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4:30 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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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 …
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 …
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
The power of conservative victimhood  —  It took Newt about five minutes to steal the show at the final pre-South Carolina debate  —  If Newt Gingrich does pull off a victory in South Carolina on Saturday, he'll owe it to the skill with which he has tapped into the right's persecution complex …
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
How Gingrich connects
Discussion: Wake up America
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Stephen Colbert: Newt Gingrich a ‘Southern gentleman’
Discussion: CNN and Guardian
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
GOP Debate: Gingrich Kills Infidelity Question, and That's Just the Start
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Romney adviser: We could lose South Carolina
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
McDonnell to endorse Romney for president
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney calls on Gingrich to release House Ethics report
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court rejects Texas maps, delays W.Va. map  —  UPDATE 12:09 a.m. Two hours after issuing its ruling on Texas's redistricting dispute, the Supreme Court put on hold a lower court's decision striking down the West Virginia legislature's new plan for electing that state's three members of the House of Representatives.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
SCOTUS kills judge-drawn Texas map
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Judge-drawn Texas redistricting map tossed out by Supreme Court
Discussion: The Caucus and RedState
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court sides with Texas on redistricting plan
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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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
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.
Discussion: Althouse
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: Washington Post
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Alana Goodman / New York Post:   The White House's Israel-bashing pals
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.
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: Hot Air and Atlas Shrugs
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.
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
Bloomberg:
Canada Pledges to Sell Oil to Asia After Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline  —  President Barack Obama's decision yesterday to reject a permit for TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil pipeline may prompt Canada to turn to China for oil exports.  —  Prime Minister Stephen Harper …
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.
Dart-Throwing Chimp:
What Do We Know about Democratic Transitions?  A Listsicle of 9 Judgments  —  A year ago, a client asked me to summarize what we can learn from prior research about how transitions from authoritarian rule unfold.  Looking back now on the list of nine judgments I produced …
 
 
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Is a third political party a viable option?
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