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11:00 AM ET, January 20, 2012

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Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Palin: ‘Dumb arses’ in media ‘overplayed their hand’ with Gingrich  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has now weighed in on the controversy surrounding an ABC interview with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's ex-wife, and Palin had some tough words for the media.
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“I THINK GRANDIOSE THOUGHTS”  —  Location  —  A Selection Of Speaker Gingrich's Thoughts Over The Years  —  Gingrich on Gingrich:  — “I Am Essentially A Revolutionary.”  (Adam Clymer, “House Revolutionary,” The New York Times, 8/23/92)  — “Philosophically, I Am Very Different …
newt.org:
Speaker Newt Gingrich and Mrs. Gingrich Release 2010 Income Tax Return and Gingrich Foundation Tax Return  —  Atlanta, GA - Today, Newt and Callista Gingrich released their 2010 federal income tax return, which they filed jointly with the Internal Revenue Service.
New York Times:
Moralizing's High Cost  —  Multiple marriages and even adultery are not automatic disqualifications for the presidency.  If they were, the country would have a very different roster of former presidents and candidates.  But when a political party decides that moralizing about personal conduct …
Benjy Sarlin / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Newt: CNN ‘Despicable’ To Bring Up ‘Trash’ Open Marriage Story  —  CNN wasted no time in asking Newt Gingrich the burning question of the day: did he, as his wife claims in interviews, ask for an open marriage so he could carry on his affair with then-mistress Callista Gingrich?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Gingrich maintains 6 point lead  —  Thursday may have been one of the most eventful days of the Republican campaign so far, but the state of the race in South Carolina didn't change much.  Newt Gingrich continues to lead Mitt Romney by 6 points, 35-29, with Ron Paul and Rick Santorum each tied for third at 15%.
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Republican Debate Audience Boos Mitt Romney Over Releasing Tax Returns
Smitty / The Other McCain:
GOP MADNESS @ FINAL FOUR
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Taxes at the Top  —  Call me peculiar, but I'm actually enjoying the spectacle of Mitt Romney doing the Dance of the Seven Veils — partly out of voyeurism, of course, but also because it's about time that we had this discussion.  —  The theme of his dance, for those who haven't been paying attention, is taxes — his own taxes.
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Wall Street Journal:
How Much the Rich Pay  —  Mitt Romney, the 1% and taxes.  —  Mitt Romney's disclosure this week that his effective federal tax rate is “probably closer to the 15% rate than anything” has created the predictable political uproar.  The White House and its media allies figure they've now got …
Discussion: Althouse
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Rejecting the Keystone pipeline is an act of insanity  —  President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico is an act of national insanity.  It isn't often that a president makes a decision that has no redeeming virtues and — beyond the symbolism …
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Secretary Clinton won't testify on Keystone pipeline rejection
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
Anonymous Goes on Megaupload Revenge Spree: DoJ, RIAA, MPAA, and Universal Music All Offline  —  Anonymous has sure been quiet lately, but today's federal bust of Megaupload riled 'em up good: a retaliatory strike against DoJ.gov (and plenty of other foes) leaving them completely dead.
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Ben Sisario / New York Times:
7 Charged as F.B.I. Closes a Top File-Sharing Site
The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department Charges Leaders of Megaupload with Widespread Online Copyright Infringement
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Afghanistan's Soldiers Step Up Killings of Allied Forces  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — American and other coalition forces here are being killed in increasing numbers by the very Afghan soldiers they fight alongside and train, in attacks motivated by deep-seated animosity between the supposedly allied forces …
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New York Times:
Sarkozy Weighs Afghan Withdrawal After Soldier Kills 4 French Troops
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Ex Factor  —  Romney gets a break from Gingrich's former wife.  But why has she changed her story?  —  Bye-Ku for Rick Perry  —  Trounced in Iowa  —  New Hampshire and—the third one  —  I can't.  Sorry.  Oops  —  Mitt Romney just got his biggest break in over a week.
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Sydney Morning Herald:
Love online: 100,000 Grindr users exposed in hack attack  —  The Grindr app, left, and founder Joel Simkhai's profile.  —  A popular “meat-market” smartphone app that spawned a sexual revolution in Australia's gay community has been compromised by a Sydney hacker, potentially exposing …
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Jennifer Martinez / Reuters:
Reid cancels vote on PIPA  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has postponed a procedural vote scheduled for Tuesday on the PROTECT IP Act, although he held out a glimmer of hope for a compromise in an online piracy push that many were proclaiming dead.  —  “In light of recent events …
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ABCNEWS:
Obama Sings Soul Tune in Harlem  —  Shortly after taking the stage tonight for a fundraiser at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, President Obama broke into song.  —  Obama, standing behind the presidential podium, thanked his hosts and the performers who preceded him, including soul singer Al Green.
Discussion: Gothamist
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Romney to Occupy protester: Go back to Russia  —  The Romney campaign is proudly circulating this video of Mitt Romney dressing down an Occupy Wall Street protester with this line: “America's right, and you're wrong.”  —  “GREAT VIDEO,” Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom Tweeted just now.
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Paul Werdel / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Romney Snaps At Questioner, 'America's Right, And You're Wrong!
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Six in 10 Voters Would Be OK With Obama-Romney Matchup  —  Democrats would be the most satisfied  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Six in 10 registered voters would be satisfied if Barack Obama and Mitt Romney become the nominees for president this year, while 34% say they would not be satisfied.
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell backs Romney  —  (CNN) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced he was backing GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney Friday, saying his support could help Romney win Saturday's hotly-contested South Carolina primary.  —  “I'm a Southern governor endorsing Mitt Romney …
 
 
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Health Care Costs are Eating Your Pay Raise
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IMF warns of threat to global economies posed by austerity drives
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Corey Robin:
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After Perry exit, anger at GOP debates
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Herman Cain will deliver Tea Party response to the State of the Union
Haley Barbour / Washington Post:
Why I released 26 prisoners  —  Haley Barbour, a Republican …