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8:15 PM ET, January 19, 2012

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Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
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  —  Mitt Romney - Final total: 29,805 Change: -210
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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:
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
James V. Grimaldi / Washington Post:
Marianne Gingrich, Newt's ex-wife, says he wanted ‘open marriage’
Michael Barone / Campaign 2012:
New poll has Gingrich leading Romney in S.C.
John Matthews / 105.9 FM WMAL:
WATCH: Gingrich's Ex Says Newt Asked Her For An Open Marriage
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Despite Publicly Backing One Man-One Woman Marriage, Newt Asked Ex-Wife To ‘Share Me’ With Other Women
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: 100 tea party leaders to announce support for Newt
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:   Romney Likely to Be Debate Target
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Newt Gingrich cuts off media when asked about extramarital affairs
Wallacegw / CNN:
Key Perry supporter will back Romney
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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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Feds shutdown file-sharing site one day after web protest
Discussion: The Politico
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: Althouse, Techdirt and Daily Kos
Washington Wire:
Romney IRA's Offshore Investments: Helping His Tax Bill?  —  Mitt Romney's campaign has attacked an ABC News report on the candidate's offshore investments, saying his holdings in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere have no effect on the amount he pays in U.S. taxes.  —  But the campaign's assertions may be wrong or misleading.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Bain gives more campaign money to Democrats than it does to Republicans
Wall Street Journal:
Bain Capital Saved America
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.
Associated Press:
Walker turning down $37 million for health care  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin will turn down $37 million from the federal government that had been awarded to help implement health care exchanges under President Barack Obama's health care reform law, Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday.
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
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 …
Discussion: The Caucus, ThinkProgress and Grist
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
 
 
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Jennifer Martinezand Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Senate Dems released from PIPA, sources say
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Herman Cain will deliver Tea Party response to the State of the Union
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Jeffrey Meisner / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Marriage Equality in Washington State Would Be Good for Business
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Courts, FCPA, and Runaway Federal Prosecutors
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
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