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January 6th, 2012
08:51 PM ET

Paul: Romney deserves "flip-flopper" label

Ron Paul tells CNN's John King he's the only true consistent conservative in the race, not Romney, Santorum or Gingrich.


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January 6th, 2012
02:49 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

- As a small government conservative, the most galling thing about where the GOP stands right now in its primary season is that the two front runners have both advanced the social welfare state. And, because there is so much antipathy toward Mitt Romney, well meaning conservatives are trying to pretend Rick Santorum is not a big government conservative when his record proves he is.

- The jobs numbers look good for Barack Obama superficially. But 50,000 of the December jobs were in transportation and warehousing, which suggests they were seasonal jobs not likely to be repeated. Likewise there are 194,000 more people not in the workforce compared to November - 55,000 less than last month. But, with population growth, there are 194,000 more people not in the labor force.

- I don't have a problem with President Obama deciding the Senate is in recess even if the Senate has decided it is not. Think of the awesome things the GOP will be able to do with this precedent once back in the White House. Can you say "Ann Coulter for Supreme Court"? Sure, she'd only be there until the end of a congressional session, but think of the fun conservatives could have in that short time with some very big cases.

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

- Pentagon’s “Austerity Budget” Ignores Second-Round Trigger Cuts

- Santorum Gets an Iowa Bump

- #Occupy Oakland: OPD Planting Drugs on Occupiers?

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New Polls: Romney & Santorum soar in South Carolina
January 6th, 2012
12:19 PM ET

New Polls: Romney & Santorum soar in South Carolina

Romney's numbers are rising in South Carolina, if he goes 3 for 3 it will be difficult to stop him. What are your thoughts? Check out the full story by clicking on the link below.

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Filed under: 2012 • Elections
Politicians’ digital advertising up 100%
January 6th, 2012
12:18 PM ET

Politicians’ digital advertising up 100%

Today, this article on Mashable caught our attention. A new survey released by STRATA found that politicians have dramatically increased their spending on digital advertisements. Political candidates have spent 100% more to buy ads on sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in 2011-2012 compared to 2010. 92% of respondents said Facebook was their “top social medium of choice” for the advertisements, with Twitter coming in second. What do you think? How much do digital ads impact your choice for a candidate? Post your comments here!

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