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Need to Know News: Mitt Romney defeats Rick Santorum by 8 votes in Iowa; Syrian rebels eye 'huge operations'
January 4th, 2012
10:31 AM ET

Need to Know News: Mitt Romney defeats Rick Santorum by 8 votes in Iowa; Syrian rebels eye 'huge operations'

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For January 4, 2012 – Mitt Romney defeats Rick Santorum by 8 votes in the Iowa caucuses, Syrian rebels eye 'huge operations' and Michigan defeats Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl...

Mitt Romney defeats Rick Santorum by 8 votes in the Iowa caucuses: "Coming off a barely-there victory in the Iowa caucuses, Mitt Romney vowed Wednesday he will continue to focus his campaign on defeating President Barack Obama, rather than Rick Santorum. Santorum virtually tied Romney Tuesday in the nation's first nominating contest, coming in second by only eight votes."

• Syrian rebels eye 'huge operations': “The Free Syrian Army plans to kick off 'huge operations' this week against "vital interests" of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, the force's commander said Wednesday. 'We prepared ourselves for this stage,' Col. Riad al-Asaad told CNN in Turkey. 'We can't force him off with the peaceful demonstrations, so we are going to force him by arms to leave.'”

• Pair in racist London murder sentenced: "Two men who were found guilty of the racist murder of a black teenager in London were sentenced Wednesday to more than 14 years in prison each, the court said. Gary Dobson and David Norris were convicted Tuesday in the killing of Stephen Lawrence in 1993, after a trial based on new forensic evidence."

• Google's Chrome is on the rise: “According to Web analytics firm StatCounter, the most popular version of Google's browser, Chrome 15, edged out Internet Explorer 8 in early December to become the world's most used edition of a browser.”

Michigan defeats Virginia Tech in Sugar Bowl: “Maize and blue confetti littered the Superdome floor Tuesday night when Michigan receiver Junior Hemingway verbalized the prevailing thought within college football's winningest program. "We're back!" Hemingway said. "Michigan's back!" Michigan did cap an 11-win season with a 23-20 overtime victory in the Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech."

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  1. URSULA

    ROMNEY IS A FLIP FLOPPER & DISHONEST..HE HAS POWER W/HIS MULTO MILLIONS & A MAN HIS SIZE ALWAYS HAS POWER..PRES. OBAMA WILL PUT HIM IN HIS POCKET !...

    January 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dixie Markun

    I am a watcher not a poster, but when it comes to Ron Paul-what is wrong with a man who would like to try peace first. Was that not the way of Jesus Christ, Allah, Mohammad? He does not wear his religon on his sleeve like some I have heard, he is a doctor who brings life into the world instead of tearing companies apart just to make more money. He is also not a Fatty Arbuckle, I do not think that he is out of touch, I just think that we have been bombarded with wars and unemployment , that we have forgotten that this is America the Beautiful,lets hear what else he has to say. I am a mother and grandmother so please say no to the Keystone pipeline, the fracking scares me to death, if it is like most disiasters we have it will maybe be one we can not recover from. If we are buildinig a future for our children, what happens when there is no future because of our own foolish mistakes.

    January 4, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Nancy Kerr

    The Republicans are delusional in trying to find the surprise,ideal,and political savvy opponent for Obama. They just don't get it that he or she isn't among those running in the primaries.

    January 5, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. sherri

    Could not watch the Ron Paul spot on Piers Morgan tonigh. Piers needs to not take his personal views against Romney and use his position in the media to speak against this candidate. The only reason he did not win higher votes is because Ron Paul is running interference with his drug views, yes you can add the anti war group, but are you kidding the Ron Paul for President is a joke to any intelligent American. Why Piers don't you be honest to support Romney and say the reason was the Paul interference. Using your position disgusts me.

    January 5, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. celebs4truth

    Check the Denver Conspiracy Examiner's article on Phil Donahue's visit the other night!

    January 7, 2012 at 1:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Gerry Tanner

    Piers Morgan does a good job but he should listen a bit more – don't talk over the person he is interviewing. Also, he
    should have Phil Donohue on for an hour – he is terrific and is learned and talks sense. Maybe CNN should think about using him on their staff.

    January 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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