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10:25 AM ET, January 19, 2012

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Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
REGISTER EXCLUSIVE: 2012 GOP caucus count unresolved  —  THE RESULTS: Santorum finished ahead by 34 votes  —  MISSING DATA: 8 precincts' numbers will never be certified  —  PARTY VERDICT: GOP official says, 'It's a split decision'  —  Rick Santorum - Final total: 29,839 Change: -168
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Drudge Report:
NEWT EX-WIFE UNLOADS ON CAMERA; NETWORK DEBATES ‘ETHICS’ OF AIRING BEFORE SC PRIMARY  —  Marianne Gingrich has said she could end her ex-husband's career with a single interview.  —  Earlier this week, she sat before ABCNEWS cameras, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
A.Killough / CNN:
FIRST ON CNN: Sources: Perry dropping out of GOP race  —  Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Rick Perry is telling supporters that he will drop his bid Thursday for the Republican presidential nomination, two sources familiar with his plans told CNN.  —  The Texas governor will make the announcement …
The Politico:
Rick Perry to drop 2012 campaign for president, endorse Newt, Sources say  —  Rick Perry is expected to drop out later this morning at an 11 a.m. press conference and endorse Newt Gingrich, two sources confirmed to POLITICO.  —  The news was first reported by CNN.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
AP source: ABC interviewed Gingrich ex-wife  —  NEW YORK (AP) - An ABC News executive tells The Associated Press that the network has interviewed Newt Gingrich's second wife and is likely to air the segment Thursday on “Nightline.”  —  That's two days before the South Carolina primary …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Perry to End Bid for Presidency  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is poised to end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, according to two Republicans close to Mr. Perry, a decision that comes two days before the South Carolina primary.
NBC's Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC poll: Newt Gingrich gains ground on Mitt Romney in South Carolina  —  In the final days leading up to the South Carolina primary, Newt Gingrich attacked Mitt Romney's tax rate revelation.  NBC's Chuck Todd reports.  —  By NBC's Mark Murray  —  Follow @mmurraypolitics
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Cop Out for the Ages!!  —  The Republican party of Iowa has finished it's recount of the January 3rd Iowa caucuses and the certified final results show Rick Santorum came out ahead by 34 votes.  So he ‘won’, right?  —  Well, not according to the state GOP.  According to the state party it's a “split decision” or a “tie.”
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Marianne Gingrich speaks  —  Matt Drudge first broke news that Marianne Gingrich, Newt Gingrich's second wife who he left after a lengthy affair with his current wife, Callista, has given an interview to ABC News, which appears to mark only the second time she's spoken this cycle.
Discussion: Big Journalism
The Caucus:
Gingrich Camp Responds to Ex-Wife's Interview  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. — Anticipating a potentially damaging interview with one of Newt Gingrich's former wives on the eve of the South Carolina primary, his campaign issued an open letter on Wednesday night to “ABC News leadership,” …
James Hohmann / The Politico:
POLITICO Poll: Newt in striking distance  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Mitt Romney remains the clear front-runner in South Carolina, but the intensity of Newt Gingrich's support places him within striking distance going into Saturday's Republican primary.  —  A POLITICO Poll of likely voters shows …
Discussion: CNN, NY Daily News and ABCNEWS
Marist Poll:
1/19: Romney Leads Gingrich by 10 Points in South Carolina; 5 Points Post-Debate
Discussion: Washington Wire and Ballot Box
Washington Post:
Santorum finished 34 votes ahead of Romney in new Iowa tally; votes from 8 precincts missing
Roz Helderman / Washington Post:
Santorum says the only woman he's ever sat on a couch with is his wife
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Gingrich Camp Tries Damage Control Before Interview With Ex-Wife Airs
Discussion: TalkLeft
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Where are the Republican populists?
Wallacegw / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Race for South Carolina tightening
Democracy in America:
Newt and the “food-stamp president”
Discussion: The Caucus and The Stranger …
The Politico:
Anxious Mitt Romney lights into Newt Gingrich
Discussion: CNN
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Moguls Stopping Obama Donations Because Of President's Piracy Stand: “Not Give A Dime Anymore”  —  EXCLUSIVE: Internet sites on their SOPA-Strike may be conducting a blackout but Hollywood studios are conducting a boycott.  I've learned that Hollywood studio chiefs individually …
Discussion: Big Hollywood
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Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Lawmakers rush to drop piracy bills as websites go dark
Discussion: The BLT
CNN:
Lawmakers withdraw support of anti-piracy bills after online protest
Discussion: BBC, more at Techmeme »
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
In Fight Over Piracy Bills, New Economy Rises Against Old
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems receive more Bain dollars than GOP  —  Democrats have accepted more political donations than Republicans from executives at Bain Capital, complicating the left's plan to attack Mitt Romney for his record at the private equity firm.  —  During the last three election cycles …
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Wall Street Journal:
Bain Capital Saved America  —  In the 1980s, the resilient U.S. economy saved itself from becoming Europe.  Bain was part of the rescue.  —  Not only did Bain Capital save America, but no matter what turn Mitt Romney's political career takes, Bain Capital may stand as the best …
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Newt Gingrich: I would ignore supreme court as president  —  Republican presidential candidate would order military to defy judges' ruling extending legal rights to terror suspects  —  Newt Gingrich has pledged that on his first day as president he will set up a constitutional showdown …
New York Times:
Poll Shows Obama's Vulnerability With Swing Voters  —  President Obama opens his re-election bid facing significant obstacles from independent voters, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, with the critical piece of the electorate that cemented his victory four years ago open to denying him a second term.
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Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Hedge Funds May Sue Greece if It Tries to Force Loss
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Mark Thoma / Economist's View:
Should We Feel Sorry for the Wealthy?
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USA Today:
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Discussion: The Agonist
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Axelrod Going to Academia After 2012 Election
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Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Fundraises Off Saying He Wants To Punch Obama In The Face
Kari Huus / msnbc.com:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Don Surber
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
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