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3:45 PM 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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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 …
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Gingrich Lacks Moral Character to Be President, Ex-Wife Says  —  Newt Gingrich lacks the moral character to serve as President, his second ex-wife Marianne told ABC News, saying his campaign positions on the sanctity of marriage and the importance of family values do not square …
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.
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 …
James V. Grimaldi / Washington Post:
Marianne Gingrich, Newt's ex-wife, says he wanted ‘open marriage’  —  Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich in 1999 asked his second wife for an “open marriage” or a divorce at the same time he was giving speeches around the country on family and religious values, his former wife, Marianne, told The Washington Post on Thursday.
The Caucus:
Perry Ends Bid for Presidency  —  Mr. Perry speaking at a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, on Dec. 30, 2011.  Mr. Perry is poised to end his candidacy and endorse Newt Gingrich on Thursday.  —  Updated  —  NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Gov. Rick Perry of Texas dropped out of the Republican presidential race …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Gingrich leads Romney on 1st night of tracking  —  Newt Gingrich led Mitt Romney 34-28 in PPP's South Carolina polling last night, the first of what will be three nights of tracking.  Ron Paul at 15%, Rick Santorum at 14%, Rick Perry at 5%, and Buddy Roemer at 3% round out the field.
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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Despite Publicly Backing One Man-One Woman Marriage, Newt Asked Ex-Wife To ‘Share Me’ With Other Women
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Prairie Weather
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Limbaugh On Gingrich Cheating On His Ex-Wife: 'Newt's A Victim'
Drudge Report:
NEWT EX-WIFE UNLOADS ON CAMERA; NETWORK DEBATES ‘ETHICS’ OF AIRING BEFORE SC PRIMARY
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Newt Gingrich cuts off media when asked about extramarital affairs
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: 100 tea party leaders to announce support for Newt
Wallacegw / CNN:
Key Perry supporter will back Romney
Discussion: Hot Air
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Perry's Voters May Not Flock to Gingrich
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Marianne Gingrich speaks
Discussion: CNN, Big Journalism and The Reaction
Michael Barone / Campaign 2012:
New poll has Gingrich leading Romney in S.C.
OpenCongress:
Protect IP Act Senate whip count  —  This page is an OpenCongress community project.  —  We are seeking to get each U.S. senator on-record with their position on the Protect IP Act of 2011 (known as “whipping the vote” in DC-speak).  By forcing votes out into the open …
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
SOPA Activism Moves Republicans More Than Democrats  —  Yesterday's SOPA strike was enormously successful, not only raising attention to the issue but moving a tremendous amount of politicians for a one-day event.  Over 4.5 million people signed Google's petition against SOPA.
Discussion: Techdirt, Daily Kos, Althouse and The Verge
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
PIPA support collapses, with 13 new Senators opposed
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Bain gives more campaign money to Democrats than it does to Republicans  —  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.
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Wall Street Journal:
Bain Capital Saved America
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Dems propose ‘Reasonable Profits Board’ to regulate oil company profits  —  Six House Democrats led by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) want to set up a “Reasonable Profits Board” to control gas profits.  —  The Democrats, worried about higher gas prices, want to set up a board that would apply a …
Washington Post:
Obama's Keystone pipeline rejection is hard to accept  —  ON TUESDAY, President Obama's Jobs Council reminded the nation that it is still hooked on fossil fuels, and will be for a long time.  “Continuing to deliver inexpensive and reliable energy,” the council reported …
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Byron Tau / The Politico:
Nebraska governor: ‘The president made a mistake’
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 Balloon Juice
 
 
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Anti-Big Business, Big Gov't
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The State:
Romney has capacity to build bridges
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
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Jeff Green / Bloomberg:
Auto Plants at Capacity Buoying All Parts of U.S. Economy: Cars
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CARPE DIEM
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Inside Obama's World: The President talks to TIME About the Changing Nature of American Power
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Mitch Daniels to deliver GOP response to Obama's State of the Union address
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Voter Disgust: What Might It Mean for the House Race?
Discussion: WPRI.com Blogs
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Newt Gingrich: I would ignore supreme court as president