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6:10 PM ET, January 14, 2012


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Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum  —  After a two day meeting at a ranch outside of Houston a group of 150 Christian leaders, business leaders and conservative activists have coalesced behind Rick Santorum.  —  Friday night surrogates from every GOP campaign (except that of Jon Huntsman) …
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
Santorum: US wrong to condemn Iran scientist death  —  GREENVILLE, S.C.—Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Saturday the U.S. was wrong to condemn the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist this week.  —  The Obama administration's public posture on the death Wednesday …
Bernie Becker / Ballot Box:
150 social conservatives, activists vote to back Rick Santorum  —  A group of conservative activists decided Saturday to throw its support behind Rick Santorum in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination.  —  Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council and a spokesman …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Social conservatives back Rick Santorum
Kim Geiger / Los Angeles Times:
Religious leaders rally behind Rick Santorum
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Santorum wins support of evangelical leaders at Texas meeting
Discussion: Sky Dancing
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
150 Social Conservative Activists Settle on Supporting Santorum In Stop Romney Move
Josh Dorner / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Social Conservatives Officially Unite on Rick Santorum As Romney Alternative
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Italy cruise ship Costa Concordia: Search for missing  —  The BBC's Alan Johnston says it “must have been an extraordinarily harrowing experience”  —  Emergency teams in Italy are racing to rescue those missing after a cruise ship ran aground off the country's west coast with about 4,000 people on board.
Police arrest Italian captain of cruise ship that ran aground, killing 3  —  Cruise ship runs aground off Italy  —  Porto Santo Stefano, Italy (CNN) — The Italian captain of the cruise ship that ran aground — killing three people, injuring 20 and leaving dozens unaccounted for …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Mitt Romney's new problem: A rising sun  —  Mitt Romney was on the campaign trail in South Carolina yesterday, and brought up the issue he expects to ride into the White House: the U.S. economy.  Unfortunately for the former governor, the message isn't quite the same as it was a few months ago.
Jeffrey Sachs / The Huffington Post:
How the Wall Street Journal Misleads About Federal Jobs  —  The editorial board of Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal has a simple game.  They want to cut taxes for the rich and government services for the rest, and end regulations of banks and the environment.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Under voter pressure, members of Congress backpedal (hard) on SOPA  —  The public outcry over the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act seems to have gotten so loud that even members of Congress can hear it.  On Thursday we covered the news that Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) was expressing second thoughts about SOPA's DNS provisions.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
DNS provision pulled from SOPA, victory for opponents
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Warns Israel on Strike  —  Officials Lobby Against Attack on Iran as Military Leaders Bolster Defenses  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. defense leaders are increasingly concerned that Israel is preparing to take military action against Iran, over U.S. objections, and have stepped up contingency planning …
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Town, Cast as Romney's Victim, Says, ‘Huh?’  —  GAFFNEY, S.C. — This small Southern town that once boomed with peaches and cotton mills has found itself the unexpected star of the latest bruising fight in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Mandarin Smackdown!  Stewart vs. Huntsman vs. Xiao Li  —  What do Messrs.  Stewart and Huntsman have in common, apart from spelling their first name Jon?  Apparently an interest in Asian language.  Stewart puts the needle effectively in Huntsman for using Mandarin on the campaign trail, starting at time 5:00 of this clip.
Discussion: The Agonist
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
What does Ron Paul want?  —  Ron Paul is on track to end the GOP presidential race in second place.  But his refusal to directly take on the man who's ahed of him — Mitt Romney — has Republicans wondering: What does Ron Paul want?  —  Paul has already ruled out a return to the House …
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
‘Supply-Sider’ for the Working Man  —  Mitt Romney's conservative rival Rick Santorum wants to grow the economy with tax breaks for manufacturing—and babies.  —  Manchester, N.H.  —  'I'm someone who believes that making things creates wealth," says Rick Santorum.
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