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Mitt Bashes Newt for Agreeing with Him on Immigration

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Bloomberg has a story today that quotes a 2006 interview with Mitt Romney, in which he took a dim view of the prospect of deporting illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S. Romney's comments are at odds with the position he took last week when he assailed Republican rival Newt Gingrich's call for a "humane'' immigration policy that doesn't target longtime undocumented residents. Romney accused Gingrich of opening "a new doorway to amnesty.''

In a World of Challenges, Iran Again Dominates GOP Debate

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Egypt is being roiled by violent political protests, raising questions about the future of a vital American ally. Syria continues a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy activists, prompting talk of a Western military intervention there. China is poised to overtake the U.S. economically, and Beijing’s increasingly aggressive foreign policy threatens key U.S. priorities around the globe. Tuesday’s Republican debate revolved around a different country, however.

GOP Candidates Address Iranian Nuclear Issues

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Tuesday night's GOP presidential debate was hosted by CNN and two think tanks and was focused on foreign policy. Iran came up several times during the gathering. Is what the candidates said about Iran accurate?

Spirited Foreign Policy Debate Includes a Test of Gingrich’s Rise

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The Republican presidential candidates highlighted their party’s lack of a single national security vision a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks, differing on Tuesday night over the pace of withdrawal from Afghanistan, aid to Pakistan and, in an exchange that could resonate dangerously for Newt Gingrich, what to do with illegal immigrants in the United States.
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Family Guy: In Tuesday's debate, Newt Gingrich calls for a "humane" immigration policy.

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Did Newt Gingrich have one idea too many? At the CNN national security debate on Tuesday, the former speaker said that he would not be in favor of kicking out illegal immigrant families that had been in the country for a long time. "The party that says it's the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century?” he said. “I'm prepared to take the heat for saying, ‘Let's be humane in enforcing the law.’ ” Michele Bachmann said Gingrich was offering amnesty.

GOP candidates hammer Obama on his Iran policy during South Carolina debate

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With the International Atomic Energy Agency warning in a new report that Iran may be proceeding with developing a nuclear weapon the leading Republican candidates for president accused President Obama of not being forceful enough to prevent that from happening.

The Vacuum

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If you want a clear sense of why the Republican presidential candidates have been largely ignoring foreign policy, look no further than the most recent Gallup Poll asking Americans to identify their top concern. For nearly four years—from April 2004 to January 2008—a plurality of voters pointed to Iraq. In the late-October survey, however, just 1 percent of Americans said it was the country’s most important problem. Of those respondents, not a single one was a Republican.

PBS NewsHour: GOP Hopefuls Woo Iowans at State Fair Ahead of Straw Poll

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August 12, 2011

After a long night of debating each other, the Republican 2012 hopefuls flocked to the famous Iowa State Fair for the fried food, amusement rides and potential voters. Gwen Ifill reports from Des Moines.

PBS Newshour: Political Checklist: What Can Obama Accomplish in His Jobs Speech?

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September 7, 2011

David Chalian and Gwen Ifill preview a big week in American politics: Wednesday night the Republican presidential candidates face off in another debate, which will be frontrunner Rick Perry's first. Thursday night President Obama will address a joint session of Congress on his new jobs plan amid his lowest poll numbers of his presidency.

Debate Night: When the Questions Count As Much As The Answers

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Updated:  Friday, Sept 23-10am

If you are a political junkie like me, there can never be too many candidates’ debates. FOX? CNN? MSNBC? Have at it. The more they talk, the more we learn.

But as someone who has gotten the chance to moderate a debate or two, or three, I find myself focusing on the questioners – the handful of journalists and commentators who get to steer the conversation.