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Ron Paul takes Iowa lead, faces scrutiny over newsletters

12/22/11 01:38PM

A new Iowa State University/Gazette/KCRG poll has Ron Paul in the lead in Iowa with 27.5 of likely voters supporting him. But a rise in the polls also means increased scrutiny, and the panel discusses why Paul may have to answer to questionable past newsletters written in his name. John Heilemann: “Back in 2008, David Plouffe said that every candidate gets their time in the barrel. Right around the time when it looked like Barack Obama was going to win in the spring of 2008 he said it was their time in the barrel now. Rev. Jeremiah Wright happened. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Thursday, December 22, 2011

12/22/11 01:25PM

HUNTSMAN IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR GOPCONCORD MONITOREDITORIALHuntsman, a consistent but never doctrinaire conservative, would present the greatest challenge to Obama. If elected, he would provide mature, informed and steady leadership. He has a track record as governor of bringing all sides together to create an economic climate that helped his state prosper. And he has experience garnered while serving four presidents, starting with Ronald Reagan. Combine the foreign policy experience of all the other candidates in the race and Huntsman would top it. read more

Morning Headlines: Thursday, Dec. 22nd

12/22/11 05:51AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Ron Paul takes lead in latest Iowa pollRomney: If Newt can't take the heat, how can he beat Obama?Dozens die in wave of attacks as Iraq's sectarian crisis ragesBofA to pay $335 million in Countrywide settlementDemocrats seek victory in payroll tax cut fightObama calls Boehner to press him on payroll tax cut extensionWal-Mart pulls powdered formula after Mo. baby's deathArmy charges 8 in wake of death of a fellow G.I. read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, Dec. 21st

12/21/11 05:57AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?As Congress exits, payroll tax hike nearsFor Obama, best vacation may be in D.C.CNN Poll: Obama gains strength in 2012 matchupsNYT: US commander says troops may stay in Afghanistan past 2014Obama to Boehner: Pass the Senate payroll tax cut nowNewt Gingrich tells gay Iowan to vote for President ObamaOpposition says scores killed in Syria, demands U.N. actionWith rise, Ron Paul could be spoiler in GOP presidential race — or kingmaker read more

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