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Gingrich Calls for Return to the Reagan Years

A few weeks ago, Newt Gingrich said that if people doubt his ability to win the election, they should look at Ronald Reagan’s 1980 victory over President Carter.

Now, he’s also saying skeptical voters should have faith in his economic policies because they’ve worked before—for Reagan.

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 11:40am

Hotline Sort: The Ron Paul Campaign Dress Code

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Romney and Paul lead the pack in Iowa in a new poll, as Santorum inches his way up. Gingrich raises $9 million in the 4th quarter, Kucinich will challenge Kaptur in Ohio, and Arlen Specter takes the stage. Here's today's rundown:

9) Former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter tries his hand at a little stand-up. Enjoy.

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 10:40am

Occupy Wall Street Plus Anonymous May Equal City Computer Outages

Note to the Homeland Security Department: Expect hackers to join forces with offline activists in 2012 for strikes on transportation computer systems and other critical networks. According to annual predictions released by the security firm McAfee, anti-Wall Street demonstrators occupying parks in cities across the country and digital vigilantes associated with hacktivist group Anonymous may soon operate as "cyberoccupiers."

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 10:40am

Everyone's Picking on Ron Paul

Ron Paul is the Charlie Brown of the Republican presidential primary. All of his fellow candidates are suddenly picking on him. Only a couple of months ago, Rick Perry tried to steal from Paul by saying that Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke should be tried for treason — and then tried to one-up the congressional lawmaker by hinting that the 58-year-old bureaucrat might get beat up if he showed his face in Texas.

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 8:40am

Iranian Threats Make Bogus Campaign Fodder

The Iranian government’s threat to block oil shipments from the Persian Gulf further inflames the fight over the Keystone XL, a proposed 1,700-mile pipeline that would bring 700,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to the U.S. 

It will also all but ensure that fights over higher gasoline prices and energy security will be a central issue in the 2012 elections. But energy experts say that in reality, construction of the Keystone pipeline probably wouldn’t do much to change the global impact of the Iranian threats.  

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 8:40am

Gingrich Super PAC Funder Won't Go Positive, Will Go to South Carolina

When Newt Gingrich was under attack last week by a pro-Mitt Romney super PAC, he called on his rival to pressure the group to quit running negative ads. Gingrich promised that should a super PAC supporting his presidential run go negative, he would disown it. But now that a pro-Gingrich super PAC is sending Iowans a mailer calling Romney "the second most dangerous man in America" (after President Obama, of course) Gingrich has softened his tone a bit.

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 8:40am

Santorum Discusses Shrinking Federal Court

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – One of Iowa’s newest top-tier candidates, Rick Santorum, on Wednesday took on an issue that previous Hawkeye State front-runner Newt Gingrich has often discussed -– reining in so-called “activist” federal judges.

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 8:40am

Ron Paul Campaign Gets Bachmann Cochairman’s Backing

In a blow to Rep. Michele Bachmann’s already-sagging Iowa campaign, her state cochairman there said on Wednesday that he is switching his support to Rep. Ron Paul.

“There is a clear top tier in the race for the Republican nomination for President, both here in Iowa and nationally,” said Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson in a statement. “Ron Paul is easily the most conservative of this group.”

A CNN poll on Wednesday showed Paul in second place behind Mitt Romney in Iowa, while Bachmann was behind every other GOP candidate except Jon Huntsman.

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 8:40am

Gingrich Campaign Says It Has Fourth-Quarter Money

LE MARS, Iowa –- Newt Gingrich’s campaign spokesman said on Wednesday that Gingrich will raise around $9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, contradicting a TV report that the former House speaker’s campaign is in deep financial trouble.

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 8:40am

Bachmann: I’m Not Dropping Out

WINTERSET, Iowa –- Rep. Michele Bachmann said on Wednesday that no one has urged her to drop out of the presidential race, even as two politically active Iowa pastors said an effort has been under way to persuade either her or Rick Santorum to consider doing so.

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 8:40am