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12:15 PM 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.
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.
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: The Raw Story
Drudge Report:
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
On visit to Arizona, Obama and Gov. Brewer spar over her book
Discussion: The Politico, and CNN
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
Kevinliptak / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Dead heat in Florida ahead of debate
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
Discussion: GOP 12
David Adams / Reuters:
Florida's Rubio a star, but an unlikely VP pick
Marc Caputo /
Gingrich yanks attack ad on Romney after Sen. Rubio says it's unfair
Discussion: Mediaite
Jeb Bush / Washington Post:
Four ways Republicans can win Hispanics back
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 …
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Polls Suggest Gingrich's Support May Have Peaked  —  Polling released within the past 24 hours suggests that Mitt Romney may have stopped and possibly reversed Newt Gingrich's momentum before the Florida primary on Tuesday.  —  The FiveThirtyEight forecast model still projects Mr. Gingrich …
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and RedState
Mark Segraves /
Delinquent: Feds, military owe $3.4B in unpaid taxes
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Citizens United Created Newt  —  Sheldon Adelson, Newt's sugar daddy.  —  The Republican elite is justifiably terrified at the prospect of Newt Gingrich capturing the nomination.  Gingrich, as I've argued, is riding the wave of revulsion and contempt for President Obama that this same Establishment has stoked for three years.
Discussion: The Mahablog
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:   John McCain Goes Off Message, Predicts ‘Major Scandal’ Related To Unlimited Political Giving
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Disclose Act: Super PAC Transparency Legislation To Be Introduced By House Democrats
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 …
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
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.
Matt Katz /
Gay marriage and the politics of civil rights  —  In the wake of the gov's announcement that he plans to veto any gay marriage legislation and instead seeks to put the question to the voters as a ballot referendum, Democrats are in an uproar.  —  Yes, they hate the proposal.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Arizona Candidate's English Under Challenge  —  Alejandrina Cabrera's political opponents in San Luis, Ariz., say she cannot speak English well enough to serve on the City Council.  —  In Address, Obama Makes Pitch for Economic Fairness  —  By HELENE COOPER
Discussion: This Just In, Law Blog and
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More Drones, Fewer Troops
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Ken Mehlman /
Republicans should be for same-sex marriage
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IED attacks in Afghanistan set record
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Newt's Moon Speech: Not Actually Crazy
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Confident Obama struts his stuff