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5:20 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 …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Mitt Romney On Fox & Friends: ‘I Wish I Could Claim I Was Hispanic’  —  On Monday morning's Fox and Friends, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney let out another one of those “I'm running for office, for Pete's sake!” bursts of honesty which, like a burlesque revue at a leper colony, are revealing, but not in a good way.
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
Doing It For the Gipper: Why Old People Could Be Newt Gingrich's Saving Grace
E .J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Obama's Breach of Faith Over Contraceptive Ruling  —  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.
Nita Chaudhary / The Huffington Post:
Birth Control Matters
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
GOP Voters Continue to Give Field Subpar Ratings  —  Obama Seen as More Understanding than Romney, Gingrich  —  Amid a bruising primary campaign, Republicans remain unimpressed with their party's presidential field.  In fact, more Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters …
Discussion: Ballot Box
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Obama best understands people, poll finds
Discussion: Ballot Box and CNN
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’.
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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 …
Anita Singh / Telegraph:
Jonathan Franzen: e-books are damaging society  —  Jonathan Franzen has launched a passionate defence of the printed book, warning that our desire for the instant gratification of e-books is damaging for society.  —  Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom, is being hailed as one of America's greatest novelists
Alison Flood / Guardian:
Franzen warns ebooks are corroding values
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Althouse
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.
Dylan Byers / The Politico:
Newt's promise: No reporters as moderators  —  Newt Gingrich lashed out at the media today during a rally in Pensacola, Florida, suggesting that all reporters are in the tank for President Obama:  —  “As your nominee, I will not accept debates in the fall in which the reporters are the moderators …
Gingrich: I wouldn't accept debate versus Obama moderated by reporters
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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
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.
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.
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 …
Rosie Gray / Politics:
State Senator Behind “Don't Say Gay” Bill Refused Service At Restaurant  —  Tennessee state senator Stacey Campfield, who recently said that it is “virtually impossible” to contract HIV through heterosexual sex, was kicked out of a restaurant in Knoxville.  He went quietly.
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
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Concerned that too many “deniers” are in the meteorology business, global warming activists this month launched a campaign to recruit local weathermen to hop aboard the alarmism bandwagon and expose those who are not fully convinced that the world is facing man-made doom.
Jay Donovan / TechCrunch:
Flying People Spotted Over New York City...Film At Nine  —  In a recent publicity venture for their new movie “Chronicle”, 20th Century Fox enlisted the help of viral marketing agency Thinkmodo to design and execute a rather unique campaign element that surely caused several doubletakes over the New York City skyline.
Bobby Bank / ABCNEWS:
Donald Trump Staff in Talks With Financiers, Campaign Managers to Explore Third Party Bid  —  ABC News' Huma Khan and Jennifer Wlach report:  —  Donald Trump's top political adviser told ABC News he's speaking to “high-level political operatives” to explore a third-party bid for the real estate mogul …
Josh Putnam / Frontloading HQ:
I'll see your white knight and raise you a filing deadline.  Why It's Too Late for Entry in the Republican Nomination Race  —  Way back in the summer (of 2011), FHQ began fielding calls and emails from a number of media outlets asking about the filing deadlines for primaries and caucuses in the various states.
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Dan Snierson / Inside TV:
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange to guest on ‘The Simpsons’ — EXCLUSIVE
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Politico:
Campaigns fight over Reagan mantle
Discussion: CNN
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sen. Kirk upgraded to ‘fair’ condition
Discussion: Grayslake and The Politico
Lauren Fox / US News:
Ron Paul's Appealing to Mormons
Discussion: American Spectator
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Palin: ‘Vote for Newt. Annoy a Liberal.’
Discussion: Gawker
Washington Post:
FDA staffers sue agency over surveillance of personal e-mail
Sarkozy announces French financial transaction tax
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Business Insider
Byron Tau / The Politico:
Obama campaign rolls out Square mobile fundraising platform
 Earlier Items: 
Pete Souza / Investor's Business Daily:
Joe Biden admits he opposed the bin Laden hit
Robert Kuttner / The Huffington Post:
Eric Schneiderman: Hero or Goat?
Discussion: Firedoglake, Politics and US Politics
New York Post:
A Fast & Furious fib
Susan Edelman / New York Post:
Disgraced teacher is worth $10M, makes $100,000 a year, does nothing, & refuses to leave
Discussion: Hit & Run and Betsy's Page
The Politico:
The bipartisan myth  —  Every time there is divided government …