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11:05 PM ET, January 29, 2012


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John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Newt May Be Mad and Mental Enough to Fight On Long After Florida  —  For some churchgoers, the attendance of Sunday morning services is a ritual rooted in reflection, for others in repentance, for others in rejoicing, and for still others in all three.  But for Newt Gingrich …
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.
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 …
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.”
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Poll: Romney expands Florida lead over Gingrich
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
As Florida race turns personal, GOP insiders fear for party unity
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
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
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.
Washington Post:   Herman Cain endorses Newt Gingrich
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.
Stephen Castle / New York Times:
E.U. Leaders Set to Admit Austerity Is Not Enough  —  BRUSSELS — Bowing to mounting evidence that austerity alone cannot solve the debt crisis, European leaders are expected to conclude this week that what the debt-laden, sclerotic countries of the Continent need are a dose of economic growth.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Calculated Risk
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:
Emmett Berg / Reuters:
Arrests in Oakland protests rise to more than 400  —  (Reuters) - More than 400 anti-Wall Street protesters were arrested in Oakland during a night of skirmishes in which police fired tear gas and bean bag projectiles, the city said on Sunday, marking one of the biggest mass arrests since nationwide economic protests began last year.
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
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 …
James Q. Wilson / Washington Post:
Angry about inequality?  Don't blame the rich.  —  There is no doubt that incomes are unequal in the United States — far more so than in most European nations.  This fact is part of the impulse behind the Occupy Wall Street movement, whose members claim to represent the 99 percent of us against the wealthiest 1 percent.
Discussion: TBogg and Power Line
James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
Inflation expectations and the Fed
Andy Harley / Gay Star News:
Aeroflot forces gay flight attendant to marry woman  —  Activists call for boycott of Russian airline after LGBT staff rights activist Maxim Kupreev forced to wed  —  Gay activists in Russia are planning to ask air passengers to boycott Aeroflot, Russia's leading airline and not to use …
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 Politico and The Daily Dish
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
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Kevinliptak / CNN:
Rappers ‘Hoot for Newt’
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Genetic or Not, Gay Won't Go Away
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Record check an ineffective nuisance
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Government and Its Rivals  —  WHEN liberals are in a philosophical mood …
Discussion: Crooked Timber and Brad DeLong
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Made in the World  —  THE Associated Press reported last week …
Discussion: National Review and Power Line
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Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Tension on the Tarmac  —  WHAT is it with Barack Obama's penchant …