companies list hits gay rights milestone  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — For the first time ever, all 100 firms on Fortune's Best Companies To Work For list this year have non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation.  —  In 2008, 95 of the top 100 Best Companies to Work …
Discussion: Shakesville and Joe. My. God.
Tim Miller / Real Clear Politics:
How Mitt Romney Beat Us  —  The end of a presidential campaign brings inevitable dissection of what went wrong and where.  Too often such hand wringing focuses on the minutiae that journo-pundits and political flacks choose to obsess over.  But in reality, it's the broad structural issues …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Spectacle Blog
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Romney to Occupy protester: Go back to Russia  —  The Romney campaign is proudly circulating this video of Mitt Romney dressing down an Occupy Wall Street protester with this line: “America's right, and you're wrong.”  —  “GREAT VIDEO,” Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom Tweeted just now.
Paul Werdel /
TPM2012  —  Romney Snaps At Questioner, 'America's Right, And You're Wrong!
Exclusive: Senior al Qaeda figure killed in drone strike  —  A militant who acted as a senior operations organizer for al Qaeda was targeted and killed in one of two U.S. drone strikes launched against targets inside Pakistan last week, a U.S. official said.
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Bush's CIA director: We determined attacking Iran was a bad idea
Discussion: Eunomia
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The GOP's suicide march
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Betsy's Page
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Six in 10 Voters Would Be OK With Obama-Romney Matchup
Health Care Costs are Eating Your Pay Raise
Discussion: US Politics
Larry Elliott / Guardian:
IMF warns of threat to global economies posed by austerity drives
Discussion: US Politics
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Benedict Carey / New York Times:
New Definition of Autism May Exclude Many, Study Suggests
Discussion: Althouse
INSIGHT - In MF Global, JPMorgan again at center of a financial failure
Discussion: naked capitalism
Corey Robin:
From the Slaveholders to Rick Perry: Galileo is the Key
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
After Perry exit, anger at GOP debates
Haley Barbour / Washington Post:
Why I released 26 prisoners  —  Haley Barbour, a Republican …