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12:25 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.
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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 …
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
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.
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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
GOP Debate: Gingrich Kills Infidelity Question, and That's Just the Start
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Republican Debate Audience Boos Mitt Romney Over Releasing Tax Returns
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.
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Jennifer Martinez / The Politico:
SOPA and PIPA dead ? for now  —  House and Senate leaders abandoned plans to move on SOPA and PIPA on Friday — the surest sign yet that a wave of online protests have killed the controversial anti-piracy legislation for now and maybe forever.  —  SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith …
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.
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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 …
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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 DoJ.gov (and plenty of other foes) leaving them completely dead.
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The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department Charges Leaders of Megaupload with Widespread Online Copyright Infringement
Adam Liptak / The Caucus:
Supreme Court Rejects Judge-Drawn Maps in Texas Redistricting Case  —  The Supreme Court on Friday instructed a lower court in Texas to take a fresh look at election maps it had drawn in place of a competing set of maps from the Texas Legislature.  The justices said the lower court …
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Kevinliptak / CNN:   Judge-drawn Texas redistricting map tossed out by Supreme Court
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 …
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New York Times:
Sarkozy Weighs Afghan Withdrawal After Soldier Kills 4 French Troops
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
ThinkProgress:
Obama Administration Approves Rule That Guarantees Near-Universal Contraceptive Coverage  —  Our guest blogger is Jessica Arons, Director of the Women's Health and Rights Program at American Progress.  —  Today, in a huge victory for women's health, Health and Human Services Secretary …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Todd Leopold / CNN:
Singing legend Etta James dies at 73  —  Etta James, here performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2009, died Friday, January 20, due to complications from leukeimia, said her longtime friend and manager, Lupe De Leon.  The singer was 73.  —  HIDE CAPTION  —  Etta James through the years
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The GOP's suicide march  —  “Are you better off today than you were $4 trillion ago?”  — former presidential candidate Rick Perry  —  It's the campaign line of the year, and while the author won't be carrying it into the general election, the eventual nominee will.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Betsy's Page
James O'Toole / CNNMoney.com:
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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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
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New York Times:
Dodd Calls for Hollywood and Silicon Valley to Meet
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Bush's CIA director: We determined attacking Iran was a bad idea
Discussion: Eunomia
Tim Miller / Real Clear Politics:
How Mitt Romney Beat Us
Discussion: ABCNEWS and American Spectator
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Six in 10 Voters Would Be OK With Obama-Romney Matchup
Sydney Morning Herald:
Love online: 100,000 Grindr users exposed in hack attack
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ABCNEWS:
Obama Sings Soul Tune in Harlem
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Larry Elliott / Guardian:
IMF warns of threat to global economies posed by austerity drives
Discussion: US Politics
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
New Definition of Autism May Exclude Many, Study Suggests
Discussion: Althouse
Reuters:
INSIGHT - In MF Global, JPMorgan again at center of a financial failure
Discussion: naked capitalism
Corey Robin:
From the Slaveholders to Rick Perry: Galileo is the Key