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10:00 PM ET, January 14, 2012

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Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Romney opens 21-point lead in South Carolina: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has opened a wide lead over his rivals in the South Carolina primary election race, trouncing Newt Gingrich and gaining momentum in his march toward the party's nomination, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows.
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ABCNEWS:
SC Republicans Boo Newt Gingrich Over Romney Attacks  —  At a forum hosted by Mike Huckabee with 800 undecided South Carolina Republicans, Newt Gingrich was loudly booed when he criticized Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital, according to a Republican who attended the closed-press event.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Optimistic Poll Data  —  We are awash in poll data these days, but two recent surveys, both offering grounds for optimism, are worth singling out.  The first is a Reuters-Ipsos poll released earlier today that finds Mitt Romney with a 21-point lead in South Carolina.
Beltway Buzz:
Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum  —  After a two day meeting at a ranch outside of Houston a group of 150 Christian leaders, business leaders and conservative activists have coalesced behind Rick Santorum.  —  Friday night surrogates from every GOP campaign (except that of Jon Huntsman) …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
What does Ron Paul want?
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
150 Social Conservative Activists Settle on Supporting Santorum In Stop Romney Move
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Social conservatives back Rick Santorum
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Santorum wins support of evangelical leaders at Texas meeting
Discussion: CNN and Sky Dancing
Kim Geiger / Los Angeles Times:
Religious leaders rally behind Rick Santorum
Josh Dorner / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Social Conservatives Officially Unite on Rick Santorum As Romney Alternative
Discussion: Booman Tribune
ABCNEWS:
Romney Gives Unemployed Woman Cash on Ropeline  —  SUMTER, S.C. — Amid shaking hands and signing campaign posters, Mitt Romney did something he has never done before on the ropeline: He took out his wallet and handed a wad of cash to a woman waiting to shake his hand.
Macon Phillips / White House.gov Blog:
Obama Administration Responds to We the People Petitions on SOPA and Online Piracy  —  The White House has responded to two petitions about legislative approaches to combat online piracy.  In their response, Victoria Espinel, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator at Office of Management and Budget …
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CNN:
Police arrest Italian captain of cruise ship that ran aground, killing 3  —  Cruise ship runs aground off Italy  —  Porto Santo Stefano, Italy (CNN) — The Italian captain of the cruise ship that ran aground — killing three people, injuring 20 and leaving dozens unaccounted for …
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BBC:
Italy cruise ship Costa Concordia: Search for missing  —  The BBC's Alan Johnston says it “must have been an extraordinarily harrowing experience”  —  Emergency teams in Italy are racing to rescue those missing after a cruise ship ran aground off the country's west coast with about 4,000 people on board.
Paul Krugman:
S&P On Europe  —  S&P's downgrade of a bunch of European sovereigns was no surprise.  What was somewhat surprising — and which went unmentioned in almost all the news stories I've read — was why S&P has gotten so pessimistic.  From their FAQs: … And today we read about the response:
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Financial Times:   Merkel says eurozone must act fast
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Unreal: Obama Regime Condemns Assassination Of Iranian Nuke Scientist...  In other words, Obama condemns Israel's Mossad for doing something we should be doing.
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Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
Santorum: US wrong to condemn Iran scientist death
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Mitt Romney's new problem: A rising sun  —  Mitt Romney was on the campaign trail in South Carolina yesterday, and brought up the issue he expects to ride into the White House: the U.S. economy.  Unfortunately for the former governor, the message isn't quite the same as it was a few months ago.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Warns Israel on Strike  —  Officials Lobby Against Attack on Iran as Military Leaders Bolster Defenses  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. defense leaders are increasingly concerned that Israel is preparing to take military action against Iran, over U.S. objections, and have stepped up contingency planning …
Jeffrey Sachs / The Huffington Post:
How the Wall Street Journal Misleads About Federal Jobs  —  The editorial board of Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal has a simple game.  They want to cut taxes for the rich and government services for the rest, and end regulations of banks and the environment.
 
 
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Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
In Reversal, Gingrich Calls for Withdrawal of Film Attacking Romney and Bain
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