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3:15 AM ET, January 28, 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: Reuters, CNN and TBogg
Exclusive Poll: Gingrich, Romney in Dead Heat Statewide  —  According to the new results out today, Newt Gingrich leads over Mitt Romney statewide, but his lead is well within the poll's1.93 percent margin of error.  —  MORE: FULL DIXIE STRATEGIES/FIRST COAST NEWS PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY
The Right Scoop:
Mark Levin: Newt did more for the conservative movement than virtually all of his critics today
Jack and Suzy Welch:
Ron Paul and the pink slip that could decide the election  —  Have you ever woken up in the morning knowing you have to let someone go and just felt sick to your stomach?  It's the worst part of work, isn't it?  Even when it's absolutely necessary — the money isn't there or the employee …
Discussion: Politics and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Paul pursued strategy of publishing controversial newsletters, associates say  —  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 …
Kevinliptak / CNN:   Paul makes unannounced stop to meet with Maine gov.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:   No One Left to Lie To  —  The truth hurts: … More: … More:
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Ron Paul will defeat Mitt Romney in the Virginia primary
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and Eunomia
Nancy Cook /
Impeach Obama?  —  Grover Norquist predicts a rebellion if President Obama wins reelection and doesn't extend the Bush tax cuts. … While other Washington insiders are wringing their hands over the lack of action expected on Capitol Hill in this election year, Grover Norquist is studying his color-coded maps.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Daily Dish
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
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.
Brutal Newt Gingrich Ad in the Works
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Monthly
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gingrich talks Puerto Rican statehood, Cuba policy at Hispanic forum
Discussion: CNN
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: Associated Press
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 …
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
Wall Street Journal:
Mitt Keeps Missing the Message  —  If Romney wins Florida, it won't be because he's becoming a more effective candidate.  —  Newt Gingrich's South Carolina bump is fading, and polls show Mitt Romney again leading in Florida.  A Romney victory in the Sunshine State could sew this up.
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Julian Pecquet / Ballot Box:
Gingrich, Democrats criticize Romney links to Medicare fraud
Discussion: The Politico
Newt Gingrich Takes A Backseat To Mitt Romney On The Florida Airwaves
Rosie Gray / Politics:
Cooter From Dukes Of Hazzard Really, Really Hates Newt Gingrich  —  Ben Jones played Cooter and also ran against Gingrich for a seat in Congress.  He's the latest 90s figure to come out of the woodwork to stop Newt.  —  The actor who played Cooter on Dukes of Hazzard is joining the ranks …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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 …
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 …
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.
Mike Huckabee / Huck PAC:
Statement On Latest Gingrich for President Ad  —  Any use of an out of context quote from the Republican Presidential primary 4 years ago in a political ad to advocate for the election or defeat of another candidate is not authorized, approved, or known in advance by me.
Discussion: Politics and The Caucus
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.
Elizabeth Warren Says She's Not In The 1%  —  In fact, she is.  The liberal standard-bearer's wealth is in the eight-figures.  —  Source:  —  The rhetoric of class and inequality is back in force, and Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren — the standard-bearer …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Dems embrace new strategy on taxes
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
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What Americans Think About the Defense Budget
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Lee vows to block Obama nominees
Discussion: ThinkProgress, ACS Blog and Stinque
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
Dylan Byers / The Politico:
Reuters laments Marco Rubio ‘fiasco’
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Jordon / Omaha World-Herald:
Buffett: Criticism is ‘ridiculous’
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Biden: Dems will take the House
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
'It's Not Worth Getting Angry About'
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