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9:10 PM ET, January 20, 2012

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
America hates Newt Gingrich  —  Unlike Mitt Romney, who occasionally beats President Obama in general election poll match ups, Newt Gingrich trails far behind President Obama in every survey.  But just how bad are Gingrich's unfavorable among the general public compared to Obama and Romney?
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
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
A Test for Gingrich as Political Strategist  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — If Newt Gingrich soars on his strong debate performances this week, overcomes the blowback within his party from attacking Mitt Romney as a corporate buyout king, and goes on to do well when South Carolina voters go to the polls on Saturday …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Caucus
Matt Stout / Boston Herald:
Sen. Scott Brown urges Romney, Gingrich — come clean  —  U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, fresh off announcing his re-election campaign, said the two front-runners for the GOP presidential nomination should own up to their criticisms — and give the public the answers it craves.
Kristin Ford / Faith in Public Life:
Catholic Leaders Challenge Gingrich and Santorum on Divisive Rhetoric Around Race and Poverty
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Santorum: Newt Has ‘Issues of Character’
Discussion: Hot Air and Wonkette
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
‘Cautiously optimistic’ Mitt Romney hints he could lose South Carolina, talks tax returns
Peter Overby / NPR:
As ‘Citizens United’ Turns 2, SuperPACs Draw Protests
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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.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
SCOTUS kills judge-drawn Texas map
Discussion: CNN, The Moderate Voice and RedState
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 …
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
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New York Times:
Etta James, Powerful Voice Behind ‘At Last,’ Dies at 73
Discussion: Guardian and LGBT|POV
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 …
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, Hit & Run and Atlas Shrugs
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
House Republicans on retreat focus on picking their fights in election year  —  A battle-weary conference of House Republicans is focused on picking its fights in the face of an election year.  —  Members attending the three-day issues retreat described a “serious” more “businesslike” …
Discussion: The Politico
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Lawmakers reach deal to clear FAA funding for takeoff  —  Lawmakers have reached a deal on a long-term funding bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that is likely to prevent shutdowns of the beleaguered agency for the foreseeable future, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said late Friday afternoon.
William Tucker / American Spectator:
Environmentalism and the Leisure Class  —  This week President Obama handed down what may prove to be one of the most fateful decisions of his entire administration when he rejected the plan to build the Keystone XL Pipeline carrying oil from the tar sands of Canada to the refineries of Houston.
Discussion: The Hill, Power Line and Ed Driscoll
Molly Wood / CNET:
Anonymous goes nuclear; everybody loses?  —  #OpMegaUpload: like watching “War Games” play out, but with cyber-bombs.  —  In the aftermath of Wednesday's SOPA/PIPA blackout protests, the Internet community amassed quite a bit of goodwill, flexed its muscles in a friendly, humorous …
Associated Press:
After immigration crackdown, Ga. and Ala. farmers unsure about crop size amid labor concerns  —  ATLANTA — It's unclear whether farmers in Georgia and Alabama will face a shortage of workers due to tough new laws targeting illegal immigration, but some producers said they have begun changing …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
William La Jeunesse / Fox News:
Federal official in Arizona to plead the fifth and not answer questions on ‘furious’  —  The chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona is refusing to testify before Congress regarding Operation Fast and Furious, the federal gun-running scandal that sent U.S. weapons to Mexico.
 
 
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