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2:45 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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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 …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney calls on Gingrich to release House Ethics report
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Newt to GOP: Pass Medicare Part D or 'you don't deserve to govern'
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
GOP Debate: Gingrich Kills Infidelity Question, and That's Just the Start
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Stephen Colbert: Newt Gingrich a ‘Southern gentleman’
Discussion: CNN and Guardian
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
How Gingrich connects
Discussion: Wake up America
msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Showdown in South Carolina
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
McDonnell to endorse Romney for president
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Herman Cain defends Newt Gingrich from CNN ‘crap’
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' 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.
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Judge-drawn Texas redistricting map tossed out by Supreme Court
Discussion: The Politico
TEXAS REDISTRICTING:
SCOTUS rules; sends case back to San Antonio court for further proceedings
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Supreme Court sends maps back in Texas redistricting case
Discussion: CNN
Adam Liptak / The Caucus:
Supreme Court Rejects Judge-Drawn Maps in Texas Redistricting Case
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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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Senate Postpones Vote on Internet Piracy Bill
Discussion: Gothamist and The Stranger …
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
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 …
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 …
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Rejecting the Keystone pipeline is an act of insanity
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why the feds smashed Megaupload  —  The US government dropped a nuclear bomb on “cyberlocker” site Megaupload today, seizing its domain names, grabbing $50 million in assets, and getting New Zealand police to arrest four of the site's key employees, including enigmatic founder Kim Dotcom.
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The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department Charges Leaders of Megaupload with Widespread Online Copyright Infringement
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.
 
 
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