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5:50 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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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.
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 …
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
Kristin Ford / Faith in Public Life:
Catholic Leaders Challenge Gingrich and Santorum on Divisive Rhetoric Around Race and Poverty
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Romney adviser: We could lose South Carolina
Peter Overby / NPR:
As ‘Citizens United’ Turns 2, SuperPACs Draw Protests
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
How Gingrich connects
Discussion: Wake up America
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 p.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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rejects Judge-Drawn Maps in Texas Redistricting Case
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court sides with Texas on redistricting plan
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: 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 …
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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Aaron / Senate Democrats:
Reid Statement On Intellectual Property Bill
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Online activists triumphant as Congress buries anti-piracy bills
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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
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.
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
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
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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