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Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 01/25/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

* Good read: Rank and file House Republicans are growing concerned that their leadership’s 2012 agenda is not up to snuff and could be harshly judged by their economically-struggling constituents next fall.

* David Dayen on the reasons to be skeptical of the Obama administration’s appointment of liberal hero Eric Schneiderman to co-chair a new entity to scrutinize mortage and bank fraud.

* E.J. Dionne on how Obama has recognized that the only way to take on the radicalism of the GOP assault on government is to confront it forcefully and directly.

* The latest from Massachusetts: Scott Brown is remaining silent on Obama’s call to limit members of Congress from owning stock in industries they impact.

* And Elizabeth Warren, again reminding us why she’d make a great Senator, explains why Washington is actually working quite well — for oil companies, the drug industry, and hedge fund managers.

* Warren Buffett’s secretary, on Obama’s call for tax fairness: “Everybody in our office is paying a higher tax rate than Warren.”

* Warren Buffett, on the GOP allegations that Obama is engaged in class warfare: “If this is a war, my side has the nuclear bomb.”

* Brad Plumer has a useful explainer on Obama’s call for a clean energy standard and what means in practice.

* The “right to work” bill passes the Indiana House, with unclear prospects for stopping it from becoming law at this point — which would be a big blow to labor in the heavily unionized industrial midwest.

* Could rising attention to Mitt Romney’s wealth and tax rate help Democrats drive tax reform in the Senate?

* Newt-mentum flagging in Florida? A new CNN poll finds Ginrich has surged to a statistical tie with Romney, 34-36, though CNN says his support may be shifting back to Romney after the last debate.

If so, there’s still one more Florida debate to go — tomorrow night — for Gingrich to turn things back around.

* Ron Brownstein on how the split conservative vote could work for Romney one more time in Florida, unless Newt reenergizes his populist coalition — again driving home the stakes of tomorrow’s debate

* And Paul Krugman on Politifact’s decent into false equivalence and the difficulties of appearing “nonpartisan” when one side is lying far more egregiously and far more often than the other.

What else?

UPDATE: New polling just in from NBC/WSJ finds a rise in economic optimism and more people approving of Obama’s performance than disapproving. As always, the key here is what direction people think the economy is moving in — but more on this tomorrow.

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