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Posted at 4:50 PM ET, 02/ 4/2011

Afternoon Fix: Newt wins money race, Obama most polarizing

By Chris Cillizza

Gingrich outraised other 2012 potentials, Sarah Palin is moving to trademark her name, and Paul Ryan is not running for anything.

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* Newt Gingrich outraised his 2012 peers in the last quarter of 2010, thanks to his K Street-based 527 group, which can solicit unlimited corporate and individual contributions. Based on PAC numbers alone, Sarah Palin won the fundraising race.

* Georgia Democrats are crying foul over GOP redistricting plans, claiming a Republican takeover of the formerly nonpartisan process.

* Paul Ryan is the latest Republican to be asked about presidential aspirations. His answer: No, I'm not running. Okay, what about for vice president? Sorry: "That is such a hypothetical situation."

* A new Gallup poll finds President Obama had the most polarizing second year in office since Dwight Eisenhower (after having the most polarizing first year for a president, ever). The party gap in presidential ratings has been growing since Reagan.

* Fox News Channel and unsuccessful Missouri Senate Robin Carnahan (D) have settled a lawsuit over a clip her campaign used in an ad against then- Rep. Roy Blunt.


* Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) will unveil his much-anticipated budget at a tea party in rural Eustis Monday, after a private meeting with activist leaders. Tea party organizers are very excited.

*Sarah Palin is attempting to trademark both her name and daughter Bristol Palin's name. However, her bid was rejected, for the moment, because the forms were not signed.

* The American Conservative Union has released the full schedule of events for CPAC 2011, taking place February 10th through 12th at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Plan your weekend.

* On Sunday, while you wait for the Superbowl, there will be another great matchup, beginning at approximately 4:30 PM: Bill O'Reilly vs. President Obama, in a pre-game interview on Fox News. Presumably goes well with nachos.

* Open Left, an activist blog started in 2007 to put liberal pressure on Democrats, is folding for financial reasons. "No matter what, the inside-outside fight we engaged for progressive change at Open Left will continue in other venues," founder Chris Bowers writes.


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By Chris Cillizza  | February 4, 2011; 4:50 PM ET
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