There are reports Thursday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry will leave the GOP presidential race, and Iowa officials announced final results of the state's Republican presidential nominating caucuses held earlier this month.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is going to drop out of the Republican race for the White House, sources are telling The New York Times and CNN.
NPR has not independently confirmed the news.
We'll pass along more as the story develops. Perry is expected to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. ET.
With the South Carolina primary just two days away, Mitt Romney woke up to some troubling news. The Iowa Republican Party seemed poised to revisit his Jan. 3 victory in the caucuses.
A trio of economic indicators were just released:
-- First-time claims for jobless benefits plunged by 50,000 last week from the week before, to 352,000, the Employment and Training Administration says. You have to go back to Spring 2008 to find a lower number. Reuters says the news signals "continued improvement in the labor market."
Our early headlines:
-- Report: Iowa Recount Puts Santorum Ahead By 34 Votes, Result 'Unresolved'.
-- Kodak Calls Bankruptcy Filing 'Necessary Step'.