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Newt's Marriage Pledge: Will it Win Over Women?

The news that Newt Gingrich has signed a public pledge to be faithful to his wife, Callista, might help reassure voters who have doubts about him. Or the pledge could serve to remind them that he was unfaithful to his first two wives.


Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 2:40pm

Anything Still Goes in Iowa

Newt Gingrich has the momentum and Mitt Romney has the GOP establishment's blessing, but they are not the only candidates capable of winning the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses.

It's a wide-open race.

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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 2:40pm

FDA Warns Surgical Centers on Lap-Band Ads

California ads promoting Lap-Bands, used to help obese people use weight by constricting their stomachs, aren’t adequately warning people that they could cause a range of side-effects from nausea to death from surgical complications, the The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

The FDA said it had warned eight California surgical centers and a marketing company about their ads, mostly on billboards featuring smiling, slender models.

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 2:40pm

Underdog Senate Candidates Tie Themselves to Ron Johnson

It's not even 2012 yet, but several underdog GOP Senate challengers have an eye on an election taking place this afternoon that could foreshadow the power of the grassroots to upset the establishment.

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 2:40pm

Perry Launches Bus Tour and ‘Outsider’ Ad

DES MOINES, Iowa--With the Iowa caucuses just three weeks away, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will barnstorm the state beginning on Wednesday, hoping that some retail politicking and a new anti-Washington ad will carry him to an upset victory in the hard-to-predict caucus balloting on Jan. 3.

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 2:40pm

Reid Wants Passage of Payroll-Tax Package Before Recess

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is insisting that he will not permit any “rushing for the exits” by lawmakers wanting to adjourn this week for the year until Congress passes a bill to extend the payroll-tax cut and unemployment assistance.

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 2:40pm

Mitt Romney's $10,000 Bet: 'A Mormon Gambling with an Evangelical Over Who's the Bigger Liar' -- VIDEO

During the Republican presidential debate on Saturday, Mitt Romney challenged Rick Perry to a $10,000 bet over the former Massachusetts governor's position on individual mandates.

"And Perry said, "'I'm not a betting man,'" Conan O'Brien said on Monday. "Perry also said, 'I'm not a spelling man, a reading man or an adding man.'"

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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 10:40am

Hotline Sort: The Keystone Project

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Romney and Gingrich go after each other in New Hampshire, the NRCC targets Democrats in union-heavy districts over the Keystone XL pipeline, the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll shows some serious warning signs for congressional incumbents and Cain says Romney's $10,000 bet comment was not the end of the world. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 10:40am

Will 'Elitist' Argument No Longer Work Against Obama?

Republicans eager to take down President Obama as an arugula-eating, out-of-touch elitist –- as they tried in 2008 –- might have their heads hung low while watching their party’s presidential primary. The GOP contenders, especially its top two hopefuls, haven’t exactly shown much in common with the little guy. 

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 7:40am

Romney-Christie Fundraiser Pulls $1.1 Million

Mitt Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie teamed up in Jersey tonight to raise $1.1 million for Romney's presidential campaign. Christie announced the total to the crowd gathered at the Hilton Parsippany, according to a donor in the room. 

A general admission ticket to the New Jersey kickoff event cost $500 and a VIP pass to the photo reception ran $2,500. Hosts were on the hook to raise $25,000. Check out the invitation

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 1:40am