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2:55 PM ET, January 26, 2012


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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 …
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  —  (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?
A.Killough / CNN:
Santorum guarantees he's a candidate ‘for a long time’  —  Tallahassee, Florida (CNN) - Rick Santorum guaranteed that he was committed to his presidential campaign Thursday, stating he knows the origin of rumors to the contrary.  —  “I know where they're coming from, they're coming from the other camps …
Discussion: The Politico and National Review
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
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
Discussion: Gawker and The Reaction
Byron Tau / The Politico:
Jan Brewer: Obama is ‘thin-skinned’
Discussion: Rumproast and Weasel Zippers
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
Thou Shalt Not Write Bad Things About Obama
Paige Lavender / The Huffington Post:
Jan Brewer, Obama Face Off Over Book, Immigration Issues
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Instapundit
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 …
Paul Roderick Gregory / EconWorld:
Warren Buffett's Secretary Likely Makes Between $200,000 And $500,000/Year
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Despite Unfair Tax Burden, Warren Buffett's Secretary Was Just Able To Buy A Second Home
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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.
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
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
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
Ken Mehlman /
Republicans should be for same-sex marriage  —  “Live Free or Die” isn't just the official motto for a great state.  As the 62nd Republican National Committee Chairman, I think it's a mantra our party should live by.  I hope that New Hampshire legislators will remember this slogan …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Same-Sex Marriage Question To Appear On Maine Ballot
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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.
Jamie Schram Police / New York Post:
NYPD Commissioner's son being investigated for allegedly raping woman  —  Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's newsman son, Greg, is being investigated for allegedly raping a woman, law-enforcement sources told The Post early today.  —  The woman filed an official complaint Tuesday against the younger Kelly …
Discussion: Capital New York and Nation Now
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.
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
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: The Jawa Report
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: CNN and Good As You
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