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12:55 PM ET, January 30, 2012


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Newsmax Wires /
InsiderAdvantage Poll: Gingrich Surging, Race ‘Tighter Than Expected’  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  A new InsiderAdvantage poll conducted Sunday night of likely Republican voters …
Quinnipiac University:
Romney Romps To 14-Point Lead In Florida GOP Primary, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a 43 - 29 percent lead over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich among Republican likely voters in Florida, the nation's first big-state presidential primary …
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
An internal Gingrich campaign memo obtained by The Daily Caller shows the campaign is planning to continue long after Tuesday's Florida primary, stating simply: “this race is just getting started.”  —  The memo, from National Political Director Martin Baker, notes Romney's lack …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Swing States poll: Romney and Obama tied; Gingrich trails  —  WASHINGTON - Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney essentially ties Barack Obama in the nation's key battlegrounds, a USA TODAY/Gallup Swing States survey finds, while rival Newt Gingrich now trails the president by a decisive 14 percentage points.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Little Movement in Florida
Discussion: The Politico, Daily Kos and Hot Air
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Newt May Be Mad and Mental Enough to Fight On Long After Florida
Jonathan Martinand Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich's long march
Discussion: CNN, Business Insider, Reuters and BuzzFeed
American Prospect:
Gingrich Can't Lose!  —  LUTZ, FLORIDA—As Newt Gingrich plummets …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Cain: Finishing second a ‘win’ for Gingrich in Florida
Discussion: Tea Party Patriots and Hot Air
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Gingrich forces outspent by nearly $12 million on Florida airwaves
Washington Post:
Obama: The most polarizing president.  Ever.  —  President Obama ran — and won — in 2008 on the idea of uniting the country.  But, each of his first three years in office have marked historic highs in political polarization, with Democrats largely approving of him and Republicans deeply disapproving.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Austerity Debacle  —  Last week the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, a British think tank, released a startling chart comparing the current slump with past recessions and recoveries.  It turns out that by one important measure — changes in real G.D.P. since the recession began …
E .J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
E.J. Dionne Jr.  —  Obama's breach of faith over contraceptive ruling  —  One of Barack Obama's great attractions as a presidential candidate was his sensitivity to the feelings and intellectual concerns of religious believers.  That is why it is so remarkable that he utterly botched …
Michael Brendan Dougherty / Business Insider:
Here Is The Anti-Obama Administration Letter That Was Read To Almost Every Catholic Sitting In Church On Sunday
Freddie Mac Bets Against American Homeowners  —  by Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica and Chris Arnold, NPR News … Freddie Mac, the taxpayer-owned mortgage giant, has placed multibillion-dollar bets that pay off if homeowners stay trapped in expensive mortgages with interest rates well above current rates.
Chris Arnold / NPR:   Freddie Mac Betting Against Struggling Homeowners
Emily Schultheis / The Politico:   Newt expressed support for Obama health care plan in '09
Karen Famighetti / Media Matters for America:
Wash. Post's Parker Wildly Distorts Charitable Giving Of Obama, Romney  —  On this morning's edition of The Chris Matthews Show, panelist Kathleen Parker claimed that Mitt Romney has “give[n] away “42 percent of his income, compared to Obama, who gave away 1 percent to charity.
Andrew Burton / ABCNEWS:
Santorum Child's ‘Miraculous’ Recovery  —  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Rick Santorum made his first public comments on the health of his youngest daughter, Isabella, this evening on a tele-town hall with voters, saying she has had a “miraculous turnaround.”  —  “She's had a miraculous turnaround …
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Santorum hits campaign trail after child's health scare
New York Times:
U.S. Drones Patrolling Its Skies Provoke Outrage in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD — A month after the last American troops left Iraq, the State Department is operating a small fleet of surveillance drones here to help protect the United States Embassy and consulates, as well as American personnel.
Richard Hartley-Parkinson / Daily Mail:
'I'm going to destroy America and dig up Marilyn Monroe': British pair arrested in U.S. on terror charges over Twitter jokes  —  Two British tourists were barred from entering America after joking on Twitter that they were going to ‘destroy America’ and ‘dig up Marilyn Monroe’.
Susan Edelman / New York Post:
Disgraced teacher is worth $10M, makes $100,000 a year, does nothing, & refuses to leave  —  Hell no, he won't go.  —  In a defiant raspberry to the city Department of Education — and taxpayers — disgraced teacher Alan Rosenfeld, 66, won't retire.  —  Deemed a danger to kids …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Betsy's Page
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Jeb Bush Remains Silent on Endorsement  —  MIAMI — A steady stream of endorsements has been flowing to Mitt Romney, with his campaign promoting Republicans who are giving their blessing to his presidential candidacy.  Yet on the eve of the Florida primary, he has been unable to land the biggest catch of all: Jeb Bush.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Panetta: Iran could have nuclear weapons, delivery vehicles in 2-3 years  —  Iran could build and set off a nuclear weapon within two to three years if it decided to pursue one, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in a television interview aired Sunday.  —  “The consensus is that …
The Politico:
The bipartisan myth  —  Every time there is divided government in Washington, there is a revival — among elite journalists, think tank commentators and respectable politicians of all stripes — of a cherished idea about how business should get done in the nation's capital:
Discussion: American Prospect
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
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Agence France Presse:
RBS boss bows to pressure and gives up £1m bonus
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: No benefit from tax holiday, say a majority of voters
Discussion: Hot Air and The Impolitic
Wall Street Journal:
Money From MF Global Feared Gone
Discussion: Business Insider, Gothamist and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court has shown unity, but little guidance
Discussion: Law Librarian Blog
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Romney Ties Obama in Swing States; Gingrich Trails
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hot Air and The Politico
First Thoughts: Writing on the wall
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Republican lawmakers begin pushback against Obama recess appointments
Discussion: Roll Call
Michael Grabell / New York Post:
How the $800B stimulus failed
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog and Don Surber
Richard Black / BBC:
UN panel aims for ‘a future worth choosing’
Discussion: Pirate's Cove, Biased BBC and Truthdig
Rick Pleasures / The Politico:
How conservatives lost their moral compass