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Today’s e-Reads: Yahoo Names New CEO, Google Punishes Chrome

Yahoo has named Scott Thompson, the president of eBay Inc.'s PayPal division, as its new CEO, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Google announced that it will demote its own Chrome browser for 60 days in Web-search rankings in the wake of reports that bloggers were paid to promote the browser, according to Bloomberg.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 11:40am

Sleeping Woman Held Key to Iowa's Results

As Iowa caucus watchers entered the wee hours, waiting to see whether Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney would win, the woman with the answers was fast asleep. Edith Pfeffer, the Republican chairwoman in Clinton County, held the crucial votes from the 2nd Ward's second precinct that would ultimately determine the winner.

But at 1:30 a.m., Pfeffer had retired to sleep in a room without a phone. She couldn’t hear the calls from the Romney campaign, CNN, or her friend Carolyn Tallett, who soon came to ring her doorbell and pound on her windows.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 11:40am

Bachmann to Hold 11 a.m. News Conference

After a disappointing sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses over night, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. EST on Wednesday, the campaign announced on Wednesday morning.

Bachmann, who won the Iowa straw poll in August, won only 5 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s caucus. After the results, she cancelled her trip to South Carolina, where she would have campaigned to win the state’s primary on Jan. 21, Fox News reported.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 10:40am

Romney Squeaks By in Iowa: Now Things Get Ugly

Mitt Romney barely won the Iowa caucuses Tuesday night, gathering his winning eight votes – yes eight votes – in a late-night panic to gather results from a single precinct whose results went missing for a few hours. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum came in with the close second – 30,007 votes to Romney’s 30,015.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 10:40am

Paul Surprised by Twitter Controversy

Before the Iowa caucus results were tallied on Tuesday night, a message appeared from the official campaign Twitter handle of Rep. Ron Paul of Texas teasing fellow GOP hopeful Jon Huntsman for his lack of support in the Hawkeye State.

The tweet from @RonPaul read, “@JonHuntsman we found your one Iowa voter, he’s in Linn precinct 5 you might want to call him and say thanks.”

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 10:40am

Hotline Sort: Mitt's Miniscule Margin of Victory

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Romney ekes past Santorum in Iowa in the closest-ever Republican nomination contest. Meanwhile, Gingrich promises to fight on while Perry looks like he'll drop out. Elsewhere, Todd Akin enlists his son to run his campaign while Sherrod Brown won't appear with President Obama today. Here's the rundown:

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 10:40am

Huntsman Says Iowa Doesn’t Matter in New Hampshire

After winning just 0.6 percent of the vote in Iowa’s caucus, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is still hopeful he can win New Hampshire’s primary. Huntsman told CBS’s Early Show people in New Hampshire “don’t want to be told for whom to vote.”

"They want the candidates to come in," Huntsman said. "They want to learn their heart and soul."

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 10:40am

Romney: Santorum Did a 'Heroic Job,' Paul Did a 'Heck of a Job'

After one and a half hours of sleep, Iowa caucus winner Mitt Romney made the rounds on morning TV shows touting his victory and defending himself against the attacks to come.

Romney told Fox & Friends that close second place winner Rick Santorum did “a heroic job,” but argued that Santorum's efforts have been exclusively focused on Iowa while Romney holds strong across the nation.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 10:40am

CNN/ORC Survey Shows Limited Santorum Gains in N.H.

As the Republican presidential campaign shifts to New Hampshire this week, Rick Santorum will be looking to capitalize on his second-place finish in Iowa and challenge Mitt Romney, but a CNN/ORC International poll conducted on Tuesday night shows Santorum has little time to make up a large deficit.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 10:40am

Gingrich Remains Combative in Defeat

Newt Gingrich might have delivered one of the least gracious--but most memorable--concession speeches in memory on Tuesday night.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 10:40am