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1:00 AM ET, January 26, 2012

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Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
Thou Shalt Not Write Bad Things About Obama  —  Drudge has a story about Obama getting off of Air Force One in Arizona, greeting Republican governor Jan Brewer, and immediately giving her a piece of his mind.  Evidently our president did not appreciate something Brewer wrote about him.
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Donovan Slack / The Politico:
Brewer?s tense exchange with Obama  —  It was a tense moment on the tarmac.  —  President Obama, alighting from the stairs of Air Force One in Phoenix this afternoon, was greeted by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who handed him an envelope and the two exchanged what appeared to be some heated sentiments.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
On visit to Arizona, Obama and Gov. Brewer spar over her book  —  When President Obama landed in Phoenix on Wednesday, he was greeted with sunny skies and a kerfuffle with Republican Gov. Jan Brewer.  —  After welcoming the president upon his arrival, Obama told Brewer he didn't like the …
Discussion: CNN
Kevinliptak / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Dead heat in Florida ahead of debate  —  Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) - One day before the final GOP presidential debate in Florida, it's all tied up between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, according to a new survey.  —  A CNN/Time/ORC International Poll also indicates …
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Wallacegw / CNN:
Speaker tells members what not to wear  —  Washington (CNN) - Just seconds after an emotional tribute to Arizona Democratic Rep Gabby Giffords in the House of Representatives Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner - who got a little choked up in the moment - suddenly felt the need to remind members …
Discussion: Reuters and The Politico
First Read / msnbc.com:
Santorum hints at leaving FL before Tuesday primary  —  NAPLES, FL — Failing to show early signs of momentum in the Sunshine State, presidential hopeful Rick Santorum on Wednesday signaled he may be cutting out of Florida before the state's Jan. 31 primary.
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Gingrich on Clinton impeachment, telling the truth
Discussion: The Politico
A.Killough / CNN:
Romney was ‘distinguished panelist’ at Fannie Mae conference
Discussion: Daily Kos
Paul Roderick Gregory / EconWorld:
Warren Buffett's Secretary Likely Makes Between $200,000 And $500,000/Year  —  Warren Buffet's secretary, Debbie Bosanek, served as a stage prop for President Obama's State of the Union speech.  She was the President's chief display of the alleged unfairness of our tax system …
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Tim Makand Mj Lee / The Politico:
Eric Cantor: I care about Warren Buffett's secretary
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Newt pledges moon base by second term  —  POLITICO's Ginger Gibson:
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Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Pledges To Establish Permanent Base On The Moon ‘By The End Of My Second Term’  —  In a speech pandering to Florida's aerospace community ahead of the state's primary, GOP contender Newt Gingrich made a bold pledge to establish a permanent U.S. base on the moon “by the end of my second term.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Paul Haven / Associated Press:
Castro lambasts US Republican primary as idiotic  —  Fidel Castro lambasted the Republican presidential race as the greatest competition of “idiocy and ignorance” the world has ever seen in a column published Wednesday, and also took shots at the news media and foreign governments for seizing …
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Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Rubio scolds Gingrich camp, says ad bashing ‘anti-immigrant’ Romney is ‘inaccurate, inflammatory’
Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Barack Obama: “In the last 22 months, businesses have created more than 3 million jobs.  Last year, they created the most jobs since 2005."  —  Have private-sector jobs grown by 3 million in 22 months, with the best annual totals since 2005?  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: Our original Half True rating …
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Watch Mitt Spin: Romney Claims His Real Tax Rate Is ‘Closer To 45 Or 50 Percent’  —  During an interview with Univision, Romney was pressed on whether it was fair for him to pay about 13 percent of his income in taxes — as he did in 2010, according to his recently released tax returns — when many middle class families pay far more.
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Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Fair Share
Discussion: Jared Bernstein and The Politico
Bloomberg:
Geithner: Obama Wouldn't Ask Me to Stay in a Second Term  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said he doesn't expect President Barack Obama to ask him to stay in office if he's re-elected, and dismissed Wall Street's concerns about financial regulations.
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
“My Message is Simple”: Obama's SOTU Written at 8th Grade Level for Third Straight Year  —  Obama's SOTU addresses have the lowest average Flesch-Kincaid score of any modern president; Obama owns three of the six lowest-scoring addresses since FDR  —  For the third consecutive State of the Union Address …
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Byron Tau / The Politico:
State of the Union registers at 8th grade reading level
Robert Seidman / TVbytheNumbers:
State of the Union Averages 37.75 Million Viewers, Down 12% From 2011
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Weasel Zippers
WPIX:
“I Might Have Tacos”: Mayor's Outreach Plan After 4 Cops Arrested For Racially Profiling Latinos  —  EAST HAVEN, Conn. (PIX11)— Latinos in East Haven, Conn. say they have lived in fear of local authorities for years.  However, a feeling of shock and relief came Tuesday after the arrests …
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Hartford Courant:
East Haven Mayor: ‘I Might Have Tacos’ For Dinner
Elizabeth Chuck / msnbc.com:
Wrongfully convicted man awarded $25 million  —  A man in New Mexico has been awarded $22 million after being tossed in solitary confinement for 2 years following a DWI arrest.  KOB-TV's Marissa Torres reports.  —  A New Mexico man who said he was forced to pull his own tooth …
Discussion: Ron Paul 2012 and Balloon Juice
Elliott Abrams / National Review:
Gingrich and Reagan  —  In the increasingly rough Republican campaign, no candidate has wrapped himself in the mantle of Ronald Reagan more often than Newt Gingrich.  “I worked with President Reagan to change things in Washington,” “we helped defeat the Soviet empire,” and …
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Pelosi's office says she has no new dirt on Newt Gingrich  —  Rep. Nancy Pelosi's office on Wednesday said the minority leader doesn't have any dirt on Newt Gingrich.  —  Pelosi has suggested in two interviews that she knows something that could prevent Gingrich from becoming president …
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wlsam.com:
WLS Radio's John Dempsey reports  —  CHICAGO (WLS) - Chicago Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky says the 20 thousand jobs that would have been immediately created by the Keystone Oil Pipeline from Canada are ‘not that many’.  —  Schakowsky made her comments on WLS Radio's Don Wade and Roma Show this morning:
 
 
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Reuters:
As euro crisis fears ease, focus turns to growth
Discussion: Firedoglake, Eschaton and Guardian
Erica Martinson / The Politico:
Issa: Obama's energy plan not the real thing
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Reaction
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Who Is Sheldon Adelson, the Gingrich Super PAC's Billionaire Backer?
Discussion: The Politico and Eunomia
Opinionator:
State of the Republicans  —  Gail Collins: David, I have to apologize.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
House Democrats spell Keystone ‘K-O-C-H’
 Earlier Items: 
BuzzFeed:
The Biggest Newspaper In The World Is ... The Daily Mail!?
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
When Gingrich Tried, and Failed, to Intimidate Tom Coburn
Richard Hartley-Parkinson / Daily Mail:
Female driver who defied Saudi motoring ban dies in fatal road accident
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Tina Dupuy / Crooks and Liars:
Awkward Family Photos: Mitt Laundry
Discussion: Political Mojo and AlterNet
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Daniels Response  —  It was that rare event when the GOP …
Discussion: Eunomia and Balloon Juice
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama's Schneiderman Gambit: Financial Fraud Unit Appears Designed to Fail, Grease Skids …