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10:30 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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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 …
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.
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
Garrett Haake / 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
Associated Press:
Rep. Giffords to resign and focus on recovery, setting up wide-open race for Ariz. seat  —  PHOENIX — The race to replace Rep. Gabrielle Giffords begins in earnest Monday as the Arizona congresswoman's planned resignation sets up a free-for-all in a competitive district.
Discussion: Associated Press and The Reaction
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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: ABCNEWS and The Gateway Pundit
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Giffords stepping down from Congress
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
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
Discussion: The Politico
KMOV-TV:
St. Louis groups protest Kirkwood Walmart, Lowe's  —  KIRKWOOD (KMOV) - Members of Occupy St. Louis and the Council on American-Islamic Relations joined forces Sunday afternoon to protest outside the Kirkwood Walmart and Lowe's over advertising dispute.  —  Organizers say they are protesting …
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.
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Brown, Warren agree to anti-Super PAC pledge  —  Scott Brown said Monday that he had reached agreement with Elizabeth Warren that would obligate candidates to pay a financial penalty whenever outside groups spent money on advertisements in the upcoming Massachusetts Senate race.
Discussion: The Politico
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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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rep. West insists no racial coding in Gingrich's “food stamp president” comments
Discussion: The Politico
Mark Steyn / National Review:
The Man Who Gave Us Newt
Discussion: Wonkette, Betsy's Page and News Desk
Laurel Ramseyer / pamshouseblend.firedoglake.com:
Ken Hutcherson likens Gov. Gregoire to President Lincoln's Assassin
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Under the Name of a Senate Hopeful, Blog Posts on Sex and Drugs
Discussion: New York Magazine and TBogg
hrw.org/rss/news:
World Report 2012: Strengthen Support for ‘Arab Spring’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
PRIVATE INEQUITY  —  At this point, the people who run America's …
Discussion: Swampland and Paul Krugman
Tom Witosky / Des Moines Register:
Political consultants quickly fire arrested man
Discussion: The Iowa Republican
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Federal employees owe $1.03 billion in unpaid taxes
Discussion: COURAGE IN AMERICA
 Earlier Items: 
Jill Vejnoska / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Bret Baier is ‘the face of Fox News’
Discussion: Betsy's Page
BBC:
IDS: Welfare reform is about ‘changing lives’
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
New York's Redistricting Process Led by Insiders
Discussion: WNYC News Blog
David Ingram / Reuters:
U.S. lawyer for Megaupload.com withdraws
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
An open letter to Republican leaders
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Crooks and Liars