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Boston Globe Endorses Huntsman in GOP Primary

In a rebuke to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, The Boston Globe on Thursday endorsed Jon Huntsman for the Republican presidential nomination, marking the former Utah governor’s sixth –- and by far largest –- newspaper endorsement in or near the state where he has chosen to put all of his campaign chips.

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 11:40pm

McCain Invokes S.C. Senators in Campaigning for Romney

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Continuing as Mitt Romney’s anti-Rick Santorum surrogate, Sen. John McCain said on Thursday that South Carolina’s two GOP senators have joined him in fighting earmarking in Congress, an issue on which Santorum is regarded as politically vulnerable.

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 11:40pm

New Gingrich Food-Stamp Comment Draws Controversy

Already under fire for labeling President Obama "the food-stamp president," Newt Gingrich on Thursday touched off further controversy for declaring he would visit the NAACP and explain to the organization why African-Americans should "not be satisfied with" food stamps.

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 9:40pm

Santorum Raises Polygamy in Defending Stand Against Gay Marriage

CONCORD, N.H. –- In a spirited debate with gay-rights supporters, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday defended his opposition to liberalizing marriage laws by raising the specter of polygamy. “What about three men?” he asked.

The comment evoked memories of the ex-Pennsylvania senator's controversial statement to the Associated Press in 2003 in which he associated gay sex with incest and bestiality.

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 7:40pm

Santorum: Abolish Courts That Are Too Powerful

NORTHFIELD, N.H. – Taking a page from rival Newt Gingrich, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday leveled tough criticism at the judiciary, saying judges have become too powerful and that as president he would do away with some courts.

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 7:40pm

N.H. Crowd Shows Santorum It's More Interested in Fiscal Than Social Issues

BRENTWOOD, N.H. –- Rick Santorum refused to wait for the inevitable question. The new top-tier GOP contender on Wednesday started his first stump speech since Iowa arguing that the primary’s next stop wouldn't end his campaign’s surge.

“People have asked me repeatedly, ‘Well, Rick, you’ve done well in Iowa, but New Hampshire is such a different place -- it's nothing like Iowa,’ ” Santorum said, speaking to a room too small to hold the overflow crowd of hundreds of voters and journalists.

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 7:40pm

Post-Iowa, Conservatives Still Favor Super PACs

Despite the political carnage suffered by Republican presidential candidates at the hands of super PACs in Iowa, conservatives show no signs of buyers’ remorse after supporting the Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates for the unlimited campaign money that fueled them.

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 6:40pm

Inslee Short on Budget Details

Washington Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee's meeting with Seattle's left-leaning alt-weekly The Stranger's editorial board did not leave a particularly positive impression with the paper when it comes to the issue of balancing the state budget:

While he's saying plenty of things that resonate in liberal ears, Inslee is extremely vague on some key state issues...

"I have decided not to articulate more than that at this time," he said.

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:40pm

Huntsman Needs a ‘Market-Moving’ Event

Portsmouth, N.H.--Five days before the presidential primary in New Hampshire, where he has staked his campaign, Jon Huntsman said on Thursday he will need a “market-moving event” to pull off a win against GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, and he invited Democrats and independents to support him.

At a campaign stop at the Pease International Trade Port in Portsmouth, someone asked Huntsman how he would beat Romney when poll numbers continue to dramatically favor the former Massachusetts governor, who also has made New Hampshire a prime target.

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:40pm

Scott Walker Gears Up for Recall Election

This morning, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker appeared at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, where he defended his controversial budget repair bill and discussed the recall effort against him that is well underway. The main takeaways from his discussion, which offer clues about the way he will frame his candidacy in the coming election that will almost certainly be triggered:

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:40pm