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Mitt Romney's Excellent Scenario

Like everyone else in town watching the GOP presidential primary unfold, it's been on my mind that a victory for Mitt Romney in Iowa tonight, given the beachhead he's established in New Hampshire, would be a real game-changer, or, at this early stage, a game-maker. But an observation by my colleague Alex Roarty, who is on the ground in New Hampshire, drives home just how significant a Romney win would be.

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 1:40pm

Déjà Vu: Santorum's First Senate Ad Targeted Opponent Over Government Spending -- VIDEO

As Rick Santorum finds himself the new target of criticism from the Republican presidential field, one line of attack might sound familiar to the former senator from Pennsylvania -- one he used in 1994 against a Democratic opponent: GOP candidates Ron Paul and Rick Perry on Monday went after him for his record on spending while in Congress.

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 1:40pm

Gwen’s Caucus-Day Take: 5 Things to Watch for in Iowa

We love it when voters take over the narrative, and that’s what will happen in Iowa on Tuesday night as voters meet to caucus and choose a possible presidential nominee. Here’s what we’re watching.

How will social conservatives split?

Will Ron Paul shake things up?

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Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 1:40pm

Iowa's Place In Mormon Tradition

Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated where Joseph Smith was killed. He died in Carthage, Ill.

If there's one subterranean factor that has prevented Mitt Romney from excelling in Iowa, it is evangelical Christians' discomfort with his Mormon religion. It's a part of Romney's life he deals with carefully, playing up his faith's demonstration of his values while discussing it only as necessary.

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Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 1:40pm

How Do the Caucuses Work?

Here we go.

The 2012 presidential election season will kick off on Tuesday evening when Republicans gather in schools and homes across Iowa to cast their votes among nine GOP hopefuls.

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 1:40pm

Mourdock Catches a Break in Indiana

Last month, it appeared that Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., had caught a break when auto dealer Bob Thomas said he was preparing to enter the GOP Senate race, thus raising the possibility of the anti-Lugar vote being split between 2010 House candidate and state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. But it turns out he's not running after all.

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 1:40pm

Today's e-Reads: Google Chrome Makes Its Mark,Online Gambling Could Be a Boon

Although Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is still the most popular Internet browser, Google’s Chrome made impressive strides in 2011 and is now the second-most-used browser worldwide, Mashable reports.

Tech companies such as Facebook, Zynga, Apple, and Google could be among those profiting from online gambling, the The Wall Street Journal reports.

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 1:40pm

Things We Know for Sure About Apple's Upcoming Media Event

Before we get carried away with 2012 Apple rumors, let's get the facts straight about what the tech company's media event later this month entails. Two sources have now confirmed that Apple will hold an event at the end of January, according to respectable bloggers AllThingsD's Kara Swisher and TechCrunch's Alexia Tsotsis. As with all things Apple-related, for this supersecret event the company has teased the press with just enough information to churn the rumor mill. But before the gossips start talking iPad 3s and TVs of the future, let's parse the facts.

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 1:40pm

Has Anti-Washington Mood Distracted Iowa Caucus-Goers?

CARROLL, Iowa--Maybe it’s not the candidates’ fault that the Iowa electorate--and, more broadly, the Republican nominating process--has herked and jerked toward Tuesday night’s finish, contorted beyond all reasonable prediction.

And it might not be the fault of the fickle electorate or even, heaven forbid, the superficial political press.

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 1:40pm

Perry Supporting Dewhurst For Senate

Welcome to phase two of the Texas Senate race.

The Lone Star State will host one of this year's earliest Senate primaries (April 3), and just three days into 2012, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is involving himself in the contest, as is one of former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz's most prominent national allies, the Club for Growth.

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 1:40pm