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The Newt Gingrich camp has released the following email:



Gingrich Announces Intent to Name Lew Lehrman and Jim Grant Co-Chairs of Proposed Commission on Gold

Columbia, SC – Newt Gingrich issued the following statement in response to a letter from Lew Lehrman and Jim Grant supporting Gingrich’s call for a new Commission on Gold:

I appreciate receiving yesterday from Lew Lehrman and Jim Grant a draft agenda for the new Commission on Gold that I proposed this week. If elected, I intend to appoint Mr. Lehrman and Mr. Grant co-chairmen of a new Commission on Gold.

They are both distinguished students of monetary policy and long-time advocates of a return to hard money--a dollar as good as gold. Mr. Lehrman served on President Reagan's Gold Commission in the 1980s and is author of the 2011 book, The True Gold Standard: A Monetary Reform Plan Without Official Reserve Currencies. Mr. Grant is editor of the respected Wall Street investment letter Grant's Interest Rate Observer and was recently named by Congressman Ron Paul as his first choice for Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

I have had, and will continue to have, many strong disagreements with Congressman Paul during the campaign, but I believe he has made an important contribution in the field of monetary reform. While I am not presently committed to any one version of reform, if elected I will be eager to work with Lew Lehrman and Jim Grant in achieving a dollar that once again can hold its purchasing power for many decades to come.

Mitt Romney's latest problems in South Carolina may have just gone national.

As TPM's Evan McMorris-Santoro reported from the ground in Charleston on Thursday night, the former Massachusetts Governor didn't exactly stop former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's momentum. In fact, he stumbled in some of his answers as Gingrich soared. Newt had reason to be confident -- he's rocketed to the top of the polls in South Carolina, creating a national narrative on his resurgence.

Now it seems that narrative has spilled into national polling results. Gallup's tracking poll of the national Republican race released today shows that Romney has dropped seven points in six days, with Gingrich having risen seven over the same time, clipping Romney's lead to ten, 30 - 20.

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TPM reported earlier on the Romney camp going all-out on the “ethics report” issue — the document summarizing the intrigues that led to Gingrich receiving a fine while he was in the House, and the idea that Nancy Pelosi saw confidential piles during the writing of it that could be released as a bombshell “October Surprise.”

Although Newt himself trafficked in these theories somewhat back in December when he was on the rise and picking a fight with Nancy Pelosi seemed politically smart, his spokesman has now dismissed the issue. According to the HuffPo’s Jon Ward, Newt spokesman R.C. Hammond called the issue “an illusion somewhere in Stuart Stevens' mind” that was prompted by “panic of losing the South Carolina primary.” (Stuart Stevens is one of Romney’s senior strategists).

The candidate himself said, “I refuse to take seriously any request from the Romney campaign to disclose anything.”

Kim Dotcom, the founder of MegaUpload charged Thursday in a massive criminal copyright violation case, had locked himself in a saferoom with a sawed-off shotgun when New Zealand authorities came to arrest him.

Having "retreated into the house and activated a number of electronic locking mechanisms," Detective Inspector Grant Wormald said Dotcom "barricaded himself into a safe room within the house which officers had to cut their way into." When they got inside, they "found Mr Dotcom near a firearm which had the appearance of a shortened shotgun."

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Ann Romney at an event in North Charleston, South Carolina, said she asked her husband, Mitt, if he could “save America.” And Mitt Romney said he could.

The line came while Ann Romney was explaining that she was apprehensive to participate in another lengthy presidential campaign.

Despite conflicting reports of the status of the NBC Republican debate scheduled Monday in Florida, an NBC source tells TPM plans for the debate continue:

“Preparations for the NBC News, National Journal, Tampa Bay Times debate continue. We fully intend to proceed with this long-planned event and we hope and expect all the qualifying candidates will participate.”

“Out of an abundance of caution, the network left the standard program listings in place – ‘Fear Factor’ at 9, ‘Rock Center with Brian Williams’ at 10. Those listings will update with more timely information as it becomes known.”

The Supreme Court on Friday tossed out an interim Texas redistricting map drawn by a federal court, handing a partial victory to Republicans in Texas. The decision on whether the maps are discriminatory or if they should be precleared under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is still up to a separate panel of judges in federal court in D.C.

"Speaking non-technically, the Supreme Court held that the three-judge court erred in starting its redistricting plan from scratch," law professor Rick Hasen explained. "It should have started with the state's plan, and then adjusted to the extent the plan violated the Voting Rights Act or the Constitution."

The District Court, according to the Supreme Court decision, "also appears to have unnecessarily ignored the State's plans in drawing certain individual districts." Oral arguments for the case were heard earlier this month.

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