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7:45 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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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.
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%.
Discussion: The Hill, Politics, Hot Air and Daily Kos
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.
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
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Gingrich Tied With Romney in South Carolina Forecast
New York Times:
Debate Opens With Questions on Gingrich's Marriages
Discussion: FITSNews and The Caucus
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Newt Gingrich cuts off media when asked about extramarital affairs
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Palin Says Interview With Ex-Wife Will Help Gingrich ‘Soar’
Paul Werdel / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Romney Snaps At Questioner, 'America's Right, And You're Wrong!
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Gingrich leads Romney on 1st night of tracking
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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 …
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.
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
FBI Charges Seven With Online Piracy
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Feds shutdown file-sharing site one day after web protest
Discussion: The Politico
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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Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Gingrich Lacks Moral Character to Be President, Ex-Wife Says
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.
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
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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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 …
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.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Obama blames press for his ‘cold and aloof’ image  —  President Obama blames the press for creating the image that he's aloof and disconnected from the rest of Washington, insisting in a new interview that he's just more interested in spending time with his family than in exchanging pleasantries with strangers.
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Fareed Zakaria / Swampland:
Inside Obama's World: The President talks to TIME About the Changing Nature of American Power
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Global Public Square
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
 
 
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Larry Elliott / Guardian:
IMF warns of threat to global economies posed by austerity drives
Discussion: US Politics
Donovan Slack / The Politico:
Obama to raise $3.1 million in NYC
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
New Definition of Autism May Exclude Many, Study Suggests
Discussion: Althouse
Americans United / AUL.org:
AUL's “Life List” Shows Huge Legislative Gains for Life in the 50 states in 2011
Discussion: The Daily Caller and FITSNews
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
Pro-Family Leader James Dobson Endorses Rick Santorum
Reuters:
INSIGHT - In MF Global, JPMorgan again at center of a financial failure
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