What we’re watching: Tue., Dec. 27, 2011

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A Tea Party Texan is blaming a “failure to communicate” for the payroll tax debacle.

Rick Santorum still can’t get any respect in Iowa.

When it comes to TV ads in Iowa, Rick Perry is the king of the airwaves.

Mitt Romney’s claim that Obama hasn’t created any new jobs is false.

The Republican presidential field returns from the Christmas weekend at full speed.

Mitt Romney’s new ad in Iowa promises smaller government and the end of “Obamacare.”

Sears plans to close between 100-120 Sears and Kmart stores after poor holiday sales.

Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have failed to qualify for the Virginia GOP presidential primary.

The woman who sent Rep. Peter King a pig’s foot was shot to death by police.

Despite the late hour, Bill Kristol pleads for someone else to jump into the GOP race.

Romney strategist: “I don’t see any scenario where we’re not the nominee.”

Newly recovered court files are casting doubt on Newt Gingrich’s version of his first divorce.

Ron Paul may disown the views of extremists, but he doesn’t disavow their support.

Gallup’s tracking poll shows President Obama’s approval rating in positive territory.

Despite promising to maintain a positive campaign, Newt Gingrich has finally gone negative.

What we're watching: Tue., Dec. 27, 2011

Updated