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6:35 PM ET, January 31, 2012


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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Florida Primary Overview and Forecast  —  The shift away from Newt Gingrich in the Florida polls has been as significant as the one toward him in South Carolina.  The first two polls released after South Carolina showed Mr. Gingrich with a lead of 8 and 9 points, respectively.
Mhigginscbs / CBS Tampa:   Rubio: Florida Primary Winner ‘To Be Nominee Of Our Party’
Final poll: Early voting gives Romney a leg up in Florida
Discussion: Swampland and TalkLeft
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Romney's Fight to Win Comes at a Cost, Polls Show
Discussion: US Politics and Prairie Weather
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:   What Google can tell us about the Florida Republican primary
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Romney Ramps Up Attack Ads Against Gingrich to Unprecedented Levels
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Florida Polls Open as Gingrich Tries to Galvanize Conservatives
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Caucus and Reuters
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Romney says Google+ interview shows Obama ‘out of touch’ on economy
Discussion: CNN
Zeke Miller / Politics:
Romney Plays Victim On Negative Ads: I'm Just Responding To Gingrich's Attacks
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich Robocall: Mitt Romney Forced Holocaust Survivors To Eat Non-Kosher Food … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  2012 Election, Newt Gingrich 2012, Elections 2012, Video, FL Election, FL Election 2012, FL Primary, FL Primary 2012, FL Primary Election 2012, Florida Primary, Florida Election …
Alana Goodman / Commentary Magazine:
Did Romney Eliminate Kosher Nursing Home Food as Governor?  —  During the weekend, the New York Post reported that Mitt Romney vetoed a bill to help fund kosher food at Massachusetts nursing homes in 2003.  Newt Gingrich, who happens to be courting Jewish and elderly voters in Florida …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Gingrich denies knowledge of ‘kosher’ robocall
Discussion: Ballot Box
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Gingrich: ‘No idea’ about robocall on Romney, Holocaust survivors
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Great Divorce  —  I'll be shocked if there's another book this year as important as Charles Murray's “Coming Apart.”  I'll be shocked if there's another book that so compellingly describes the most important trends in American society.  —  Murray's basic argument is not new, that America is dividing into a two-caste society.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Our Mr. Brooks Finds Another Very Important Thinker  —  Occasionally, Moral Hazard, the Irish setter belonging to David Brooks, goes wandering out of the clubroom of the Young Fogies Club and down the hall into the library.  It is more peaceful there.  Nobody is quoting Edmund Burke.
Discussion: driftglass
Associated Press:
Cancer charity halts grants to Planned Parenthood  —  NEW YORK - The nation's leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is halting its partnerships with Planned Parenthood affiliates — creating a bitter rift, linked to the abortion debate, between two iconic organizations that have assisted millions of women.
Planned Parenthood:
“Alarmed and Saddened” by Komen Foundation Succumbing to Political Pressure, Planned Parenthood …
CBO's Latest 10 Documents:
THE BUDGET AND ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: FISCAL YEARS 2012 TO 2022  —  Each January, CBO prepares “baseline” budget projections spanning the next 10 years.  Those projections are not a forecast of future events; rather, they are intended to provide a benchmark against which potential policy changes can be measured.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO projects $1.08 trillion deficit, 8.9 percent jobless rate in 2012
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
Michael Linden / Center for American Progress:
What Caused This Year's Deficit?
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
‘Everyone step on his toes!’  Gingrich security harasses Ron Paul supporter  —  WINDERMERE, Fla.—Next time, Eddie Dillard won't wear flip-flops.  —  Dillard, a 29-year-old Ron Paul supporter from this suburb near Orlando, arrived to vote at his precinct at Winderemere Baptist Church early Tuesday morning.
Jill Tucker / San Francisco Chronicle:
Ranger zaps off-leash dog walker with shock weapon  —  A Montara man walking two lapdogs off leash was hit with an electric-shock gun by a National Park Service ranger after allegedly giving a false name and trying to walk away, authorities said Monday.  —  The park ranger encountered Gary Hesterberg …
The Shark Tank:
Breaking News- Allen West to Run for Re-Election in Different Congressional District  —  The Shark Tank has learned that Congressman Tom Rooney has announced that he is running for re-election to Congress in one of Florida's two newly created congressional districts, and that Congressman Allen West …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rep. Allen West will switch districts
Discussion: The Politico
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Allen West Tries To Walk Back Telling Obama To ‘Get The Hell Out’: ‘I Did Not Refer To Any Person Leaving’
Rick Perlstein / Rolling Stone:
Why Mitt Romney's Mormonism Doesn't Matter  —  I've never been impressed with the argument that Mitt Romney makes for a weak Republican nominee because conservatives don't like him.  That's not how that party works.  Like they say, “Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line.”  Don't believe me?
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Iran, perceiving threat from West, willing to attack on U.S. soil, U.S. intelligence report finds  —  U.S. intelligence agencies believe that Iran is prepared to launch terrorist attacks inside the United States in response to perceived threats from America and its allies, the U.S. spy chief said Tuesday.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Issa threatens Holder with contempt over ‘Fast and Furious’  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) threatened to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress if the nation's top cop doesn't hand over Justice Department documents within nine days.  —  Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight …
Discussion: The Politico
Investor's Business Daily:
Eric Holder's False Testimony Warrants Impeachment
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Dave Levinthal / The Politico:
Stephen Colbert's FEC report: Big money!  —  No kidding: Comedian Stephen Colbert's satirical super PAC raised some serious cash.  —  Between July 1 and Dec. 31, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow collected more than $825,400, ending the year with nearly $674,000 cash on hand …
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Wife Abuse Rap Casts Shadow On “Zeitoun” Hero  —  The New Orleans man whose post-Hurricane Katrina heroics and tribulations were chronicled by best-selling author Dave Eggers in the book “Zeitoun” was convicted last year of battering his wife, who told police that she had received several prior beatings …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Top Obama fundraisers come from Hollywood, media  —  The Obama campaign provided additional details about its' $222 million fundraising haul Tuesday, revealing that many of the president's top fundraisers were leading figures in Hollywood and the media.  —  Among those who have raised …
Discussion: CNN, Reuters and Business Insider
New York Post:
‘Bomb’ botch at LaGuardia  —  Clueless TSA agents found two possible pipe bombs in a passenger's luggage yesterday at La Guardia Airport — and kept them in a public area for six hours without notifying cops, The Post has learned.  —  The Transportation Security Administration bozos …
Tina Daunt / Hollywood Reporter:
Pelosi Presents Haim Saban, Hollywood with Democratic Plan to Recapture House (Exclusive)  —  Democratic bigwigs brief fundraisers at Saban's mansion Monday evening.  —  More than 50 of Los Angeles' most influential political fundraisers and consultants quietly met Monday night …
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Janet Howell, Virginia State Senator, Attaches Rectal Exam Amendment To Anti-Abortion Bill … Video , Janet Howell , Mandatory Sonogram , Mandatory Ultrasound , Mandatory Ultrasound Bill , Mandatory Ultrasound Virginia , Rectal Exam Amendment , Virginia Abortion , Virginia Mandatory Ultrasound , Politics News
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Brian Fung / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: Democracy in America
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Polls show toll on House GOP image
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Republicans have only themselves to blame