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3:30 PM 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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog and GOP 12
David Weigel / Slate:
Romney Campaign on Newt: “We Want to Know What Nancy Pelosi Knows”
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:
BREAKING: 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 …
Discussion: National Review
ABCNEWS:
Rand Paul in Pat-Down Standoff With TSA in Nashville  —  Sen. Rand Paul told his communications director this morning he was being detained by TSA in Nashville.  —  @moirabagley, the Twitter account associated with Paul staffer Moira Bagley tweeted around 10 a.m., ET, “Just got a call from @senrandpaul.
Charlie Savage / The Caucus:
Rand Paul Is Stopped by T.S.A. in Nashville
Digby / Hullabaloo:   @bwilliams Ask Ron Paul 2night if he thinks states (as opposed to feds) have right 2 pat down airline travelers
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Supreme Court Rules Warrants Needed for GPS Monitoring  —  The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that law enforcement authorities 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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Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Supreme Court says no to debate over Elena Kagan health care role
Discussion: CNN and Hit & Run
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
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 …
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:
Why GOP leaders don't trust Gingrich  —  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
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
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 …
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
PRIVATE INEQUITY  —  At this point, the people who run America's private-equity funds must be ruing the day Mitt Romney decided to run for President.  His fellow Republican candidates, of all people, have painted a vivid picture of private-equity firms—including Bain Capital …
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
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Romney: U.S. economy ‘getting better’ under Obama
Susie / Suburban Guerrilla:
Fun with fundraising  —  Welcome, Ted Rall readers!  I'm not dying, just sick.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Wraps Up District Work Today as She Prepares to Leave Congress
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
msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: High stakes
Discussion: Pundits Blog and Washington Wire
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Simon Johnson on the Proposed Foreclosure Fraud Settlement: “This is a law enforcement issue.”
Discussion: naked capitalism and US Politics
 Earlier Items: 
KMOV-TV:
St. Louis groups protest Kirkwood Walmart, Lowe's
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Under the Name of a Senate Hopeful, Blog Posts on Sex and Drugs
Daniel Klaidman / The Daily Beast:
Obama Team to Break Silence on al-Awlaki Killing
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Federal employees owe $1.03 billion in unpaid taxes
Discussion: COURAGE IN AMERICA
The Politico:
Mitt faces a perfect mess
Discussion: The Moderate Voice