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12:40 AM ET, January 20, 2012

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newt.org:
Speaker Newt Gingrich and Mrs. Gingrich Release 2010 Income Tax Return and Gingrich Foundation Tax Return  —  Atlanta, GA - Today, Newt and Callista Gingrich released their 2010 federal income tax return, which they filed jointly with the Internal Revenue Service.
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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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Romney's Incredible Luck Continues  —  Mitt Romney's run of luck during the Republican nominating race is beginning to defy belief.  Begin with the fact that Rick Santorum turns out to have won the Iowa caucuses.  Finding this out now is approximately 0.001 percent as valuable as having it announced the night of the caucuses.
A.Killough / CNN:
BREAKING: Romney calls Santorum  —  (CNN) - Mitt Romney made a “polite” phone call Thursday to rival Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum to “concede victory” in Iowa, according to Santorum's spokesman Hogan Gidley.  —  But Romney's team objected, saying his campaign didn't concede.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Limbaugh On Gingrich Cheating On His Ex-Wife: 'Newt's A Victim'  —  ABC News is planning to air a explosive interview tonight with Newt Gingrich's ex-wife — her first since 1999 — in which she reveals that the former Speaker asked her for an open marriage so he continue to see his current wife, Callista.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Gingrich Tied With Romney in South Carolina Forecast  —  The question I posed yesterday — does Newt Gingrich have momentum in South Carolina? — now appears to have an unambiguous answer.  Yes, Mr. Gingrich does have momentum — and a lot of it.  —  Six different South Carolina polls …
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Palin: ‘Dumb arses’ in media ‘overplayed their hand’ with Gingrich  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has now weighed in on the controversy surrounding an ABC interview with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's ex-wife, and Palin had some tough words for the media.
Discussion: Don Surber, Hot Air and Mediaite
James V. Grimaldi / Washington Post:
Marianne Gingrich, Newt's ex-wife, says he wanted ‘open marriage’
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Newt Gingrich cuts off media when asked about extramarital affairs
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Gingrich maintains 6 point lead
Evan McMorris-Santoro / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Looking The Other Way: South Carolinians Yawn Over Newt ‘Bombshell’
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney dodges question on releasing multiple years of tax returns
Discussion: The Politico
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Palin Says Interview With Ex-Wife Will Help Gingrich ‘Soar’
Discussion: CBS News
Richard Adams / Guardian:
Romney and Grinch square off in South Carolina debate - live
Paul Werdel / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Romney Snaps At Questioner, 'America's Right, And You're Wrong!
Wall Street Journal:   Fewer Debaters, Plenty of Heat
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
2012 GOP caucus count unresolved
A.Killough / CNN:
FIRST ON CNN: Sources: Perry dropping out of GOP race
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The campaign's wildest day  —  POLITICO Slideshows require the Adobe Flash Player.
Discussion: CNN and msnbc.com
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
7 Charged as F.B.I. Closes a Top File-Sharing Site  —  The federal authorities on Thursday announced that they had charged seven people connected to the Web site Megaupload, including its founder, with running an international criminal enterprise centered on copyright infringement on the Internet.
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The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department Charges Leaders of Megaupload with Widespread Online Copyright Infringement  —  WASHINGTON - Seven individuals and two corporations have been charged in the United States with running an international organized criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide online piracy …
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
FBI Charges Seven With Online Piracy
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Feds shutdown file-sharing site one day after web protest
Discussion: The Politico
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Romney to Occupy protester: Go back to Russia  —  The Romney campaign is proudly circulating this video of Mitt Romney dressing down an Occupy Wall Street protester with this line: “America's right, and you're wrong.”  —  “GREAT VIDEO,” Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom Tweeted just now.
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Rejecting the Keystone pipeline is an act of insanity  —  President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico is an act of national insanity.  It isn't often that a president makes a decision that has no redeeming virtues and — beyond the symbolism …
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Secretary Clinton won't testify on Keystone pipeline rejection
Discussion: The Politico, New York Times and Grist
Byron Tau / The Politico:
Nebraska governor: ‘The president made a mistake’
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Herman Cain will deliver Tea Party response to the State of the Union  —  Herman Cain will deliver the Tea Party Express response to President Obama's State of the Union address.  —  Tea Party Express, a political action committee, announced on Thursday that the former presidential candidate would be the speaker.
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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
Discussion: Techdirt, Althouse and Daily Kos
Fareed Zakaria / Swampland:
Inside Obama's World: The President talks to TIME About the Changing Nature of American Power  —  In an exclusive interview with TIME's Fareed Zakaria, Obama opens up on Iran, Afghanistan, China and the challenges the U.S. faces in navigating a rapidly changing world.  A full transcript of their conversation follows
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Global Public Square
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Obama blames press for his ‘cold and aloof’ image
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Wonkette
Jennifer Martinezand Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Senate Dems released from PIPA, sources say  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won't whip Democratic votes for an online anti-piracy bill, according to sources familiar with his plans.  —  The decision deals a severe blow to movie, music and television producers, who had hoped to withstand …
Discussion: PolitickerNY and Guardian
Rosie Gray / Politics:
Rick Santorum: Attack On His Wife “Ugly, Cheap, Tawdry”  —  Santorum dismisses the flyers handed out after the Personhood USA forum as dirty politics.  —  Rick Santorum speaking in Mt Pleasant on Thursday.  —  MT PLEASANT, S.C. — Rick Santorum today blasted a pro-life critic …
Discussion: FITSNews and The Other McCain
Aaron D. Rubinger / Jerusalem Post:
Déjà Jew  —  Is European anti-Semitism different today or is there a feeling that we've been here before?  —  The term déjà vu brings to mind the English expression, been there, done that.  The odd sensation of reliving something for the second time unnerves us precisely …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama ad cherry-picks fact checking organization  —  President Obama “kept a campaign promise to toughen ethics rules”  —  We love ads that cite fact checkers, but President Obama's first campaign ad contains a real blooper.  It cites a positive fact check by PolitiFact …
 
 
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