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2:25 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 …
David Frum / CNN:   Why GOP leaders don't trust Gingrich
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”
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
What are Newt Gingrich's big ideas?
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.
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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.
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
Digby / Hullabaloo:
@bwilliams Ask Ron Paul 2night if he thinks states (as opposed to feds) have right 2 pat down airline travelers  —  State intrusion  —  It's good that Rand Paul is taking on the TSA's security theatre by refusing to comply with a pat down request.  Perhaps it will lead to more discussion …
Discussion: The Caucus
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Warrants Needed for GPS Monitoring, Supreme Court Rules  —  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.  —  The decision (.pdf) in what is arguably …
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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
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
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
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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
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
 
 
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Tyler Cowen / Mercatus Site Feed:
Introduction to Symposium on U.S. Sovereign Debt Crisis: Tipping-Point Scenarios and Crash Dynamics
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Buffett On Why Romney Should Pay Higher Taxes: He's Just ‘Shoving Around Money,’ Not ‘Straining His Back’
Discussion: PERRspectives
JSOnline:
More charges expected against ex-Walker staffers, sources say
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:
Calls renew for Mitch Daniels to enter presidential race
msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: High stakes
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Simon Johnson on the Proposed Foreclosure Fraud Settlement: “This is a law enforcement issue.”
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KMOV-TV:
St. Louis groups protest Kirkwood Walmart, Lowe's
 Earlier Items: 
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Under the Name of a Senate Hopeful, Blog Posts on Sex and Drugs
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
PRIVATE INEQUITY  —  At this point, the people who run America's …
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
Martin Frost / The Politico:
The electoral train wreck scenario