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5:08 PM, January 5th, 2012

New Hampshire may be Jon Huntsman’s— the Republican who Democrats once feared— last chance to prove he’s not a dud

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11:56 AM, January 3rd, 2012

Frontpage: Tuesday, Jan. 3

  1. Panetta Set to Slash Pentagon Budget: The Defense Secretary plans to unveil a shrunken budget this week, part of a deal to cut $450 bil from military spending. 
  2. Newt: Romney’s a Big Liar: There goes the “no negative campaigning.” Gingrich is in 4th place in the latest Iowa polls. 
  3. Taliban Confirms Qatar Peace Talks: The Taliban in Afghanistan has announced that it plans to open a political office in Qatar in order to hold talks with the U.S.
  4. Murdoch Supports Santorum on Twitter: After a few mistakes on the microblogging site, Murdoch successfully used his account to support Rick Santorum on Monday night,  saying it was “good to see santorum surging in Iowa.” 
  5. Arab League Calls for Syria Ceasefire“Gunfire should be stopped and there are snipers,” said Nabil Elaraby, secretary-general of the Arab League.

Photo: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama return from Christmas vacation in Hawaii with their daughters Sasha (2nd L) and Malia (R). (Saul Loeb, AFP / Getty Images) 

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4:05 PM, December 27th, 2011

briancolligan:

afternoonsnoozebutton:

Twitter account of the day: quotes from Ron Paul’s racist-ass newsletters, published on RP_Newsletter.

The latest in the long line of “Damn I Wish I Had Thought of That” Twitter accounts.

While it’s difficult to argue that 140-character snippets are sufficiently in-context, these tweets are pretty eye-opening. It’s quotes like these, and Paul’s response to their surfacing, that led our blogger Andrew Sullivan to reconsider his endorsement of Paul

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10:39 AM, December 27th, 2011

Frontpage: Monday, Dec. 27

Photo: Members of the Duke of Beaufort’s Hunt ride out on their Christmas Eve meet in West Littleton, England. Many hunts across the country will be gearing up for their Boxing Day meets, which traditionally are the highest attended of the hunting calender. (Matt Cardy / Getty Images)

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10:39 AM, December 20th, 2011

Frontpage: Tuesday, Dec. 20

Photo: A man prepares for the Christmas Poultry Auction in England. (Bethany Clarke / Getty Images) 

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4:05 PM, December 14th, 2011

But most important, I don’t believe that any of the other candidates, except perhaps Huntsman, would cut the military-industrial complex as deeply as it needs to be cut. What Paul understands - and it’s why he has so much young support - is that the world has changed. Seeking global hegemony in a world of growing regional powers among developing nations is a fool’s game, destined to provoke as much backlash as lash, and financially disastrous as every failed empire in history has shown.

—Our blogger Andrew Sullivan endorses Ron Paul for the GOP nomination

12:05 PM, December 7th, 2011

10 GOP Endorsements That Still Matter

1. Sarah Palin

It’s amazin’ how quickly her political influence has faded—but the overheated and overvalued political obsession of 2009 and 2010 still has one trick up her sleeve this election cycle: her primary endorsement. The Palin seal of approval could boost the numbers of any candidate in the field by rallying the conservative populist base. Significantly, Palin praised Gingrich back in October when he was stuck in the middle of the pack, saying he would “clobber Barack Obama in any debate” and giving high marks for the way “he seems to be above a lot of the bickering that goes on” at the debates. A Palin endorsement would solidify Gingrich’s status as a conservative alternative to Romney, while Palin also could play spoiler by choosing another candidate.

2. Jeb Bush

His father and brother won’t get into the endorsement game as former presidents, but Jeb has the freedom that comes with being a former swing-state governor and policy leader in the GOP. With Bush family loyalist Karl Rove taking shots at Perry and now Gingrich, it will be interesting to see whether a Bush family member will throw his weight behind Team Romney. This endorsement would signify the establishment’s rallying around Romney, for better or worse. For what it’s worth, Jeb’s son backed Jon Huntsman early on.

3. Terry Branstad

The popular governor of Iowa represents the center-right of the Republican Party in his state. He’s remained mum to date and has only four weeks left to make an impact on the 2012 presidential race. On paper, he’d be a logical Romney fan, but the amiable and mustachioed 2008 Rudy Giuliani supporter has criticized the former Massachusetts governor for spending so little time in the state before November. Branstad’s likely to keep his peace at this stage, but his support still could be a game changer in the Iowa caucuses.

4. Marco Rubio

Everyone’s back-of-the-napkin electoral-math favorite VP nominee has resisted endorsements to date, just as he’s said he would decline an invitation to join the 2012 ticket. But his endorsement could provide dramatic help in the pivotal primary state of Florida, perhaps even more than Jeb Bush’s, though they would be likely to move together if either got in the fray. This rising Senate star could rally Tea Partiers as well as Hispanics in the Sunshine State, the traditional tiebreaker for the January primaries.

5. Jim DeMint

This is the ultimate two-fer endorsement: a national Tea Party leader and South Carolina senator. More than any one else in the Palmetto State, DeMint could shift momentum if he decides to endorse. A rumor that he would back Romney was quickly swatted down by the senator’s staff, and he seems sanguine about supporting any nominee over Barack Obama. But DeMint is the real power player in S.C. politics, known for corralling the congressional delegation in his direction by any means necessary.

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2:40 PM, December 1st, 2011
At this time of year, political polls aren’t simply snapshots anymore—they measure deeper trends. Five weeks out from Iowa, political gravity is starting to take hold. Consultants will try to spin the candidate and senior staff, grim silences alternating with false confidence in the face of uncomfortable facts. But the picture ain’t pretty for Team Romney right now, no matter what the spinning man says.
John Avalon’s take on Mitt’s sinking ship
3:46 PM, October 24th, 2011
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11:22 AM, October 13th, 2011
What have those of us who have endured the endless televised GOP debates over the past several months gathered about the men (and woman) seeking the highest office in the land? Michele Bachmann has 135 foster children… Ron Paul has an issue with volume control… Newt Gingrich bought his wife some pretty nice jewelry… Mitt Romney says things like “gee whiz” and “golly”… and Rick Perry needs to sleep longer before engaging in forensic exercises. This week, the Bloomberg TV people sought to shake things up by giving the candidates a chance to talk to one another (a revolutionary concept). The trouble is, they have nothing useful to say.
Matt Latimer on the GOP’s overexposure problem, and how it could be helping Obama’s reelection chances. How many more debates should the Republicans hold?
12:10 PM, October 12th, 2011

Herman Cain made quite a splash at last night’s GOP debate. Could he be the new front runner for the nomination? Read our analysis of who won the debate and watch our other choices of best moments in the debate.

10:22 AM, October 11th, 2011
Young people drawn to the Occupy Wall Street carnivals could provide the same volunteer power that drove the McCarthy and Kennedy challenges to LBJ.
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