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10:55 PM ET, January 23, 2012

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Ross Douthat:
Calling Mitch Daniels  —  For months now, even as the rest of the conservative commentariat has gradually resigned itself to the existing presidential field, the Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol has continued to pine — publicly, unstintingly, immune to either embarrassment or fatigue— for another candidate to jump into the race.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Newt up 5 in Florida  —  PPP's first post-South Carolina poll in Florida finds Newt Gingrich with a small lead.  He's at 38% to 33% for Mitt Romney, 13% for Rick Santorum, and 10% for Ron Paul.  —  Gingrich has gained 12 points since a PPP poll conducted in Florida a week ago.  Romney has dropped 8 points.
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
GOP debate: Romney, Gingrich exchange fire from the start
Discussion: The Politico
Richard Adams / Guardian:
Republican debate in Florida - live
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:   Arkansas Democratic Campaign Manager Comes Home To Find Child's Cat Murdered, ‘LIBERAL’ Written On Dead Body
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Democratic Operative's Cat Slaughtered, ‘Liberal’ Painted On Corpse
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David Catanese / The Politico:   Ark. campaign manager's cat slaughtered
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Rand Paul detained by TSA  —  Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was detained Monday by the Transportation Security Administration in Nashville, Tenn., after refusing a full body pat-down, POLITICO has confirmed.  —  “I spoke with him five minutes ago and he was being detained indefinitely,” Paul spokesperson Moira Bagley said.
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Keith Laing / The Hill:
White House sides with TSA in Rand Paul standoff  —  The White House is standing by the Transportation Security Administration in its standoff with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and his father, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).  —  The elder Paul called the TSA a …
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Rand Paul on TSA detainment: 'I was barked at: 'Do not leave the cubicle!  "  —  Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul told The Daily Caller that being “detained” by the Transportation Security Administration at the Nashville airport Monday was a major ordeal that underscores flaws in TSA's procedures …
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Sen. Rand Paul ‘detained’ by TSA in Nashville, TSA denies
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Sen. Rand Paul declines TSA pat-down, is escorted from security checkpoint
Discussion: New York Times and Rod Dreher
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
THE OBAMA MEMOS … - POLITICS - PROFILES - THE TALK OF THE TOWN - COMMENT - TABLE OF CONTENTS - THE FINANCIAL PAGE - NEWS DESK - THE POLITICAL SCENE
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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
11 stunning revelations from Larry Summers's secret economics memo to Barack Obama  —  A lengthy piece in The New Yorker looks at policymaking in the Obama White House.  A key source for writer Ryan Lizza is a 57-page, “Sensitive & Confidential” memo written by economist Larry Summers …
Discussion: Doug Ross and The PJ Tatler
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
The Summers Memo  —  In a piece this week on Barack Obama's shift …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Santorum To Rape Victims: ‘Make The Best Out Of A Bad Situation’  —  Standing steadfast as the most socially right-wing candidate in the GOP presidential field, Rick Santorum has repeatedly touted his extreme anti-choice position, which dictates that abortion should be uniformly illegal, even in cases of rape or incest.
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Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel:
Photos: Protesters “glitter-bomb” Santorum's town hall meeting
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Promises To Outlaw Gay Civil Marriage Because It Does Not Reflect 'God's Will For Us'
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
From Gingrich To Palin To Gingrich  —  Let us now play the tiniest violin for what is called the “Republican Establishment”.  I'm not sure what this phrase means or represents any more - the Chamber of Commerce?  John Boehner?  The Bush family?  But the concept of a responsible, sane …
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David Frum / CNN:
Why Gingrich's politics self-destruct
Discussion: This Just In
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Former CIA officer charged in alleged leaks  —  The Justice Department on Monday charged a former CIA officer with repeatedly leaking classified information, including the identities of agency operatives involved in the capture and interrogation of alleged terrorists.
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Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Washington state set to approve gay marriage  —  Washington state is set to become the seventh in the country to legalize gay marriage, according to a report Monday.  —  Democratic Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen announced she would be the 25th vote needed to pass the same-sex marriage bill …
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Laurel Ramseyer / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: Washington's Marriage Equality Bill Has Enough Votes to Pass
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Police Use of GPS Is Ruled Unconstitutional  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously that the police violated the Constitution when they placed a Global Positioning System tracking device on a suspect's car and monitored its movements for 28 days.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
For Justices, State of the Union Can Be a Trial
Discussion: Law Blog and Hit & Run
Politics:
Is This Barack Obama's Willie Horton?  —  Is This Barack Obama's Willie Horton?  —  Politics Buzz There's a long political history of tying a politician — from Michael Dukakis to Mike Huckabee — to a dangerous felon who was released and committed more crimes.
Discussion: Hot Air
Sports Illustrated:
Bruins' goalie Thomas declines White House visit  —  (SI.com) — The Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins visited the White House today to be honored by President Barack Obama, but the team's star goaltender declined to attend for poltical reasons.  —  According to Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli …
Chicago Tribune:
Sen. Mark Kirk undergoes surgery after suffering stroke  —  U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk underwent surgery today at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after suffering a stroke, his office said.  —  “On Saturday, Senator Kirk checked himself into Lake Forest Hospital, where doctors discovered …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Don't Be Stupid: It's Not About the Money  —  I keep hearing that people are claiming it's a problem that Mitt Romney is rich.  Only no one actually seems to be saying that.  I understand why Mitt Romney is claiming that, which he continually does.  He's changing the subject and trying to fight with a straw-man.
 
 
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Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
Doug Lamborn to ditch State of the Union speech as a protest
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