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11:05 AM ET, January 19, 2012

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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 …
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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
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.
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.
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.
John Matthews / 105.9 FM WMAL:
WATCH: Gingrich's Ex Says Newt Asked Her For An Open Marriage  —  WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich's second ex-wife says the former House Speaker lacks the ‘moral character’ to be President.  —  In an interview with ABC's Brian Ross that was recorded last week and which will air in its entireity …
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
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 …
Washington Post:
Rick Perry to end presidential candidacy, expected to endorse Newt Gingrich  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry will end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination today and is expected to endorse former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, according to two sources familiar with his thinking.
James Hohmann / Reuters:
POLITICO Poll: Newt closing in  —  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 …
Washington Post:
Santorum finished 34 votes ahead of Romney in new Iowa tally; votes from 8 precincts missing  —  Republican front-runner Mitt Romney's narrow lead in the Iowa caucuses disappeared when officials certified the vote count, a Republican involved in the process said Thursday …
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
Marist Poll:
1/19: Romney Leads Gingrich by 10 Points in South Carolina; 5 Points Post-Debate
The Caucus:
Gingrich Camp Responds to Ex-Wife's Interview
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Gingrich: Decision to air interview with ex-wife ‘simply wrong’
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Ballot Box and Hot Air
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Where are the Republican populists?
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
Wallacegw / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Race for South Carolina tightening
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
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
PIPA support collapses, with 13 new Senators opposed  —  Members of the Senate are rushing for the exits in the wake of the Internet's unprecedented protest of the Protect IP Act (PIPA).  At least 13 members of the upper chamber announced their opposition on Wednesday.
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Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Lawmakers rush to drop piracy bills as websites go dark
Discussion: The BLT
CNN:
SOPA/PIPA bills lose support
Discussion: BBC, more at Techmeme »
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Romney's offshore accounts draw scrutiny  —  With Mitt Romney still refusing to release his tax returns, we can only speculate as to why he's so afraid of disclosure.  The widely held assumption has been that the Republican frontrunner is embarrassed by his “15% problem” …
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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 …
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Hedge Funds May Sue Greece if It Tries to Force Loss  —  LONDON — Hedge funds have been known to use hardball tactics to make money.  Now they have come up with a new one: suing Greece in a human rights court to make good on its bond payments.  —  The novel approach would have the funds arguing …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Felix Salmon
 
 
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