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Gallegly Retiring From Congress

Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., announced he won't be running for a 14th term Saturday, a decision that allows Republicans to avoid a messy intraparty battle between two veteran members of Congress.

"The decision to step aside at this time did not come lightly. But in the end, Janice and I decided now was the right time to begin the next chapter in our lives. We are truly blessed to have our health, our family, and so many, many friends that we look forward to spending more time with," Gallegly said in a statement.

Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 2:40pm

New Pro-Gingrich Super PAC Video Attacks Romney

A new film trailer produced for a super PAC supporting presidential candidate Newt Gingrich revisits an old attack on Mitt Romney and depicts him as a corporate titan with little regard for blue-collar workers.

Winning Our Future’s slickly produced, two-and-a-half-minute trailer was online Saturday at the website before being replaced with a "Trailer coming soon" notice. A spokesman for the organization said what was shown was a "tease" and that a new trailer and film will be released soon.

Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 2:40pm

Saying Goodbye: Change in the 112th Congress

Not every representative and senator who is sworn in at the beginning of a Congress is around for the end of their terms. Some step down for other jobs or in the wake of scandal, and a few, sadly, prove all too mortal. Others may stay until the end of their terms, but don't plan on seeking reelection out of a desire to retire from politics or to seek other elective positions.

Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 2:40pm

Santorum Slams Obama 'Hubris' and 'Snobbery'

Just four days after his razor-thin loss in the Iowa caucuses, Rick Santorum on Saturday promoted his plan for addressing inequality and denounced the "hubris" and "snobbery" of President Obama for what he said was the suggestion that all Americans should go to college.

Whether Obama said that is ambiguous. The president has said that America should be "graduating students who are ready for college and a career" which is a bold statement suggesting they should be qualified to attend college but not that they should necessarily go. 

Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 1:40pm

Santorum: GOP Would Suffer Under Romney

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum warned Saturday that rival Mitt Romney would lead the GOP to defeat in the fall and, even if Romney won, the party would suffer under the former Massachusetts governor’s moderate leadership. “Even if we win,” Santorum said, “we lose.”

Santorum, a conservative former senator trying to slow Romney’s ascent in New Hampshire and South Carolina, declared that he will win the GOP nomination despite the GOP establishment backing Romney.

“I’m the underdog,” Santorum said.

Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:40am

Romney's Bland Brand: Can It Power Him to the White House?

It’s bad enough that Mitt Romney doesn’t excite the conservative Republican Party base. Or that he’s often stiff and uncomfortable on the campaign trail. But now he has suffered the ultimate indignity: Being called bland and boring by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a candidate rarely accused of being Mr. Excitement.

Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 9:40am

Gingrich Takes a Page from Clinton Playbook

On the campaign trail, Newt Gingrich is fond of waxing nostalgic about his days as House speaker working out the nation's problems across the table from Democratic President Bill Clinton. Although some of us scribe types who were on duty in the mid-1990s remember the relationship as somewhat less harmonious and bipartisan, no matter. The candidate seems intent on drawing on events of the Clinton era to shape his world view as a presidential candidate in 2012, so it makes sense to explore yet another fitting Clinton analogy Gingrich offered up today.

Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 9:40pm

Gingrich: Romney Won't Be GOP Nominee

Newt Gingrich on Friday continued his offensive against Mitt Romney by saying his rival "ought to run a campaign worthy of his grandchildren" and predicting that Romney won't receive the GOP nomination.

Appearing on MSNBC's "Hardball With Chris Matthews," Gingrich repeated his complaint about negative ads run by supporters of Romney's that saw the former House speaker's lead atop Iowa polls vanish by the time of this week's caucuses there.

Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 9:40pm

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Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 9:40pm

Romney Up Big in N.H., Polls Show

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a commanding lead in the Jan. 10 New Hampshire Republican primary, according to three new polls released Friday that show Romney could become the first nonincumbent to sweep the first two GOP nominating contests in the modern campaign calendar.

Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 9:40pm