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10:50 PM ET, January 19, 2012

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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 …
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
James V. Grimaldi / Washington Post:
Marianne Gingrich, Newt's ex-wife, says he wanted ‘open marriage’
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Palin: ‘Dumb arses’ in media ‘overplayed their hand’ with Gingrich
Discussion: Don Surber, Hot Air and Mediaite
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: 100 tea party leaders to announce support for Newt
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Newt Gingrich cuts off media when asked about extramarital affairs
Richard Adams / Guardian:
Romney and Grinch square off in South Carolina debate - live
The Caucus:
Perry Ends Bid for Presidency
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The campaign's wildest day  —  POLITICO Slideshows require the Adobe Flash Player.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Palin Says Interview With Ex-Wife Will Help Gingrich ‘Soar’
Discussion: CBS News
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:   Romney Likely to Be Debate Target
Paul Werdel / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Romney Snaps At Questioner, 'America's Right, And You're Wrong!
The Politico:
Rick Perry to drop 2012 campaign for president, endorse Newt, Sources say
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
After Perry exit, anger at GOP debates
Discussion: The Stranger …
Wallacegw / CNN:
Key Perry supporter will back Romney
Discussion: The Politico and Hot Air
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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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
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
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’
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: 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
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 …
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
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: Guardian and PolitickerNY
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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