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8:15 PM ET, January 29, 2012


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NBC's Domenico Montanaro /
Romney up 15 over Gingrich in Florida  —  Mitt Romney may be on his way to a decisive victory in the Florida GOP primary Tuesday, according to a new NBC/Marist poll.  —  Romney leads Newt Gingrich by 15 points, 42 percent to 27 percent in the crucial state.
Wall Street Journal:
Romney Regains His Edge  —  TAMPA, Fla.—His lead in this state's polls having evaporated, Newt Gingrich risks leaving Florida with little momentum and few immediate opportunities to regain an edge against his top rival, Mitt Romney.  —  Mr. Gingrich, the former House speaker …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney, Eyeing Blowout, Keeps Foot To Newt's Neck  —  It's not about winning anymore — it's about destroying Gingrich, an aide tells BuzzFeed.  —  (Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla)  —  NAPLES, Florida—Mitt Romney's goal in Florida is no longer just winning.
Gingrich: Romney's Character Is “Very Serious Problem”  —  Following an onslaught of attacks in last week's debates and on the Florida airwaves, Newt Gingrich amped up his criticism of frontrunner Mitt Romney this morning, aiming his arrows directly at Romney's character and calling him “fundamentally dishonest.”
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Gingrich Predicts ‘Straight-Out Contest’ for Months  —  LUTZ, Fla. — A pugnacious Newt Gingrich reiterated his intention to stay in the Republican presidential primary “all the way to the convention,” telling reporters Sunday morning that he believed that “this is going to be a straight …
Newt Gingrich / Marist Poll:
1/29: Romney with Wide Lead in Florida  —  In the race for the Republican nomination in Florida, Mitt Romney leads Newt Gingrich by 15 percentage points among likely Republican primary voters.  —  Romney's lead has changed little after Thursday night's debate.
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Poll: Romney expands Florida lead over Gingrich
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
As Florida race turns personal, GOP insiders fear for party unity
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Mitt Romney holds solid lead in Florida, Times/Herald/Bay News 9 poll shows
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Adam C. Smith / The Buzz Florida Politics Feed:
Tampa Bay Times/Herald poll: Romney leads Fla by 11, crushing Gingrich among Hispanics and beating Obama
Discussion: Lynn Sweet
Washington Post:   Herman Cain endorses Newt Gingrich
Marc Caputo /
Poll: Romney holds big lead over Gingrich in Florida
David Rose / Daily Mail:
Forget global warming - it's Cycle 25 we need to worry about (and if NASA scientists are right the Thames will be freezing over again)  —  The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Allen West To Liberals: Get the Hell Out Of The U.S. … Speaking to a Lincoln Day Dinner in West Palm Beach for the Palm Beach County GOP, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla) fired off a humdinger of a line that within minutes drew recriminations from Democrats on Twitter.
Discussion: Pat Dollard and The Gateway Pundit
Andrew Burton / ABCNEWS:
Bella Santorum Hospitalized Because of Pneumonia  —  The reason Bella Santorum was admitted to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Saturday night is because she has pneumonia in both of her lungs, a campaign aide told ABC News.  —  The 3-year-old, who has the serious genetic disorder Trisomy 18 …
Santorum cancels events after admitting daughter to hospital
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Santorum's daughter hospitalized
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Paul Krugman:
Destructive Austerity, USA  —  Jared Bernstein has been emphasizing, rightly, the extent to which our weak recovery is being undermined by cutbacks at the state and local level:  —  But it's even worse than he says.  Why?  Because if you look at what's being cut, it's heavily focused on investment:
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Norquist: Republicans Will Impeach Obama If He Doesn't Extend Bush Tax Cuts  —  Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist has long held a tight grip on the marionette strings of the GOP.  Wielding undue influence as the head of the Americans for Tax Reform, Norquist ensures that Republican lawmakers sign …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
RNC Chairman Priebus likens Obama to Italian cruise ship captain  —  Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, called President Obama a “Captain Schettino” for going on the campaign trail.  —  “We're going to talk about our own little Captain Schettino …
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Dish and The Politico
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Bachmann: Tea Party “only a force for good”
Discussion: The Raw Story
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner says GOP will add Keystone provision to infrastructure bill  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday that legislation advancing the Keystone pipeline would be part of a major House Republican infrastructure and energy bill if it is not enacted before that bill comes to a vote.
Discussion: The Politico
Boehner: House Will Likely Attach Keystone Approval to New Jobs Bill
Discussion: Speaker and US Politics
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Allen West being redistricted out of existence in effort led by Romney Florida spokesman  —  The establishment is fighting back, alright.  —  This has not received a lot of national attention, but the Republican legislature in Florida is about to push through a plan which puts Allen West at serious risk …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds /
Record check an ineffective nuisance  —  Tennessee is one of the large majority of states — 34 out of 50 — that doesn't require a background check when one private individual sells a gun to another.  Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, thinks that Tennessee should join the minority.
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