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9:25 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 …
James Hohmann / The Politico:
POLITICO Poll: Newt in striking distance  —  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 …
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
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 …
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
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: Big Journalism
The Caucus:
Gingrich Camp Responds to Ex-Wife's Interview  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. — Anticipating a potentially damaging interview with one of Newt Gingrich's former wives on the eve of the South Carolina primary, his campaign issued an open letter on Wednesday night to “ABC News leadership,” …
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.
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Gingrich Camp Tries Damage Control Before Interview With Ex-Wife Airs
Democracy in America:
Newt and the “food-stamp president”
The Politico:
Anxious Mitt Romney lights into Newt Gingrich
Discussion: CNN
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Jimmy Carter Tells Piers Morgan That Gingrich Has ‘Subtlety Of Racism’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav
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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Cop Out for the Ages!!  —  The Republican party of Iowa has finished it's recount of the January 3rd Iowa caucuses and the certified final results show Rick Santorum came out ahead by 34 votes.  So he ‘won’, right?  —  Well, not according to the state GOP.  According to the state party it's a “split decision” or a “tie.”
Deborah Netburn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google says 4.5 million people signed anti-SOPA petition today  —  When Google speaks, the world listens.  —  And today, when Google asked its users to sign a petition protesting two anti-piracy laws circulating in Congress, millions responded.  —  A spokeswoman for Google confirmed …
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Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Lawmakers rush to drop piracy bills as websites go dark
Discussion: The BLT
CNN:   SOPA/PIPA bills lose support on Capitol Hill
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Moguls Stopping Obama Donations Because Of President's Piracy Stand: “Not Give A Dime Anymore”
Discussion: Big Hollywood
Jim Puzzanghera / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
SOPA blackout: Bills lose three co-sponsors amid protests
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 …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Dems receive more Bain dollars than GOP
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.
New York Times:
Poll Shows Obama's Vulnerability With Swing Voters  —  President Obama opens his re-election bid facing significant obstacles from independent voters, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, with the critical piece of the electorate that cemented his victory four years ago open to denying him a second term.
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Joy Lin / Fox News:
Group blasts Gingrich for limiting hires to Muslims who renounce Shariah law  —  The largest Muslim civil liberties group in the United States on Wednesday condemned Newt Gingrich for saying he would only hire Muslims to his administration if they renounced the use of Islam's Shariah law as a tool for U.S. government.
USA Today:
Kodak files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy  —  ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Eastman Kodak Co., running short of cash and unable to sell 1,100 digital imaging parents that could have rescued it, filed Thursday for protection from its creditors under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
Discussion: The Agonist
 
 
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