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2:40 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 …
American Prospect:
Gingrich Can't Lose!  —  LUTZ, FLORIDA—As Newt Gingrich plummets …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Little Movement in Florida
Randy / Tea Party Patriots:
Gingrich Leads Tea Party Patriots Florida Straw Poll
Discussion: The Daily Caller
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Newt May Be Mad and Mental Enough to Fight On Long After Florida
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Romney Ties Obama in Swing States; Gingrich Trails
Jonathan Martinand Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich's long march
Discussion: CNN, Business Insider, Reuters and BuzzFeed
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Cain: Finishing second a ‘win’ for Gingrich in Florida
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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 …
Morgen / Verum Serum:
Gingrich Called for ObamaCare Mandate in May 2009, Said ObamaCare “Healthier...More Open” Process than HillaryCare  —  Note: I wanted to draw extra attention to the name on the byline since John does by far the majority of the blogging here.  The opinions expressed below are my own …
Andrew Kaczynski / Politics:   When Obama Ran Against The Mandate
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’.
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
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Obama's Bodyguard  —  Meet the Democratic leader who's blasting Republicans and reaching out to a peeved Congress.  —  The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee is running late, prepping for an MSNBC interview while she brushes her tangled mass …
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 …
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.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Racial code words obscure real issues  —  Two weeks ago at the Fox News/Wall Street Journal debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C., I asked each GOP presidential candidate some pointed questions about the racial politics that will play a big role in the presidential campaign.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Helia Ebrahimi / Telegraph:
Agent Provocateur sales boosted by US First Lady Michelle Obama  —  Agent Provocateur saw sales jump by more than 12pc, helped by US First Lady Michelle Obama spending $50,000 (£31,794) in one shopping spree.  —  Michelle Obama's shopping spree caused part of Madison Avenue to be closed off
Nina Chestney / Reuters:
World lacks enough food, fuel as population soars: U.N.  —  (Reuters) - The world is running out of time to make sure there is enough food, water and energy to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population and to avoid sending up to 3 billion people into poverty, a U.N. report warned on Monday.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Booman Tribune
Richard Black / BBC:
UN panel aims for ‘a future worth choosing’
Discussion: Pirate's Cove, Biased BBC and Truthdig
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.
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Pete Souza / Investor's Business Daily:
Joe Biden admits he opposed the bin Laden hit
Discussion: The Jawa Report and The Daily Dish
Robert Kuttner / The Huffington Post:
Eric Schneiderman: Hero or Goat?
Discussion: Firedoglake, Politics and US Politics
New York Post:
A Fast & Furious fib
 Earlier Items: 
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: No benefit from tax holiday, say a majority of voters
Discussion: The Impolitic and Hot Air
First Thoughts: Writing on the wall
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Republican lawmakers begin pushback against Obama recess appointments
Discussion: Roll Call
The Politico:
The bipartisan myth  —  Every time there is divided government …
Discussion: American Prospect
Andrew Burton / ABCNEWS:
Santorum Child's ‘Miraculous’ Recovery