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7:20 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, Gingrich tussle in GOP 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 who has unexpectedly put Romney's hold …
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's tax returns shed some light on his investment wealth  —  Mitt Romney offered a partial snapshot of his vast personal fortune late Monday, disclosing income of $21.7 million in 2010 and $20.9 million last year — virtually all of it profits, dividends or interest from investments.
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Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Taxes: $3 Million  —  Candidate Paid a 14% Effective Tax Rate for 2010 on $21.7 Million in Income  —  WASHINGTON—GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid a 14% effective income tax rate in 2010 after making $3 million in tax-deductible charitable donations and drawing …
Discussion: The Politico, TalkLeft and The Page
The Raw Story:
Romney's released tax return reveals 13.9% rate, holdings in foreign ‘tax havens’  —  TAMPA, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released tax records on Tuesday indicating he will pay $6.2 million in taxes on a total of $45.2 million in income over the years 2010 and 2011.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
‘Super PAC’ for Gingrich to Get $5 Million Infusion
Discussion: News Desk and The Caucus
Ardem / Blue Arkansas:
Ken Aden's Campaign Manager Comes Home To Find Cat Killed; “LIBERAL” Written On Its Corpse  —  This post includes a graphic picture.  It is included here not for shock value, but to show just how heinous some people can be.  —  Last night, I got the most chilling phone call I have ever received.
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Democratic Operative's Cat Slaughtered, ‘Liberal’ Painted On Corpse
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:   Arkansas Democratic Campaign Manager Comes Home To Find Child's Cat Murdered, ‘LIBERAL’ Written On Dead Body
David Catanese / The Politico:   Ark. campaign manager's cat slaughtered
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.
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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.
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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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
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Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
The Summers Memo  —  In a piece this week on Barack Obama's shift …
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
THE OBAMA MEMOS  —  On a frigid January evening in 2009 …
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Reactions to Jones v. United States: The government fared much better than everyone realizes  —  Below, Lyle recaps and analyzes the Court's opinion.  Given the significance of the decision and the uncertainty about its precise holding, I thought I would add a few thoughts.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Police Use of GPS Is Ruled Unconstitutional
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
For Justices, State of the Union Can Be a Trial
Discussion: Law Blog and Hit & Run
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 …
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Sen. Rand Paul declines TSA pat-down, is escorted from security checkpoint
Discussion: New York Times and Rod Dreher
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
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 …
New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie nominates two for state Supreme Court, including gay African-American mayor  —  TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie today nominated an openly gay African-American Republican mayor and a Korean-American assistant attorney general to the state's highest court.
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Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
N.J. Gov. Christie Nominates Bruce Harris - Out Gay, Black Mayor - to State Supreme Court
Discussion: Washington Blade and Joe. My. God.
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
 
 
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Nicholas Confessore / The Caucus:
Miriam Adelson Donates $5 Million to a Pro-Gingrich ‘Super PAC’
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Newt's Jacksonian Revolution
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Don't Be Stupid: It's Not About the Money
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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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Lee Hill Kavanaugh / Kansas City Star:
Gay teen leads fight for change amid T-shirt dispute
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Kelly Chernenkoff / Fox News:
Biden Wades into Gingrich Fidelity Debate
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