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8:40 AM ET, January 24, 2012

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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.
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Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Taxes: $3 Million  —  Candidate Paid a 14% Effective Tax Rate for 2010 on $21.7 Million in Income  —  WASHINGTON—GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid a 14% effective income tax rate in 2010 after making $3 million in tax-deductible charitable donations and drawing …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Romney, Gingrich tussle in GOP debate  —  Mitt Romney unleashed his harshest attacks to date on Newt Gingrich Monday in an antagonistic debate in Florida.  —  He chipped away at the former House Speaker's record from every direction as he worked to fend off the rival who has unexpectedly put Romney's hold …
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's tax returns shed some light on his investment wealth  —  Mitt Romney offered a partial snapshot of his vast personal fortune late Monday, disclosing income of $21.7 million in 2010 and $20.9 million last year — virtually all of it profits, dividends or interest from investments.
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.
The Raw Story:
Romney's released tax return reveals 13.9% rate, holdings in foreign ‘tax havens’  —  TAMPA, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released tax records on Tuesday indicating he will pay $6.2 million in taxes on a total of $45.2 million in income over the years 2010 and 2011.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
‘Super PAC’ for Gingrich to Get $5 Million Infusion
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Don't Be Stupid: It's Not About the Money
Ardem / Blue Arkansas:
Ken Aden's Campaign Manager Comes Home To Find Cat Killed; “LIBERAL” Written On Its Corpse  —  This post includes a graphic picture.  It is included here not for shock value, but to show just how heinous some people can be.  —  Last night, I got the most chilling phone call I have ever received.
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Democratic Operative's Cat Slaughtered, ‘Liberal’ Painted On Corpse
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:   Arkansas Democratic Campaign Manager Comes Home To Find Child's Cat Murdered, ‘LIBERAL’ Written On Dead Body
David Catanese / The Politico:   Ark. campaign manager's cat slaughtered
Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel:
Photos: Protesters “glitter-bomb” Santorum's town hall meeting  —  2012 Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum's town hall meeting in Lady Lake ended with an unexpected twist, Monday afternoon, when two protesters rushed the stage, throwing glitter and shouting at the candidate.
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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 …
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Tim Mak / The Politico:
Rand Paul detained by TSA
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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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
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Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
The Summers Memo  —  In a piece this week on Barack Obama's shift …
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
THE OBAMA MEMOS  —  On a frigid January evening in 2009 …
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 …
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Reactions to Jones v. United States: The government fared much better than everyone realizes  —  Below, Lyle recaps and analyzes the Court's opinion.  Given the significance of the decision and the uncertainty about its precise holding, I thought I would add a few thoughts.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Police Use of GPS Is Ruled Unconstitutional
Stephen Green / PJ Media:
Drunkblogging Tonight's GOP Debate … 5:46PM AsI prepared for the third GOP debate — and my third drunkblog — in eight days, I was sorely tempted to take my PJTV on-air coffee mug and just fill it up with cheap bourbon.  But we try to run a classy(ish) joint here, so instead I poured …
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
John Kerry, on the right wing, breaks nose  —  Senator John Kerry sported a broken nose and two black eyes at a White House event today honoring the Stanley Cup champs, the Boston Bruins.  He suffered the injuries in a pickup hockey game.  (REUTERS/Larry Downing)
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Mediaite and The Hill
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New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie nominates two for state Supreme Court, including gay African-American mayor  —  TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie today nominated an openly gay African-American Republican mayor and a Korean-American assistant attorney general to the state's highest court.
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Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
N.J. Gov. Christie Nominates Bruce Harris - Out Gay, Black Mayor - to State Supreme Court
Discussion: Washington Blade and Joe. My. God.
Simon Tomlinson / Daily Mail:
The classiest telling off in concert hall history?  Witty musical response of violinist who was interrupted mid-solo by mobile phone ringtone  —  It is the most infuriating addition to any performance for artist and audience alike.  —  While engrossed in a captivating piece of theatre …
Richard Adams / Guardian:
Republican debate in Florida - as it happened  —  Join us as the Republican race moves to Florida, and the four remaining candidates gather for the final debate.  Once again, it's a two-way battle between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich  —  • Read our news story on the Florida race
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Judge: Americans can be forced to decrypt their laptops  —  American citizens can be ordered to decrypt their PGP-scrambled hard drives for police to peruse for incriminating files, a federal judge in Colorado ruled today in what could become a precedent-setting case.
William Galston / The New Republic:
Five Things To Watch For In the State of the Union  —  Given the blizzard of White House briefings to eager reporters in recent days, we already have some sense of what the president will say in tonight's State of the Union address.  But in considering the speech, we shouldn't forget to judge …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
 
 
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