10:45 AM, January 19th, 2012


It is apparent that Governor Perry cannot win and has no viable strategy in moving forward.

State Sen. Larry Grooms from South Carolina has withdrawn his support for Rick Perry and switching to Santorum. Sad face

UPDATE: It sounds like Perry will be announcing that he’s quitting and endorsing Gingrich at 11 am.

And another falls.

Reblogged from Newsweek
10:16 AM, January 12th, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, Jan 12th

  1. Romney Prepares Bain Counterattack: Facing several days of attacks on his record at Bain Capital, Mitt is preparing a series of ads featuring Bain employees speaking positively about the company. 
  2. Karzai Condemns Taliban Abuse Tape: A disturbing video that appears to show U.S. Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters was slammed as “inhumane” by Afghan President Hamid Karzai—but the Taliban says it won’t harm their new peace talks with the U.S.
  3. Obama Raises $68M at End of 2011: The figure surpasses his goal olf $60M for the 4th quarter. 
  4. Second Syrian Monitor May QuitThe Arab League observer mission in Syria may be coming apart at the seams, with a second monitor threatening to quit. A day after Anwar Malek, an Algerian observer, told Al Jazeera that the mission was a “farce” and quit, another observer told Reuters that he was considering walking out as well.
  5. Newt: Moderate Can’t Beat ObamaA fourth-place finish in New Hampshire hasn’t deterred Republican candidate Newt Gingrich from going after Mitt Romney, only referring to him as “a moderate.” Sneaky. 

Photo: Members of a military band perform at the opening plenary session of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress in Shanghai, China. (Aly Song, Reuters / Landov)

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10:02 AM, January 10th, 2012

Frontpage: Jan. 10th

  1. 29 Killed in Pakistan Bombing: At least 29 people were killed and another 44 people were wounded Tuesday in a bombing in northwest Pakistan, in the region used as a supply route for NATO forces into Afghanistan. 
  2. New Hampshire Primary Begins: Today’s the big day. New Hampshire residents begin voting in their primary today. Romney is polling between 35 and 40%, and thus is expected to win easily. Second place, however, is another question.
  3. Syria’s Assad Promises ‘Iron Fist’: In his first speech since June, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told his people that he’s not going anywhere. Once again blaming unrest on “foreign planning,” Assad promised to fight “terrorists with an iron fist.”
  4. U.S. Warns Iran: The U.S. has shot back at Iran, saying the enrichment of uranium has escalated the nation’s violations of U.N. resolutions.
  5. Opposition Leader Will Run in BurmaBurma’s Aung San Suu Kyi may finally get to take office after 15 years spent under house arrest. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate confirms that she will run for Parliament this April. 

Photo: Newt Gingrich poses with participants of a town hall meeting in the cafeteria of Salem High School in Salem, NH. The woman at left is wearing a lobster hat. (Khue Bui for Newsweek)

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10:29 AM, January 9th, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, Jan. 9th

  1. Pay Cuts For Wall Street: Wall Street’s dismal year is about to hit home for traders. The Wall Street Journal reports that compensation is likely to fall to its lowest level since the 2008 financial crisis. 
  2. Mitt Holds Huge Lead in NH: The primary is tomorrow, but candidates and some journalists are already heading to South Carolina. Roney’s polling at 35% in the state, with Ron Paul in second at 18%. 
  3. Gingrich Prepares Romney Salvo: While Romney may have New Hampshire locked up, Gingrich will be waiting in South Carolina with a $5 million ad painting Romney as a predatory capitalist. 
  4. Iran Sentences American to Death: Iran has announced that it will sentence American Amir Mirzaei Hekmati to death for espionage. Iran claims Hekmati, a former marine, was sent by the CIA. 
  5. NBC & Daily Beast Team Up for 2012: NBC News and Newsweek & The Daily Beast announced a collaboration for the upcoming 2012 election. The magazine and Web site will have access to NBC News’ deep bench of political reporters and video content, as well as opportunities to work with NBC at national debates. 

Photo: Mourners throw rice, as is tradition, while guards carry the coffin of a Syrian officer at a funeral procession in front of Al-Hassan mosque in Damascus. The slain officer was one of 11 killed during a suicide bombing on Friday. (Muzaffar Salman / AP Photo)

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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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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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10:08 AM, December 13th, 2011

Frontpage: Tuesday, Dec. 13

Photo: In Lyme Regis, England, waves break over the seawall behind houses as stormy conditions continue across the United Kingdom. (Tim Ireland, Press Association / Landov)

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12:09 PM, November 23rd, 2011
Gingrich showed real guts in refusing to pander to the most mean-spirited xenophobic tendencies of the far right. I suspect that on careful examination we will learn that what Gingrich actually supports is a netherworld for immigrant workers—neither full citizenship nor subject to deportation. That is far from the DREAM Act—more like a dream come true for any employer seeking cheap labor.
Paul Begala on Newt’s “humane” take on immigration in a debate he dominated
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