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Attack Fodder: Romney Says, 'I Like Being Able to Fire People' -- VIDEO

In Nashua, N.H., on Monday, Mitt Romney was talking about insurance companies when he let loose a line that could be used against him if take out of context:

"I want individuals to have their own insurance. That means the insurance company will have an incentive to keep you healthy. It also means if you don't like what they do, you can fire them. I like being able to fire people who provide services to me."

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 2:40pm

GOP Field Against Herbert Grows In Utah

Another Republican sounds ready to challenge GOP Gov. Gary Herbert in a Utah race that already includes two other Republican challengers.

David Kirkham, the leading tea party activist in the state, told the Salt Lake Tribune he is "99.99 percent" sure he will run and could make a decision "any second."

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 2:40pm

What Is Rick Santorum's Problem With the Term 'Middle Class'?

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Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 2:40pm

Ryan Criticizes Anti-Piracy Legislation

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., officially came out against controversial anti-piracy legislation after weeks of criticism from activists who thought he supported it.

"The internet is one of the most magnificent expressions of freedom and free enterprise in history. It should stay that way," Ryan said in a statement.

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 2:40pm

The President Mitt Romney Most Resembles: George H.W. Bush

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On Sunday's special GOP-debate edition of Meet the Press, Mitt Romney didn't just repeat his talking points about the advantage folks with private-sector experience have over career politicians. He offered several answers that, taken together, constitute a particular vision of the citizen-politician: a man of independent means moved to seek office out of a disinterested sense of duty.

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 2:40pm

Romney's Two-Pronged Response to Anti-Bain Attack

NASHUA -- A super-PAC bankrolled by allies of Newt Gingrich is taking a $3.4 million page out of the Democratic playbook.
The group, Winning Our Future, is planning a media blitz in South Carolina that attacks Mitt Romney as a ruthless corporate titan who profited on the backs of hundreds of laid-off workers.  If that attack on his career at Bain Capital sounds familiar, it's because the Democratic Party has been waging it for weeks, trotting out bitterly unemployed people at press conferences who blame Romney for their predicament.

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 1:40pm

Perry Attacks Romney for ‘Pink Slip’ Comments

ANDERSON, S.C. – Joining a growing chorus of criticism of Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital, rival Rick Perry said on Monday that the former Massachusetts governor insulted potential voters by suggesting that he understood their pain.
 
“If you are the victim of Bain Capital’s downsizing, it is the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he feels your pain,” the Texas governor told a crowd of about 100 people at Mama Penn’s restaurant. “He caused it.”
 

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 1:40pm

One Year After Shooting, Giffords Leads Pledge of Allegiance at Tucson Vigil -- PICTURES

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Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 1:40pm

Should Kim Kardashian Support Higher Taxes on Millionaires?

If Kim Kardashian is pulling in millions each year in addition to loads of free swag, she should at least be willing to pay a higher tax rate, right?

That's what Courage Campaign - a California-based nonprofit trying to drum up support for a November ballot measure that would raise taxes on the state's millionaires - argues in a new online video. The group claims that Kardashian made $12 million in 2010 and paid a 10.3 percent tax rate, while a middle-class Californian made $47,000 and paid a 9.3 percent tax rate.

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 1:40pm

One Year After Shooting, Giffords Leads Pledge of Allegiance at Tucson Vigil -- PICTURES

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Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 12:40pm