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PBS NewsHour: Reflections on Mitt Romney's New Hampshire Victory

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From on the ground in New Hampshire, Gwen Ifill talks with Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks about Mitt Romney's victory in New Hampshire's primary.

Romney's Bain Business is Everybody's Business

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Mitt Romney has been in politics long enough to know that his record is intertwined with that of Bain Capital, the private-equity firm he cofounded. That’s why it’s so surprising that the Republican presidential front-runner is struggling to fend off his rivals’ attempt at a hostile takeover of his private-sector resume.
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For Huntsman, Campaign Thawing but Time Running Out

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About 90 minutes before Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman arrived at Mary's Bakery and Cafe on Monday, the three young volunteers who were his advance team struggled to get a campaign sign into the frozen ground. One suggested they use a blow-torch, another went for hot water. When time ran out, they propped the sign up in a flower pot to greet him.
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New Hampshire Primary Preview

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CNBC's John Harwood has the story on the GOP candidates vying for the top spot in New Hampshire.

GOP Rivals Turn Romney's Jobs Record Against Him

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Mitt Romney's Republican rivals accused him Monday of exaggerating his successes and coldly laying off thousands of workers while heading a profitable venture capital firm, an effort to turn the presidential front-runner's biggest asset into a liability. The heightened focus on the firm Bain Capital threatens to slow Romney's cruise-control campaign because it goes to the heart of his No. 1 appeal to voters: the claim that he knows far more than President Barack Obama about creating jobs.

The Great Republican Humor Crisis of 2012

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When John McCain joined Mitt Romney on the campaign trail this week, he brought with him something unfamiliar in this year's race: laughter. Following former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu at a rally on Wednesday, McCain said it reminded him of his favorite joke about governors: "There were two inmates in the chow line in the state prison and one of them turned to the other and said the food was a lot better in here when you were governor.”

For Jon Huntsman, New Hampshire Primary Could be Now or Never

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Tuesday will be a day of reckoning for at least one of the Republican presidential hopefuls: Jon Huntsman, whose quirky and quietly rogue candidacy hinges entirely on a strong showing in the nation’s first primary. Huntsman went for broke here, skipping Iowa and spending virtually the entire campaign in a state that seemed more receptive to his moderate views.
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Gwen’s Primary Day Take: 5 Things to Watch for in New Hampshire

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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Tuesday's is the seventh New Hampshire primary I’ve covered, so I’ve learned the shortcuts through the lake region, the best diners, and the ways that voters here can confound pundits on election day.

Here is what I am watching for Tuesday night:

For Mitt Romney, Authenticity Remains an Issue

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Over the course of this presidential campaign, there has been one consistent reservation many Republican voters — and others — have expressed about GOP front-runner Mitt Romney. They question his authenticity. They don’t know if they can trust him. They wonder who he really is.
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Debate Overkill Sparks Reform Outcry

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Way back when, before this year’s field of Republican presidential candidates had even taken shape, GOP national Chairman Reince Priebus raised his hand with a plan to get a grip on the burgeoning number of televised debates. In words that were one part prescient, one part naive, Priebus in April warned at a media breakfast: “The idea of twenty different forums and twenty different groups is a little much. We need to have some order in our debate process.”
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