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1:15 AM ET, January 19, 2012

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Drudge Report:
NEWT EX-WIFE UNLOADS ON CAMERA; NETWORK DEBATES ‘ETHICS’ OF AIRING BEFORE SC PRIMARY  —  Marianne Gingrich has said she could end her ex-husband's career with a single interview.  —  Earlier this week, she sat before ABCNEWS cameras, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
AP source: ABC interviewed Gingrich ex-wife  —  NEW YORK (AP) - An ABC News executive tells The Associated Press that the network has interviewed Newt Gingrich's second wife and is likely to air the segment Thursday on “Nightline.”  —  That's two days before the South Carolina primary …
Wallacegw / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Race for South Carolina tightening  —  Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - With three days to go until the first-in-the south primary, Mitt Romney remains in the lead in the Palmetto State, but according to a new poll, his advantage over Newt Gingrich is rapidly shrinking.
Roz Helderman / Washington Post:
Santorum says the only woman he's ever sat on a couch with is his wife  —  Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum told a Spartanburg crowd Wednesday that the only woman he's ever sat on a couch with is his wife, a not-so-subtle dig at former House speaker Newt Gingrich …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Rick Perry's Final Act: King Maker?  —  “Rick Perry's campaign has come to an end.  But he could leave on an unexpected high note — helping conservatives unite around one not-Romney”  —  Barring a miracle, this is Rick Perry's final act in the 2012 elections.  On Saturday, he will come in last in South Carolina.
The Politico:
Anxious Mitt Romney lights into Newt Gingrich  —  ROCK HILL, S.C. — Clear signs Mitt Romney is again worried about Newt Gingrich: He released two new negative web videos, unleashed attacking surrogates and even went after the former House speaker himself.  —  And that was all before lunch on Wednesday.
Discussion: CNN and This Just In
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Jimmy Carter Tells Piers Morgan That Newt Gingrich ‘Has That Subtlety Of Racism’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav
ABCNEWS:
New Orwellian-Themed Santorum Ad Takes Aim At ‘Establishment’ and Romney
Discussion: Hot Air and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Democracy in America:
Newt and the “food-stamp president”
ABCNEWS:
Romney Staff Denies He's Citing Woman Who Got Cash Handout
Discussion: Mediaite and Colorlines
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Gingrich would consider Palin for his administration
Discussion: CNN
Megan Slack / White House.gov Blog:
By the Numbers: 103,785  —  A total of 103,785 people signed We the People petitions asking the Obama Administration to protect an open and innovative internet.  A petition asking President Obama to veto the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) got 51,689 signatures, while 52,096 people signed the “Stop the E-PARSITE Act” petition.
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Jennifer Martinez / The Politico:
SOPA blackout leads co-sponsors to defect  —  Amid online protests that include major websites like Wikipedia blacking out their sites, a few co-sponsors of the Stop Online Piracy Act in Congress are defecting.  —  Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.), originally a co-sponsor of the bill, pulled his name from the list of sponsors on Tuesday.
Jim Puzzanghera / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
SOPA blackout: Bills lose three co-sponsors amid protests
Washington Post:
Obama administration to reject Keystone pipeline  —  The Obama administration will announce this afternoon it is rejecting a Canadian firm's application for a permit to build and operate a massive oil pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border, according to sources who have been briefed on the matter.
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Darren Goode / Reuters:
Keystone XL pipeline rejected by Obama administration
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: What to Make of Obama's Approval Bounce?  —  You might have noticed recently that Barack Obama's job approval has ticked up slightly in the last few weeks.  What to make of this?  —  Here is the RealClearPolitics average:  —  Two months ago, the president's job approval was 43.7 percent.
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Marjorie Connelly / The Caucus:
G.O.P. in Congress Gets Blame for Gridlock
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
Gingrich's College Records Show a Professor Hatching Big Plans  —  A year into his first full-time teaching job, Newt Gingrich applied to be college president, submitting with his application a paper titled “Some Projections on West Georgia College's Next Thirty Years.”
Paul Polls / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Unpopular Nationally, Romney Holds Solid GOP Lead  —  OVERVIEW  —  Days ahead of the South Carolina primary, Mitt Romney maintains a substantial lead nationally in the race for the GOP nomination.  Yet his image among all voters has slipped since November and he runs no better …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
PIPA support collapses, with 13 new Senators opposed  —  Members of the Senate are rushing for the exits in the wake of the Internet's unprecedented protest of the Protect IP Act (PIPA).  At least 13 members of the upper chamber announced their opposition on Wednesday.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
3rd Annual TV News Trust Poll  —  PPP's 3rd annual TV news trust poll (2011 version here, 2010 version here) finds that Fox News tops the list for both the source Americans trust the most and the one they trust the least.  —  Fox is the most trusted TV news source for 34% of voters …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Firedoglake and Hot Air
ABCNEWS:
Romney Parks Millions in Cayman Islands  —  Although it is not apparent on his financial disclosure form, Mitt Romney has millions of dollars of his personal wealth in investment funds set up in the Cayman Islands, a notorious Caribbean tax haven.  —  A spokesperson for the Romney campaign …
Opinionator:
David Brooks: Gail, I'm sorry we missed each other in South Carolina, but I've moved on to the next primary state, Florida, in search of people who pay Mitt Romney's 15 percent tax rate.  I'm in Palm Beach now.  I think I've found them.  —  By the way, why do we make candidates release their tax forms?
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Obama pollster calls Herman Cain ‘racist’ on camera... then denies he did it  —  We'll have to see if this one makes Anderson Cooper's “Keeping Them Honest” segment on CNN's “AC360.”  —  On Cooper's Tuesday program, Democratic strategist and Obama 2012 campaign pollster Cornell Belcher took aim …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kari Huus / msnbc.com:
Prosecutors aim new weapon at Occupy activists: lynching allegation  —  Screen grab from youtube video showing the arrest of Occupy LA activist Sergio Ballesteros on Thursday, Jan. 12.  Ballesteros, 30, was released on $50,000 bail early Tuesday.  He is charged with “lynching” …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Don Surber
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Scott Brown floats plan to bar outside group spending from Senate race  —  Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has offered his Democratic rival a creative way to dispose of pesky outside groups who have already pledged to spend millions in his Senate race.  The first-term senator wants both campaigns …
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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BBC:
UK unemployment increases by 118,000 to 2.69m
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CNN:
THE SITUATION ROOM  —  Two Americans Still Missing …
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Obama to Start Advertising as Early as Thursday
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Fundraises Off Saying He Wants To Punch Obama In The Face
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
New York Rep. Maurice Hinchey to retire, sources say
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Moe Lane
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
DCCC chairman: Dems have put 76 seats in play
Discussion: The Politico
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Michelle Malkin:
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Esquire:
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Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers