Just a few weeks away and New Hampshire doesn’t have a clear leader in the polls. (National Review)

And if Rick Santorum is the next non-Romney in the spotlight, it tells you everything you need to know about this GOP primary season, says Brookings’ E.J. Dionne. (Washington Post)

Politico’s Arena asks: Is is smart for GOP candidates to stay away from DC political issues? Brookings scholar Darrell West answers.

“Recent weeks have seen the Obama administration shift its attention away from the troubled Middle East and toward Asia in search of a much-needed foreign-policy victory. Now, quite unexpectedly, managing North Korea’s transition is fast emerging as a crucial test of that pivot,” writes Ilan Berman. (Washington Times)

“This week’s payroll-tax shenanigans have been almost a parody of Washington dysfunction, with politicians engaging in brinksmanship over a policy -- another year of reduced payroll taxes -- that everyone seems to agree will be enacted in the end,” writes Manhattan Institute’s Josh Barro. (Washington Examiner)

Cato’s Julian Sanchez: Killing the internet to save Hollywood. (New York Post)

Auto industry success continues, further vindicating Obama rescue (ThinkProgress)