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5:20 AM ET, January 20, 2012

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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.
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Don Surber, Hot Air and Mediaite
A.Killough / CNN:
BREAKING: Romney calls Santorum  —  (CNN) - Mitt Romney made a “polite” phone call Thursday to rival Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum to “concede victory” in Iowa, according to Santorum's spokesman Hogan Gidley.  —  But Romney's team objected, saying his campaign didn't concede.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Romney's Incredible Luck Continues  —  Mitt Romney's run of luck during the Republican nominating race is beginning to defy belief.  Begin with the fact that Rick Santorum turns out to have won the Iowa caucuses.  Finding this out now is approximately 0.001 percent as valuable as having it announced the night of the caucuses.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Gingrich Tied With Romney in South Carolina Forecast
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney dodges question on releasing multiple years of tax returns
Discussion: The Politico
The Hill:
Gingrich's attack on the media sets feisty tone for GOP debate
Benjy Sarlin / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Newt: CNN ‘Despicable’ To Bring Up ‘Trash’ Open Marriage Story
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Gingrich leads Romney on 1st night of tracking
Evan McMorris-Santoro / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Looking The Other Way: South Carolinians Yawn Over Newt ‘Bombshell’
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Gingrich maintains 6 point lead
Discussion: Hot Air and Daily Kos
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Newt Gingrich cuts off media when asked about extramarital affairs
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:   Pro-Family Leader James Dobson Endorses Rick Santorum
New York Times:
Debate Opens With Questions on Gingrich's Marriages
James V. Grimaldi / Washington Post:
Marianne Gingrich, Newt's ex-wife, says he wanted ‘open marriage’
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Palin Says Interview With Ex-Wife Will Help Gingrich ‘Soar’
Smitty / The Other McCain:
GOP MADNESS @ FINAL FOUR
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
7 Charged as F.B.I. Closes a Top File-Sharing Site  —  The federal authorities on Thursday announced that they had charged seven people connected to the Web site Megaupload, including its founder, with running an international criminal enterprise centered on copyright infringement on the Internet.
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The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department Charges Leaders of Megaupload with Widespread Online Copyright Infringement  —  WASHINGTON - Seven individuals and two corporations have been charged in the United States with running an international organized criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide online piracy …
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Feds shutdown file-sharing site one day after web protest
Discussion: The Politico
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!
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
Discussion: The Politico and New York Times
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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Jennifer Martinezand Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Senate Dems released from PIPA, sources say  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won't whip Democratic votes for an online anti-piracy bill, according to sources familiar with his plans.  —  The decision deals a severe blow to movie, music and television producers, who had hoped to withstand …
Discussion: Guardian and PolitickerNY
Aaron D. Rubinger / Jerusalem Post:
Déjà Jew  —  Is European anti-Semitism different today or is there a feeling that we've been here before?  —  The term déjà vu brings to mind the English expression, been there, done that.  The odd sensation of reliving something for the second time unnerves us precisely …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Reuters:
Exclusive: Senior al Qaeda figure killed in drone strike  —  A militant who acted as a senior operations organizer for al Qaeda was targeted and killed in one of two U.S. drone strikes launched against targets inside Pakistan last week, a U.S. official said.
Rosie Gray / Politics:
Rick Santorum: Attack On His Wife “Ugly, Cheap, Tawdry”  —  Santorum dismisses the flyers handed out after the Personhood USA forum as dirty politics.  —  Rick Santorum speaking in Mt Pleasant on Thursday.  —  MT PLEASANT, S.C. — Rick Santorum today blasted a pro-life critic …
Discussion: The Other McCain and FITSNews
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Herman Cain will deliver Tea Party response to the State of the Union  —  Herman Cain will deliver the Tea Party Express response to President Obama's State of the Union address.  —  Tea Party Express, a political action committee, announced on Thursday that the former presidential candidate would be the speaker.
Discussion: Indecision Forever and Hot Air
 
 
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