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6:45 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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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 …
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 …
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.
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
Peter Overby / NPR:
As ‘Citizens United’ Turns 2, SuperPACs Draw Protests
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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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
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 …
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 …
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
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Matt Stout / Boston Herald:
Sen. Scott Brown urges Romney, Gingrich — come clean
Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
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 …
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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
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
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
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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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Online activists triumphant as Congress buries anti-piracy bills
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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
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
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 …
 
 
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