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1:15 PM ET, January 26, 2012


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David Adams / Reuters:
Florida's Rubio a star, but an unlikely VP pick  —  (Reuters) - He could be the Republican vice presidential candidate from central casting: telegenic, Hispanic and a fiscal conservative who has been embraced by the Tea Party.  —  That is why Florida Senator Marco Rubio …
Ben Smith / Reuters:
Mitt Romney's immigration dilemma  —  For a moment Wednesday afternoon in Miami, Mitt Romney seemed to have a solution to his Hispanic problem: Was he not, Univision's Jorge Ramos asked, Mexican-American himself, as his father had been born south of the border?
Stan Honda / ABCNEWS:
Angry Newt Gingrich Attacks Mitt Romney in Florida  —  Newt Gingrich is hopping mad today on the campaign trail in Florida.  At a Tea Party really in Mount Dora in Central Florida, he launched his fiercest verbal assault against Mitt Romney to date.  —  “There is something so grotesquely hypocritical …
Discussion: GOP 12
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Polls Suggest Gingrich's Support May Have Peaked
Jeb Bush / Washington Post:
Four ways Republicans can win Hispanics back
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.
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.
Norah O'Donnell / CBS News:
Obama, Ariz. governor in heated exchange  —  President Obama got into a verbal dust-up with the governor of Arizona Wednesday.  —  Republican Jan Brewer and Mr. Obama got into a finger-pointing conversation when the president arrived in Phoenix.  —  She says he was upset about the description …
Discussion: The Reaction
Byron Tau / The Politico:
Jan Brewer: Obama is ‘thin-skinned’
Discussion: Rumproast and Weasel Zippers
Paige Lavender / The Huffington Post:
Jan Brewer, Obama Face Off Over Book, Immigration Issues
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Raw Story
Drudge Report:
Dylan Byers / The Politico:
Gingrich admits ABC claim was false  —  After nearly a week on the defensive, CNN's John King reports tonight that Newt Gingrich's claim about offering witnesses to ABC News in his defense — to rebut the network's interview with his second wife, Marianne Gingrich — was not true.
A.Killough / CNN:
TRENDING: Gingrich campaign admits error  —  (CNN) - Newt Gingrich's campaign admitted Wednesday night the former House speaker was inaccurate when he claimed his team offered several witnesses to ABC News to refute statements made by Gingrich's second wife in a controversial interview aired last week.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Roger Ailes
Jim Vandeheiand Mike Allen / The Politico:
The right drops a bomb on Newt  —  Newt Gingrich better hope voters who lapped up his delicious hits on the “elite media” and liberals don't read the Drudge Report this morning.  —  Or the National Review.  Or the American Spectator.  Or Ann Coulter.  —  If they do, Gingrich comes off looking …
Paul Roderick Gregory / EconWorld:
Warren Buffett's Secretary Likely Makes Between $200,000 And $500,000/Year  —  Warren Buffett'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 …
Warren Buffett and His Secretary Talk Taxes  —  ABC News' Seniboye Tienabeso reports:  —  In a week when taxes and tax returns have dominated the headlines, billionaire investor Warren Buffett jumped back into the political debate and showed his returns exclusively to ABC News' Bianna Golodryga …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Barack Obama: GOP field ‘wrong for America’  —  President Barack Obama won't say whether he thinks Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich would be a tougher challenger, but, either way, he's certain that the difference between him and the Republican at the top of the ticket will be stark.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
How the Schneiderman Panel Could Work  —  Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  —  I got a lot of response to my post on the new federal financial fraud unit (not to be confused with the old financial fraud unit) looking into mortgage origination and securitization abuses.
Eric Pfeiffer / Associated Press:
Former President John Tyler's (1790-1862) grandchildren still alive  —  Former President John Tyler, born 221 years ago, still has two living grandchildren.  The one-term president isn't a well-known historical figure; he's probably best remembered for helping to push through the annexation of Texas in 1845 …
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
The iEconomy: Apple's iPad and the Human Costs for Workers in China  —  A staggering manufacturing system in China has made it possible for Apple and other companies to make devices almost as quickly as they can be dreamed up, but for workers, it can be dangerous.
Wall Street Journal:
Economy Gives Obama a Lift  —  Mitt Romney mounted a fresh attack on President Barack Obama's stewardship of the economy Wednesday, while a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll raised caution signs for Mr. Romney's strategy of putting the economy at the center of his campaign.
NBC's Domenico Montanaro /
NBC/WSJ poll: Obama benefits from growing economic optimism
Investor's Business Daily:
36 Obama aides owe $833,000 in back taxes  —  Pete Souza / White House (Obama addresses his White House staff, file)  —  How embarrassing this must be for President Obama, whose major speech theme so far this campaign season has been that every single American, no matter how rich, should pay their “fair share” of taxes.
Christy Hoppe / Dallas Morning News:
Perry's job approval plunges after failed presidential run, News poll shows  —  Gov. Rick Perry, campaigning last week at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Murrells Inlet, S.C., before he exited the presidential race, has seen his job approval rating plunge in Texas, according to a new poll.
Massachusetts Health Reforms: Uninsurance Remains Low, Self-Reported Health Status Improves As State Prepares To Tackle Costs  —  1Sharon K. Long (slong{at} is a professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis.
Lee Drutman / Sunlight Foundation:
On FIRE: How the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate Sector Drove the Growth of the Political One Percent of the One Percent  —  In the last two decades, finance, insurance, and real estate have made many individuals quite rich, propelling them to stratospheric levels of wealth.
Discussion: Washington Wire
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — January 2012  —  As the Supreme Court prepares to hear legal challenges to the health reform law in March, most Americans expect the Justices to base their ruling on their own ideological views rather than their interpretation of the law, according to the January Health Tracking Poll.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Campaign 2012
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Barney Frank to marry longtime partner  —  Retiring congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will marry his longtime partner, Jim Ready.  —  Frank and Ready plan to wed in Massachusetts.  Frank's home state is one of six states, in addition to the District of Columbia, which permit gay marriage.
Discussion: Good As You
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Same-Sex Marriage Question To Appear On Maine Ballot  —  Marriage equality activists in Maine have announced that they will proceed with a ballot initiative to strike down the 2009 referendum that overturned same-sex marriage in the state.  The coalition, led by EqualityMaine …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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