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Greetings,  If you are at all confused by the various website blackouts, here is a handy guide to what SOPA and PIPA are all about. 

The Republican Race:  

Romney is leading all Republican challengers in most states, including Ohio. And there he polls almost evenly with Barack Obama. 


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The Day’s Reads:

Reason’s Peter Suderman on Mitt Romney, political shape-shifter

The New Republic has Robert Kagan writing against “the myth of American decline”

Real Clear Religion’s Jeremy Lott writes on the evolving state of religion in American

This Day in Politics: 

On January 18th 1990, Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting.

On January 18th, 1919, the peace conference ending World War began in Paris. 


Tweet of the day

Noting the composition of the emerging anti-SOPA bloc in Congress, Patrick Ruffini tweets

Patrick Ruffini Tweet

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What’s next:

Another Republican debate put on by CNN and the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Charleston tomorrow at 8pm.

Also look out for increasing defections on SOPA and PIPA.


Take care, 


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