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2:00 PM 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
James V. Grimaldi / Washington Post:
Marianne Gingrich, Newt's ex-wife, says he wanted ‘open marriage’  —  Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich in 1999 asked his second wife for an “open marriage” or a divorce at the same time he was giving speeches around the country on family and religious values, his former wife, Marianne, told The Washington Post on Thursday.
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?
Washington Post:
Santorum finished 34 votes ahead of Romney in new Iowa tally; votes from 8 precincts missing  —  Republican front-runner Mitt Romney's narrow lead in the Iowa caucuses disappeared when officials certified the vote count, a Republican involved in the process said Thursday …
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 …
NBC's Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC poll: Newt Gingrich gains ground on Mitt Romney in South Carolina
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Marianne Gingrich speaks
Discussion: CNN, The Reaction and Big Journalism
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Despite Publicly Backing One Man-One Woman Marriage, Newt Asked Ex-Wife To ‘Share Me’ With Other Women
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: 100 tea party leaders to announce support for Newt
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Perry's Voters May Not Flock to Gingrich
The Caucus:
Gingrich Camp Responds to Ex-Wife's Interview
Tim Makand Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich's ex-wife: He wanted ‘open marriage’
Discussion: Washington Post and The Page
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Gingrich: Decision to air interview with ex-wife ‘simply wrong’
Discussion: Ballot Box
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Bain gives more campaign money to Democrats than it does to Republicans  —  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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
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OpenCongress:
Protect IP Act Senate whip count  —  This page is an OpenCongress community project.  —  We are seeking to get each U.S. senator on-record with their position on the Protect IP Act of 2011 (known as “whipping the vote” in DC-speak).  By forcing votes out into the open …
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Dems propose ‘Reasonable Profits Board’ to regulate oil company profits  —  Six House Democrats led by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) want to set up a “Reasonable Profits Board” to control gas profits.  —  The Democrats, worried about higher gas prices, want to set up a board that would apply a …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Mitch Daniels to deliver GOP response to Obama's State of the Union address  —  Republicans have tapped Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to deliver the response to President Obama's State of the Union address next Tuesday.  —  The choice of Daniels, a conservative fiscal guru …
 
 
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Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
Center for American Progress, group tied to Obama, under fire from Israel advocates
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Obama rainmakers enjoy White House invites, appointments and contracts
Jack Shafer:
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Discussion: Poynter
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Axelrod to head politics institute at University of Chicago
Discussion: CNN
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Voter Disgust: What Might It Mean for the House Race?
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Carla Marinucci / Politics Blog:
Biden's oops moment in SF: “Giants on their way to Super Bowl”
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Jobless benefits claims plunge to lowest level in nearly four years
Discussion: CNN
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
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Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Newt Gingrich: I would ignore supreme court as president
 

 
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