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7:05 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 …
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.
Ron Fournier / 2012 Decoded:
4 Sentences: Why Tonight's Debate Matters  —  Florida is a must-win state for Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.  The race is tied.  Debates matter.  That makes tonight a must-win debate.  —  If you want to know more about the sky-high stakes in the CNN debate at 8 p.m., read on:
Newsmax Wires /
InsiderAdvantage Poll: Romney Surges to Fla. Lead
Stan Honda / ABCNEWS:   Angry Newt Gingrich Attacks Mitt Romney in Florida
A.Killough / CNN:
Gingrich unleashes on Romney
Discussion: Ann Coulter and Hot Air
A.Killough / CNN:
Santorum guarantees he's a candidate ‘for a long time’
Discussion: The Politico and National Review
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.
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
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Reuters makes 5 correx on Rubio hit piece
Discussion: National Review
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
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.
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
Los Angeles Times:
Romney tax returns detail funds not identified in ethics forms  —  Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney walks under a sign during a campaign event at Paramount Printing in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images / January 26, 2012)
NBC's Michael Isikoff /
Romney revising disclosures for overseas accounts
Discussion: The Politico and Associated Press
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.
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.
US to cut almost 100,000 troops  —  US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said that the aim is to shape an “agile and flexible military force”  —  The US will cut almost 100,000 troops as part of its plans for a “smaller, leaner” military, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has announced.
Discussion: Firedoglake and TalkLeft
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
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
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 …
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Gingrich: Gay Marriage a ‘Perfect Example of What I Mean by the Rise of Paganism’  —  Yesterday, Newt Gingrich held another conference call for Religious Right supporters, seeking to mobilize them ahead of the Republican primary in Florida.  —  The call was hosted by Jim Garlow and featured several …
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Pete Souza / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive - Obama to ABC News: ‘I Second-Guess Constantly’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
FBI releases plans to monitor social networks
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Obama Wins in Poll as Investors Resist Gingrich
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Politico
Emily Schultheis / The Politico:
Newt: Nancy said Ronnie said ‘torch passed’ to me
Discussion: Political Mojo
Rosie Gray / Politics:
Santorum Says Glitter Bombers Are The “Radical Left”
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
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’
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