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Iowa Dust Starts to Settle

The Gallup national tracking poll and various public and private polls conducted in Iowa indicate that the bloom is coming off former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s rose, just as it did for Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain before him.

The most ideological two-thirds of the Republican Party desperately want a hard-charging, take-no-prisoners conservative messenger as their nominee. They seem to be continually disappointed.

Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 10:40am

Cybersecurity Experts Expect Hacker Attacks During the Presidential Primaries

Expect hackers to try to disgrace presidential candidates with electronic extortion and other forms of digital deception during the upcoming primaries, say some former hackers and computer-security specialists.

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 4:40pm

Revolving Door: Senior Hill aide Caron to Steptoe

Capitol Hill veteran Chris Caron has joined the lobbying law firm Steptoe & Johnson as a senior government affairs adviser. Most recently, he was Republican Rep. Tom Cole's deputy chief of staff. 
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Posted: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 4:40pm

Newt Inc. Draws FEC Complaint

Newt Gingrich's month-long ride at the top of the polls -- a run, it seems, that is coming to the same inglorious end as other GOP candidates who have peaked and burned -- has drawn plenty of attention to Newt Inc., his multi-million Washington influence empire. And on Monday, the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that his production company, Gingrich Productions, made illegal corporate contributions to his presidential campaign.

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 4:40pm

Revolving Door: FTC's Davis to Venable

Robert Davis, a veteran Federal Trade Commission antitrust litigator and a senior adviser to FTC Chair Jon Leibowitz, has joined the lobbying law firm Venable where he'll focus on anti-trust issues. 
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Posted: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 4:40pm

McCrory Says He's '100 Percent Committed' to Running for Governor

Just about everyone with even a casual eye on North Carolina politics over the last year fully expects former Charlotte Republican Mayor Pat McCrory to seek a rematch against Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue next year. On Monday, he said with full certainty he will run, in an interview with the AP:

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 4:40pm

Perry Calls TARP 'Single Greatest Act of Thievery' in U.S. History

ELKADER, Iowa –Rick Perry on Monday called the Troubled Assets Relief Program the “single greatest act of thievery in American history.”
 
The worst part? “Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney were for it,” Perry said.
 
Both Romney and Gingrich have said the Wall Street bailout was unsavory but necessary to save the financial system from collapse.
 

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 4:40pm

Christiana Won't Run in PA-12

2:53 p.m. CORRECTION: The previous version of this post incorrectly indicated the marital status of Christiana. He is engaged.

In a surprise move, Pennsylvania Republican state lawmaker Jim Christiana on Monday announced he will not run for Congress next year in one of the state's newly drawn congressional districts, telling supporters in a letter he didn't want to put his fiance through the rigors of a congressional campaign or leave his work unfinished in Harrisburg.

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 4:40pm

GOP Candidates React to Kim Jong Il's Death

Here are the Republican presidential candidates' statements Monday reacting to the death North Korean leader Kim Jong Il:

Jon Huntsman:

Rick Perry:

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Posted: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 4:40pm

Craig James Set to File for Texas Senate Race, Fundraiser Says

It's official: ESPN analyst Craig James is running for Senate in Texas. Roy Bailey, a GOP fundraiser and friend of the former SMU football star, told the AP that James will officially file for the race on Monday.

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 4:40pm