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5:30 PM ET, January 24, 2012

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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Tax rates of presidential candidates, in one chart  —  Late on Monday, Mitt Romney released his 2010 tax returns, showing that he paid 13.9 percent of his income in federal taxes.  (His rate is relatively low because most of his money comes from investment income, which is taxed at a lower rate than wages.)
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Gingrich overtakes Romney nationally  —  Newt Gingrich leads Mitt Romney nationally for the first time in a month, according to the latest Gallup daily tracking poll.  —  Gingrich took 31 percent, followed by Romney at 27 percent, and Ron Paul and Rick Santorum at 12 percent each.
Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Taxes: $3 Million
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
What the battle over Romney's wealth is really about, in one poll finding
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Newt-Mitt Electability Gap Shrinks
The Caucus:
Romney Tax Returns Show 2-Year Income of $45 Million
David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Gingrich to Evangelicals: My Past Weaknesses Make Me ‘More Normal’  —  In a one-on-one interview with The Brody File, Newt Gingrich says that he has “not hidden from the facts of my life, that I have confessed my weaknesses” and he believes that, in part, is a reason why evangelicals are able to get behind his candidacy.
Discussion: GOP 12
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Matt Rourke / ABCNEWS:
Newt Gingrich Plays Up Mitt Romney-Charlie Crist Parallels in Florida
Discussion: Riptide 2.0
National Review:
Hour of Newt  —  South Carolina Republicans delivered …
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Wallacegw / CNN:
Boehner: Politics President Obama is running on ‘almost un-American’  —  Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday forcefully denounced the Democrats' campaign theme that they are for the middle class and Republicans are for the wealthy - saying the politics the president is running on are “almost un-American.”
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Kevinliptak / CNN:
Romney issues preemptive Obama jabs
Discussion: Ballot Box and Shakesville
A.Killough / CNN:   Dick Armey: Daniels could still run
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Hello, I must be going  —  I have some news to share: after three-and-a-half years at the Washington Monthly, I'm moving on.  My last post will be tomorrow and I'll start my new career at MSNBC on Monday morning.  —  Working for the Monthly has been an amazing experience …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Maddow Blog
New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie calls for referendum on issue of legalizing gay marriage  —  BRIDGEWATER — Gov. Chris Christie called today for the Legislature to put on the fall ballot a voter referendum on whether to legalize gay marriage, which Democratic lawmakers have made a top priority.
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:   New Jersey Senate Committee Advances Marriage Equality
Kevin Paul Dupont / Boston Globe:
On a day for team, Thomas left them shorthanded  —  Tim Thomas separated himself from his Bruins' teammates yesterday afternoon when he refused to join them at the White House, a day meant to celebrate their 2011 Stanley Cup championship.  —  The two-time Vezina Trophy winner later …
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.
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Andrea Mitchell: “Top Romney Advisor” Said “Party Elites” Will Find Alternative If Mitt Loses Florida … Dude!?  —  ANDREA MITCHELL: “I talked to a top Romney adviser tonight who said, 'Look, if Mitt Romney can not win here in Florida then we're going to have to try to reinvent …
Matt Stopera / BuzzFeed:
The Most Badass Excerpt From Barney Frank's Interview With The NY Times  —  Barney Frank was interviewed about a variety of subjects by the NY Times recently.  Here's how he answered a question about his views on marijuana.  —  Interviewer: You've long argued for the decriminalization of marijuana.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Republicans sport ‘1000 days’ button to highlight Senate's budget failure  —  Some congressional Republicans today will wear red buttons Tuesday that read “1000 days” in white lettering as a reminder that today marks 1,000 days since the Senate last passed a budget.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Oil industry group says SEC must pull back transparency rule  —  A powerful petroleum industry group is demanding that the Securities and Exchange Commission withdraw and revise proposed rules that mandate disclosure of oil and mining companies' payments to governments.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Nicole Burgin / AM740 and FM102.3:
Food containing fetuses targeted under new Oklahoma bill  —  You might think this is a story out of ‘The Onion’ but it is a real story.  —  An Oklahoma lawmaker files a bill to ban the making and selling of food or products that use aborted human fetuses.  —  State Senator Ralph Shortey …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Romney adviser Norm Coleman predicts GOP president won't repeal health law  —  Mitt Romney adviser Norm Coleman, a former senator from Minnesota, predicted the GOP won't repeal the Democrats' healthcare reform law even if a Republican candidate defeats President Obama this November.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Adam Serwer / Political Mojo:
“Self Deportation”: It's a Real Thing, and It Isn't Pretty  —  Mitt Romney unveiled a novel solution for illegal immigration during Tuesday night's GOP debate, saying that he'd rely on “self-deportation” to reduce the number of unauthorized immigrants in the US.  —  Or at least it sounded novel.
 
 
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Defends Medicare: ‘I Have Always Publicly Favored A Stronger Medicare Program’
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David Catanese / The Politico:
‘Smart spending’ puts Kaine ahead of Allen
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
House Republicans make video plea to Obama to avoid automatic defense cuts
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Why Romney's Taxes Matter
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Popularity Swings Sharply for GOP Field
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More Americans Uninsured in 2011  —  However, more adults aged 18 to 26 now covered
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