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8:05 AM ET, January 23, 2012

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The Politico:
Mitt faces a perfect mess  —  Perfect resume, perfect looks, perfect family, and a perfect roster of skilled campaign operatives and blue-chip endorsements: Mitt Romney has them all.  —  Yet he comes out of his drubbing in South Carolina with a perfect problem.
Discussion: The Hill
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Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Mitt Romney: Newt Gingrich is a ‘failed leader,’ ‘disgrace’  —  ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - Mitt Romney landed here Sunday with a simple message: Newt Gingrich is a failure and a fraud.  And a disgrace.  And a hapless showman.  —  Standing under a brilliant orange Florida sunset …
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
Mitt Romney tells ‘interrupters’ at rally to ‘take a hike’  —  Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns at Allstar Building Materials in Ormond Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak / January 22, 2012)  —  Mitt Romney opened an aggressive new phase …
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.”
Alexander Burnsand Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Mitt Romney's misery, in a word: Bain  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. - The verdict is in: Mitt Romney's Bain Capital problem is real.  —  Of all the forces that converged to doom Romney in Saturday's South Carolina primary, none may be as disconcerting for Republicans as the attacks on Romney's private equity work …
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, Wizbang, CNN and American Power
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Romney on Gingrich: ‘He had to resign in disgrace’
Discussion: The Page and New York Magazine
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Coulter: ‘With Newt Gingrich you throw out the baby and keep the bath water’ [VIDEO]
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney to release tax returns Tuesday
Discussion: CBS News, ABCNEWS, CNN and THEROOT.COM
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
An open letter to Republican leaders
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.
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
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
CNN:
Gabrielle Giffords will resign to focus on her recovery
Discussion: This Just In
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Rep. Giffords to step down from Congress to focus on recovery
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
BBC:
IDS: Welfare reform is about ‘changing lives’  —  The government is set to come up against strong opposition in the House of Lords over its plans to cap benefits payments to £26,000 per household per year in England, Scotland and Wales.  —  Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith told …
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 …
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
New York's Redistricting Process Led by Insiders  —  ALBANY — Howard Leib, a 53-year-old entertainment lawyer, is considering a run for the New York State Senate this year.  —  But Mr. Leib, a Democrat from the Finger Lakes region, has an unexpected first challenge: he does not know what district he lives in.
Martin Frost / The Politico:
The electoral train wreck scenario  —  Train wrecks don't happen often in American politics.  But there could be one in this presidential election.  And if it occurs, it will be big.  —  Consider: The Constitution has a specific provision regarding an Electoral College deadlock.
BREITBART.COM:
Davos elites to seek reforms of ‘outdated’ capitalism  —  Economic and political elites meeting this week at the Swiss resort of Davos will be asked to urgently find ways to reform a capitalist system that has been described as “outdated and crumbling.”  —  “We have a general morality gap …
 
 
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