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8:35 AM ET, January 21, 2012

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Chuck Norris / WND:
MY ENDORSEMENT FOR PRESIDENT  —  Exclusive: Chuck Norris reveals his choice for Republican nomination  —  Our republic as America's founders created it is under assault from extremists outside our country and anti-constitutionalists inside our country.  Combined with the flailing American economy …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Newt expands South Carolina lead  —  Newt Gingrich heads into South Carolina election day as the clear front runner in the state: he's now polling at 37% to 28% for Mitt Romney, 16% for Rick Santorum, and 14% for Ron Paul.  —  Gingrich's lead has actually increased in the wake of his ex-wife's controversial interview with ABC.
Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
America hates Newt Gingrich  —  Unlike Mitt Romney, who occasionally beats President Obama in general election poll match ups, Newt Gingrich trails far behind President Obama in every survey.  But just how bad are Gingrich's unfavorable among the general public compared to Obama and Romney?
Clemson University:
Clemson Palmetto Poll finds Gingrich leading, 20% of S.C. voters still uncommitted  —  CLEMSON, S.C. — With polls opening in less than 24 hours for the important South Carolina presidential primary election, the final Palmetto Poll shows Newt Gingrich leading over Mitt Romney in a gritty battle fraught …
Ross Douthat:
The Momentum of Ideas  —  During last night's Republican debate, the candidates were asked to name something from the campaign that they would have done differently.  Here was Newt Gingrich's answer: … I have, for my sins, watched Gingrich make his pitch across what feels …
Dr. Keith Ablow / Fox News:
Newt Gingrich's three marriages mean he might make a strong president — really  —  Former Speaker of the House and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was attacked Thursday in an interview on ABC News by his second wife Marianne.  She accused him of beginning an affair …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Santorum now the Iowa winner, officially  —  This statement just landed from the Republican Party of Iowa, just about 20 minutes shy of midnight: … This is a switch from the party's stand yesterday morning, that the results were inconclusive and a winner couldn't be called because of a number …
Discussion: Politics, CNN and FITSNews
Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich Surges In South Carolina, But Expect The Unexpected
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
A Test for Gingrich as Political Strategist
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Caucus
A.Killough / CNN:
Colbert: Vote for Cain, he's on the ballot
Discussion: The Politico
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Florida debate uncertain without Romney commitment
Discussion: www2.tbo.com and Pat Dollard
Matt Stout / Boston Herald:
Sen. Scott Brown urges Romney, Gingrich — come clean
Dylan Byers / The Politico:
Mitt Romney leaves NBC Florida Republican debate uncertain
Discussion: Daily Kos, Politics and Naked Politics
Wallacegw / CNN:
Fake CNN email used as dirty trick in South Carolina
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
‘Cautiously optimistic’ Mitt Romney hints he could lose South Carolina, talks tax returns
Wall Street Journal:
Justices Bar Texas Court's Election Map  —  WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Friday ordered new interim maps drawn for Texas' April 3 primary, handing Republicans a partial if possibly short-lived victory in a battle over as many as four House seats.  —  The unsigned decision sends the case …
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Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
How Should the Supreme Court Rule on the Individual Mandate?
Discussion: The Other McCain and Hit & Run
United States Department of Health and Human Services:
A statement by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius  —  In August 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services issued an interim final rule that will require most health insurance plans to cover preventive services for women including recommended …
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N.C. Aizenman / Washington Post:
Obama administration gives groups more time to comply with birth control rule
Nando Di Fino / Mediaite:
NBC's Chuck Todd Blasts Stephen Colbert: ‘He Is Making A Mockery Of The System’  —  Appearing at a Winthrop University panel Thursday, MSNBC host and NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd ripped into Stephen Colbert and his not-yet-official run, suggesting that Colbert might …
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Consumer group accuses Hollywood of ‘threatening politicians’  —  Consumer group Public Knowledge on Friday accused the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and its head, former Sen. Chris Dodd, of trying to intimidate lawmakers into supporting a pair of controversial anti-piracy bills.
Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
Doubts creep in as an awkward Romney tries not to lose GOP nod  —  What's wrong with Mitt Romney?  —  In the early stages of this cycle's Republican nominating process, the former Massachusetts governor seemed confident and sure-footed.  Now he seems awkward and defensive.
Mortimer B. Zuckerman / US News:
Barack Obama's Middle East Miscalculation  —  In Egypt, we are witnessing the democratic election of a dictatorship  —  A little-noticed event gives a grim insight into what is really happening in the Middle East.  The euphoria of the “Arab Spring,” the instant Twitter-style transition …
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Santorum: Newt Has ‘Issues of Character’  —  LEXINGTON, S.C. — Addressing a question today about Marianne Gingrich's allegations that her former husband, Newt, wanted an “open marriage,” Rick Santorum said “these are issues of character” but declined to push his rival for further explanation.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Kristin Ford / Faith in Public Life:
Catholic Leaders Challenge Gingrich and Santorum on Divisive Rhetoric Around Race and Poverty
Tara Siegel Bernard / New York Times:
Blacks Face Bias in Bankruptcy, Study Suggests  —  Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to wind up in the more onerous and costly form of consumer bankruptcy as they try to dig out from their debts, a new study has found.  —  The disparity persisted even when the researchers adjusted for income …
Discussion: SSRN and Prairie Weather
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
No more ‘women and children first’  —  When Western civilization hits the iceberg, will the response be more like that of the crew on the Titanic or that on the Costa Concordia?  —  Text: Next Article »  —  Orange Punch Blog |  Brian Calle's blog |  Political Cartoons |
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST and Ed Driscoll
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
President Obama holds call to gather ‘input’ on State of the Union  —  President Obama held a conference call late Friday afternoon to “solicit input” from state, local and tribal leaders on the State of the Union address, according to attendees on the call.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Prairie Weather
 
 
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Undercover police had children with activists
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ABCNEWS:
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Left to Obama: Time for constitutional amendment against Citizens United
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
House Republicans on retreat focus on picking their fights in election year
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
Etta James, Powerful Voice Behind ‘At Last,’ Dies at 73
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William Tucker / American Spectator:
Environmentalism and the Leisure Class
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Keith Laing / The Hill:
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Associated Press:
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Wall Street Journal:
The Greece Next Door
Peyton M. Craighill / Washington Post:
Is a third political party a viable option?
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