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11:50 AM ET, January 19, 2012

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Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
REGISTER EXCLUSIVE: 2012 GOP caucus count unresolved  —  THE RESULTS: Santorum finished ahead by 34 votes  —  MISSING DATA: 8 precincts' numbers will never be certified  —  PARTY VERDICT: GOP official says, 'It's a split decision'  —  Rick Santorum - Final total: 29,839 Change: -168
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A.Killough / CNN:
FIRST ON CNN: Sources: Perry dropping out of GOP race  —  Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Rick Perry is telling supporters that he will drop his bid Thursday for the Republican presidential nomination, two sources familiar with his plans told CNN.  —  The Texas governor will make the announcement …
The Politico:
Rick Perry to drop 2012 campaign for president, endorse Newt, Sources say  —  Rick Perry is expected to drop out later this morning at an 11 a.m. press conference and endorse Newt Gingrich, two sources confirmed to POLITICO.  —  The news was first reported by CNN.
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.
The Caucus:
Perry Ends Bid for Presidency  —  Mr. Perry speaking at a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, on Dec. 30, 2011.  Mr. Perry is poised to end his candidacy and endorse Newt Gingrich on Thursday.  —  Updated  —  NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Gov. Rick Perry of Texas dropped out of the Republican presidential race …
John Matthews / 105.9 FM WMAL:
WATCH: Gingrich's Ex Says Newt Asked Her For An Open Marriage  —  WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich's second ex-wife says the former House Speaker lacks the ‘moral character’ to be President.  —  In an interview with ABC's Brian Ross that was recorded last week and which will air in its entireity …
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Gingrich Lacks Moral Character to Be President, Ex-Wife Says  —  Newt Gingrich lacks the moral character to serve as President, his second ex-wife Marianne told ABC News, saying his campaign positions on the sanctity of marriage and the importance of family values do not square …
NBC's Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC poll: Newt Gingrich gains ground on Mitt Romney in South Carolina  —  In the final days leading up to the South Carolina primary, Newt Gingrich attacked Mitt Romney's tax rate revelation.  NBC's Chuck Todd reports.  —  By NBC's Mark Murray  —  Follow @mmurraypolitics
Melinda Henneberger / Washington Post:
As far back as the '90s, Marianne Gingrich has been saying she could end her ex-husband Newt Gingrich's political career with a single interview.  So has she finally dropped that long-threatened bomb, just when the former speaker and GOP presidential hopeful is rebounding in polls?
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 …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Marianne Gingrich speaks  —  Matt Drudge first broke news that Marianne Gingrich, Newt Gingrich's second wife who he left after a lengthy affair with his current wife, Callista, has given an interview to ABC News, which appears to mark only the second time she's spoken this cycle.
Discussion: CNN, The Reaction and Big Journalism
James Hohmann / Reuters:
POLITICO Poll: Newt closing in  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Mitt Romney remains the clear front-runner in South Carolina, but the intensity of Newt Gingrich's support places him within striking distance going into Saturday's Republican primary.  —  A POLITICO poll of likely voters shows …
The Caucus:
Gingrich Camp Responds to Ex-Wife's Interview
Marist Poll:
1/19: Romney Leads Gingrich by 10 Points in South Carolina; 5 Points Post-Debate
Washington Post:
Rick Perry ends presidential candidacy, endorses Newt Gingrich
Paul West / Los Angeles Times:
Rick Perry to quit presidential race
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: 100 tea party leaders to announce support for Newt
Discussion: nation.foxnews.com
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Gingrich: Decision to air interview with ex-wife ‘simply wrong’
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hot Air
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Where are the Republican populists?
Roz Helderman / Washington Post:
Santorum says the only woman he's ever sat on a couch with is his wife
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Gingrich Camp Tries Damage Control Before Interview With Ex-Wife Airs
Discussion: TalkLeft
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Bain gives more to Dems than GOP  —  Democrats have accepted more political donations than Republicans from executives at Bain Capital, complicating the left's plan to attack Mitt Romney for his record at the private equity firm.  —  During the last three election cycles …
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Wall Street Journal:
Bain Capital Saved America  —  In the 1980s, the resilient U.S. economy saved itself from becoming Europe.  Bain was part of the rescue.  —  Not only did Bain Capital save America, but no matter what turn Mitt Romney's political career takes, Bain Capital may stand as the best …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Axelrod to head politics institute at University of Chicago  —  Obama chief strategist David Axelrod is spearheading a new Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago.  —  Axelrod announced the new institute at his alma mater on Wednesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Discussion: CNN
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
Axelrod Going to Academia After 2012 Election
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Hedge Funds May Sue Greece if It Tries to Force Loss  —  LONDON — Hedge funds have been known to use hardball tactics to make money.  Now they have come up with a new one: suing Greece in a human rights court to make good on its bond payments.  —  The novel approach would have the funds arguing …
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Newt Gingrich: I would ignore supreme court as president  —  Republican presidential candidate would order military to defy judges' ruling extending legal rights to terror suspects  —  Newt Gingrich has pledged that on his first day as president he will set up a constitutional showdown …
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.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Jobless benefits claims plunge to lowest level in nearly four years  —  Initial claims for jobless benefits plummeted by 50,000 to their lowest level in nearly four years, a positive sign the job market may be gaining strength.  —  The Labor Department reported Thursday that first-time claims …
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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