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10:10 PM ET, January 30, 2012


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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.
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 …
Wallacegw / CNN:
Over 600,000 have already voted in Florida primary
Discussion: The Politico
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
Doing It For the Gipper: Why Old People Could Be Newt Gingrich's Saving Grace
Quinnipiac University:
Romney Romps To 14-Point Lead In Florida GOP Primary, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds
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.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Contraception and “Religious Liberty”  —  It's been underway for a good while now.  But the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' offensive to label federal requirements that religiously affiliated non-church institutions offer coverage for contraceptive services in employee health plans as an assault on …
Nita Chaudhary / The Huffington Post:
Birth Control Matters  —  Birth control matters to women.  This is not an opinion.  It is a fact.  But you wouldn't know it reading political coverage of the administration's decision to do the right thing and approve the rule mandating coverage of it.  —  And frankly, that's shameful.
Michael Brendan Dougherty / Business Insider:
Here Is The Anti-Obama Administration Letter That Was Read To Almost Every Catholic Sitting In Church On Sunday
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO: Federal workers better compensated than in private sector
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
RNC chief doubles down on comparing Obama to disgraced Capt. Schettino
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Poll finds increasing dissatisfaction in GOP field
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Hot Air
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’.
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.
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 …
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: Hot Air and Booman Tribune
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.
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.
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.
Freddie Mac Bets Against American Homeowners  —  by Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica and Chris Arnold, NPR News  —  Jan. 30: Read the update to this article, “Bets Against Homeowners Must Stop, Freddie Mac Was Told.” … Freddie Mac, the taxpayer-owned mortgage giant, has placed multibillion-dollar bets …
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Blogs fume over Allen West's new district  —  Conservative bloggers are lashing out against the Republican “establishment” for a redistricting map that could harm tea party favorite Rep. Allen West's (R-Fla.) reelection chances, even sparking a conspiracy that pins the alleged campaign against West on Mitt Romney.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Unions set to blast Dems for selling out on FAA reauthorization  —  One of the biggest requests that labor had made of Congressional Dems was this: Don't sell out unions when the long-term Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization is renegotiated with House Republicans.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
New York Times:
New York Archdiocese Worker Accused of $1 Million Embezzlement  —  For eight years, the woman worked in accounts payable for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, gaining the trust of her superiors.  —  Colleagues praised her quiet dedication and hard work, and noted that she prayed often …
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Palin: ‘Vote for Newt.  Annoy a Liberal.’  —  Todd Palin has endorsed Newt Gingrich.  And Sarah Palin, before the S.C. primary, urged voters to vote for Gingrich to keep the primary going.  And in a Fox News interview this weekend, she reiterated that message.
Discussion: Gawker and RADAMISTO
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Wants A Government That Respects ‘Our Religion’ Not ‘Every Other Religion’
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
No, foreign policy matters in elections — even in years when people think it doesn't
Wallacegw / CNN:
Santorum promises high road, 'We'll beat them straight up'
Discussion: The Politico
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
White House: No rush on Iran
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Sebastian Del Marmol / NBC 6 Miami:
Florida Republicans: Key Issues Are Jobs, Medicare, Social Security and Immigration
Discussion: The Huffington Post
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
U.S. Embassy in Cairo Shields 3 Americans
Dan Snierson / Inside TV:
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange to guest on ‘The Simpsons’ — EXCLUSIVE
Discussion: Mashable! and The Raw Story
Lauren Fox / US News:
Ron Paul's Appealing to Mormons
Discussion: American Spectator
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Karen Famighetti / Media Matters for America:
Wash. Post's Parker Wildly Distorts Charitable Giving Of Obama, Romney
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
Morgen / Verum Serum:
Gingrich Called for ObamaCare Mandate in May 2009, Said ObamaCare “Healthier...More Open” Process than HillaryCare