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Romney: I've got a big target on me now

01/04/12 02:11PM

Mitt Romney came back to our show this morning. Just a few hours after learning he'd won Iowa by just eight votes.Here's what he had to say about his win:“…I’ve got a big target on me now. The Democratic National Committee, the president, the White House, the other contenders for the race are going to come after me in a big way. Of course, they’ve been going after me for the last several months. But that’s the nature of the process. I’ve got broad shoulders. I’m willing to handle it. read more

An excerpt from Michael Hastings' new book 'The Operators'

An excerpt from Michael Hastings' new book 'The Operators'

01/04/12 02:05PM

Chapter 1DELTA BRAVO APRIL 7, 2010, MILTON, VERMONT I dialed the strange number with a sequence of digits too long to remember. The tone beeped in a distinctly foreign way. My call went through to Afghanistan. “Hello, Duncan? This is Michael Hastings from Rolling Stone.” I was in a house on Lake Champlain, smoking a cigarette on a screened-in porch with a view of the Adirondacks. I put the smoke out in an empty citronella candle, went inside, and grabbed a notebook from the kitchen counter. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, January 4, 2012

01/04/12 01:10PM

IOWA CAUCUSESEDITORIALNEW YORK TIMESThe errors, absurd misstatements and unrelenting extremism he was definitely the surge candidate. ... Ron Paul’s vote was something altogether different. He won overwhelmingly among the young, and brought young voters into the caucuses.THE HUNTSMAN BUZZ IN IOWABY ERICK ERICKSONRED STATEI think it was a big mistake for Huntsman to write off Iowa. Today I am convinced of it. read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, January 4

01/04/12 05:53AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Mitt beats Santorum in eight votes. Closest race EVER!What the Iowa entrance polls told us about the outcomeNBC sources: McCain to endorse RomneyPerry heads to Texas to reassess campaignPolitico has seven takeaways from the caucusesReality check coming for SantorumAnalysis: Obama among the winners in IowaThe HuffPo has a real-time caucus mapIs the future uncertain for Michele Bachmann? read more

Romney: Somebody's that's fallen from the middle class to poverty in my opinion is still middle class

01/03/12 01:32PM

Today is caucus day in Iowa, and we were there bright and early at Java Joe's in Des Moines.We had a big show, and Mitt Romney even stopped by on what will no doubt be a busy day for him.Here's one thing he had to say on how he'd help the country's poor and working class if elected president.“I want to make sure we have a safety net that cares for those that are poor. But I want to get those that are poor into the middle class. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, January 3, 2012

01/03/12 06:20AM

MITT, THE PAISLEY TIGERBY FRANK BRUNINEW YORK TIMESTo watch deliver his gauzy stump speech is to behold a beautifully framed, impeccably coiffed blur: a vague shimmer of presidential-looking light that means everything and nothing. The takeaway from the speech? Romney good. America great. Obama bad. America in trouble. He doesn’t delve into the soporific specifics pouring out of Rick Santorum, who wouldn’t know a sound bite if it ripped off his sweater vest. So you can fill in the blanks as you like. read more