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9:50 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.
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.
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.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Gingrich's former firm releases Freddie Mac contract  —  GOP candidate Newt Gingrich, who has said he never lobbied on behalf of his consulting clients, reported to a top lobbyist with Freddie Mac as part of a $25,000-a-month contract, according to records released late Monday.
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.
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Mitt Romney to pay $6.2M in taxes for 2010-2011
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
‘Super PAC’ for Gingrich to Get $5 Million Infusion
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Debate Winner: Mitch Daniels
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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Don Surber and Weasel Zippers
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Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
John Kerry, on the right wing, breaks nose  —  Senator John Kerry sported a broken nose and two black eyes at a White House event today honoring the Stanley Cup champs, the Boston Bruins.  He suffered the injuries in a pickup hockey game.  (REUTERS/Larry Downing)
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Mediaite and The Hill
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: COURAGE IN AMERICA
William Galston / The New Republic:
Five Things To Watch For In the State of the Union  —  Given the blizzard of White House briefings to eager reporters in recent days, we already have some sense of what the president will say in tonight's State of the Union address.  But in considering the speech, we shouldn't forget to judge …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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 …
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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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.
 
 
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