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10:20 AM ET, January 4, 2012


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McCain To Endorse Romney Tomorrow  —  The 2008 Republican nominee will endorse his former rival in New Hampshire, a source tells BuzzFeed.  The move will give Romney some high-profile good news after a close and ambiguous finish in Iowa.  —  (Getty Images / Mark Wilson)
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Romney Wins Iowa Caucus by 8 Votes  —  “Onto New Hampshire, let's get that job done!”  Mitt Romney told supporters before being declared the winner.  More Photos »  —  DES MOINES — Mitt Romney's quest to swiftly lock down the Republican presidential nomination with a commanding finish …
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Everything You Heard Last Night Was Bull, Perry Might Want to Stay In, & a Newtlear Attack  —  As you wake up this morning, Rick Santorum only lost to Mitt Romney by 8 votes.  Santorum spent about a dollar per vote and Romney spent hundreds of dollars for his votes.
David Weigel / Slate:
Rickrolled: Three Lessons from Iowa … - Is the Virginia Law Keeping Perry and Gingrich Off the Ballot Constitutional?  — The Real Threat to Marriage Isn't Gay Marriage—It's Straight Civil Unions  — The App That Keeps You Going to the Gym by Charging You Money When You Don't
Ben White / The Politico:
Romney wins Iowa by 8 votes - Fallout: Perry done; Santorum strong; Gingrich angry - Cordray recess appointment?  - Oil surges on Iran fear  —  By Ben White (; Twitter: @morningmoneyben)  —  ROMNEY WINS IOWA BY 8 VOTES - With 100 percent of Iowa precincts reporting …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Bachmann cancels South Carolina trip  —  Per a tweet from the AP, Michele Bachmann has canceled her planned trip to South Carolina, and has called a press conference for 10 a.m. central time.  —  I've emailed a campaign spokeswoman and haven't heard back.  —  But after Bachmann's …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
“We have nearly reached the Rubicon when the ‘not Romney’ crowd is pining for Jon Huntsman”  —  So says Erick Erickson.  Is he right? … Can he atone for that flipping of the bird before next Tuesday?  Ninety-five percent of you will say “NO” in the comments, but let's …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
DNC chairwoman: Romney's Iowa caucus win is ‘a loss’  —  The chairwoman for the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday sought to slow Mitt Romney's momentum as the winner of the Iowa caucuses, the first vote of the 2012 primary season.  —  “When is a win a loss?
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Ronald Brownstein /
Why Romney and Santorum Fought to a Draw in Iowa  —  New voters, split evangelicals and Romney in a rut  —  Ron Paul expanded the electorate.  Mitt Romney slightly advanced from his key beachheads in 2008.  Evangelical Christians splintered but gave Rick Santorum the largest slice of their votes.
Discussion: CNN and Betsy's Page
First Thoughts: What we learned from last night  —  What we learned from last night: 1) Romney still has a problem with his party's conservative base... 2) Rick Santorum may be for real... 3) New Hampshire is going to be fascinating to watch... Also: Measuring Santorum's NH bounce …
Discussion: The Politico
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Winning Ugly, but Winning  —  I don't care if you call it a win or a tie.  In Iowa on Tuesday, Mitt Romney had a performance that looks ugly on the stat sheet , but which accomplished quite a bit when you consider it in its broader context.  —  The two most important things that Mr. Romney accomplished are as follows:
NBC's Ali Weinberg /
After strong Iowa showing, Santorum campaign looks ahead to SC  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. - As Rick Santorum's supporters celebrated his strong Iowa showing, they were also making preparations for a push through South Carolina that will begin even before the New Hampshire primary vote.  —  Andrew Burton / Getty Images
Discussion: USA Today and The Agonist
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Is Eight Enough? Where Mitt Romney And Rick Santorum Go From Here (The Note)
Discussion: Boston Globe and Wonkette
Mitt Romney on Rick Santorum: He Focused on Iowa, I'm Running A National Campaign
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Kos
Shannon McCaffrey / Associated Press:
Gingrich hits Romney, says he'll continue to fight
Emily Schultheis / The Politico:
McCain to endorse Romney tomorrow
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Jon Huntsman: Mitt Romney Would Be An Agent For The Big Banks
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Politico
NBC /   NBC sources: McCain to endorse Romney
New York Times:
Candidates' Electability and Principles Divide Iowa Voters
John Garver / The Daily Caller:
The trouble with my uncle, Rick Santorum  —  If you want another big-government politician who supports the status quo to run our country, you should vote for my uncle, Rick Santorum.  America is based on a strong belief in individual liberty.  My uncle's interventionist policies …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Santorum Surge in Precinct Numbers Exceeds Poll Projections  —  UPDATE 8:55 p.m. CT: The latest with 31% of precincts:  —  Mitt Romney ...... 7,844 (23%)  —  Rick Santorum .... 7,726 (23%)  —  Ron Paul ............. 7,655 (23%)  —  Newt Gingrich ..... 4,440 (13%)  —  Rick Perry ........... 3,433 (10%)
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Stuff in Politico That Makes Me Want to Guzzle Antifreeze, Field of Mediocrity Edition  —  DES MOINES — Precisely how many times are we going to be treated to public expressions of mock horror from Important Conservatives that 40 years of allying themselves with nativist hooligans …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Obama's Surrender of Afghanistan Continues Apace?
Discussion: Jihad Watch, Pat Dollard and Guardian
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Michelle Obama Jokes: “I Kind Of Like” Being Called “Your Excellency”  —  First Lady Michelle Obama is to make a guest appearance on an upcoming episode of the popular Nickelodeon show iCarly.  —  In the episode, which airs on January 16, the First Lady helps the show's title character Carly …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Moonbattery
Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
New York City Police Arrest Suspect in String of Firebomb Attacks  —  Police arrested a suspect Tuesday in connection with the firebombing of an Islamic cultural center and four other New York City area sites.  —  The suspect confessed to five incidents in total, including the attack …
New York Times:
U.S. Reverses Policy in Reaching Out to Muslim Brotherhood  —  CAIRO — With the Muslim Brotherhood pulling within reach of an outright majority in Egypt's new parliament, the Obama administration has begun to reverse decades of mistrust and hostility as it seeks to forge closer ties …
New York Times:
Bring Back Boring Banks  —  CENTRAL bankers barely averted a financial panic before Christmas by replacing hundreds of billions of dollars of deposits fleeing European banks.  But confidence in the global banking system remains dangerously low.  To prevent the next panic …
Discussion: EconLog and naked capitalism
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 Earlier Items: 
Stephen G. Bloom / The Atlantic Online:
Observations From 20 Years of Iowa Life
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Robert Wright / The Atlantic Online:
The Greatness of Ron Paul
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
RNC: Five states to lose half their delegates
Discussion: and CNN
Ry Rivard / Charleston Daily Mail:
Three-judge federal panel says W.Va. Congressional redistricting is not constitutional.
Discussion: Hotline On Call
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Bad-Faith Journalism  —  PolitiFact tacks right, further illustrating …
Discussion: ThinkProgress