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10:50 AM ET, January 15, 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.
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Social conservatives back Rick Santorum
New York Times:
In Reversal, Gingrich Calls for Withdrawal of Film Attacking Romney and Bain
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
150 Social Conservative Activists Settle on Supporting Santorum In Stop Romney Move
Beltway Buzz:
Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum
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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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
SOPA shelved until ‘consensus’ is found  —  House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said early Saturday morning that Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) promised him the House will not vote on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) unless there is consensus on the bill.
The White House:
COMBATING ONLINE PIRACY WHILE PROTECTING AN OPEN AND INNOVATIVE INTERNET
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
The 1 Percent Paint a More Nuanced Portrait of the Rich  —  KINGS POINT, N.Y. — Adam Katz is happy to talk to reporters when he is promoting his business, a charter flight company based on Long Island called Talon Air.  —  But when the subject was his position as one of America's top earners, he balked.
Discussion: Eschaton
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
With ‘angry black woman’ remark, first lady addresses race head-on  —  Michelle Obama finally went there.  —  The first lady jumped head first into a discussion about racial issues.  —  She and her husband, the first African-American president, have mostly avoided addressing race except …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
White House signals more aggressive stance to protect homeowners  —  The Obama administration has signaled to allies that it will take a more aggressive role this year in protecting homeowners from foreclosure, a posture that fits with Obama's populist campaign stance.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
Amir Oren / Haaretz:
Israeli official: Report of Mossad agents posing as CIA spies ‘absolute nonsense’  —  Senior Israeli government official issues complete denial of Foreign Policy report that Mossad agents posed as CIA officers to recruit Pakistani terrorists to carry out attacks in Iran.  —  Get Haaretz on iPhone
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Friday night doc dump: WH knew before Solyndra workers flew  —  Two months ago, Congressional investigators discovered that the Department of Energy urged the now-defunct Solyndra in late October 2010 to delay the announcement of hundreds of layoffs to just after the midterm elections.
Discussion: Wizbang and Bloomberg
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.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Jihad Watch
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Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:   Santorum: US wrong to condemn Iran scientist death
 
 
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