The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, January 19, 2012

By Jacqueline Fernandez

Jan 19, 2012 3:33am

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates Jacqueline Fernandez, Jayce Henderson, and Amanda VanAllen

MITT ROMNEY
ABC News’ Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Megan Chuchmach: “Romney Parks Millions in Cayman Islands” Although it is not apparent on his financial disclosure form, Mitt Romney has millions of dollars of his personal wealth in investment funds set up in the Cayman Islands, a notorious Caribbean tax haven. A spokesperson for the Romney campaign says Romney follows all tax laws and he would pay the same in taxes regardless of where the funds are based. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Richard Fausset: “For Romney, immigration issue offers an opportunity” South Carolina’s Latino population — and its share of illegal immigrants — has surged in recent years, and the anxiety has surged as well. The number of Latinos in the state jumped 148% from 2000 to 2010, one of the largest increases in the nation. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Mark Maremont: “Romney’s Unorthodox IRA” Like many Americans, Mitt Romney has an individual retirement account. Unlike most Americans, Mr. Romney has between $20.7 million and $101.6 million in it, a big chunk of his fortune. Experts on estate planning said it is highly unusual to accumulate such a considerable sum in an IRA, an investment vehicle restricted by annual contribution limits. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Thomas M. Defrank, Alison Gendar and Bill Hutchinson: “Mitt Romney’s campaign says he has millions invested in Caribbean tax havens” Mitt Romney’s campaign admitted Wednesday that he has millions invested in funds in a Caribbean tax haven — but insisted the GOP front-runner is no tax dodger. The White House hopeful and his wife have poured at least $8 million into a dozen funds listed on a Cayman Islands registry, ABC News reported. LINK

The New York Times’ Nicholas Confessore, David Kocieniewski and Michael Luo: “Romney Riches Are Being Seen as New Hurdle” With a fortune estimated to be as large as a quarter of a billion dollars, Mitt Romney is among the wealthiest men ever to run for president. LINK

USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich: “Romney steps up defensive attacks against Gingrich” Mitt Romney, whose campaign for the Republican presidential nomination had assumed an air of inevitability after winning the race’s first two contests, spent Wednesday stepping up his attacks on former House speaker Newt Gingrich. Romney belittled Gingrich’s claims to have helped create jobs while a member of Congress as akin to former vice president Al Gore “taking credit for the Internet. LINK

RICK SANTORUM
ABC News’ Shushannah Walshe: “Flyer Assails Rick Santorum and Wife Karen For Not Being Anti-Abortion” On cars outside of a forum to discuss anti-abortion rights with the GOP candidates, a bright pink, neatly folded flyer tucked into windshields blasted Rick Santorum and his wife Karen on the issue, claiming they are not as anti-abortion as they claim to be. The former Pennsylvania senator is staunchly anti-abortion rights in all cases including rape and incest, something he discussed Wednesday night at the Personhood forum at the Hilton in Greenville. LINK

NEWT GINGRICH
The Hills’ Alicia M. Cohn: “Gingrich campaign shows signs of momentum in South Carolina” Newt Gingrich showed signs of momentum in South Carolina on Wednesday, thanks to new polls, large crowds, a strong debate performance and indications that Mitt Romney feels threatened. “I fully expect the Romney campaign to be unendingly dirty and dishonest for the next four days, because they’re desperate. They thought they could buy this. They’re discovering they can’t,” Gingrich said in Warrenville, S.C. “I think they have internal polls saying they’re going to lose this.” LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty: “Gingrich sees a South Carolina surge” On the morning after a bellicose debate performance that had the audience leaping to its feet, Newt Gingrich got this challenge from a retired Marine officer who had come to hear him speak at an art gallery here. LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan and Paige Winfield Cunningham: “Romney attacks, Gingrich parries ahead of S.C. primary” With polls showing Newt Gingrich gaining ground on Mitt Romney, his campaign Wednesday accused the former House speaker of being too “chaotic” to lead the Republican Party or the country. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS
Santorum Releases New Attack Ad on RomneyLINK
Romney: Gingrich Like Obama, Attacking Free EnterpriseLINK

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