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11:15 PM ET, January 21, 2012

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Michael O'Brien / msnbc.com:
Gingrich wins SC GOP primary, beating Romney  —  Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina Republican primary, capping off a remarkable comeback for his presidential bid that reshapes the trajectory of the battle for the GOP nomination as the race now heads to Florida and beyond.
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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
South Carolina primary exit polls: 2/3rds say debates mattered  —  Nearly two out of three South Carolina Republican primary voters say the recent Republican presidential debates played an important factor in their decision, according to early CBS News exit polls - a good sign for Newt Gingrich …
McKay Coppins / Politics:
BYU Students Bus In To South Carolina To Rally For Romney  —  The campaign has been buzzing about growing energy at recent events.  But it turns out, many of the candidate's most energetic fans are actually in from Provo, Virginia, or D.C.  —  (Reuters / JIM YOUNG)
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Newt Gingrich Wins.  What It Means.  —  “The base is revolting because they swept the GOP back into relevance in Washington just under two years ago and they have been thanked with contempt ever since.”  —  No candidate has won the GOP nomination for President without winning South Carolina since Ronald Reagan in 1980.
Richard A. Oppel Jr / The Caucus:
Santorum Says He Will Remain in Race Through Florida  —  CHAPIN, S.C. — Rick Santorum said he would be pleased with a third-place finish in South Carolina Saturday but vowed to stay in the presidential race through the Florida primary no matter what.  —  He also blasted his “desperate” …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Newt Gingrich wins South Carolina primary, CBS News projects  —  Newt Gingrich has defeated Mitt Romney in the South Carolina Republican primary, CBS News is projecting from analysis based on exit polls and early vote totals.  Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are battling for third place.
Abby Rapoport / American Prospect:
No One Cares About the Affair  —  Former House Speaker Newt …
Discussion: Eschaton
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Ron Paul: ‘This is the beginning of a long, hard slog’
Discussion: The Politico
New York Magazine:
Heilemann: USS Gingrich Now Boarding in South Carolina
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Washington Post:
In South Carolina, a sharply tightened race
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum releases Florida campaign schedule just after SC polls close
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Gingrich Is Well-Positioned as South Carolina Votes
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney demands Gingrich release contract for Freddie Mac work
Fox News:
Gingrich, Romney in savage fight as South Carolina voters head to polls
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Not Just A Democrat Dirty Trick, But A Crime  —  A few years ago, as part of its strategy of facilitating voter fraud as a means of winning close elections, the Democratic Party undertook a campaign to secure as many Secretary of State offices in swing states as possible.
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Shane Vander Hart / Iowa Grounds:
Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz Targeted for Identity Theft by Former Obama Staffer
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and The PJ Tatler
Kevin Hall / The Iowa Republican:
Former Obama Staffer Busted for Stealing Iowa Secretary of State's Identity
Iowa Department of Public Safety:
Man Charged with Identity Theft after Falsely Implicating Secretary of State in Illegal Activity
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
The iEconomy: Apple, America and a Squeezed Middle Class  —  When Barack Obama joined Silicon Valley's top luminaries for dinner in California last February, each guest was asked to come with a question for the president.  —  But as Steven P. Jobs of Apple spoke, President Obama interrupted …
Charles Murray / Wall Street Journal:
The New American Divide  —  The ideal of an ‘American way of life’ is fading as the working class falls further away from institutions like marriage and religion and the upper class becomes more isolated.  Charles Murray on what's cleaving America, and why.  —  America is coming apart.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Irony Of American History  —  I'd like to think that the Confederate Flag in the back was photo-shopped.  At any rate, what's amazing is the frame here—It's not the firing on federal property that inaugurated the War, it's Bull Run, or some such.  It's as if I punch you in the face …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Gingrich confronted on race, agrees to meet with Sharpton  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. — Newt Gingrich was confronted by a black man outside Tommy's Country Ham House, who drilled him on his comments on having poor children work as janitors.  —  The man, who sounded like he had a northern accent …
Mark Silva / Bloomberg:
Jeb Bush Refrains From Endorsing Anyone  —  Jeb Bush, the popular former Florida governor, said he will “stay neutral” in the Republican presidential primary while warning his party's candidates to leave the “circular firing squad” of their primary debates behind and start appealing to a broader audience of voters.
Discussion: The Politico
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Huckabee Wants To Know If Obama Got College Loans “As A Foreign Student”  —  During a Fox News appearance this evening, Mike Huckabee suggested that Mitt Romney, who has come under fire for refusing to immediately release his tax returns, respond by challenging President Obama to release …
Fox News:
Sheila Jackson Lee: Newt Using ‘Codewords’ to be Racist  —  BASHIR: Let me play something that you said about the current GOP debate on the floor of the house on Wednesday.  Just listen.  I think what you said and what I was hoping to run is we find candidates like Newt Gingrich who simply …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Averages 44% Approval in 3rd Year  —  Averaged 43% job approval in most recent quarter in office  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama averaged 44% job approval for his third full year in office, which ended Jan. 19.  His third-year average is down slightly from his second-year average …
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Ron Edmonds / Investor's Business Daily:
Exactly 3 years in, Obama's job approval hits lowest level yet
 
 
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