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10:15 AM ET, January 23, 2012

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Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
Mitt Romney tells ‘interrupters’ at rally to ‘take a hike’  —  Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns at Allstar Building Materials in Ormond Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak / January 22, 2012)  —  Mitt Romney opened an aggressive new phase …
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Jim Vandeheiand Mike Allen / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich: The master of disguise  —  The surging Newt Gingrich has mastered debates - and disguise.  —  The debate part is clear: the former speaker of the House comes to play and owns the stage, with an uncanny capacity to connect with the grievances of conservative voters.
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Mitt Romney: Newt Gingrich is a ‘failed leader,’ ‘disgrace’  —  ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - Mitt Romney landed here Sunday with a simple message: Newt Gingrich is a failure and a fraud.  And a disgrace.  And a hapless showman.  —  Standing under a brilliant orange Florida sunset …
Alexander Burnsand Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Mitt Romney's misery, in a word: Bain  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. - The verdict is in: Mitt Romney's Bain Capital problem is real.  —  Of all the forces that converged to doom Romney in Saturday's South Carolina primary, none may be as disconcerting for Republicans as the attacks on Romney's private equity work …
Wall Street Journal:
The Gingrich Challenge  —  A test for Romney, GOP officials …
Discussion: GOP 12
msnbc.com:   New state, new strategy as Romney comes out swinging
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Romney on Gingrich: ‘He had to resign in disgrace’
Discussion: The Page and New York Magazine
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney to release tax returns Tuesday
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
U.S. Economy Most Toxic of 24 Issues  —  Scope of government and U.S. morality also rankle Americans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As President Barack Obama prepares his annual address to Congress, Americans are broadly dissatisfied with the state of the nation in several specific issue areas …
The Politico:
Mitt faces a perfect mess  —  Perfect resume, perfect looks, perfect family, and a perfect roster of skilled campaign operatives and blue-chip endorsements: Mitt Romney has them all.  —  Yet he comes out of his drubbing in South Carolina with a perfect problem.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Hill
Martin Frost / The Politico:
The electoral train wreck scenario  —  Train wrecks don't happen often in American politics.  But there could be one in this presidential election.  And if it occurs, it will be big.  —  Consider: The Constitution has a specific provision regarding an Electoral College deadlock.
Adam Weinstein / Mother Jones:
Gays “Make God Want to Vomit”: Meet Santorum's Honorary Florida Chairman  —  Rick Santorum's first stop in the Sunshine State is the church of a gay-bashing, Islamophobic pastor.  —  While the network news shows spend this Sunday marveling over Newtmentum in South Carolina …
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Andrew Abramson / Post on Politics:   Pastor at Santorum rally: Americans won't vote for Mormon president, Mormon church is racist
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Is Our Economy Healing?  —  How goes the state of the union?  Well, the state of the economy remains terrible.  Three years after President Obama's inauguration and two and a half years since the official end of the recession, unemployment remains painfully high.
Daniel Klaidman / The Daily Beast:
Obama Team to Break Silence on al-Awlaki Killing  —  Inside the White House debate over how to talk about al Qaeda's Anwar al-Awlaki.  —  After months of internal debate, the Obama administration is planning to reveal publicly the legal reasoning behind its decision to kill the American-born leader …
Discussion: americanthinker.com and emptywheel
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Federal employees owe $1.03 billion in unpaid taxes  —  (Daniel Acker - BLOOMBERG) Congressional staffers owed about $10.6 million in unpaid taxes in 2010, a slight increase from the previous year and a growing slice of the roughly $1 billion owed by federal and postal workers nationwide.
Discussion: COURAGE IN AMERICA
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Rep. Giffords to step down from Congress to focus on recovery  —  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is stepping down from Congress to focus full-time on her recovery from a shooting which left her severely injured, her office announced Sunday.  —  “I have more work to do on my recovery …
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James Bennett / KOLD-TV:
Governor will declare April special election for Giffords' seat
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Gateway Pundit
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Giffords stepping down from Congress
Arizona Daily Star:   Giffords to step down from Congress
CNN:
Gabrielle Giffords will resign to focus on her recovery
Discussion: This Just In
Tom Witosky / Des Moines Register:
Political consultants quickly fire arrested man  —  His allegedly fraudulent identity scheme was discovered last June.  —  A Des Moines man arrested Friday on charges he attempted to illegally use the identity of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz had campaigned for President Barack Obama during the 2008 election cycle.
Discussion: The Iowa Republican
Rick Santorum / Wall Street Journal:
My Fight for Life  —  The other Republican candidates simply check the pro-life box.  America needs leadership.  —  Monday marks the first day of the fourth decade of Roe v. Wade, but together we can make it the decade when Roe is overturned.  With a president committed to defending life …
Discussion: The Politico and New York Magazine
BREITBART.COM:
Davos elites to seek reforms of ‘outdated’ capitalism  —  Economic and political elites meeting this week at the Swiss resort of Davos will be asked to urgently find ways to reform a capitalist system that has been described as “outdated and crumbling.”  —  “We have a general morality gap …
 
 
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Under the Name of a Senate Hopeful, Blog Posts on Sex and Drugs
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
PRIVATE INEQUITY  —  At this point, the people who run America's …
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Bret Baier is ‘the face of Fox News’
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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
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David Ingram / Reuters:
U.S. lawyer for Megaupload.com withdraws
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
An open letter to Republican leaders
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