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9:50 PM ET, January 22, 2012

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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.”
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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.
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.
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Five Consequences of Gingrich's South Carolina Win
Discussion: Hot Air, News Desk and Washington Wire
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Next stop: A brawl at the 2012 Florida primary
Discussion: Reuters, CNN 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
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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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 …
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
Giffords' Vow: ‘I Will Return’  —  Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will step down from the House this week to focus on he recovery from a gunshot wound to the head, but she vowed in a two-minute video announcement of her decision that she will be back.
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
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
Adam Weinstein / Mother Jones:
Gays “Make God Want to Vomit”: Meet Santorum's Honorary Florida Chairman  —  Rick Santorum's first stop in the Sunshine State is the church of a gay-bashing, Islamophobic pastor.  —  While the network news shows spend this Sunday marveling over Newtmentum in South Carolina …
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Andrew Abramson / Post on Politics:
Pastor at Santorum rally: Americans won't vote for Mormon president, Mormon church is racist  —  Rev. O'Neal Dozier, the conservative pastor of Pompano Beach's Worldwide Christian Center, told the Palm Beach Post Sunday that Mitt Romney cannot win the presidency because Americans won't vote for a Mormon president.
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.
Candice M. Giove / New York Post:
'God'-awful OWS mob steals sacred item from church  —  There's no longer room at the inn at a Manhattan church that's sheltering Occupy Wall Streeters after a holy vessel disappeared from the altar last week.  —  When the Rev. Bob Brashear prepared for Sunday services at West Park Presbyterian Church …
 
 
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