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6:55 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Newt Gingrich cuts off media when asked about extramarital affairs
The Caucus:
Perry Ends Bid for Presidency
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
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The campaign's wildest day  —  POLITICO Slideshows require the Adobe Flash Player.
Discussion: CNN, msnbc.com and The Reaction
Wallacegw / CNN:
Key Perry supporter will back Romney
A.Killough / CNN:
BREAKING: Romney calls Santorum
Discussion: The Daily Caller
NBC's Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC poll: Newt Gingrich gains ground on Mitt Romney in South Carolina
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, Daily Kos and The Verge
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
Byron Tau / The Politico:
Nebraska governor: ‘The president made a mistake’  —  Nebraska's Republican Gov. Dave Heineman, whose state is a key part of the Keystone XL oil pipeline debate, expressed his disappointment with the final decision the Obama administration made yesterday to kill the project.
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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
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 …
Zeke Miller / Politics:
Stephen Colbert To Hold Rally With Herman Cain In South Carolina On Friday  —  “ROCK ME LIKE A HERMAN CAIN!”  A day before the primary.  —  Source: talkingpointsmemo.com  —  From Colbert's “campaign”  —  FOR IMMEDIATE catch & RELEASE  —  STEPHEN COLBERT ASKS SOUTH CAROLINA TO
 
 
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Haley Barbour / Washington Post:
Why I released 26 prisoners  —  Haley Barbour, a Republican …
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Jeffrey Meisner / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Marriage Equality in Washington State Would Be Good for Business
Walter Olson / Cato @ Liberty:
Courts, FCPA, and Runaway Federal Prosecutors
Aisha C. Moodie-Mills / Center for American Progress:
Jumping Beyond the Broom
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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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Jeff Green / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
Fareed Zakaria / Swampland:
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Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
Center for American Progress, group tied to Obama, under fire from Israel advocates
Discussion: Big Government
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Voter Disgust: What Might It Mean for the House Race?
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Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Hedge Funds May Sue Greece if It Tries to Force Loss