Jan 31, 2012
GOP Race's Approaching Lull Will Test GingrichBy Charles Babington, Associated Press
The caffeinated, rapid-fire GOP presidential primary is about to ease into a slower pace and a more spread-out map, creating new challenges for Newt Gingrich. February will bring several primaries and caucuses likely to lack the intensity of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. It has only one debate, three weeks from now.
Daughter’s Illness is Quandary for SantorumBy Nia-Malika Henderson and Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post
GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, campaigning under the banner “faith, family and freedom,” has made his life story central to his political identity. He often mentions his seven kids — one of whom is gravely ill — a son who died hours after birth, and his wife of two decades as proof that he not only preaches conservative values but lives by them in his daily life.
On Google+, Big Question for Obama Is Weeded OutBy Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics
President Obama did not tackle the subject most on the minds of some questioners during an online forum Monday. What drew many citizens to a Google+ chat with the president was their interest in how soon marijuana could be legalized, according to the rated popularity of questions posted before the event.
What Romney's Hispanic Support in Florida MeansBy Beth Reinhard, National Journal
The latest polls not only show Mitt Romney with a substantial lead in Florida but also with the lion's share of the Hispanic vote. A recent ABC News/Univision/Latino Decisions survey, for example, found Romney leading Newt Gingrich 35 to 20 percent among Hispanic voters. That's a major turnaround from 2008, when John McCain pounded Romney among Hispanic voters by 54 to 13 percent, according to exit polls.
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Obama Opens Up About Drone Strikes in PakistanBy Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times
President Obama offered a vigorous defense of using unmanned aircraft to kill Al Qaeda operatives and other militants in Pakistan's tribal areas and, in the process, officially acknowledged the highly classified CIA drone program that U.S. officials had refused to discuss in public until now.
Will Romney-Gingrich Battle Lead to Costly Split in the GOP?By Dan Balz, Washington Post
Newt Gingrich has vowed to take his fight for the Republican presidential nomination all the way to the party’s national convention in August. That may be nothing more than an empty threat by a frustrated candidate with a history of exaggerated rhetoric. But could Gingrich’s battle against Mitt Romney leave the GOP badly divided heading into the fall campaign?
Newt Gingrich at a campaign event in Pensacola, FL (CNN)
Sen. Lieberman Cites Dr. Seuss’ MooseBy Naftali Bendavid, Wall Street Journal
Senators often quote weighty historical figures to back up their arguments on the Senate floor. Alexis de Tocqueville is a big favorite. So is Alexander Hamilton. The late Sen. Robert Byrd (D., W. Va.), was famous for citing Roman orators that few of his colleagues had heard of. Then there’s Dr. Seuss.
Buoyant Romney Speaks of Victory in FloridaBy Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny, New York Times
Mitt Romney swept through a final day of campaigning here on Monday, energized by more polls showing him with a commanding lead in the Florida primary. He even allowed himself to break superstition and proclaim, “I’m beginning to feel we might win.” Yet Mr. Romney could not help sneaking regular looks back at Newt Gingrich, who only a week ago seemed in position to deal him another big loss.
Jan 30, 2012
Gingrich Rattles GOP EliteBy Charles Babington, Associated Press
Republican insiders are rising up to cut Newt Gingrich down to size, testament to the GOP establishment's fear that the mercurial candidate could lead the party to disaster this fall. The gathering criticisms are bitingly sharp, as if edged by a touch of panic, a remarkable development considering the target once was speaker of the House and will go down in history as leader of the Republicans' 1994 return to power in Congress.
Former GOP Candidate Herman Cain endorses Newt Gingrich (CNN)
Female Candidates for Congress on Upward TrendBy Susan Davis, USA TODAY
The roster of congressional candidates for this year's elections is taking shape and one trend is emerging: 2012 could be another "Year of the Woman" in American politics. The moniker was famously applied in 1992 when four women were elected to the Senate, a high watermark for the chamber that has never been surpassed.
A Florida Bush Stays Silent, and to Many, That Says a LotBy Jeff Zeleny, New York Times
A steady stream of endorsements has been flowing to Mitt Romney, with his campaign promoting Republicans who are giving their blessing to his presidential candidacy. Yet on the eve of the Florida primary, he has been unable to land the biggest catch of all: Jeb Bush.
In Iran's Oil Gambit, EU Nations Have Much To LoseBy Tom Gjelten, NPR
The Europeans are in the midst of their most serious economic crisis in 60 years, and now they're hearing it's not just their own fate they have to consider: The whole global economy hangs in the balance. The International Monetary Fund last week warned that if Europe's problems get any worse, it could push the entire world back into recession.
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