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N.H.'s Ayotte Broke Bread with Cain but Will Back Romney

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a rising GOP star who beat back a tea party challenge last year with help from Sarah Palin, will endorse Mitt Romney on Sunday at a rally in Nashua, NH.

Ayotte joins a laundry list of notable backers for Romney in the Granite State, among them former Govs. John H. Sununu and Judd Gregg, often in tow at Romney events in the state.  The campaign had been working for some time to secure Ayotte's endorsement.

Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 1:40am

Presidential Contenders Well Up Sharing Conservative Credentials at Family Leader Forum

DES MOINES, Iowa – There was plenty of good will and a few tears as six Republican presidential rivals gathered here Saturday afternoon for a forum in which they agreed more than they debated the role of government and religion in society before an audience of evangelical activists.

The atmosphere turned emotional in the second hour as candidates recalled personal challenges and failures, prompting at least two – businessman Herman Cain and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum – to cry.

Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 1:40am

Newt Gingrich's (First) Divorce: The Revisionist History

One-time history professor Newt Gingrich is ramping up a belated effort to revise some unpleasant history that's been written about him.

Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 10:40pm

Rahm Sets the Stage in Iowa

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former chief of staff to President Obama, will make the case for his re-election tonight in the state that launched him to the Democratic nomination in 2008.

Emanuel is slated to address the Iowa Democratic Party at the Jefferson Jackson dinner, its biggest annual fundraiser.

Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 10:40pm

Tuning Out Rick Perry

Imagine the frustration if you'd spent huge amounts of money on advertisements aimed at improving your image and it hadn't helped one bit. Now you have an idea of how Rick Perry's campaign must be feeling right now.

Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 10:40pm

For Obama, Small Is Beautiful

Today's headlines contain a rare piece of good political news for President Obama: According to the Washington Post's calculations, the president is outpacing all of his rivals in small (as in under $200) donations. More significantly, he's even outpacing his own magical year of 2008.

Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 10:40pm

Romney Opens Iowa Office

Mitt Romney is skipping a big Republican presidential candidates’ forum in Iowa Saturday but that doesn’t mean he’s skipping out on the Hawkeye state.

Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 10:40pm

Obama Attracts Lots of Grassroots Money

President Obama has outpaced his Republican rivals in attracting small, grassroots donations, The Washington Post reports.

The $56 million Obama has attracted so far not only beats his Republican rivals, but also outpaces the small donations he raised in 2008. A small donation is considered to be $200 or less.

Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 10:40pm

Washington Week Round Table: Obama's Trip to Asia

As the GOP candidates debated foreign policy, President Obama met with Asia-Pacific leaders. Newt Gingrich's bumpy climb in the polls. And, what happens if the Super Committee fails to deliver? Plus, SCOTUS to decide constitutionality of health reform.   Joining Gwen: Major Garrett, National Journal; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; Lori Montgomery, The Washington Post; Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY.

Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 10:40pm

Qaddafi's Son Captured in Libya

The son of deposed Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi was captured in southern Libya, Libya's interim justice minister said on Saturday, according to Reuters.

Saif al-Islam, who was also Qaddafi's heir apparent, and several bodyguards were arrested near the town of Obari. He will be held in the town of Zintan until a new government is formed to hand him over to. That's due to happen within days.

Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 10:40pm