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S.C. Chair Questions Romney's Commitment to State

He's continued to plow ahead in Iowa and reinforce his stronghold in New Hampshire. But according to one prominent Republican, Mitt Romney is ignoring arguably the most important state on the primary calendar: South Carolina.The state's Republican Chairman Chad Connelly told National Journal on Tuesday that the former governor and his campaign have been far too invisible in the Palmetto State."I have felt like he just assumed he can't win here," the chairman said.

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 4:40pm

The Graying of the President: Newt Would Be as Old as Reagan

One of the unspoken and interesting aspects of this year's contest is the age of the candidates. It used to be an issue in American life either in terms of youth like when Teddy Roosevelt became the youngest president at 42 and John F. Kennedy the youngest elected president at 43. Ronald Reagan's age was an issue in 1980 when he took office just days before his 70th birhtday.

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 4:40pm

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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 4:40pm

QUICK TAKE - U.S. Mint Halts Presidential Coin Program

President Garfield's face may be the last one on a circulating $1 coin for a while. On Tuesday, the Treasury Department announced it will stop circulating new presidential coins.

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

The Americans Elect Threat

President Obama's re-election team is keeping a wary eye on a group pledging to put an independent ticket on the ballot in next year's elections, top Democratic strategists hinted Tuesday.

In a meeting with reporters, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina and top strategist David Axelrod said they expected the group, Americans Elect, to be on the ballot in most states next year. And though the group says it will use the most open, democratic process possible to select a nominee, Obama's campaign is questioning both their means and motives.

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

Kerry: Super Committee GOP 'Put America Second and the Politics First'

In a National Journal/United Technologies live policy briefing on Tuesday morning, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said that Republican members of the super committee refused every step of the way to meet Democrats halfway on a deficit-reduction deal.

In a National Journal/United Technologies live policy briefing on Tuesday morning, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said that Republican members of the super committee refused every step of the way to meet Democrats halfway on a deficit-reduction deal.

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

Jim Messina's Five Scenarios

While Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are looking at each other, President Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, is looking at the electoral college.  Briefing reporters this morning, Messina laid out five mathematical scenarios where President Obama could under-perform his 2008 watermark and still wind up back in the White House. 

Messina assumes a base of John Kerry's electoral votes -- 19 states plus DC.With reapportionment, the Kerry electoral base drops down to 246, from 251.

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

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