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11:05 PM ET, January 27, 2012


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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Cannibals in GOP Establishment Employ Tactics of the Left  —  We have witnessed something very disturbing this week.  The Republican establishment which fought Ronald Reagan in the 1970s and which continues to fight the grassroots Tea Party movement today has adopted the tactics of the left …
Ginger Gibson / The Politico:
Sarah Palin: Newt Gingrich's secret weapon  —  Newt Gingrich has a new unofficial campaign surrogate and her name is Sarah Palin.  —  As the 2008 veep nominee sees it, Gingrich is getting a raw deal from the national media and conservative elite, the very same forces who conspired against her when she was on the national ticket.
Discussion: CNN, Reuters and TBogg
Brutal Newt Gingrich Ad in the Works  —  Newt Gingrich is responding to last night's debate with a brutal new ad accusing Romney of trying to mislead, deceive, and distort his way to the White House.  —  Here's the money line: “What kind of man would mislead, distort and deceive just to win an election?
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
Elliott Abrams Caught Misleading on Newt  —  As Ronald Reagan used to say: Well...  Yesterday we took note of former Reagan State Department official Elliott Abrams' piece over at NRO that went after Newt Gingrich on his relationship with Reagan.  While voting regularly with Reagan …
Washington Post:
Gingrich professes shock at Romney's ‘dishonest’ debate performance  —  MIAMI —Former House speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday that the reason he seemed less combative during Thursday's televised debate was that he was shocked by what he described as rival Mitt Romney's “totally dishonest” replies to several questions.
Quinnipiac University:
Romney Pulls Ahead In See-Saw Florida Gop Primary, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Men Shift From Gingrich To Romney
Wall Street Journal:
Mitt Keeps Missing the Message
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Julian Pecquet / Ballot Box:
Gingrich, Democrats criticize Romney links to Medicare fraud News:
Mitt Romney's Tax Problem
Robert Costa / National Review:
Jeb to Newt: Stop the ‘Ridiculous’ Crist Talk
Washington Post:
Associates: Paul pursued strategy of publishing controversial newsletters  —  Ron Paul, well known as a physician, congressman and libertarian , has also been a businessman who pursued a marketing strategy that included publishing provocative, racially charged newsletters to make money and spread his ideas …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
No One Left to Lie To  —  The truth hurts: … More: … More: … More: … More: … All parties agree that Ron Paul is not, personally, racist and that he didn't write the passages.  This is comforting.  I am not an anti-Semite.  But give me a check to tell Harlem the Jews invented AIDS, and I'll do it.
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Ron Paul will defeat Mitt Romney in the Virginia primary
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and Eunomia
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
North Carolina GOP Lawmaker Calls For Bringing Back Public Hangings, Starting With Abortion Providers  —  The last legal public hanging in America took place in 1936 in Owensboro, Kentucky.  The “event” attracted 20,000 people and turned into such a sickening spectacle that many credit it with ending the practice in the U.S.
Cabarrus lawmaker calls for public hangings
Discussion: Wonkette and Associated Press
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Romney's negative ratings soaring among independents  —  One key metric for determining whether the attacks on Mitt Romney and the bruising GOP primary are damaging him for the general election is this: How is he faring among independent voters, a key swing constituency, now that they're getting to know him better?
Discussion: Daily Kos
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Texas Dems, minority groups near huge win with redistricting settlement  —  The Texas state attorneys defending the state's GOP-drawn redistricting plans from court challenges have reached out to settle litigation, according to sources in the state.  The settlement would give minority groups …
Discussion: Off the Kuff and Election Law Blog
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Tyler's grandkid: Newt's a ‘jerk’  —  President John Tyler's grandson Harrison Tyler, 84, says he's not impressed with the state of politics today and particularly thinks Newt Gingrich is a “big jerk” for his three marriages.  —  Incredibly, President Tyler, who was born in 1790 and became …
Wall Street Journal:
No Need to Panic About Global Warming  —  There's no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to ‘decarbonize’ the world's economy.  —  Editor's Note: The following has been signed by the 16 scientists listed at the end of the article:  —  A candidate for public office …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“Cui Bono” Indeed!
John Cook / Gawker:
Yes, the Romneys Converted Mitt's Dead Atheist Father-in-Law to Mormonism  —  Gawker's substantial Mormon readership has come through for us: Two readers have sent us confirmation that Edward Davies, Mitt Romney's militantly atheist father-in-law, was indeed posthumously converted to Mormonism …
Spencer Ackerman / Tablet Magazine:
Sounding Off  —  At the risk of sounding like the shtetl police, there's a right way and a wrong way for American Jews to argue with one another.  The right way focuses on whose ideas are better—for America, for Israel, for the Jewish community, and for the world.
Adam Slinger / Phoenix, Arizona:
Secret Service investigating photo of Valley students  —  PEORIA, AZ - A picture that shows several teens, a few of them carrying guns, displaying a bullet-riddled Obama T-shirt has led the U.S. Secret Service to investigate.  —  The Peoria Police Department is also doing its own investigation since …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Senate Dems should force GOP to hold vote on Buffett Rule  —  Picture this scenario.  The Senate holds a high-profile vote on a proposal focused directly on implementing the Buffett Rule, one that would bring the current tax rate for millionaires paying lower rates on investments up to 30 percent.
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Dems embrace new strategy on taxes  —  Democratic leaders are embracing a new strategy for tax reform that leans on President Obama's State of the Union call for tax fairness and economic equality.  —  The new strategy diverges from the 1986 formula, the last time Washington successfully tackled tax reform …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Biden: Dems will take the House  —  CAMBRIDGE, Md. —House Democrats will win the House in November, swinging the gavel back into the hands of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Vice President Biden predicted Friday.  —  “Nancy, I think, is not going to be remembered just for being the first woman Speaker …
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
FRC: ‘Rebel Fleet Surrenders to Gay Empire’  —  After first going after Girl Scout cookies, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins is now attacking the game Star Wars: The Old Republic for allowing same-sex relationships.  Stephen Reid of Bioware announced that players in the MMO …
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Kevinliptak / CNN:
Paul makes unannounced stop to meet with Maine gov.
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What Americans Think About the Defense Budget
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Lee vows to block Obama nominees
Discussion: ThinkProgress and ACS Blog
Michael Beckel /
EXCLUSIVE: Obama Campaign Refunding Money Donated by Federal Lobbyists
Discussion: Ballot Box
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Minnesota Odds and Ends
Discussion: Good As You
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Obama's Vision for a Spartan America
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Obama embraces Romney advisor's theory on “The Myth of American Decline”
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Jordon / Omaha World-Herald:
Buffett: Criticism is ‘ridiculous’
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Alabama School Under Scrutiny After Official Tells A Student To Remove A Gay Rights Sweatshirt
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Huntsman steps away from politics in new job
Discussion: CNN and The Impolitic
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / USA Today:
Gov. Jan Brewer releases letter she handed to Obama
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Romney Packed Debate Hall With Supporters, Gingrich Aide Says