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Occupy Protestors Target Gingrich Fundraiser

The Occupy demonstrators in town for "Take Back the Capitol" week are adding a pit stop to today's K Street protests: a fundraiser for GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

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

Gingrich: 'I Am as Good a Businessman as Mitt Romney'

Far from running from the charge that he profited in Washington after leaving Congress more than a decade ago, Newt Gingrich on Wednesday took pride in the fact his varied business enterprises have netted as much as $100 million.

“I am as good a businessman as Mitt Romney,” Gingrich said during an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN. “I work very hard. We have good companies.”

The former House speaker, whose array of former businesses have been dubbed “Newt Inc.,” has argued that much of the money came from his numerous best-selling books as well as movies and speaking fees.

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

Gingrich and Bachmann Would Move Embassy to Jerusalem

Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich said on Wednesday that as president he would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a proposal designed to appeal to American Jewish voters. It also escalated the jockeying among the GOP candidates to be viewed as the most pro-Israel choice.

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

Perry Talks of Downsizing Government, Supporting Israel

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday spoke to an audience of Republican Jews about his firm commitment to Israel’s security, but he drew the most enthusiastic applause when he talked about his proposal to drastically downsize the federal government.
 
“The idea that we have to have all these people spending money in Washington is just not right,” Perry said to great applause at a forum hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition. Later, he drew laughs by saying of Washington politicians, “They don’t want me up here. This city is not ready for me.”
 

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

QUICK TAKE: Gingrich Says He Would Tap John Bolton for Secretary of State

If he gets elected president, Newt Gingrich already has one certain battle with Congress on his hands: confirming his just-announced pick to be secretary of State, John Bolton, whom Senate Democrats filibustered in 2005, forcing George W. Bush to give him a recess appointment as ambassador t

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

Kaine Hits Allen Over 6-Year Old 'Macaca' Quip

If there was any doubt Democrats see former Sen. George Allen's controversial "Macaca" moment as a huge political liability, former Gov. Tim Kaine erased it during the first debate of the 2012 Senate contest Wednesday in Richmond.

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

The Politics of Israel: Campaign 2012

In American presidential politics, wrapping yourself in the Israeli flag is a no-brainer. Stalwart support for Israel is important for many American-Jewish voters, an important source of campaign donations, and a potential swing vote in key battleground states such as Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Fealty to Israel plays well with evangelical Christians who back the Jewish state largely out of theology, and who can make the difference in early-voting states like Iowa and South Carolina. Strong backing of Israel is viewed as a litmus test for powerful lobby groups in Washington.

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

Gingrich Leads in Three of Four New Early-State Polls

New CNN/Time/ORC International polls show Newt Gingrich leading Mitt Romney in three of four states that will be casting critical early votes in the Republican presidential nominating process, putting the former House speaker in a potentially commanding position to capture his party's nomination.

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

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