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2012: Gingrich calls for abolition of EPA

BARBOUR: Barbour’s filings with the Mississippi Ethics Committee reveal “continued payments from the lobbying powerhouse he founded, BGR, and his withdrawals from a blind trust with a market value of $3.3 million, according to its trustee, the president off the Bank of Yazoo City Griffin Norquist,” Politico reports.

CHRISTIE: AP: "New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last night declined to repay the feds $271 million spent on the Hudson River rail tunnel project, which he canceled in October, and said he'll file a formal appeal instead. The $8.7 billion project was the most expensive public-works project in the country when Christie spiked it. It would have doubled the capacity for trains traveling between New York City and New Jersey."


Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on Tuesday.

GINGRICH: “Former House speaker and possible 2012 candidate Newt Gingrich called for the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency in a Tuesday speech in Iowa,” Politico writes. Gingrich “also won the promise of a key Iowa endorsement if he does run for president. Linda Upmeyer, the Iowa House majority leader, introduced Gingrich and called him “the right guy to be president of the United States.”

Washington Post: “White House officials have been titling the [State of the Union] speech ‘Winning the Future’ - precisely the name of a 2005 Gingrich tome that also carries the subtitle: ‘A 21st Century Contract With America.’ It's not clear whether White House higher ups bothered to Google the phrase. Had they done so, they would have found easy links to the Amazon page for Gingrich's book.”

HUCKABEE: Members of Mike Huckabee’s inner circle “are concerned that while he weighs his options, other candidates are recruiting talented staff and building campaign infrastructure in early voting states,” The Hill writes.

PAWLENTY: The Hill explores a Pawlenty paradox in a profile of the former governor: “Although Pawlenty comes without many of the doubts social conservatives have about Mitt Romney, or those fiscal conservatives have about Mike Huckabee, or even those electability-minded conservatives have about Sarah Palin, he still struggles to attract anywhere near the amount of attention they do.”

PENCE: “Mike Pence says he met privately with the Governor Tuesday morning, and describes him as both a friend and ‘America's best Governor.’ Pence says he suspects he and Daniels are assessing their political plans in similar ways. Even if they end up facing off against each other in a Republican Presidential Primary, Pence says he believes it won't damage their relationship,” WSCI reports (h/t: Jim Geraghty of NRO)

VIRGINIA: "Former Virginia Sen. George Allen (R) is running against history as he makes a bid for his old seat in 2012: Just one former Senator in the past 50 years was defeated after serving a full term and then elected again to the chamber," Roll Call writes.