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For Christie, Returning Favor to Romney Is Important

DES MOINES, Iowa -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie became Mitt Romney’s chief surrogate in Iowa on Friday. Though their demeanors couldn’t be more different –- Christie is as brash as Romney is reserved –- there are reasons why the two men have united during this election cycle.

Both have been Republican governors in the Northeast who have had to learn to navigate around Democratic-controlled legislatures. When Christie was running in 2009, he said, Romney was an early and important backer.

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 9:40pm

Santorum Draws Media Throng in Iowa

AMES, Iowa -- This is what it feels like to be in third place in Iowa just days from the Jan. 3 caucus: When Rick Santorum walked into a Buffalo Wild Wings for a campaign event on Friday, a mob of about 100 reporters, photographers, and cameramen was awaiting him.

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 9:40pm

Paul: Poll Rise Has Led to Attacks From Rivals

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa –- Rep. Ron Paul said on Friday he blames his own rising poll numbers for the heightened criticism that his hands-off foreign policy views have recently received from his rivals.

Asked during a town hall in La Mars, Iowa, why his opponents have begun to hit him on what they call his “dangerous” positions on U.S. international relations, the Texas congressman chuckled.

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 9:40pm

Paul: Poll Rise Has Led to More Attacks From Rivals

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa –- Rep. Ron Paul said Friday he blames his own rising poll numbers for the heightened criticism that his hands-off foreign policy views have recently received from his rivals.

Asked during a town hall in La Mars, Iowa on Friday why his opponents have begun to hit him on what they call his “dangerous” positions on U.S. international relations, Paul chuckled.

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 7:40pm

Previewing the Sunday Shows

Updated at 5:35 p.m.

With the caucuses on Tuesday, the Sunday shows have Iowa on their minds.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who has been rising in Iowa polls this week, will be on Meet the Press for the first time since June. Reps. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., both appear on This Week and Fox News Sunday, while Paul will make solo visits to State of the Union and Bloomberg's Political Capital.

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 7:40pm

Gingrich Kills Chapter on Climate Change in Upcoming Book

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Newt Gingrich says he has killed a chapter on climate change in a post-election book of essays about the environment. But the intended author of the chapter, who supports the scientific consensus that humans contribute to climate change, says that’s news to her.

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 7:40pm

GRAIL Spacecraft: Celebrating New Year's From the Moon

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Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 6:40pm

Four Days Before Caucuses, Romney Sets Sights on ... Obama

Even as it makes last-minute preparations for the first GOP presidential primary contest, Mitt Romney and his Boston brain-trust took a quick detour Friday to preview how it plans to attack President Obama next fall.
The former Bay State governor went out of his way Friday morning to blast Obama for suggesting the economy could have been worse without his help, comparing him to a certain infamous figure from the French Revolution.

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 6:40pm

Verizon Abandons Plan To Charge for Credit-Card Payments

After an outcry from consumers and a threat from the Federal Communications Commission to investigate, Verizon Wireless said on Friday it was dropping a plan to charge $2 for single bill payments made with credit cards.

After an outcry from consumers and a threat from the Federal Communications Commission to investigate, Verizon Wireless said on Friday it was dropping a plan to charge $2 for single bill payments made with credit cards.

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 6:40pm

Biggest Flops of 2011

As 2012 approaches, we've been bringing you our series of year end posts/recaps (see our 2011's Luckiest Candidates, Top Comeback Kids, Year in Media, and Biggest Twitter Losers) and we'll end with our list of the biggest flops

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 6:40pm