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12:45 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Melinda Henneberger / Washington Post:
As far back as the '90s, Marianne Gingrich has been saying she could end her ex-husband Newt Gingrich's political career with a single interview.  So has she finally dropped that long-threatened bomb, just when the former speaker and GOP presidential hopeful is rebounding in polls?
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 …
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 …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Marianne Gingrich speaks
Discussion: CNN, The Reaction and Big Journalism
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: 100 tea party leaders to announce support for Newt
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Despite Publicly Backing One Man-One Woman Marriage, Newt Asked Ex-Wife To ‘Share Me’ With Other Women
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Gingrich: Decision to air interview with ex-wife ‘simply wrong’
Discussion: Ballot Box
Tim Makand Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich's ex-wife: He wanted ‘open marriage’
Discussion: The Page
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Where are the Republican populists?
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  —  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 …
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: Hot Air and The BLT
CNET:
Protests lead to weakening support for Protect IP, SOPA
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Mitch Daniels to deliver GOP response to Obama's State of the Union address  —  Republicans have tapped Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to deliver the response to President Obama's State of the Union address next Tuesday.  —  The choice of Daniels, a conservative fiscal guru …
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 …
 
 
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Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Newt Gingrich: I would ignore supreme court as president
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Moguls Stopping Obama Donations Because Of President's Piracy Stand: “Not Give A Dime Anymore”
Discussion: Big Hollywood and Shakesville
 

 
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