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Rick Perry: Apparently not a fan of gays in the military

12/07/11 03:51PM

Rick Perry seems to not be taking his dip in popularity sitting down.Think Progress took note today on their Twitter account of a Texas Tribune blog post pointing us to a new Perry campaign ad that appears to be aimed at stirring the hearts of social conservatives by calling up the DADT repeal and school prayer.While walking on a bucolic stretch of land with some inspiring Danny Elfman-ish score, Perry informs us:"I'm not ashamed to admit I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military, read more

Mike Barnicle says "People don't care if you're rich; they just don't want to be poor"

12/07/11 02:54PM

Barnicle knocks it out of the park with this observation:Mike Barnicle: “I thought that the underlying theme of the speech is going to be the underlying current of American life and politics next year. And it’s the fairness issue. People have a sense that something has gone off the trolley tracks over the last 10 or 12 years or maybe even longer. And it’s the fairness issue; things just aren’t fair. I don’t think your average person cares whether you’re rich; they just don’t want to be poor. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, December 7, 2011

12/07/11 09:29AM

GETTING TO A BROKERED CONVENTION  BY ERICK ERICKSONRED STATEI’d take DeMint or Bush in a heartbeat, but let’s be clear what this is: wishful thinking. We go to war with the army we have and we go to the ballot box with the field we have. As much as I wouldn’t mind a brokered convention, I don’t think it will happen — though miracles do still happen. Also, I should note that a candidate getting in now might hit the Rick Perry problem and not actually be ready for prime time. read more

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at a news conference in New York.

Top Talker: An Uphill battle for Gingrich?

12/07/11 09:13AM

A new nationwide Gallup poll shows Newt Gingrich topping the GOP field with 37% support... up 15 points from mid-November. Mitt Romney remains steady at 22%...15 points behind Gingrich. The latest New York Times/CBS News poll shows Gingrich with 31% support in Iowa ... about 14 points ahead of Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. In the same poll, when Iowa caucus-goers are asked which Republican candidate has the best chance at beating President Obama, Gingrich and Romney are in a statistical tie. read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, Dec. 7th

12/07/11 05:54AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Obama takes populist economic message to the heartland'Silent coup' rumors swirl as Zardari leaves PakistanUS citizen slain in Afghan suicide attacksUS marks 70th anniversary of Pearl HarborAlec Baldwin kicked off plane at LAXGeithner sees encouraging progress in EuropeRepublicans split on Democratic plan to extend payroll tax cutMitt Romney to make ‘closing argument’ and mount more aggressive campaignThom Yorke, Massive Attack play Occupy London party read more