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Newt's Squeeze on Mitt

The new CNN/Time/ORC polls out today for the first four states on the Republican calendar underscore the breadth of Newt Gingrich's rise - and the extent of the threat confronting the erstwhile front-runner Mitt Romney.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 6:40pm

Obama Warns Congress Not to Load Up Payroll Tax Cut Bill

President Obama warned on Wednesday he will block any effort by House Republicans to force him to approve the controversial Keystone pipeline as a price to get an extension of the payroll tax cut. “Any effort to try to tie Keystone to the payroll tax cut I will reject,” he said firmly at a brief press conference at the White House after a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 6:40pm

DCCC Going On TV In OR-01 Special Election

Updated 3:54 p.m. and at 4:22 p.m.

Anybody nervous?

The Democratic ad attacks businessman Rob Cornilles (R) for alleged ties to the tea party movement, a theme that Democrats have been hammering throughout the special election. The ad buy will run beginning Thursday through the weekend, at a cost of $124,280 -- a significant investment in the Portland media market.

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Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 6:40pm

Report: Gingrich Makes Private Appeal to Conservatives

New Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich met privately with about 70 leading conservatives on Wednesday in suburban Washington, Politico reported.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 6:40pm

Explaining Elizabeth Warren's Appeal

In today's Hotline Spotlight, we take a look at the left's new knight in shining armor. For the third presidential election cycle in a row, the liberal blogosphere has a candidate to rally around: In 2004, it was Howard Dean. In 2008, it was Barack Obama. Now, it's Elizabeth Warren.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 6:40pm

Santorum: Let’s Cut Off Iran’s Oil Supply

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum moved to strike a chord with Jewish voters gathered at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s candidate forum with his aggressive posture toward Iran and a blistering critique of the Obama administration’s Middle East policies.

Like all the other GOP candidates, Santorum vowed to be a better friend to Israel. “We see this administration turn a blind eye toward radicals,” the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania said. “For every thug and hooligan, for every radical Islamist, [Obama] has done nothing but appease them.”

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 4:40pm

A Primary Isn't Always A Bad Thing

At a pen-and-pad briefing with reporters on Tuesday, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray repeated a familiar refrain: Republican infighting in primaries will be detrimental to the GOP's overall chances of success in 2012.

But look more closely at this cycle's contested Republican primaries. What you'll find is that a GOP primary -- even a heated affair -- isn't always a bad thing. In some cases, it could turn out to be a net positive for the party.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 4:40pm

Romney Subtly Rifles Through Gingrich's Baggage

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Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 4:40pm

Ad Urges Congress to Pass Online Piracy Bills

Creative America, an entertainment-industry group trying to stop content theft, is out with a new ad campaign to encourage Congress to pass two bills that it says will stop online piracy, helping to protect American ideas and jobs.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 4:40pm

Report: Blagojevich Gets 14 Years in Prison for Corruption

Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois charged with peddling Barack Obama's Senate seat for personal gain, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption on Wednesday, according to news reports. 

Pleading for mercy, Blagojevich flashed a rarely seen apologetic side to the courtroom. 

Blagojevich is expected to appeal the decision, and likely won't report to prison immediately. 

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Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 4:40pm