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Report: Gingrich Earned Seven-Figure Sum From Freddie Mac Consulting

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich earned between $1.6 million and $1.8 million for consulting with mortgage company Freddie Mac, according to a Wednesday Bloomberg report.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:40am

Hotline Sort: Heller Taking Some Hits

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Romney gets slammed by a prominent Iowa conservative, a trio of liberal outside groups hits Rehberg/Heller/Scott Brown with new radio ads, the Georgia GOP plans a March debate and Spence and Kinder may have more in common than you think. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:40am

QUICK TAKE: Slightly More Americans Favor Health Law Repeal -- Gallup

Slightly more Americans favor repealing last year's health care reform legislation than favor keeping it in place, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:40am

QUICK TAKE: Obama to Deploy up to 250 Marines to Australia Next Year Under New Pact

President Obama unveiled a pact with Australia on Wednesday to build a military presence there as part of the administration's pivot to the Asia-Pacific region.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:40am

Polls: Romney Leads GOP Field, Obama in New Hampshire

Democrats have won New Hampshire's four electoral votes in the past two presidential elections, but a new poll released early Wednesday shows that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a slight lead over President Obama in the Granite State, while a separate survey shows Romney with a larger lead in that state's first-in-the-nation Republican primary.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 8:40am

Comeback Kid? Five Potential Stumbling Blocks for Newt Gingrich

The unpredictable Republican presidential primary of 2012 took another unexpected turn this week when Newt Gingrich -- the same Newt Gingrich pundits left for dead five months ago after a series of stumbles and the exodus of most of his staff -- suddenly found himself in a dead heat with Mitt Romney in some polls.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 8:40am

Advice to Romney: Don't Be Afraid to Lose

One of the most important moments of Mitt Romney's campaign came weeks before he announced his candidacy. In a gathering of political advisers and the once-and-future GOP presidential candidate, one of the consultants cleared his throat and said, "Governor, you can't win until you're not afraid to lose."

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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 8:40am

Obama’s Choice: Ohio or Virginia

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has been parodied for changing his positions over his political career. But when it comes to devising an election strategy for 2012, President Obama is the candidate at risk of being seen as a waffler.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 8:40am

Super Committee, Super Lie

When I left the White House beat to cover Congress, I told people what the biggest difference was between the two beats. People in the White House and Congress lie to you, I would say; the difference is that on the Hill it’s not the same lie told by the same seven people.

That was true until the super committee was created. Now, instead of politicians lying to their constituents and reporters, they are lying to themselves. Not rationalizing, or trimming the truth, or speaking in euphemisms. Lying. Bald. Faced. Lying.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 8:40am

Obama’s Choice: Ohio or Virginia

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has been parodied for changing his positions over his political career. But when it comes to devising an election strategy for 2012, President Obama is the candidate at risk of being seen as a waffler.

Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 11:40pm