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4:45 PM ET, January 23, 2012

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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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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Sen. Rand Paul ‘detained’ by TSA in Nashville, TSA denies  —  Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul's press secretary Moira Bagley tweeted on Monday that Transportation Security Administration officials were detaining her boss in Nashville, Tenn.  —  “Just got a call from @senrandpaul,” Bagley tweeted at about 10 a.m. on Monday.
A.Killough / CNN:
Spokeswoman: TSA turns away Sen. Rand Paul  —  (CNN) - Authorities blocked U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at the Nashville airport Monday after the Kentucky Republican refused a pat-down at a security checkpoint, his spokeswoman said.  —  Paul went through a scanner at the airport and set off an alarm, said his spokeswoman, Moira Bagley.
Discussion: The Politico and National Review
Digby / Hullabaloo:   @bwilliams Ask Ron Paul 2night if he thinks states (as opposed to feds) have right 2 pat down airline travelers
NewsMax.com:
Newt Surges to Lead in Fla., Romney Trails by 8 Points  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  Newt Gingrich has now surged to a significant lead over Mitt Romney in Florida …
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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 …
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
FLORIDA FAMILIES  —  While Florida families struggled during the housing crisis, Newt Gingrich cashed in while working for Freddie Mac.  After being sanctioned for ethics violations and resigning in disgrace, Newt Gingrich cashed in as a D.C. insider.  President Obama and his campaign …
Wall Street Journal:
The Gingrich Challenge  —  A test for Romney, GOP officials …
David Weigel / Slate:
Romney Campaign on Newt: “We Want to Know What Nancy Pelosi Knows”
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Promises To Outlaw Gay Civil Marriage Because It Does Not Reflect 'God's Will For Us'  —  Rick Santorum told CNN's Piers Morgan on Friday that he would never change his opposition to same-sex marriage because it does not reflect “God's will for us.”
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Santorum To Rape Victims: ‘Make The Best Out Of A Bad Situation’
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Washington's Anti-Gay Pastor To Marriage Supporters: You Think ‘You Know Better Than God’
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Supreme Court Court Rejects Willy-nilly GPS Tracking  —  The Supreme Court said Monday that law enforcement authorities might need a probable-cause warrant from a judge to affix a GPS device to a vehicle and monitor its every move — but the justices did not say that a warrant was needed in all cases.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Police Use of G.P.S. Is Ruled Unconstitutional  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled that the police violated the Constitution when they placed a Global Positioning System tracking device on a suspect's car and tracked its movements for 28 days.
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Supreme Court says no to debate over Elena Kagan health care role
Discussion: CNN and Hit & Run
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
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 …
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
GOP Sen. Mark Kirk suffers stroke
Discussion: The Politico
Wallacegw / CNN:
TRENDING: Paul skipping primary night in Florida  —  (CNN) - Want more proof Rep. Ron Paul is looking past Florida to February's contests?  Well, here it is.  —  While the Republican presidential candidate and longtime congressman from Texas will attend both of the GOP debates being held …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Orlando Sentinel
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Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Gingrich tops 40 percent in Rasmussen Florida poll
Discussion: The Other McCain
Michael Crowley / Swampland:
Newt Gingrich vs.the Establishment: South Carolina Sets Up Intra-GOP Conflict
Mark Steyn / National Review:
The Man Who Gave Us Newt  —  The nature of this peculiar primary season - the reason it seems at odds with both the 2009-2010 political narrative and the seriousness of the times - was determined by Mitt Romney.  Even if you don't mind RomneyCare, or the abortion flip-flop, or any of the rest …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Arkansas Democratic Campaign Manager Comes Home To Find Child's Cat Murdered, ‘LIBERAL’ Written On Dead Body  —  The campaign manager of Arkansas Democratic congressional candidate Ken Aden arrived home last night to find his child's pet cat murdered on the front porch with the word “LIBERAL” scrawled across its lifeless body.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Gawker
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David Catanese / The Politico:
Ark. campaign manager's cat slaughtered
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Romney: U.S. economy ‘getting better’ under Obama  —  Facebook Twitter Digg Reddit StumbleUpon Delicious  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) appeared on “Fox News Sunday” yesterday and argued that President Obama's policies “have actually made our economy worse.”  Then he said it again.
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Obama Defends Roe v. Wade As Way for ‘Our Daughters’ to Have Same Chance As Sons to ‘Fulfill Their Dreams’  —  (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama says the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is the chance to recognize the “fundamental constitutional right” to abortion and to …
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David Frum / CNN:
Editor's note: David Frum, a CNN contributor, was a special assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002.  He is the author of six books, including “Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again.”  —  (CNN) — “Why liberals oppose a strong American presence in space.”
Discussion: This Just In
Kelly Chernenkoff / Fox News:
Biden Wades into Gingrich Fidelity Debate  —  Vice President Biden dipped a tentative toe into the touchy side of presidential politics when he addressed accusations from Republican candidate Newt Gingrich's ex-wife that Gingrich wanted an open marriage.  —  “I have no comment,” …
Discussion: The Hill and The Politico
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 …
 
 
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Sports Illustrated:
Bruins' goalie Thomas declines White House visit
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Michael A. Lewis, Ph.D. / Watts Up With That?:
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Lee Hill Kavanaugh / Kansas City Star:
Gay teen leads fight for change amid T-shirt dispute
Discussion: BuzzFeed and ThinkProgress
Susie / Suburban Guerrilla:
Fun with fundraising  —  Welcome, Ted Rall readers!  I'm not dying, just sick.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Buffett On Why Romney Should Pay Higher Taxes: He's Just ‘Shoving Around Money,’ Not ‘Straining His Back’
JSOnline:
More charges expected against ex-Walker staffers, sources say
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Simon Johnson on the Proposed Foreclosure Fraud Settlement: “This is a law enforcement issue.”
Discussion: naked capitalism and US Politics
Daniel Klaidman / The Daily Beast:
Obama Team to Break Silence on al-Awlaki Killing
The Politico:
Mitt faces a perfect mess
Discussion: The Moderate Voice