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11:00 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.
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?
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 …
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
Kristin Ford / Faith in Public Life:
Catholic Leaders Challenge Gingrich and Santorum on Divisive Rhetoric Around Race and Poverty
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Florida debate uncertain without Romney commitment
Discussion: www2.tbo.com and Pat Dollard
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
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 …
United States Department of Health and Human Services:
A statement by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius  —  In August 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services issued an interim final rule that will require most health insurance plans to cover preventive services for women including recommended …
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
How Should the Supreme Court Rule on the Individual Mandate?  —  Commenter Brandon, a frequent critic of my posts on the individual mandate, offers the following question tonight in a comment thread: … I wasn't planning to blog on this.  But because Brandon asks so nicely, I thought I would respond.
Discussion: The Other McCain and Hit & Run
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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.
Wall Street Journal:   Justices Bar Texas Court's Election Map
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
SCOTUS kills judge-drawn Texas map
Discussion: CNN, The Moderate Voice and RedState
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
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Four Years Ago, Romney's Wealth Was Not an Issue  —  In 2008, Mitt Romney willingly — and publicly — tapped into his personal fortune to run for president, pumping nearly $45 million directly into his political campaign.  —  There could not have been a more visible demonstration …
Discussion: The Mahablog
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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'
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Left to Obama: Time for constitutional amendment against Citizens United  —  With unprecedented amounts of cash set to flood the airwaves this year, campaign finance reform advocates have slowly began to coalesce around a far-fetched idea: How about a constitutional amendment to ban big money in politics?
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
President Obama holds call to gather ‘input’ on State of the Union  —  President Obama held a conference call late Friday afternoon to “solicit input” from state, local and tribal leaders on the State of the Union address, according to attendees on the call.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Lawmakers reach labor 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.
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
 
 
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Jessica Shepherd / Guardian:
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Associated Press:
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House Judiciary Committee:
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Scot J. Paltrow / Reuters:
Insight: Top Justice officials connected to mortgage banks
Discussion: Firedoglake and emptywheel
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
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