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10:25 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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John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Five Consequences of Gingrich's South Carolina Win  —  Newt ascendent.  —  By the time the voting started yesterday in the South Carolina Republican primary, the collective judgment of the political class was that Newt Gingrich was all but certain to beat Mitt Romney badly—the only question was how badly.
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN, News Desk and Washington Wire
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.
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
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 …
Gabrielle Giffords:
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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