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12:40 AM ET, January 24, 2012

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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Newt up 5 in Florida  —  PPP's first post-South Carolina poll in Florida finds Newt Gingrich with a small lead.  He's at 38% to 33% for Mitt Romney, 13% for Rick Santorum, and 10% for Ron Paul.  —  Gingrich has gained 12 points since a PPP poll conducted in Florida a week ago.  Romney has dropped 8 points.
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Ross Douthat:
Calling Mitch Daniels  —  For months now, even as the rest of the conservative commentariat has gradually resigned itself to the existing presidential field, the Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol has continued to pine — publicly, unstintingly, immune to either embarrassment or fatigue— for another candidate to jump into the race.
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Romney and Gingrich tussle in scrappy Republican debate  —  Mitt Romney unleashed his harshest attacks to date on Newt Gingrich Monday in an antagonistic debate in Florida.  —  He chipped away at the former House Speaker's record from every direction as he worked to fend off the rival …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
‘Super PAC’ for Gingrich to Get $5 Million Infusion
Discussion: The Caucus
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:   Arkansas Democratic Campaign Manager Comes Home To Find Child's Cat Murdered, ‘LIBERAL’ Written On Dead Body
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Democratic Operative's Cat Slaughtered, ‘Liberal’ Painted On Corpse
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David Catanese / The Politico:   Ark. campaign manager's cat slaughtered
Keith Laing / The Hill:
White House sides with TSA in Rand Paul standoff  —  The White House is standing by the Transportation Security Administration in its standoff with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and his father, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).  —  The elder Paul called the TSA a …
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Rand Paul on TSA detainment: 'I was barked at: 'Do not leave the cubicle!  "  —  Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul told The Daily Caller that being “detained” by the Transportation Security Administration at the Nashville airport Monday was a major ordeal that underscores flaws in TSA's procedures …
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.
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Sen. Rand Paul ‘detained’ by TSA in Nashville, TSA denies
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Sen. Rand Paul declines TSA pat-down, is escorted from security checkpoint
Discussion: New York Times and Rod Dreher
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
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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
11 stunning revelations from Larry Summers's secret economics memo to Barack Obama  —  A lengthy piece in The New Yorker looks at policymaking in the Obama White House.  A key source for writer Ryan Lizza is a 57-page, “Sensitive & Confidential” memo written by economist Larry Summers …
Discussion: Doug Ross and The PJ Tatler
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
The Summers Memo  —  In a piece this week on Barack Obama's shift …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
From Gingrich To Palin To Gingrich  —  Let us now play the tiniest violin for what is called the “Republican Establishment”.  I'm not sure what this phrase means or represents any more - the Chamber of Commerce?  John Boehner?  The Bush family?  But the concept of a responsible, sane …
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David Frum / CNN:
Why Gingrich's politics self-destruct
Discussion: This Just In
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Police Use of GPS Is Ruled Unconstitutional  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously that the police violated the Constitution when they placed a Global Positioning System tracking device on a suspect's car and monitored its movements for 28 days.
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Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Reactions to Jones v. United States: The government fared much better than everyone realizes
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
For Justices, State of the Union Can Be a Trial
Discussion: Law Blog and Hit & Run
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Santorum To Rape Victims: ‘Make The Best Out Of A Bad Situation’  —  Standing steadfast as the most socially right-wing candidate in the GOP presidential field, Rick Santorum has repeatedly touted his extreme anti-choice position, which dictates that abortion should be uniformly illegal, even in cases of rape or incest.
Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel:
Photos: Protesters “glitter-bomb” Santorum's town hall meeting  —  2012 Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum's town hall meeting in Lady Lake ended with an unexpected twist, Monday afternoon, when two protesters rushed the stage, throwing glitter and shouting at the candidate.
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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Former CIA officer charged in alleged leaks  —  The Justice Department on Monday charged a former CIA officer with repeatedly leaking classified information, including the identities of agency operatives involved in the capture and interrogation of alleged terrorists.
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Stephen Green / PJ Media:
Drunkblogging Tonight's GOP Debate … 5:46PM AsI prepared for the third GOP debate — and my third drunkblog — in eight days, I was sorely tempted to take my PJTV on-air coffee mug and just fill it up with cheap bourbon.  But we try to run a classy(ish) joint here, so instead I poured …
Politics:
Is This Barack Obama's Willie Horton?  —  Is This Barack Obama's Willie Horton?  —  Politics Buzz There's a long political history of tying a politician — from Michael Dukakis to Mike Huckabee — to a dangerous felon who was released and committed more crimes.
Discussion: Hot Air
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Washington state set to approve gay marriage  —  Washington state is set to become the seventh in the country to legalize gay marriage, according to a report Monday.  —  Democratic Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen announced she would be the 25th vote needed to pass the same-sex marriage bill …
Sports Illustrated:
Bruins' goalie Thomas declines White House visit  —  (SI.com) — The Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins visited the White House today to be honored by President Barack Obama, but the team's star goaltender declined to attend for poltical reasons.  —  According to Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli …
 
 
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Nicholas Confessore / The Caucus:
Miriam Adelson Donates $5 Million to a Pro-Gingrich ‘Super PAC’
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Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
Doug Lamborn to ditch State of the Union speech as a protest
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Gay teen leads fight for change amid T-shirt dispute
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Romney: U.S. economy ‘getting better’ under Obama
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JSOnline:
More charges expected against ex-Walker staffers, sources say
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Chicago Tribune:
Sen. Mark Kirk undergoes surgery after suffering stroke