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11:00 AM ET, January 24, 2012

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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 …
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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.
Reuters:
Romney reports tax bill of $6.2 million for 2010-11  —  (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released tax records on Tuesday indicating he will pay $6.2 million in taxes on a total of $42.5 million in income over the years 2010 and 2011.
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.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Debate Winner: Mitch Daniels  —  I've got to think Monday night's debate further swelled the groundswell of support for Mitch Daniels.  The liveliest part of the debate was at the beginning, when Mitt went after Newt—and Republicans all over America watched with fascinated horror at the thought that these are the two GOP frontrunners.
The Caucus:
Romney Tax Returns Show 2-Year Income of $45 Million  —  Mitt Romney's campaign released details of his federal tax returns on Tuesday morning, showing that he is likely to pay a total of $6.2 million in taxes on $45 million in income over the two tax years of 2010 and 2011.  (View full returns here)
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Public sours on Romney in January  —  The number of Americans with negative views of Mitt Romney has spiked in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, compounding the former Massachusetts governor's challenges as he tries to rally from Saturday's big loss in South Carolina.
Ross Douthat:
Calling Mitch Daniels
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Gingrich's former firm releases Freddie Mac contract
Discussion: New York Times and Hot Air
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
‘Super PAC’ for Gingrich to Get $5 Million Infusion
Richard Rubin / Bloomberg:
Romney Paid 13.9% Tax Rate on $21.6 Million in 2010
Discussion: American Prospect and ABCNEWS
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Mitt Romney to pay $6.2M in taxes for 2010-2011
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Gingrich won't ‘allow’ moderators to silence crowd at future debates  —  Newt Gingrich says he won't “allow” the moderators of future GOP presidential debates to keep the crowd out of it.  —  Speaking on Tuesday to Fox News, Gingrich took the opportunity that was denied him at Monday night's debate, and blasted the media.
Discussion: The Politico and Political Insider
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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich releases Freddie Mac contracts: Read them here
Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Deserves to Lose  —  That's what happens when you run with losers.  —  Let's just say right now what voters will be saying in November, once Barack Obama has been re-elected: Republicans deserve to lose.  —  It doesn't matter that Mr. Obama can't get the economy out of second gear.
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Popularity Swings Sharply for GOP Field  —  Unfavorable views of Mitt Romney have soared, doubts about Newt Gingrich remain widespread and Barack Obama has advanced to his highest personal popularity in more than a year — all in advance of the State of the Union address in which Obama makes his case for a second term.
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William Galston / The New Republic:
Five Things To Watch For In the State of the Union
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Simon Tomlinson / Daily Mail:
The classiest telling off in concert hall history?  Witty musical response of violinist who was interrupted mid-solo by mobile phone ringtone  —  It is the most infuriating addition to any performance for artist and audience alike.  —  While engrossed in a captivating piece of theatre …
Elizabeth Mendes / Gallup:
More Americans Uninsured in 2011  —  However, more adults aged 18 to 26 now covered … WASHINGTON, D.C. — More American adults lacked health insurance coverage last year than in any year since Gallup and Healthways started tracking it in 2008.  The uninsured rate has been increasing since 2008, climbing to 17.1% in 2011.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Politico
Telegraph:
Barack Obama attacked Hillary Clinton in negative campaign leaked memos show  —  Barack Obama agreed to using character assassination tactics against Hillary Clinton during his 2008 presidential campaign, White House memos show, despite a pledge to steer away from negative electioneering.
Artur Davis / National Review:
Draft Jeb Bush  —  In the early months of the election year, a polarizing president with a lackluster approval rating bided his time as the opposition party unraveled.  Its nominating fight dissolved into chaos as the establishment front-runner collapsed, and an insurgent with a talent …
Agence France Presse:
Top official says Hamas will never renounce jihad  —  GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Senior Hamas official Mahmud Zahar said on Monday that the Palestinian Islamist movement will never give up its armed struggled against Israel.  —  The statement comes as Gaza Strip officials openly attacked …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jim Efstathiou Jr / Bloomberg:
Buffett's Burlington Northern Among Winners From Keystone Denial  —  Warren Buffett's Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC is among U.S. and Canadian railroads that stand to benefit from the Obama administration's decision to reject TransCanada Corp. (TRP)'s Keystone XL oil pipeline permit.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Judge: Americans can be forced to decrypt their laptops  —  American citizens can be ordered to decrypt their PGP-scrambled hard drives for police to peruse for incriminating files, a federal judge in Colorado ruled today in what could become a precedent-setting case.
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.
Byron Tau / The Politico:
Buffett's secretary to join Obama  —  Billionaire Warren Buffett's longtime secretary will be joining first lady Michelle Obama in her box at tonight's State of the Union, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer announced on Twitter.  —  Debbie Bosanek, who has worked for Buffett …
 
 
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Tad DeHaven / Cato @ Liberty:
State Dependency on the Federal Government
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Reuters:
What exactly would President Obama do in a second term?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Adam Davidson / The Atlantic Online:
Making It in America  —  IN THE PAST DECADE, THE FLOW …
Michael Powell / New York Times:
In Police Training, a Dark Film on U.S. Muslims
Jill Fitzsimmons / Media Matters for America:
Media Matters Goes Light Bulb Shopping
Discussion: pandagon.net
Rick Rojas / Los Angeles Times:
Disney changes dress code to allow employees to grow beards
Discussion: Guardian
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
John Kerry, on the right wing, breaks nose
Discussion: Mediaite, ABCNEWS and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Green / PJ Media:
Drunkblogging Tonight's GOP Debate
Ardem / Blue Arkansas:
Ken Aden's Campaign Manager Comes Home To Find Cat Killed; “LIBERAL” Written On Its Corpse
Politics:
Is This Barack Obama's Willie Horton?
Discussion: Hot Air
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
The Summers Memo  —  In a piece this week on Barack Obama's shift …