Newt Gingrich wins the endorsement of the influential Union-Leader newspaper in Manchester, NH. The paper chose to back Gingrich, even as polls show Mitt Romney is a prohibitive favorite in the first-in-the-nation primary state. What does this say about Romney? And is the White House happy to see someone other than Romney emerge? By the way,... read more
January promises to be make-or-break for many if not all the Republican candidates hoping to be the November challenger of President Obama. But it is more likely to break candidates than make them. That's true even if Mitt Romney pulls an upset in the Iowa Caucuses.Here's an early line on what could happen.Rep. Michele Bachman and... read more
by Michael SmerconishPermit me a final word tonight about accountability.Today was to have been the date by which the Super Committee put forth a plan to cut the debt. They failed to reach an accord, triggering an automatic $1.2 trillion in cuts beginning in 2013.This was the third attempt at averting a national crisis. Simpson-Bowles was the... read more
As GOP candidate have risen and fallen in the polls, Mitt Romney has remained steadily near the top but he has been unable to build his support too high. MSNBC political analyst Richard Wolffe and Politico’s Joe Williams discuss. watch
Here's the question coming out of last night's debate: Will the Republican Party grant Newt amnesty after learning his stance on immigration? The former Speaker ditched the "Send 'em home!" party line in favor of allowing some illegals to stay. Will the Right stand with him--or should he worry about losing his... read more
I'm glad we could discuss tonight this new photographic evidence from the Kennedy assassination.I think I understand why people are so open to the possibility that Lee Harvey Oswald was not the president's lone killer. It's hard to imagine such a small person being responsible for the loss of such a beloved, important, big one. We... read more
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