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12:00 PM ET, January 15, 2012

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Brendan Sasso / Ballot Box:
Perry vows to fight on, regardless of result in South Carolina primary  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday vowed to continue his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination in Florida, regardless of his finish in the South Carolina primary.  —  “That's our intention,” he told Candy Crowley on CNN's State of the Union.
Discussion: The Politico
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Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
SuperPAC Satire: Colbert Tells ABC About Faux Run  —  Running for president is hard work.  But for comedian Stephen Colbert, who announced his plans to “explore” a presidential bid in South Carolina earlier this week, it's not the long hours of campaigning or the intense public scrutiny …
Discussion: The Politico
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Romney opens 21-point lead in South Carolina: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has opened a wide lead over his rivals in the South Carolina primary election race, trouncing Newt Gingrich and gaining momentum in his march toward the party's nomination, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Gingrich faces tough questions at SC campaign event with black church  —  GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich faced a round of tough questions in a campaign event before an African-American church in South Carolina on Saturday.  —  Gingrich spoke with members of the Jones Memorial …
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
Conservative Religious Leaders, Seeking Unity, Vote to Back Santorum
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Optimistic Poll Data
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Social conservatives back Rick Santorum
Discussion: CNN, Outside the Beltway and Politics
Beltway Buzz:
Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum
New York Times:
The 1 Percent Paint a More Nuanced Portrait of the Rich  —  KINGS POINT, N.Y. — Adam Katz is happy to talk to reporters when he is promoting his business, a charter flight company based on Long Island called Talon Air.  —  But when the subject was his position as one of America's top earners, he balked.
Macon Phillips / White House.gov Blog:
Obama Administration Responds to We the People Petitions on SOPA and Online Piracy  —  The White House has responded to two petitions about legislative approaches to combat online piracy.  In their response, Victoria Espinel, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator at Office of Management and Budget …
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
With ‘angry black woman’ remark, first lady addresses race head-on  —  Michelle Obama finally went there.  —  The first lady jumped head first into a discussion about racial issues.  —  She and her husband, the first African-American president, have mostly avoided addressing race except …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
ABCNEWS:
Romney Gives Unemployed Woman Cash on Ropeline  —  SUMTER, S.C. — Amid shaking hands and signing campaign posters, Mitt Romney did something he has never done before on the ropeline: He took out his wallet and handed a wad of cash to a woman waiting to shake his hand.
Candice M. Giove / New York Post:
‘Occupy’ art a stinker  —  It's political dis-scent: An olfactory artist has transported the stench of Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park to a Staten Island art gallery.  —  “The Smell of a Critical Moment,” which opened yesterday at Doorways on Van Duzer Street, features 99 T-shirts …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
Amir Oren / Haaretz:
Israeli official: Report of Mossad agents posing as CIA spies ‘absolute nonsense’  —  Senior Israeli government official issues complete denial of Foreign Policy report that Mossad agents posed as CIA officers to recruit Pakistani terrorists to carry out attacks in Iran.  —  Get Haaretz on iPhone
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
White House signals more aggressive stance to protect homeowners  —  The Obama administration has signaled to allies that it will take a more aggressive role this year in protecting homeowners from foreclosure, a posture that fits with Obama's populist campaign stance.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Paul Krugman:
S&P On Europe  —  S&P's downgrade of a bunch of European sovereigns was no surprise.  What was somewhat surprising — and which went unmentioned in almost all the news stories I've read — was why S&P has gotten so pessimistic.  From their FAQs: … And today we read about the response:
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Financial Times:   Merkel says eurozone must act fast
Associated Press:
Pakistan Taliban Leader Reportedly Killed in U.S. Drone Strike  —  ISLAMABAD - Intercepted militant radio communications indicate the leader of the Pakistani Taliban may have been killed in a recent U.S. drone strike, Pakistani intelligence officials said Sunday.  A Taliban official denied that.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
 
 
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Friday night doc dump: WH knew before Solyndra workers flew
Discussion: Wizbang and Bloomberg
Climate Guest Blogger / ThinkProgress:
Seven National All-Time Heat Records Set in 2011
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
‘Supply-Sider’ for the Working Man
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey Sachs / The Huffington Post:
How the Wall Street Journal Misleads About Federal Jobs
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Town, Cast as Romney's Victim, Says, ‘Huh?’
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Mitt Romney's new problem: A rising sun