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The Gingrich-Santorum Anti-Romney Alliance

Rick Santorum might not win in New Hampshire, but with the help of Newt Gingrich, maybe he can watch Mitt Romney lose. Santorum doesn't have the money that Romney has (less than $1 million compared with Romney's $14 million raised in the third quarter), or the poll numbers (averaging 4.3 percent to Romney's 41 percent), or the establishment support, but he has an angry Gingrich who will do his dirty work for him. New York magazine's Jonathan Chait points out that Gingrich has already said he's ready to take on this role.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 4:40pm

Obama to Make Rare Visit to Pentagon for Rollout of New Strategy

President Obama will pay an unusual visit to the Pentagon on Thursday for the public rollout of the military's new strategy for countering emerging threats in an era of shrinking resources, according to senior military and administration officials.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 4:40pm

FDA Forbids Casual Use of Common Antibiotics in Livestock

After more than three years of back and forth with the farm industry and advocacy groups, the Food and Drug Administration issued a rule on Wednesday that would forbid the non-medical use of common antibiotics in livestock in an effort to prevent the evolution of drug-resistant bacteria.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 4:40pm

Santorum and Romney, Catholicism and South Carolina

Rick Santorum was propelled to his strong finish in Iowa by the votes of evangelical Protestants and conservative Catholics. But what now?

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 4:40pm

Obama Announces Richard Cordray Appointment in Ohio

In his first public appearance in the election year, President Obama announced the appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and directed a not-so-subtle "game on" call at congressional Republicans. Obama spoke at Shaker Heights High School in a suburb of Cleveland where he used the appointment of Cordray, a former Ohio attorney general, to underscore his support for the middle class and hammer home his campaign theme against the GOP leadership in Congress.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 4:40pm

Setting Expecations With Jim And David

You can bet the last people Mitt Romney's campaign wants setting expectations for them are their buddies over at Obama for America headquarters in Chicago. But in a call with reporters this afternoon, that's just what campaign manager Jim Messina and top strategist David Axelrod tried to do.

Romney "has been leading these polls in New Hampshire by 30-some points. "He needs to hold that," Messina said, when asked what Romney needs to shoot for in next Tuesday's primary. "He's got to win by 30 points or so here to continue this momentum."

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 4:40pm

Cordray Recess Appointment Opens CFPB to Lawsuits

President Obama's announcement that he will appoint Richard Cordray as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is raising questions about the move's constitutionality. 

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:40pm

Cancer Rates Slope Down in U.S.

Death rates from cancer continue a slow but steady march downward in the United States, with a few exceptions, the American Cancer Society reported on Wednesday. The group estimates that the reduction translates to a million lives saved since 1990.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:40pm

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Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:40pm

GOP Field Loses Vocal Opponent of Health Care Reform

The Republican presidential field has just lost one of its most vocal critics of health care reform. Rep. Michele Bachmann, a fiery conservative aligned with the tea party movement, didn’t just criticize health care reform legislation; she based her campaign on repealing it.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:40pm