January 18th, 2012
07:58 PM ET

Voter who noticed Iowa tally mistake: 'hey there's something wrong here'

In one of the all-time squeakers of a race, Mitt Romney beat Rick Santorum in the Iowa caucuses by a mere eight votes. Or did he? In one county, an Iowa voter (and supporter of Ron Paul) tells CNN Romney was credited with nearly 20 votes he didn't actually earn. As John Avlon explains, if that error is confirmed, it's more than enough to swing the election to Santorum. It would change the story, but not the result, as Romney and Santorum both got seven delegates in the contest, and that would not change.

Filed under: Uncategorized
January 18th, 2012
07:33 PM ET

Why does Mitt Romney's 15% tax rate matter–and cost America?

Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney has yet to release his tax return, but it's already the subject of much debate in the GOP presidential contest. CNN's Erin Burnett explains Romney–who says he'll share the returns in April–has paid a 15 percent tax rate that may cause ripples in the Republican contest and–should Romney prevail–in the general election.

Filed under: Economy • Politics
January 18th, 2012
04:07 PM ET

BREAKING: Gingrich closes the gap in South Carolina

A just-released CNN/TIME/ORC poll shows Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has gained on frontrunner Mitt Romney. The poll puts the next primary, South Carolina, as a ten point race: Romney at 33%, Gingrich up to 23% and Rick Santorum in third place with 16%.

Full results.

Filed under: Politics
January 18th, 2012
03:26 PM ET

Ship captain claims he didn't flee, but was 'catapulted into water'

He's under house arrest in Italy, and he's quickly on his way to worldwide pariah status. One British newspaper has even taken to calling Capt. Francesco Schettino "Captain Coward" for showing up safe on land long before passengers and crew had safely evacuated the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship.

It has been widely suggested Schettino may have been "showboating" when he sailed the luxury cruise liner so close to the island of Giglio, where submerged rocks tore through the hull.

Filed under: Crime