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By Allison MacDonald

TPM's Josh Marshal's take on last night's debate: "It all comes down to a very strong performance by Newt - one I think will likely clinch a  win for him on Saturday night...Romney just seemed to shrink over the  course of the debate. Like he was a bystander. At some points I almost forgot he was there...I have little doubt that Romney will still end up being the nominee. But I think it's going to take him longer than we thought."
 
Will Gingrich win South Carolina, or do you think Romney will pull it off?

If you're missing Rick Perry right about now, this will be sure to  cheer you up.


Newt Gingrich is on the rise in South Carolina, but will Gingrich's ex-wife hurt his campaign? The Daily Beast's Michelle Goldberg thinks not: "Unfortunately for Gingrich's rivals, nothing here is new. John Richardson reported it all and more in his blockbuster 2010 Esquire profile, including the part about Gingrich asking Marianne to simply tolerate his affair. Gingrich's supporters have already worked through it and either have forgiven him or rationalized it away...I strongly suspect that Marianne Gingrich's story...won't hurt him much when South Carolina votes Saturday."

Will conservative hatred for the "left-wing media" trump their hatred for infidelity?

To stay up to date on the recent polls, go to RealClearPolitics.

What is SOPA? Why does it matter? The New Yorker's Nicholas Thompson gives us the scoop: "The Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect I.P. Act legislation making its way through Congress...would
effectively make censorship of the Internet legal. The bills are aimed at thwarting piracy, by forcing the shutdown of any site that hosts pirated content. It's an admirable goal, but the bills, as written, threaten free speech and could screw up the entire Web."