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10:05 PM ET, January 25, 2012


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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 …
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: The Politico and Reuters
First Read /
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  —  Doral, Florida (CNN) - At a Latino forum Wednesday Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich talked about character and perceived hypocrisy related to his personal history.  —  Univision anchor Jorge Ramos asked the former House speaker …
Discussion: The Politico
A.Killough / CNN:
Romney was ‘distinguished panelist’ at Fannie Mae conference
Discussion: Daily Kos
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Rubio scolds Gingrich camp, says ad bashing ‘anti-immigrant’ Romney is ‘inaccurate, inflammatory’  —  Sen. Marco Rubio scolded Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign over a Spanish-language radio ad that accuses rival Mitt Romney of being “anti-immigrant”  —  “This kind of language is more than just unfortunate.
Paul Haven / Associated Press:
Castro lambasts US Republican primary as idiotic
Discussion: Gawker and Saint Petersblog
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Fidel Castro: GOP race is ‘idiocy, ignorance’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Gingrich Pulls Ad Attacking Romney After Rubio Criticizes It
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Fair Share  —  The candidate's tax return is an argument for tax reform.  —  If Mitt Romney's 2010 tax bill were merely his pretax income, he'd still be a member of the 1%—in other words, the government takes more of his wealth every year than 99% of Americans earn.
Discussion: Jared Bernstein and The Politico
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 …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Newt pledges moon base by second term  —  POLITICO's Ginger Gibson:
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
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
Donovan Slack / The Politico:
Brewer?s tense exchange with Obama
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 …
Robert Seidman / TVbytheNumbers:
State of the Union Averages 37.75 Million Viewers, Down 12% From 2011
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Campaign 2012
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.
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 …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Five policies to watch from Obama's State of the Union  —  Last night's State of the Union will not take a place alongside Barack Obama's 2008 speech on race.  It won't be mentioned in the same breath as his 2004 speech in Boston.  It didn't even have the intellectual scope …
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Right blogs credit Obama on ‘insider’ bill
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Press Freedom Index: Occupy Wall Street Journalist Arrests Cost U.S. Dearly In Latest Survey … Video , Occupy Wall Street , Occupy Wall Street Arrests , Occupy Wall Street Journalists , Occupy Wall Street Media , Press Freedom Index , Press Freedom Index 2012 , Media News
Elizabeth Chuck /
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
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Who Is Sheldon Adelson, the Gingrich Super PAC's Billionaire Backer?  —  The casino magnate is reshaping the 2012 presidential race, just as he did the landscapes of Las Vegas and Macau.  —  The shadowy billionaire bankrolling Newt Gingrich's super PAC is a Las Vegas casino magnate who's given tens …
Discussion: The Politico and Eunomia
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 …
Tina Dupuy / Crooks and Liars:
Awkward Family Photos: Mitt Laundry  —  Mitt Romney's hurdle in winning the love/respect/admiration/fear of his party can be summed up in one photo: It was taken by his son, Tagg (doesn't Sarah Palin have a kid with that name?) and put on Twitter this week.  It's of Romney and his wife Ann …
Discussion: Political Mojo and AlterNet
Don Surber:
Obama plagiarizes Ford ad  —  Call it the Joe Biden effect.  Backed by a slogan swiped from Ford, the only American-based car company he did not bail out, President Obama tried to salvage his presidency last night.  That may be difficult.  Fox News illustrated its posting of the transcript …
Erica Martinson / The Politico:
Issa: Obama's energy plan not the real thing  —  The president's promises to make America energy independent on the back of natural gas drilling aren't the real thing, Rep. Darrell Issa said Tuesday night.  —  “I think the president very much sent a not-so-veiled threat …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Reaction
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Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
Mitt Romney's campaign is attacking Newt Gingrich as an “influence peddler.”
Sam Baker / The Hill:
GOP prepares bill to replace Obama's Supreme Court-bound healthcare law
Discussion: The Politico and ThinkProgress
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’
Discussion: Power Line, Mediaite and Hullabaloo
The Biggest Newspaper In The World Is ... The Daily Mail!?
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
When Gingrich Tried, and Failed, to Intimidate Tom Coburn
 Earlier Items: 
Hartford Courant:
East Haven Mayor: ‘I Might Have Tacos’ For Dinner
Richard Hartley-Parkinson / Daily Mail:
Female driver who defied Saudi motoring ban dies in fatal road accident
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Tim Makand Mj Lee / The Politico:
Eric Cantor: I care about Warren Buffett's secretary
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Daniels Response  —  It was that rare event when the GOP …
Discussion: Eunomia and Balloon Juice
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Romney Profited From Mortgage Lenders Foreclosing On Thousands Of Floridians
Discussion: The Raw Story and Associated Press
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama's Schneiderman Gambit: Financial Fraud Unit Appears Designed to Fail, Grease Skids …