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12:55 PM ET, January 24, 2012

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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.
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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 …
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.
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.
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Gingrich Threatens to Skip Debates if Audiences Can't Participate  —  Newt Gingrich insists his fans will not be silenced.  —  Mr. Gingrich, a former House speaker, on Tuesday morning threatened not participate in any future debates with audiences that have been instructed to be silent.
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.
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.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Gingrich's former firm releases Freddie Mac contract
Discussion: New York Times and Hot Air
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
What the battle over Romney's wealth is really about, in one poll finding
The Caucus:
Romney Tax Returns Show 2-Year Income of $45 Million
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich releases Freddie Mac contracts: Read them here
Ross Douthat:
Calling Mitch Daniels
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Mitt Romney to pay $6.2M in taxes for 2010-2011
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.
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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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Buffett's secretary to join first lady at State of the Union address
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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.
Genevra Pittman / Reuters:
Abortion safer than giving birth: study  —  (Reuters Health) - Getting a legal abortion is much safer than giving birth, suggests a new U.S. study published Monday.  —  Researchers found that women were about 14 times more likely to die during or after giving birth to a live baby than to die from complications of an abortion.
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.
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 …
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
 
 
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