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10:35 AM ET, January 4, 2012


 Top Items: 
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.
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:
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
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 …
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 …
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: The Politico, CNN and Weasel Zippers
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Bachmann cancels SC trip after poor Iowa finish  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann canceled her campaign trip to South Carolina on Wednesday after a dismal showing in the Iowa caucuses.  —  Campaign manager Keith Nahigian told The Associated Press …
Discussion: Reuters, The Raw Story and Guardian
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 …
Paul Begala / The Daily Beast:
Iowa Results Show Romney's Weakness Even Against GOP ‘Unelectables’  —  What can you say about an alleged frontrunner who could barely top the Man-on-Dog guy?  If Mitt Romney can't beat Rick Santorum, he ought to find another party to run in.  —  You gotta love a party in which Mitt Romney …
Discussion: Saint Petersblog
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
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%)
Ronald Brownstein /
Why Romney and Santorum Fought to a Draw in Iowa
Discussion: CNN and Betsy's Page
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Is Eight Enough? Where Mitt Romney And Rick Santorum Go From Here (The Note)
Discussion: Boston Globe and Wonkette
Washington Examiner:
Facing embarrassing Iowa loss, Romney squeaks by
Discussion: FrumForum and Hot Air
NBC's Ali Weinberg /
After strong Iowa showing, Santorum campaign looks ahead to SC
Discussion: USA Today and The Agonist
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
New York Times:
Candidates' Electability and Principles Divide Iowa Voters
NBC /   NBC sources: McCain to endorse Romney
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 …
David Frum / FrumForum:
Ron Paul's Personal Responsibility
Discussion: Power Line and Hullabaloo
Robert Wright / The Atlantic Online:
The Greatness of Ron Paul
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
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Ron Paul calls Newt Gingrich a ‘chickenhawk’  —  Ron Paul came out swinging Wednesday against Newt Gingrich for calling him a dangerous candidate, dubbing Gingrich a chickenhawk who avoided the Vietnam War.  —  “I don't want to fight a war that's unconstitutional and I'm the dangerous person?
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Graham Bowley / New York Times:
3 In-Laws of Afghan Girl, 15, Are Held in Her Torture  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan girl's nails had been pulled out, her skin on her ear and nose had been twisted with pliers, and she had been kept in a dark, filthy basement bathroom without proper food or water for five months …
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