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6:25 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 …
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.
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
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 …
Is Florida Still in Play for Republicans?  —  Only nine months from Election Day, Latino voters — the nation's fastest-growing voting bloc — favor President Obama over all the Republican candidates by a wide margin, according to a new poll conducted by Latino Decisions for Univision News and ABC News …
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Fidel Castro: GOP race is ‘idiocy, ignorance’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
A.Killough / CNN:
Romney was ‘distinguished panelist’ at Fannie Mae conference
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Washington Examiner:
What really happened in the Gingrich ethics case?  —  The Romney campaign has been hitting Newt Gingrich hard over the 1990s ethics case that resulted in the former Speaker being reprimanded and paying a $300,000 penalty.  Before the Iowa caucuses, Romney and his supporting super PAC …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Gingrich says Pelosi is living in a fantasy world
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Romney wants to know Pelosi's secret
Discussion: Daily Kos and Saint Petersblog
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 …
Byron Tau / The Politico:
State of the Union registers at 8th grade reading level  —  President Obama's 2012 State of the Union address again rated at an 8th grade comprehension level on the Flesch-Kincaid readability test — the third lowest score of any State of the Union address since 1934.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Toward A Fairer America
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
Discussion: The Politico and Jared Bernstein
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems make Mitt Romney the poster boy for tax reform
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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 …
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 …
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
State of the Republicans  —  Gail Collins: David, I have to apologize.  For the last few weeks I was somewhat snarky about my having more faith than you did in the Republican voters being too sane to nominate Newt Gingrich.  My confidence in their rationality was, at best, premature.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama's Schneiderman Gambit: Financial Fraud Unit Appears Designed to Fail, Grease Skids for Foreclosure Fraud Settlement  —  I'll pepper in my thoughts on the State of the Union Address throughout the day, but I would be remiss if I didn't start with the announcement of a Unit on Mortgage Origination …
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
Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
When Fact Checkers Go Bad...Very Bad  —  OMG...this is beyond preposterous.  —  Politifact—the self-anointed fact checkers—grade this statement from the President speech tonight as “half-true:” … This is not half true or two-thirds true.  It is just true.  —  So why, I ask you, why do they go where they go?
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.
Jim Miklaszewski /
American hostage in Somalia rescued by US Navy SEALs in overnight raid  —  WASHINGTON — In a daring nighttime raid Tuesday, U.S. Navy SEALs rescued two hostages, including one American, who were being held by kidnappers in Somalia, U.S. officials tell NBC News.
Richard Hartley-Parkinson / Daily Mail:
Female driver who defied Saudi motoring ban dies in fatal road accident  —  A woman who defied a driving ban on female motorists in Saudi Arabia has died in a car crash.  —  Another was hurt in the crash in the only country in the world where females are banned from getting behind the wheel.
Discussion: Don Surber and Vox Popoli
Sam Baker / The Hill:
GOP prepares bill to replace Obama's Supreme Court-bound healthcare law  —  House Republicans will be ready with a plan to replace President Obama's healthcare law once the Supreme Court determines the law's fate this summer, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) told reporters Wednesday.
Discussion: The Politico and ThinkProgress
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Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
Mitt Romney's campaign is attacking Newt Gingrich as an “influence peddler.”
Don Surber:
Obama plagiarizes Ford ad
Discussion: Fox News and The Gateway Pundit
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Fed to Maintain Rates Near Zero Through Late 2014
Discussion: Truthdig
Chris Edwards / Cato @ Liberty:
Fact Checking the SOTU: Corporate Taxes
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
House Democrats spell Keystone ‘K-O-C-H’
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
When Gingrich Tried, and Failed, to Intimidate Tom Coburn
Hartford Courant:
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 Earlier Items: 
Tim Makand Mj Lee / The Politico:
Eric Cantor: I care about Warren Buffett's secretary
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Obama pushes plans that flopped before
Discussion: Washington Post and JustOneMinute
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Daniels Response  —  It was that rare event when the GOP …
Discussion: Eunomia and Balloon Juice
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Romney Profited From Mortgage Lenders Foreclosing On Thousands Of Floridians
Discussion: The Raw Story and Associated Press
Ronen Bergman / New York Times:
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