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Must Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, December 6, 2011

12/06/11 02:22PM

FAMILIARITY BREEDS NEWT BY FRANK BRUNINEW YORK TIMESRepublican strategists who were never persuaded that Michele Bachmann posed a credible threat, and who maintained a similar skepticism about Cain, say that the Gingrich challenge is different, and that he could really be the one to ruin things for Romney. For Democrats, that would be a godsend. The benefits of familiarity wouldn’t work as well for Gingrich in the general election, where he’d be a more polarizing figure than Romney, whose blandness and ideological squishiness have an upside... read more

Rep. Michele Bachmann talks with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski in the msnbc hallway.

Michele Bachmann: We are perfectly positioned to win

12/06/11 02:04PM

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.,: “I think we’re peeling back the layers right now. Just like two weeks ago everyone would’ve thought Herman Cain was our next president. Two months ago everyone would’ve thought Rick Perry is the next president. As the voters are looking at the candidates, they’re making their decision. And remember, 30 days is an eternity in this race. I think we are perfectly positioned to be able to win because people are going to see that I am the real deal. That’s what Tea Partiers are looking for. Who’s going to mean what they say and say what they mean? read more

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump shake hands after they met and spoke to the media in New York, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011.

Top Talker: Newt and Donald...The New Bromance

12/06/11 09:20AM

 Newt Gingrich spent Monday in New York City, visiting with real estate mogul Donald Trump. Speaking to reporters after their meeting, Gingrich defended Trump against attacks from Ron Paul, who says that Trump moderating a debate would create a “circus atmosphere.”   Gingrich is one of two Republican presidential hopefuls who have agreed to participate in Trump’s debate later this month.  Gingrich said,  "I'm actually very surprised that one of my friends would have said that ... this is a country of enormously wide-open talent. You know, Donald Trump is a great showman. read more

Will Newt collapse over time?

Will Newt collapse over time?

12/05/11 07:00PM

Must-Read Op-Eds: Mika Brzezinski reads from a Frank Bruni NYT column on Newt Gingrich and why his rise to the top of the GOP field would be a "godsend" for... watch

Mika Brzezinski: "Stop being so damn polite"

Mika Brzezinski: "Stop being so damn polite"

12/05/11 01:58PM

Mika Brzezinski, "Morning Joe" co-host and author of two best-selling books ("Knowing Your Value" and "All Things At Once"), has added "Cosmopolitan" columnist to her long list of accomplishments. Her monthly column, "Getting What You Want," touches on major career questions and obstacles facing young women today. In the December issue, Mika breaks the mold for young women in the working world, saying that 'tossing aside the distraction of worrying about winning a congeniality contest' ultimately allows one to focus and bring value to the workplace.Follow Mika on Twitter: @morningmika read more