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Scarborough: Newt re-elects Barack Obama under any scenario

12/13/11 12:57PM

Joe Scarborough: “Yesterday, Glenn Beck said something that I guarantee you a lot of small government conservatives like me have thought. And that is: If I have to choose between Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich – a guy that George Will said would make a marvelous Marxist and who is the opposite of being a small government conservative – if Ron... read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, December 13, 2011

12/13/11 12:19PM

THE RYAN PRIMARYBY ROBERT COSTANATIONAL REVIEWRyan, the influential budget-committee chairman, may not endorse a candidate before January, but the competition to be seen as a Ryan ally is intense, says one GOP insider. Romney’s latest ads, the insider says, are part of what Republican strategists dub the “Ryan primary,” with Romney and... read more

Top Talker: Romney and Gingrich Throw Punches

12/13/11 09:41AM

Mitt Romney is working to push back against Newt Gingrich, suggesting the former house speaker should return the $1.6 million his firm was paid for advising mortgage giant Freddie Mac. But Gingrich's response to Romney was just as aggressive.  He slammed Romney's career at venture capital firm, Bain Capital...while taking a shot at... read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, Dec. 13th

12/13/11 05:57AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Two Army helicopters crash at Washington base, four soldiers killedOccupy protests disrupt West Coast portsSouth is up for grabs for GOPMitt Romney steps up attacks on Newt GingrichSandusky hearing may bring testimony by accusersCanada withdrawing... read more

Tina Brown: Newt captures the viscera...

Tina Brown: Newt captures the viscera people want

12/12/11 07:00PM

Newsweek's Tina Brown joins Morning Joe to discuss why people may not want Newt Gingrich come general election time, but at the moment, people want to feel angry, and that is why they like Gingrich. And new USA Today/Gallup polling shows swing states... watch

GOP Sen. Lee: Compromise 'an inevitability'

GOP Sen. Lee: Compromise 'an inevitability'

12/12/11 07:00PM

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, joins Morning Joe to discuss the likelihood of Congress passing new laws before the election, a balanced budget amendment, bipartisan action in the Senate, and why "compromise is an inevitability in any legislative discussion." watch

Will Mitt learn to toughen up against...

Will Mitt learn to toughen up against Gingrich?

12/12/11 07:00PM

Top Talkers: Conservative radio host Michael Savage offers Newt Gingrich $1M to drop out of the GOP race, and Mitt Romney is calling on Gingrich to return the money Gingrich made advising mortgage giant Freddie Mac. And, of course, Gingrich fires back. watch

Is the GOP suffering from 'American Idol'...

Is the GOP suffering from 'American Idol' syndrome?

12/12/11 07:00PM

How does the Republican Party of 2012 stack up against the Republican Party of 2008? How has reality TV culture impacted politics? Why does the GOP reward fiery rhetoric? What kind of candidate is the GOP looking for in the '12 election?  MSNBC's Steve... watch

SIMI VALLEY, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  (L-R) Newt Gingrich and Callista Gingrich pose in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on February 7, 2011 in Simi Valley, California.  (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)

Newt: Defender of his marriage and, of course, DOMA

12/12/11 02:56PM

Our friends over at Politico just let it be known that Newt Gingrich has recently made a pledge -- a pledge he initially wouldn't sign. A pledge that may make a couple of folks snicker.Seems as though Newt is ready to make a pledge to be faithful to his wife. This is at least per his pledge to the Iowa social conservative group The Family... read more

Bright spot for Romney in South Carolina and Florida?

12/12/11 12:40PM

Chuck Todd, NBC News: “The most important things I’ve learned from the South Carolina and the Florida Republican primary polls are the fact that if there is one piece of good news for Mitt Romney it’s that Ron Paul hanging out in the race does take more votes from Newt if it becomes a one-on-one. And Romney needs all the help he can get to lower... read more

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