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9:30 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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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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The Gingrich Challenge  —  A test for Romney, GOP officials …
Discussion: GOP 12
Jim Vandeheiand Mike Allen / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich: The master of disguise
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
Discussion: CBS News, ABCNEWS, Althouse and THEROOT.COM
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
An open letter to Republican leaders
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Crooks and Liars
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
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
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.
Arizona Daily Star:
Giffords to step down from Congress  —  U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will step down from Congress this week to focus on her recovery, her staff announced Sunday.  —  “I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week,” Giffords said in a video message.
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Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Rep. Giffords to step down from Congress to focus on recovery
James Bennett / KOLD-TV:
Governor will declare April special election for Giffords' seat
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Giffords stepping down from Congress
Gabrielle Giffords:
U.S. REP. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS WILL STEP DOWN FROM CONGRESS THIS WEEK
Discussion: Healthland
CNN:
Gabrielle Giffords will resign to focus on her recovery
Discussion: This Just In
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 …
Discussion: The Politico and National Review
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.
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
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 …
BBC:
IDS: Welfare reform is about ‘changing lives’  —  The government is set to come up against strong opposition in the House of Lords over its plans to cap benefits payments to £26,000 per household per year in England, Scotland and Wales.  —  Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith told …
Candice M. Giove / New York Post:
'God'-awful OWS mob steals sacred item from church  —  There's no longer room at the inn at a Manhattan church that's sheltering Occupy Wall Streeters after a holy vessel disappeared from the altar last week.  —  When the Rev. Bob Brashear prepared for Sunday services at West Park Presbyterian Church …
 
 
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Daniel Klaidman / The Daily Beast:
Obama Team to Break Silence on al-Awlaki Killing
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Tom Witosky / Des Moines Register:
Political consultants quickly fire arrested man
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Jill Vejnoska / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Bret Baier is ‘the face of Fox News’
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
New York's Redistricting Process Led by Insiders
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