PERRY’S OUT, GINGRICH’S EX SPEAKS: Rick Perry dropped out of the race and endorsed the surging Newt Gingrich, whose candidacy faces a new challenge in the form of an interview given by his former wife in which she said that her ex-husband wanted an open marriage. (Also, it looks like Romney maybe didn’t win the Iowa caucuses after all.)
LEW AND SHABBAT: Rabbi Ethan Tucker examines what it means to have a Sabbath-observant White House chief of staff.
AXELROD’S POST-ELECTION PROJECT: After the 2012 election, top Obama adviser David Axelrod will take the helm of a new nonpartisan politics institute at the University of Chicago.
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE…: Gershom Gorenberg argues that the nature of Republican candidates’ support for Israel is actually bad for Israel.