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12:05 PM ET, January 20, 2012


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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.
Jonathan Martinand Alexander Burns / Reuters:
Why Newt Gingrich is surging in South Carolina  —  NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — The final debate before the South Carolina primary brought into sharp relief why Newt Gingrich is re-emerging as a contender and Mitt Romney is stumbling toward the finish line.  —  With a rousing denunciation …
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
“I THINK GRANDIOSE THOUGHTS”  —  Location  —  A Selection Of Speaker Gingrich's Thoughts Over The Years  —  Gingrich on Gingrich:  — “I Am Essentially A Revolutionary.”  (Adam Clymer, “House Revolutionary,” The New York Times, 8/23/92)  — “Philosophically, I Am Very Different …
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.
Wallacegw / CNN:
Fake CNN email used as dirty trick in South Carolina  —  CNN did not send out the email alert.  —  Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @politicalticker  —  It's not clear how many people received the fake email, though at least two members of the South Carolina GOP Executive Committee …
New York Times:
Moralizing's High Cost
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Stephen Colbert: Newt Gingrich a ‘Southern gentleman’
Discussion: Guardian
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
GOP Debate: Gingrich Kills Infidelity Question, and That's Just the Start
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
The power of conservative victimhood
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Republican Debate Audience Boos Mitt Romney Over Releasing Tax Returns
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell backs Romney
Jennifer Martinez / Reuters:
Reid cancels vote on PIPA  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has postponed a procedural vote scheduled for Tuesday on the PROTECT IP Act, although he held out a glimmer of hope for a compromise in an online piracy push that many were proclaiming dead.  —  “In light of recent events …
Aaron / Senate Democrats:
Reid Statement On Intellectual Property Bill … Washington, D.C. - Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today on the Senate's PROTECT I.P. Act:  —  “In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday's vote on the PROTECT I.P. Act.
New York Times:
Dodd Calls for Hollywood and Silicon Valley to Meet
Discussion: The Verge and CNET, more at Techmeme »
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Taxes at the Top  —  Call me peculiar, but I'm actually enjoying the spectacle of Mitt Romney doing the Dance of the Seven Veils — partly out of voyeurism, of course, but also because it's about time that we had this discussion.  —  The theme of his dance, for those who haven't been paying attention, is taxes — his own taxes.
Wall Street Journal:
How Much the Rich Pay  —  Mitt Romney, the 1% and taxes.  —  Mitt Romney's disclosure this week that his effective federal tax rate is “probably closer to the 15% rate than anything” has created the predictable political uproar.  The White House and its media allies figure they've now got …
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Secretary Clinton won't testify on Keystone pipeline rejection
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 (and plenty of other foes) leaving them completely dead.
The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department Charges Leaders of Megaupload with Widespread Online Copyright Infringement
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Afghanistan's Soldiers Step Up Killings of Allied Forces  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — American and other coalition forces here are being killed in increasing numbers by the very Afghan soldiers they fight alongside and train, in attacks motivated by deep-seated animosity between the supposedly allied forces …
New York Times:
Sarkozy Weighs Afghan Withdrawal After Soldier Kills 4 French Troops
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Romney: I Won't Release My Tax Returns Because 'I Don't Want To Give The Democrats A Nice Little Present'  —  GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney endured a hail of boos during the CNN debate last night when he refused to commit to releasing his 2011 tax returns.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Six in 10 Voters Would Be OK With Obama-Romney Matchup
Tim Miller / Real Clear Politics:
How Mitt Romney Beat Us  —  The end of a presidential campaign brings inevitable dissection of what went wrong and where.  Too often such hand wringing focuses on the minutiae that journo-pundits and political flacks choose to obsess over.  But in reality, it's the broad structural issues …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and American Spectator
Obama Sings Soul Tune in Harlem  —  Shortly after taking the stage tonight for a fundraiser at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, President Obama broke into song.  —  Obama, standing behind the presidential podium, thanked his hosts and the performers who preceded him, including soul singer Al Green.
Discussion: Gothamist and alicublog
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.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Love online: 100,000 Grindr users exposed in hack attack  —  The Grindr app, left, and founder Joel Simkhai's profile.  —  A popular “meat-market” smartphone app that spawned a sexual revolution in Australia's gay community has been compromised by a Sydney hacker, potentially exposing …
Discussion: Gawker and Towleroad News #gay
James O'Toole /
Best Companies list hits gay rights milestone  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — For the first time ever, all 100 firms on Fortune's Best Companies To Work For list this year have non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation.  —  In 2008, 95 of the top 100 Best Companies to Work …
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