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1:50 PM ET, January 15, 2012

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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 …
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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
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: ABCNEWS, CNN and 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.
New York Times:
Conservative Religious Leaders, Seeking Unity, Vote to Back Santorum
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Optimistic Poll Data
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports
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.
The State:
Huntsman could bring us back together  —  AFTER MONTHS of flirting with candidates who considered inexperience an asset, obstinance and vitriol a virtue and extremism — even flakiness — a job requirement, Republican voters seem to be settling down.  Increasingly, they are rallying around …
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
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.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
With ‘angry black woman’ remark, Michelle Obama 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
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:
Sen. Reid blasts Republican lawmakers for ‘obstructionism on steroids’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blasted Republicans for what he called “obstructionism on steroids” on Sunday and said he hoped that GOP lawmakers would return to Washington willing to “compromise” with Democrats.
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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
 
 
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