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7:55 PM ET, January 28, 2012


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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
NBC, Tom Brokaw ask Romney to take down ad made with news footage  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Mitt Romney may have hoped that by featuring former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw in his new campaign ad, he could lend to his attacks on Newt Gingrich the credence of one of the country's most eminent journalists.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
NBC asks Mitt to remove Brokaw ad  —  Via POLITICO's Reid Epstein, NBC News and Tom Brokaw are loudly objecting to the Mitt Romney campaign's use of footage from the 1990s in an ad blasting Newt Gingrich over his House ethics charges.  —  Brokaw, whose statement noted he was speaking on his behalf …
Discussion: Althouse, Mediaite and Mail Online
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
NBC News Asks Romney Campaign to Remove Ad  —  4:29 p.m. |  Updated TAMPA, Fla. - NBC News is asking that the Romney campaign remove from its ads any references to material from the network in response to a new commercial that consists almost entirely of old footage of its former news anchor …
Karl Smith / Modeled Behavior:
Fannie, Freddie and Chewbacca  —  Center-left intellectuals in America apparently have a serious problem comprehending the concept of Bulls**t.  —  The entire econ world has borne witness to Paul Krugman tearing out his hair over Zombie Lies.  Now, Mark Zandi devotes some several thousands words …
Discussion: Brad DeLong and Political Mojo
Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
Gingrich camp confronts visiting Romney surrogates
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Obama hosts the Bushes at White House  —  Former President George H. W. Bush and his son Jeb made an unannounced visit to the White House on Friday, meeting in the Oval Office with President Obama.  —  The White House released a photo of the meeting via Twitter Friday evening, with the elder Bush shown sitting in a wheelchair.
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
White House to host LGBT conferences across country
Mark Steyn / National Review:
The State of Our Union Is Broke  —  Had I been asked to deliver the State of the Union address, it would not have delayed your dinner plans:  —  “The State of our Union is broke, heading for bankrupt, and total collapse shortly thereafter.  Thank you and goodnight!  You've been a terrific crowd!”
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Sun journalists arrested in corruption investigation  —  Met police search News International's headquarters in Wapping as four current and former Sun employees are arrested  —  Four current and former senior Sun journalists and one serving police officer have been arrested as part …
Matt Campbell / Kansas City Star:
Cleaver aids woman in trouble  —  U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver came to the aid of a woman in distress on Friday.  —  The congressman was in Kansas City to attend a meeting regarding the Green Impact Zone and was riding in a car near 44th Street and Troost Avenue before 10 a.m. when he spotted someone waving …
Discussion: The Hill, Associated Press and CNN
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Joe Biden Admits He Advised President Obama Not To Carry Out Bin Laden Raid  —  Vice President Joe Biden spoke to a conference of House Democrats in Maryland today, and in discussing the SEAL Team raid that successfully took out Osama bin Laden, he admitted that he advised President Obama …
Gilbert Kreijger / Reuters:
Dutch plan ban on Muslim face veils next year  —  (Reuters) - The Dutch minority government plans to ban Muslim face veils such as burqas and other forms of clothing that cover the face from next year.  —  The ban would make the Netherlands, where 1 million out of 17 million people are Muslim …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Schneiderman's RMBS Working Group: Resources, Jurisdiction and Will  —  Eric Schneiderman, co-chair of the newly titled “RMBS working group” investigating financial fraud, appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show last night (the interview starts around the 5:00 mark), and there were a few interesting moments.
Joe Scarborough / Reuters:
The Newt I know  —  Yeah, yeah.  I know.  Newt Gingrich had a lousy week and will probably lose the Florida primary on Tuesday.  But for those tempted to once again predict the speedy collapse of his campaign, consider yourselves forewarned.  I've known this guy long enough to realize …
Discussion: NO QUARTER, New York Times and Hot Air
Rosie Gray / Politics:
Cooter From Dukes Of Hazzard Really, Really Hates Newt Gingrich
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
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New York Times:
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Conal Urquhart / Guardian:
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