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Must Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, January 11, 2012

01/11/12 01:16PM

A PERFECT DOLLMAUREEN DOWDNEW YORK TIMESAs chief executive of Bain Capital... took a rare personal interest in one of his investments: the Lifelike Company, which produced My Twinn dolls, fashioned to look like the little girls who owned them. ... I’m beginning to suspect that before the factory shut down, Mitt requested his own customized doll. He has clearly brought a My Twinn on the trail — a plastic replica of a candidate who’s often described as a plastic replica: white teeth, gelled hair, windowpane shirt, Tommy Bahama jeans. ... read more

Romney to field: Take your best shot; I'll have Obama on me if I'm nominee

01/11/12 01:01PM

Mika Brzezinski: “Let’s talk about South Carolina. What’s the strategy there? Some of your rivals are hanging on, and they’re going after you in a way that some might consider a little self-destructive to the party.”Fmr. Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., and 2012 presidential candidate: “Well, you know, we expected President Obama to put free enterprise on trial and to continue his rhetoric of envy and class warfare. We’re a little surprised to see it coming from Speaker Gingrich and others. But if campaigns aren’t going well, people try new tacks. read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, January 11

01/11/12 05:54AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Romney takes New Hampshire'Tonight we made history,' he saysPaul second, Huntsman thirdConservative activists see S.C. as last best hope of stopping Mitt RomneyRon Paul to Romney: I'm nipping at your heelsSantorum runs out of steam in New Hampshire read more

Friendly Wager: Joe vs. Dan Senor

Friendly Wager: Joe vs. Dan Senor

01/10/12 10:20PM

Back in November, Joe went head to head with Council on Foreign Relations Adjunct Senior Fellow Dan Senor about Jon Huntsman's showing in the New Hampshire primary. Senor predicted that Huntsman would stay in the single digits and place no better than third in the Granite State. Joe challenged his statement, arguing that the former Utah governor would do better. They made a bet and shook on it: Loser has to take out the winner's entire family out to a fancy steak dinner at The Prime Grill in New York City. Looking at the menu, it won't be cheap. Who will have to pay up and eat their words? read more

Why spontaneity is not Romney's strength

Why spontaneity is not Romney's strength

01/10/12 07:00PM

Now that Romney has won both Iowa and South Carolina, and is looking to South Carolina, it's time to pull back and assess Romney's strengths as a performer and speaker. And it's also time to look at his campaign staff. Financier Steven Rattner joins... watch

Are the Bain Capital criticisms fair?

Are the Bain Capital criticisms fair?

01/10/12 07:00PM

Mother Jones' David Corn and the New York Times' Mark Leibovich join Morning Joe to discuss recent criticisms made against Mitt Romney of his work at Bain Capital. Financier Steven Rattner believes the accusations that Romney did anything wrong at Bain... watch

Sununu: Romney campaigned 'New Hampshire...

Sununu: Romney campaigned 'New Hampshire style'

01/10/12 07:00PM

Dan Rather and fmr. Gov. John Sununu, R-N.H., join Morning Joe to discuss the reasons behind Mitt Romney's success in New Hampshire. Gov. Sununu says Romney went door to door in the state, shook hands and participated in the "see me, touch me, feel me"... watch

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