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7:30 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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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Christie: Gingrich ‘embarrassed’ GOP  —  Gov. Chris Christie called Newt Gingrich an embarrassment to the Republican Party.  —  “I think Newt Gignrich has embarrassed the party, over time,” Christie (R), who endorsed Mitt Romney, said Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press.  “Governor Romney never has.”
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Quick Thoughts on Tonight's Results  —  Tonight's results — a blowout win for Newt Gingrich — upend all the equations governing the GOP presidential primary.  So which variables can we still be relatively sure of?  —  Let me take a stab at one.  Newt Gingrich isn't going to be the GOP nominee.
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 …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Next stop: A brawl at the 2012 Florida primary
Discussion: CNN, Reuters and Washington Monthly
msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: The race is on  —  The morning after his victory …
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Santorum: ‘No pressure’ to exit GOP race
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Outside the Beltway
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
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Healthland
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 …
James Bennett / KOLD-TV:
Governor will declare April special election for Giffords' seat  —  Gabrielle Giffords' decision to resign from Congress will force Gov. Jan Brewer to call an April special election to replace her.  —  The governor will set the date for special primary and general elections to determine …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Giffords stepping down from Congress
CNN:
Gabrielle Giffords will resign to focus on her recovery
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Rep. Giffords to step down from Congress to focus on recovery
Discussion: The Hill and The Politico
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.
Richard Goldstein / New York Times:
Joe Paterno, Longtime Penn State Coach, Dies at 85  —  Joe Paterno, who won more games than any other major-college football coach, and who became the face of Penn State University and a symbol of integrity in collegiate athletics only to be fired during the 2011 season amid a child sexual-abuse scandal …
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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.”
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Romney to Release Tax Returns on Tuesday
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.
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
 
 
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Mark Silva / Bloomberg:
Jeb Bush Refrains From Endorsing Anyone
Discussion: Reuters