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5:05 PM ET, January 26, 2012


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National Review:
Dole Goes Nuclear  —  The Romney campaign sends along a statement by Bob Dole pasted below.  Relations between Dole — an establishment figure in the party — and Gingrich were well known to be tense during the 1990s.  Here it is:  —  I have not been critical of Newt Gingrich but it is now time to take a stand before it is too late.
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 …
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.
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?
A.Killough / CNN:
Pelosi: ‘Instinct’ says Gingrich won't be president
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
A.Killough / CNN:
Gingrich unleashes on Romney
Discussion: Hot Air
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Romney paints Gingrich as mentally unstable  —  The New York Times reports today — based on unclear sourcing — that Mitt Romney has endorsed a strategy of raising doubts about Newt Gingrich's “emotional stability.”  —  Well, if that's the case, here's Exhibit A.
Stan Honda / ABCNEWS:   Angry Newt Gingrich Attacks Mitt Romney in Florida
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Bob Dole makes dire warnings about Gingrich as GOP nominee
Discussion: CNN
Washington Examiner:
Newt Gingrich is a Saul Alinsky Republican
Newsmax Wires /
InsiderAdvantage Poll: Romney Surges to Fla. Lead
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
How Rich is Warren Buffett's Secretary?  —  Thanks to ABC, we now have a number on the difference between Warren Buffett's tax rate, and his secretary's.  According to the network, “Bosanek pays a tax rate of 35.8 percent of income, while Buffett pays a rate at 17.4 percent.”  —  Conservatives have swooped on this.
Adele Hampton / The Hill:
Brewer defends finger pointing at Obama  —  Republican Gov. Jan Brewer said she was “breathless” after a verbal scuffle with President Obama on Wednesday.  —  “I was trying to be very gracious to [Obama] and he just reacted in just a very negative manor of which took me back …
Norah O'Donnell / CBS News:
Obama, Ariz. governor in heated exchange
US Rep. Barney Frank to marry longtime partner  —  To view this site, you need to have Flash Player 9.0.115 or later installed.  Click here to get the latest Flash player.  —  (NECN) - Congressman Barney Frank's office has confirmed that the retiring 71-year-old Representative is marrying …
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.
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 …
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
Reuters is out with a tough story on Sen. Marco Rubio today …
Discussion: Big Journalism
Kate Nocera / The Politico:
Kaiser: Public cynical about the Supremes - E&C upset New Yorker got health memos first - Pro-reform analysis counts 15 similar provisions between Romney, Obama's health laws  —  With contributions from David Nather, Matt DoBias, J. Lester Feder, Jason Millman and Brett Norman
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Hill
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Obama-backed electric car battery-maker files for bankruptcy  —  An Indiana-based energy-storage company, whose subsidiary received a $118.5 million stimulus grant from the Energy Department, filed for bankruptcy Thursday.  —  Ener1 is asking a federal bankruptcy court in New York to approve …
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.
Nashville airport video doesn't show ‘irate’ Sen. Rand Paul  —  A security video of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at a Nashville International Airport checkpoint doesn't show him being “irate,” as police asserted.  —  The Kentucky Republican ran afoul of a millimeter-wave screening machine Monday morning …
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Rand Paul calm during TSA patdown, video shows
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and BuzzFeed
First Thoughts: A turning point for Obama?  —  Are we seeing a turning point on the economy and for President Obama? ...  It's a coin flip in Florida ... The candidates debate one last time before voters go to the polls there - what to watch for ... It's Vegas, baby, Vegas for Obama …
Robinson /
Biden Does Fake Indian Accent During Outsourcing Speech?  —  BIDEN: Even call centers, even call centers rushed over seas, hundreds of thousands.  How many times you get the call, ‘I like to talk to you about your credit card’?  Or that ad on TV, what is it?  ‘Nancy, this is Nancy, can I talk to a supervisor?’
Discussion: Mediaite and The Jawa Report
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.
Rosie Gray / Politics:
Santorum Says Glitter Bombers Are The “Radical Left”  —  The real intolerance, Sanoturm says, comes from the glitter-bombers.  —  An Occupy protester throws glitter onto former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum as he signs autographs after speaking at The Citadel, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Charleston, S.C.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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West Point Defends Decision To Invite Islamophobic General Because Cadets Deserve To Hear ‘Broad Range Of Ideas’
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Steps Up Culture War, Claims Obama Is Waging ‘An Assault On Religion’
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
The British Economy Is Now Doing Worse than it Did in the Great Depression
David S. Reynolds / Campaign Stops:
Why Evangelicals Don't Like Mormons  —  According to a CNN exit poll …
Alex Roarty / 2012 Decoded:
Florida's Missing Governor
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Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Arizona Candidate's English Under Challenge
Discussion: This Just In, Law Blog and
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Citizens United Created Newt
Wall Street Journal:
More Drones, Fewer Troops
Ken Mehlman /
Republicans should be for same-sex marriage
Eric Pfeiffer / Associated Press:
Former President John Tyler's (1790-1862) grandchildren still alive
Discussion: ABCNEWS and National Review