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8:10 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.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Florida primary exit polls: 2/3rds say debates mattered  —  Two in three Florida primary voters say the presidential debates were an important factor in their vote, according to early CBS News exit polls.  That's a positive sign for Mitt Romney, who was widely seen as besting rival Newt Gingrich …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
What Google can tell us about the Florida Republican primary  —  What did Floridians want to know about former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in the runup to the Sunshine State's primary?  —  Thanks to the folks at a perky Internet startup called Google, we have answers.
Discussion: The Reaction
Final poll: Early voting gives Romney a leg up in Florida
Discussion: The Politico, Swampland and TalkLeft
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Santorum up in Colorado, Nevada with anti-Gingrich commercial
Joe Raedle / ABCNEWS:   Romney Ran Just 1 Positive Fla. Ad
Mhigginscbs / CBS Tampa:   Rubio: Florida Primary Winner ‘To Be Nominee Of Our Party’
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
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 and Balloon Juice
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Amid abortion debate, Komen cancer charity halting 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 …
Planned Parenthood:
“Alarmed and Saddened” by Komen Foundation Succumbing to Political Pressure, Planned Parenthood Launches Fund for Breast Cancer Services  —  NEW YORK - Planned Parenthood Federation of America today expressed deep disappointment in response to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation's decision …
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Why Komen defunded 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.
Guy Benson /
White House Panic: Gruesome 2012 Economic Forecast Could Doom Obama
Michael Linden / Center for American Progress:
What Caused This Year's Deficit?
Discussion: Campaign 2012
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’
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.
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Darrell Issa threatens Eric Holder with contempt  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) threatened Tuesday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress if the Justice Department did not provide certain documents in response to the committee's subpoena.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jordy Yager / The Hill:   Issa threatens Holder with contempt over ‘Fast and Furious’
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 …
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.
Nancy Scola / The Atlantic Online:
What It's Like When Google Comes to Your House for a Presidential Chat  —  In an online “hangout” with Americans, Obama found a tough questioner in a 29-year-old mother from Texas.  —  The White House last night held the first-ever presidential “hangout,” the latest in a line …
Discussion: Mashable!
Brooke Brower /
CRIST: Might back Obama, run as Dem  —  In a rare television interview, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who left the Republican Party during his unsuccessful 2010 U.S. Senate bid, told Chuck Todd on “The Daily Rundown” that he'd consider voting for President Obama in November.  —  “Consider?
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
14-Year-Old Asks Maryland Lawmakers To Vote Down Same-Sex Marriage For Her Birthday  —  A 14-year-old girl celebrated her birthday with the Maryland's Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee this afternoon and told lawmakers that it “would be the best birthday present ever if you would vote no on gay marriage.”
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Obama Debuts Cell Phone Credit Card Swipe for Donations  —  The campaign team that pioneered an iPhone app for volunteer recruitment and get-out-the-vote efforts for President Obama in 2008 is out with a new tool aimed at tapping into more cash in 2012: the Obama Victory Fund mobile phone …
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
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
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 …
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Elizabeth Weise / USA Today:
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Romney's Fight to Win Comes at a Cost, Polls Show
Des Moines Register:
Grassley personal attack went too far
Discussion: The Loyal Opposition
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Hunter Walker / PolitickerNY:
Did Mitt Romney's Dog Seek Asylum In Canada?
Rachel Leven / Ballot Box:
Bachmann exits presidential race a million in debt
Discussion: CNN
yyAMCopy / L.A. NOW:
L.A. teacher charged with lewd acts on 23 children
Discussion: LAist and The Raw Story
Brian Fung / The Atlantic Online:
Romney and the Uncanny Valley: What Robot Theory Tells Us About the Front-Runner
Discussion: Democracy in America