December 18: News Roundup

Newt Gingrich ramps up his assault on an independent judiciary. There’s more at the Washington Post.

A Wall Street Journal poll show all of the Republican candidates are seen negatively. There’s more at the Wall Street Journal.

Nate Silver of Five Thirty Eight breaks down the latest polling and Republican primary projections. It’s in the New York Times.

Mitt Romney’s claims of living an austere life for 30 months as a Mormon missionary turns out to be well short of the truth. His fellow missionaries say he lived in a mansion recently sold for $12 Million. There’s more at ThinkProgress.

To protect millionaires and billionaires, the U.S. Senate dumps the cost of its temporary payroll tax cut deal off on average home-buyers. There’s more at the Washington Post.

Chris Cillizza of “The Fix” gives Congress the bum’s rush for 2011. Read it at the Washington Post.

Texas delays its primaries until April 3There’s more at the Austin Statesman.

The BBC writes about the corruption scandal that has engulfed Jefferson County, Alabama and threatens its poorest residents. There’s more at the BBC.

Republicans attack Washington U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) for being unmarried. There’s more at TPM.

Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) moves to slash cancer screenings for women. There’s more at Mother Jones.

There are new questions and possible lawbreaking coming to light around the fundraising of the anti-gay group ‘National Organization for Marriage.’ There’s more at DailyKos.

In an op-ed in the British daily The Guardian, Jeffery Sach’s says there’s plenty to dislike about politicians, in Europe and the United States, but voters shouldn’t give up on the process. There’s more at The Guardian.