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3:05 PM ET, January 22, 2012

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Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Three Takeaways From South Carolina  —  1) There is no good news buried in here for Mitt Romney.  None.  As of this writing, Mitt Romney is leading in three counties in South Carolina: Charleston, Beaufort (Hilton Head) and Richland (Columbia).  He lost fast-growing, coastal Horry County, home of Myrtle Beach, by 15 points.
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Washington Examiner:
Why Gingrich won — Why Romney lost  —  COLUMBIA, SC — They won't say it publicly — they don't want to appear churlish or disrespectful on a night they took a serious beating — but it's no exaggeration to say that even after losing the South Carolina primary to Newt Gingrich …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Romney to release tax returns on Tuesday, calls delay ‘a mistake’  —  Gov. Mitt Romney said Sunday he will release his tax returns on Tuesday as he tries to pivot from an issue that dragged him down in his South Carolina primary loss to Newt Gingrich.  —  Romney said he'll post his 2010 tax return …
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.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Next stop: A brawl at the 2012 Florida primary
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Christie: Gingrich ‘embarrassed’ GOP
Discussion: Naked Politics
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Quick Thoughts on Tonight's Results
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
New Romney surrogate says Gingrich could cost GOP Congress
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Lessons From the South Carolina Exit Polls
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots and CBS News
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Santorum: ‘No pressure’ to exit GOP race
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and ABCNEWS
Michael O'Brien / msnbc.com:
Gingrich wins SC GOP primary, beating Romney
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Ron Paul looks ahead, says GOP contest will be ‘a long, hard slog’
Discussion: The Politico
Mj Lee / The Politico:   Huck: Mitt too defensive
Washington Post:
In South Carolina, a sharply tightened race
Eric Hysen / Politics & Elections Blog:
What South Carolinians want to know about Romney and Gingrich
Arizona Daily Star:
Giffords to step down from Congress  —  U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will step down from Congress this week to focus on her recovery, her staff announced Sunday.  —  “I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week,” Giffords said in a video message.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Mediaite
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Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to Step Down from Congress  —  Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will step down from the House this week and not seek re-election when her current term expires this year, she announced today.  —  Giffords has made a stunning recovery after being shot in the head …
Gabrielle Giffords:
U.S. REP. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS WILL STEP DOWN FROM CONGRESS THIS WEEK  —  In a video message to her constituents, congresswoman says she will ‘do what is best for Arizona’ as she recovers from shooting a year ago  —  TUCSON - U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will step down from Congress this week …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Romney partially caves on tax returns  —  Watching Mitt Romney discuss his willingness to disclose his tax returns, it's been hard not to marvel at the rapid evolution.  It was only about a month ago when he was asked whether he'd release his tax returns, and Romney replied, “I doubt it.”
Discussion: The Politico and Associated Press
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Romney to Release Tax Returns on Tuesday
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
An open letter to Republican leaders  —  Dear Govs. Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels, John Kasich, Bobby Jindal; Sens. Jon Kyl, Marco Rubio and Jim DeMint; and Reps. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), and Mike Pence (R-Ind.):  —  You've each declined to run for the presidency or even endorse one of the final candidates.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Showtime at the Apollo  —  FOR eight seconds, we saw the president we had craved for three years: cool, joyous, funny, connected.  —  “I, I'm so in love with you,” Barack Obama crooned to a thrilled crowd at a fund-raiser at the Apollo in Harlem on Thursday night, doing a seductive imitation as Al Green himself looked on.
Discussion: Don Surber and Weasel Zippers
Nancy Keenan / The Huffington Post:
2012: The Year We Put an End to the War on Women  —  GOP Choice Women , Romney Choice Women , Congress Women Choice , Pro Choice Naral , Pro Choice Politics , Pro Choice Women , Republicans Roe v Wade , Roe v Wade GOP , Roe v Wade Women , War On Women , Politics News  —  2011 was the year of the War on Women.
Discussion: The Raw Story
USA Today:
Joe Paterno's long career  —  Penn State coaching legend Joe Paterno dies at age 85  —  Perhaps the most ironic element when looking at the way Joe Paterno lost his job as Penn State's football coach after 46 seasons lies in the fact that Paterno, as a young man, had his eyes set on law school.
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Boehner: ‘Pathetic’ if Obama State of the Union proposes ‘same old policies’  —  House Speaker John Boehner said that President Obama would be “pathetic” to propose the same policy prescriptions in Tuesday's State of the Union that he has in his first three years.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Muslim Brotherhood Wins 47% of Egypt Assembly Seats  —  CAIRO — Egyptian authorities confirmed Saturday that a political coalition dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, the 84-year-old group that virtually invented political Islam, had won about 47 percent of the seats in the first Parliament elected since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.
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Republican Convention Has ‘50-50’ Chance Of Being Open: Former GOP Chair
Discussion: State of the Union
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