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Must Read Op-Eds for Friday, January 6, 2012

01/06/12 10:26AM

IOWA LESSON FOR NH IS BACK STRONGEST CANDIDATEBY JOE MCQAIDTHE MANCHESTER UNION-LEADERThe lesson from Iowa? Conservative Republicans and like-minded independents in New Hampshire and elsewhere had better rally around one here is a widespread belief that Romney’s campaign, like a well-designed corporate strategy, is bound for success. But even if Romney emerges as the nominee, it matters how he gets there. Already, the religious right, represented by Rick Santorum, and Tea Party activists, represented by Ron Paul, have pushed Romney in unwanted directions. read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, January 6

01/06/12 05:55AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?NYT: President Obama testing two-tier re-election planRick Santorum, college students have testy exchange over same-sex marriage50 blazes rage across Chile, killing at least 5 firefightersMitt Romney's weekend from hellGingrich camp blasts Romney, questions Santorum's conservative purityThe path to victory in S.C.?Walmart dumped by pension fund over poor worker conditionsSuicide bomber kills, wounds dozens in Damascus: Syria TV read more

How much will DeMint's endorsement matter...

How much will DeMint's endorsement matter in SC?

01/05/12 07:00PM

The 2012 GOP race has moved into New Hampshire, but the Jan. 21 South Carolina primaries aren't too far behind. Mitt Romney is actively campaigning in both states, and "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory and NBC News' Peter Alexander discuss what... watch

Still a chance for Perry to catch fire again?

Still a chance for Perry to catch fire again?

01/05/12 07:00PM

Top Talkers: The Morning Joe panel – including Time's Mark Halperin, Donny Deutsch, and the Council on Foreign Relations' Richard Haass – discusses Rick Santorum's recent campaign stops in New Hampshire, the odds of Rick Perry staging a comeback in... watch

Scarborough: Why can't Rick Santorum beat Obama?

01/05/12 12:16PM

Does the Manhattan media elite have a "complete blind spot" when it comes to the issues social conservatives hold dear? Will Rick Santorum's stance on social issues put him in better stead with the country than the media thinks?Joe Scarborough have a complete blind spot when it comes to social policy and the way people in Middle America think.” read more

Rattner returns with charts: On Congress, Paris Hilton, jobs

Rattner returns with charts: On Congress, Paris Hilton, jobs

01/05/12 11:32AM

You love 'em. We love 'em. Steve Rattner returned this morning with some of his famous charts. One of those charts may have had to do with Congress AND Paris Hilton.You can watch the video below for further analysis, but we've picked out some of the highlights for you.CHART 1--2011 Popularity PollRattner got some inspiration from Sen. Michael Bennet on this chart."If you take take a look at Congress' see Congress is sitting down here at 9 percent....Paris Hilton has a 15 percent approval rating, so she has a higher approval rating than Congress. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Thursday, January 5, 2012

01/05/12 10:24AM

THE MARCH OF THE NON-MITTSBY GAIL COLLINSNEW YORK TIMESThere are still plenty of ... Republican options. After his fifth-place finish in Iowa, Rick Perry suspended his campaign but then tweeted, “Here we come, South Carolina.” This appeared to surprise some of his staff, who seemed to feel as if their long political nightmare had ended in Des Moines. But it turned out that Perry had jogged his way back into the race. “I was out on the trail when it kind of came to me,” he said. ... read more

Morning Headlines: Thursday, January 5

01/05/12 05:51AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Newt Gingrich takes more direct aim at Mitt Romney in NHCheck out the latest CNN/ORC International pollN.H. is next, but S.C. is keyPolice: Colo. woman punches, rubs buttocks on $30 million paintingSantorum confronts electability questionsKodak is apparently preparing to file for bankruptcyRomney has testy exchange with Occupy protesterBaghdad bombings kill 24Obama bucks GOP with key recess appointmentsGood news: Kanye is back to tweeting read more