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8:50 AM ET, January 31, 2012


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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 …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
GOP Field's Private Sector Work Unpopular  —  Neither Mitt Romney's nor Newt Gingrich's private sector experience is playing particularly well with the American public, although Gingrich's consulting work draws far more criticism than Romney's background buying and restructuring companies.
Discussion: The Page
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Romney Seen as More Presidential, Sincere Than Gingrich  —  Candidates are tied on understanding the problems Americans face  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mitt Romney leads Newt Gingrich, 59% to 39%, in U.S. registered voters' perceptions that each “has the personality and leadership qualities a president should have.”
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Poll finds increasing dissatisfaction in GOP field
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Hot Air
Wallacegw / CNN:
Santorum promises high road, 'We'll beat them straight up'
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Obama best understands people, poll finds
Discussion: Ballot Box and CNN
Dave Levinthaland Robin Bravender / The Politico:
Rick Perry's campaign burned through millions  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry burned through the bulk of a once-sizable campaign war chest late last year in what became an increasingly desperate attempt to right his listing — and ultimately doomed — presidential campaign, federal financial disclosures released late Monday show.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney headed for Florida victory  —  PPP's tracking of the Florida Republican primary wraps up with Mitt Romney at 39%, Newt Gingrich at 31%, Rick Santorum at 15%, and Ron Paul at 11%.  Our three days of tracking found very little movement in the race: Romney was at 39-40% every day …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove, The Politico and GOP 12
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.
CBO's Latest 10 Documents:
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO: Federal workers better compensated than in private sector
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Ben Johnson / Latest Headlines:
Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street movement threw condoms on Catholic schoolgirls, refused to allow a Catholic priest to give a closing prayer, and shouted down a pro-life speaker at a Rhode Island right to life rally on Thursday, according to its organizer.
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Über-Classy: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Throw Condoms At Catholic Schoolgirls …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Catholics hear anti-Obama letter in church  —  During church services on Sunday, Catholics around the country were read a blistering letter assailing the Obama administration for an “assault on religious liberty” in the form of a coming requirement that most church-linked organizations …
E .J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Obama's Breach of Faith Over Contraceptive Ruling
Nita Chaudhary / The Huffington Post:
Birth Control Matters
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Contraception and “Religious Liberty”
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.
Washington Post:
Florida primary: Mitt Romney pulls ahead of Newt Gingrich
Discussion: THEROOT.COM and The Raw Story
Wallacegw / CNN:
Over 600,000 have already voted in Florida primary
Discussion: The Politico, Reuters and ABCNEWS
Andrew Parker / The Sun:
US bars friends over Twitter joke  —  Ordeal ... Leigh Van Bryan and Emily Bunting were locked up  —  TWO pals were barred from entering the US after innocent tweets joking about “destroying America” were picked up by the country's anti-terror cops.  —  US special agents monitoring Twitter …
Richard Hartley-Parkinson / Daily Mail:
'I'm going to destroy America and dig up Marilyn Monroe': British pair arrested in U.S …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Leon Panetta's explicitly authoritarian decree  —  The DoD chief says clearly: once the president accuses a citizen of terrorism, execution without trial is permitted  —  CBS News' Scott Pelley appears to be one of the very few American journalists bothered by, or even interested in …
New York Times:
College Says It Exaggerated SAT Figures for Ratings  —  Claremont McKenna College, a small, prestigious California school, said Monday that for the past six years, it has submitted false SAT scores to publications like U.S. News & World Report that use the data in widely followed college rankings.
New Jersey Online:
While clarifying remarks linking civil rights to gay marriage, Gov. Christie calls N.J. assemblyman ‘numbnuts’  —  TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie this morning attempted to clarify statements he made about same sex marriage and civil rights, but in the process called an openly gay assemblyman …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Wants A Government That Respects ‘Our Religion’ Not ‘Every Other Religion’  —  As TP's Igor Volsky pointed out today, Newt Gingrich has been accusing President Obama of perpetrating a “war on religion,” saying the president has made it more difficult for people of faith to practice their beliefs.
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 presidential bid …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Matt Lakin / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Bistro at the Bijou owner boots, bans state Sen. Stacey Campfield for AIDS remarks  —  PHOTO BY MICHAEL PATRICK, COPYRIGHT © 2012 //  —  KNOXVILLE — There's no welcome for state Sen. Stacey Campfield on the menu at one popular downtown restaurant.  —  Martha Boggs, owner of the Bistro …
Rosie Gray / Politics:
State Senator Behind “Don't Say Gay” Bill Refused Service At Restaurant
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Dave Levinthal / The Politico:
Stephen Colbert's FEC report: Big money!
Rick Santorum / RealClearWorld:
No More Leading from Behind for America
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Campaign 2012
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Rep. Markey releases draft of cellphone privacy bill
Discussion: Threat Level and VentureBeat
Iraqi bill to ban travels to Israel
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
No, foreign policy matters in elections — even in years when people think it doesn't
New York Times:
New York Archdiocese Worker Accused of $1 Million Embezzlement
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Sink / The Hill:
RNC chief doubles down on comparing Obama to disgraced Capt. Schettino
Discussion: Hot Air
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Unions set to blast Dems for selling out on FAA reauthorization
Discussion: Daily Kos
Lauren Fox / US News:
Ron Paul's Appealing to Mormons
Discussion: American Spectator
Dylan Byers / The Politico:
Newt's promise: No reporters as moderators
Anita Singh / Telegraph:
Jonathan Franzen: e-books are damaging society