Probation Dept. even more screwed up than you thought – Mitt Media Madness continues on Letterman, admits to really, really great hairpiece – Scotto blames House GOP

LOOKING A DEAD HORSE IN THE MOUTH: Auditor Suzanne Bump jumps on the probation pig pile with a report that the department approved nearly $50 million in legal counsel fees without checking to see if the defendants were poor enough to qualify for state defense.(Republican, Globe)

MARKETPLACE OF IDEARS: Nothing says "Tuesday morning" quite like a 380-word Howie Carr column. If only they were all this short. (Herald)

SCOTTO: Scott Brown (R-Mainachusetts) asks House GOP members to just shut up and pass the payroll tax bill already. (Globe)

I-Team: MBTA Police Officer Suspended For Mailing Dead Rats Huntsman’s Daughters Discuss Campaign At UMass Lowell Santa debate heating up among Saugus firefighters, school district

NATURAL JOKER: "It’s a hairpiece," said Mitt Romney on last night’s Letterman show. (Globe)

UNSCIENCE: Have you voted in the #MApoli Best of 2011 poll yet? Well get on that and remember who your boy is for No. 7. (Hint: NOT Batman.)

THE FEDS:

Brown asks House GOP to bend on tax proposal – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Neal speaks on Kim Jong Il’s death | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

Brown blames tax stalemate on GOP – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

US Sen. Brown faults GOP House on payroll impasse – AP: www.boston.com

AUDITOR REPORT:

Probation faulted on use of free legal help – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Auditor Suzanne Bump finds Massachusetts spent $47.9 million on court-appointed lawyers without confirming if defendants qualify for aid | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Auditor: State paid for lawyers without verifying clients’ financial health – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger: www.patriotledger.com

LOCAL POLITICS:

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Fox wins spot as Dudley selectman: www.telegram.com

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno appoints Kevin Kennedy, aide to U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, as the city’s new chief development officer | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Chicopee City Council could get a new president in January | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Petty: Let’s settle marriage-fee issue: www.telegram.com

MITT MONITOR:

Mitt Romney, private equity in the public eye – Business – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Jon Huntsman’s gals: Mitt’s boys ‘play hard to get’ on Twitter – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Mitt Romney tells David Letterman Top Ten things he would say: ‘It’s a hairpiece’ – Politics – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Romney Jokes About Hair On Letterman Show – Politics News Story – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com

As Mitt Romney’s firm profited in SC, jobs disappeared – AP: www.gazettenet.com

Mitt Romney acknowledges he must overcome view he is not authentic – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Mitt Romney criticizes Newt Gingrich, Barack Obama in Fox interview – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Romney: Gingrich’s idea about judges not practical – AP: www.boston.com

Mitt Romney to America: ‘Newt Gingrich? Really?’ – AP: www.boston.com

Dems: Romney is easier jobs target than Gingrich – AP: www.boston.com

CASINOS:

Jobs stack deck for Hub casino – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Foxboro may get early say on casino – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

ME – MaineHousing oversight bill likely | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

CT – D-SNAP Food Stamp Case: Take-Home Pay A Qualifying Factor – Courant.com: www.courant.com

VT – BMH asks state to approve $7.7 million expansion – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com

STATE NEWS:

Attorney General Martha Coakley – Greater Boston: www.wgbh.org

UMass to review ex-president’s pay – AP: www.gazettenet.com

Deal reached on recall petition’s Spanish translation » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

Mass. atty. gen. happy AT&T drops bid for T-Mobile – AP: www.boston.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

BostonHerald.com – Blogs: City Desk Wired» Blog Archive » What’s up with Barney Frank’s wardrobe?: www.bostonherald.com

Is Romney Firing At The Wrong Target? – Talking Politics: blog.thephoenix.com

Gold Mass Group:: It’s Election Year!: www.goldmassgroup.com

Massachusetts Liberal: Brownie points: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

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