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Another big problem with Newt Gingrich’s ‘food stamp’ claim

Newt Gingrich has come under fire for calling President Obama ‘the food stamp president.’ As it turns out, food stamps are one of the most effective ways to stimulate the economy during a recession.


Does it matter that Mitt Romney fired people? Buyout past becomes focus of campaign

Newt Gingrich has released a blistering 28-minute ad focusing on Mitt Romney’s career as a buyout specialist, making it the central focus of the campaign.


Newt Gingrich, the anti-capitalist

Newt Gingrich has criticized Mitt Romney for his time at the buyout firm Bain Capital. But he may have a hard time casting himself as an advocate of economic justice.


  The view from Main Street

Need to Know traveled to New Hampshire, which boasts better economic numbers than most places in the U.S. But there’s also a more troubling story: how the downturn has wounded the middle class in a way that feels more permanent than temporary.


What does the Santorum surge in Iowa mean for the rest of the Republican primary?

What does the result in Tuesday’s Iowa caucus mean for the rest of the GOP primary? It could set up a lengthy, substantive debate over the future of America. Or maybe Santorum will just implode.


  Fixing government: Kurt Andersen on getting Republicans and Democrats to work together

Kurt Andersen, author and host of public radio’s “Studio 360,” says lawmakers should get to know each other by spending a minimum number of days together in Washington, D.C.


In review: Herman Cain’s seven biggest foreign policy blunders

If he wants to weather the current controversy and remain the front-runner, Herman Cain must convince voters he can govern competently. His foreign policy blunders aren’t helping.


Caught off guard, Republican leaders offer mixed messages on Occupy Wall Street protests

Republicans have been caught off guard by the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has shifted the conversation away from government debt and toward economic fairness.


  Presidentiality: Herman Cain and the electrified fence

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain wants to build an electrified fence on the U.S.-Mexico border that could “kill” illegal immigrants. But as history shows, immigrants have braved much worse in pursuit of a new and better life on American soil.

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