DAY'S END ROUNDUP

FROM THE BLOGS:

Gingrich-Helmsley 2012
Newt Gingrich's tax plan would add $1.3 trillion to the annual deficit, writes Paul Krugman.

Joe Walsh: Punk rock congressman
A Democrat vying for Rep. Joe Walsh's (R-Ill.) House seat tried to make him look like the a "punk rock Congressman," according to Ed McClelland at NBCChicago.

DeMint blocks confirmation of El Salvador’s ambassador because she condemned homophobia
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) blocked President Obama's nomination for U.S. ambassador to El Salvador because her anti-homophobia remarks, according to Igor Volsky at ThinkProgress.

That Huntsman won't hunt
Jon Huntsman is missing an opportunity to gain an advantage by refusing to attack his Republican presidential primary opponents, according to Rod Dreher at his eponymously named blog at The American Conservative.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Blunt defeats Johnson in race for Senate GOP leadership post
Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.) beat Sen. Ron Johnson (Wis.) in the race for Senate Republican Conference vice chairman, reports The Hill's Alexander Bolton

Trump pulls out of GOP debate
Donald Trump announced he would not moderate an upcoming Republican presidential debate. The Hill's Justin Sink has more.