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7:50 PM ET, January 20, 2012

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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 …
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Chuck Norris / WND:
MY ENDORSEMENT FOR PRESIDENT  —  Exclusive: Chuck Norris reveals his choice for Republican nomination  —  Our republic as America's founders created it is under assault from extremists outside our country and anti-constitutionalists inside our country.  Combined with the flailing American economy …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Romney's National Lead Down to 10 Points  —  Romney 30%, Gingrich 20% in the latest Gallup Daily tracking  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mitt Romney is a considerably weaker front-runner among Republican registered voters nationally than he was at the beginning of the week.
Clemson University:
Clemson Palmetto Poll finds Gingrich leading, 20% of S.C. voters still uncommitted  —  CLEMSON, S.C. — With polls opening in less than 24 hours for the important South Carolina presidential primary election, the final Palmetto Poll shows Newt Gingrich leading over Mitt Romney in a gritty battle fraught …
Dr. Keith Ablow / Fox News:
Newt Gingrich's three marriages mean he might make a strong president — really  —  Former Speaker of the House and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was attacked Thursday in an interview on ABC News by his second wife Marianne.  She accused him of beginning an affair …
A.Killough / CNN:
Colbert: Vote for Cain, he's on the ballot  —  Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Call it the rally for wannabe candidates.  —  Comedian and faux television host Stephen Colbert took the stage Friday with former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, whose name still remains on the South Carolina primary ballot.
Discussion: The Politico
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Romney adviser: We could lose South Carolina  —  Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - With Newt Gingrich creeping up in the polls and potentially on the cusp of a South Carolina victory, one of Mitt Romney's senior advisers sought to change expectations ahead of Saturdays' pivotal presidential primary.
Dylan Byers / The Politico:
Mitt Romney leaves NBC Florida Republican debate uncertain  —  NBC is denying reports that it plans to cancel this Monday's GOP debate in Tampa Bay, Florida, because Mitt Romney has not yet committed to participating.  —  “Preparations for the NBC News, National Journal, Tampa Bay Times debate continue …
Matt Stout / Boston Herald:
Sen. Scott Brown urges Romney, Gingrich — come clean
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Santorum: Newt Has ‘Issues of Character’
Discussion: Hot Air and Wonkette
Kristin Ford / Faith in Public Life:
Catholic Leaders Challenge Gingrich and Santorum on Divisive Rhetoric Around Race and Poverty
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
‘Cautiously optimistic’ Mitt Romney hints he could lose South Carolina, talks tax returns
Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
America hates Newt Gingrich
Peter Overby / NPR:
As ‘Citizens United’ Turns 2, SuperPACs Draw Protests
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Breaking News: Supreme Court Decides Texas Redistricting Case, Reverses Lower Court  —  In a unanimous per curiam opinion, the Supreme Court (with Justice Thomas concurring separately in the judgment) has reversed the maps drawn by the three judge court and remanded to draw new maps under new standards.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rejects Judge-Drawn Maps in Texas Redistricting Case  —  WASHINGTON — 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.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court sides with Texas on redistricting plan
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
SCOTUS kills judge-drawn Texas map
Discussion: CNN, The Moderate Voice and RedState
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 …
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Health plans ordered to cover birth control without co-pays  —  Most healthcare plans will be required to cover birth control without charging co-pays or deductibles starting Aug. 1, the Obama administration announced Friday.  —  The final regulation retains the approach federal health officials proposed …
Nando Di Fino / Mediaite:
NBC's Chuck Todd Blasts Stephen Colbert: ‘He Is Making A Mockery Of The System’  —  Appearing at a Winthrop University panel Thursday, MSNBC host and NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd ripped into Stephen Colbert and his not-yet-official run, suggesting that Colbert might …
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
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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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Four Years Ago, Romney's Wealth Was Not an Issue
Discussion: The Mahablog
Ben Fischer / bizjournals:
Supreme Court's Antonin Scalia sounds off at law gathering … Justice Antonin Scalia said Thursday he is prepared to discard a major precedent in abortion law when considering a future challenge to state regulations that require extra staff and expensive equipment at abortion clinics, such as one approved in Virginia last year.
Discussion: LifeNews.com and Shakesville
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 …
Robert Wright / The Atlantic Online:
How to Smear a Washington Think Tank  —  Suddenly lots of people are asking whether calling someone an “Israel-firster” is anti-Semitic.  The occasion for these reflections is a controversy—the subject of a Washington Post piece yesterday—surrounding the liberal think tank the Center for American Progress.
Discussion: New York Post and Washington Post
Tjfang / CBS San Francisco:
Bankrupt Solyndra Caught Destroying Brand New Parts  —  FREMONT (CBS 5) — After filing for bankruptcy last year, Fremont solar company Solyndra still owes American taxpayers half a billion dollars.  But CBS 5 caught them destroying millions of dollars worth of parts.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Hot Air and Atlas Shrugs
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Understanding the nature of ‘hypocrisy,’ redux  —  Brian McGrory reports this week on Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) new attack on Elizabeth Warren: she's apparently an “elitist hypocrite.” … The National Republican Senatorial Committee began pushing this same line in November, and I continue to find it remarkable.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Scot J. Paltrow / Reuters:
Insight: Top Justice officials connected to mortgage banks  —  (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department's criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who's Who of big banks and other companies …
Discussion: Firedoglake and emptywheel
ABCNEWS:
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.
aina.org:
Muslims in Egypt Burn Christian Homes and Shops, Attack Church  —  (AINA) — A Muslim mob attacked Copts today in the Upper Egyptian village of Rahmaniya-Kebly, Nag Hammadi, Qena province, destroying and torching their homes, straw huts and shops, while chanting Allahu Akbar.
 
 
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Keith Laing / The Hill:
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
Wall Street Journal:
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