What we’re watching: Fri., Dec. 30, 2011

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Newt Gingrich teared up during a campaign stop today, speaking about his late mother in front of a group of mothers in Des Moines.

Nothing quite so illustrates the rightward lurch of the GOP than the demonization of candidates who backed George W. Bush.

The first “American Idol” has announced who she wants to be the next president, but her choice isn’t helping her image.

Mitt Romney is trying to come across as a man of the people ahead of the Iowa caucus.

DNC: Mitt Romney’s Marie Antoinette charge ”laughable” coming from “quarter-billion-dollar man.”

Michele Bachmann revealed that the AR-15 assault rifle was her favorite gun, saying “I love it.”

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) says he agrees that Rep. Ron Paul’s views on national security are “dangerous.”

Fox Latin America has apologized for a poll on whether Jews killed Jesus Christ that one of its staffers put on a Facebook page.

Veterans of the 2008 New Hampshire campaign have wondered when the Union Leader would try to repeat the daily, front-page battery of Mitt Romney that it accomplished last cycle. 

The Daily’s Dan Hirschhorn spots a new arrival on the Iowa super PAC scene: a group headed by Family Leader official (and Santorum endorser) Chuck Hurley.”

Christian conservative activist David Lane is alarmed that the Drudge Report and Ann Coulter have “decided that Newt is the enemy” and are “going all out for Romney.” 

A judge in Wisconsin has ruled that Democratic recall organizers cannot challenge a lawsuit brought by the state GOP against election officials.

Right-wing bloggers and Fox News have managed to squeeze in one more liberal conspiracy theory before the end of 2011.  

Mitt Romney says a remark by President Obama on the economy reminded him of of Marie Antoinette famous quote, “Let them eat cake.” 

    Mitt Romney unveiled plans Thursday for an aggressive finishing sprint in Iowa designed to lock down a victory in Tuesday’s caucuses.

    NBC poll: Mitt Romney, Ron Paul neck-and-neck in Iowa; Newt Gingrich in fifth!

    What we're watching: Fri., Dec. 30, 2011

    Updated