January 2012

Jan 30, 2012

Gingrich Vows to Ban Embryonic Stem-Cell Research, Questions In Vitro Practices

By Karen Tumulty, Washington Post

As former House speaker Newt Gingrich courts evangelical voters in advance of Tuesday’s Florida primary, he is drawing an increasingly hard line against the use of embryonic stem-cell research — a position that contrasts not only with that of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, but also with statements that Gingrich himself has made on the subject in the past.
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Polls Show Romney Surging Ahead of Gingrich in Florida

By Steve Holland and Sam Youngman, Reuters

Republican Newt Gingrich struggled to halt surging rival Mitt Romney's momentum on Sunday, accusing him of launching false attacks as polls showed Romney widening his lead two days before Florida's presidential primary. Romney, who has battered Gingrich in a flood of television ads and two debates in Florida last week, opened a double-digit lead over the former House of Representatives speaker in four polls released on Sunday.
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Can You Hear Me Now?

By Greg Ip, The Economist

Japan holds the modern record for years spent with interest rates at zero; they were on the floor from 2001 to 2006. America is on track to break that record. Having cut its short-term rate to near zero in late 2008, the Federal Reserve said on January 25th it will probably stay there “at least through late 2014”, more than a year longer than its previous guidance.
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A Gingrich Presidency?

By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that if Mitt Romney won the South Carolina primary, the Republican presidential race would be over and he would be the nominee. But Romney didn't win, and that means it's time to consider the unthinkable: What would life under President Gingrich be like? It's an easy question to answer because Gingrich has spent much of his campaign listing all the things he wants to do — not only in his first term or his first 100 days but in his first eight hours.
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Death of Bipartisanship Has Killed the Washington Deal

By John F. Harris and Jonathan Allen, Politico

Every time there is divided government in Washington, there is a revival — among elite journalists, think tank commentators and respectable politicians of all stripes — of a cherished idea about how business should get done in the nation’s capital: Get the most responsible adults of both parties in one room, shoo away the cameras and microphones, and don’t let the two sides come out until they have cut a deal on the most pressing problem of the day.
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President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (CNN)

In the Florida Primary, Will Nine-Iron or Bass-Boat Republicans Prevail?

With Major Garrett, National Journal

How would you describe the match-up between Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney? Heart vs. Head? Underdog vs. perennial front-runner? Outsider vs. establishment?

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Jan 27, 2012

With Campaign Season Here, Obama Shows Some Swagger

By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times

He's confronting Republicans in the House chamber and on a sunny tarmac in front of the cameras. He's singing Al Green and busting out corny jokes. He's trying out his Spanish and taking off the necktie. It looks like the sometimes-aloof, overly cerebral President Obama has gotten some of his mojo back.
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In Florida, Gingrich Harnesses Anger of the Right

By Sam Youngman, Reuters

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was laughing. Not a politician's polite chuckle but a real laugh as a protester who had infiltrated the crowd at one of his rallies on Wednesday was escorted out.
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Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich Square off in Republican Debate

By Dan Balz and Amy Gardner, Washington Post

Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich sparred here Thursday night over immigration, taxes and wealth, lobbying, and colonizing the moon in a debate that underscored the potential consequences of a loss for either of the leading Republican presidential candidates in Tuesday’s high-stakes Florida primary.
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Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney in Thursday's Florida GOP Debate (CNN)

In Airport Run-In, Democrats See Help for Obama Among Hispanics

By Helene Cooper, New York Times

Democrats see the chance that President Obama’s heated exchange with Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona on the airport tarmac in Phoenix could help him with the Hispanic voters he came West to court this week.
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Santorum, Short on Cash, Fights Uphill Battle

By Nia-Malika Henderson, Washington Post

In his speech after finishing a distant third in the South Carolina primary, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum declared that he was one of “three winners” out of the first three GOP contests. It was a hopeful spin on a disappointing finish, and now San­torum faces a new reality here in Florida: He is short on cash, and he is the odd man out in what is shaping up to be a two-man contest.
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Romney Stays on the Offense With Gingrich

By Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny, New York Times

Mitt Romney, facing his greatest challenge of the campaign so far, relentlessly pressed Newt Gingrich on Thursday night in their final debate before the Florida primary, seeking to regain the offensive against an insurgent challenge that has shaken his claim to inevitability.
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