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10:50 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
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.
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.
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
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Cop Out for the Ages!!  —  The Republican party of Iowa has finished its 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.”
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,” …
Marist Poll:
1/19: Romney Leads Gingrich by 10 Points in South Carolina; 5 Points Post-Debate  —  As the Republican presidential candidates crisscross the Palmetto State in the days leading up to Saturday's South Carolina primary, Mitt Romney leads Newt Gingrich, 34% to 24%, among likely Republican primary voters including …
Discussion: Washington Wire and Ballot Box
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Marianne Gingrich speaks
Discussion: Big Journalism
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Where are the Republican populists?
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Gingrich Camp Tries Damage Control Before Interview With Ex-Wife Airs
Discussion: TalkLeft
Roz Helderman / Washington Post:
Santorum says the only woman he's ever sat on a couch with is his wife
Wallacegw / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Race for South Carolina tightening
Democracy in America:
Newt and the “food-stamp president”
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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Bain Capital Saved America
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Lawmakers rush to drop piracy bills as websites go dark  —  Support for two controversial online-piracy bills began to crumble Wednesday in the face of protests from thousands of websites, including tech titans Google and Wikipedia.  —  The unprecedented online demonstration …
Discussion: The BLT
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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
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 …
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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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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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Jobless benefits claims plunge to lowest level in nearly four years
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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:
Kodak files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
Axelrod Going to Academia After 2012 Election
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Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Moguls Stopping Obama Donations Because Of President's Piracy Stand: “Not Give A Dime Anymore”
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Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Obama pollster calls Herman Cain ‘racist’ on camera... then denies he did it
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