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Greetings,      The remaining four Republican candidates for president spent last night knifing each other in Charleston, while Obama flew to New York and raised millions for his 2012 campaign chest. 

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This Day In Politics

On January 20th 1981, just 20 minutes after Ronald Reagan was inaugurated, at age 69 the oldest man to become U.S. President, Iran released 52 American hostages.

Tweet Of The Day:

From the Washington Examiner’s David Freddoso on the mileage Newt Gingrich got out of slapping around John King in last night’s CNN debate. 

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What’s Next

Why the South Carolina Primary is tomorrow of course. We expect one of two narratives. Either “Romney is an unstoppable juggernaut in this nomination process. It’s over.” Or “Romney has all these advantages and yet, he has only won one state.” 

In other words: the race is still all about Romney. 


Take care, 


Michael Brendan Dougherty  Politics Editor BusinessInsider.com [email protected]

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