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What we're watching: Thu., Dec. 29, 2011

The Rev.

The Rev. Al Sharpton sparred with Rick Santorum on msnbc's Morning Joe on Thursday.

Mitt Romney wrapped up the last of three events in Iowa Wednesday by permitting himself a rare moment of giddiness.

An outside group that had promised to back Michele Bachmann is instead airing ads on behalf of Mitt Romney.

Rick Santorum is looking to capitalize on a new poll showing him with growing support in Iowa.

Mitt Romney is airing an optimistic new ad in Iowa during the last days before the caucuses.

Newt Gingrich has raked in roughly $9 million for the last three months of the year, far more than any previous quarter.

When the debate over the extension of the payroll tax returns in February, more Americans give Democrats the edge.

It’s been an awful year, but the vast majority of Americans are optimistic about 2012.

If Mitt Romney has his way, toddlers could be getting a dose of fast food advertising with their Bert and Ernie.

Red State's Eric Erickson: No Surprise, Iowa Social Conservatives Are About To Shoot Us All in the Foot Again

Ron Paul's campaign touts endorsement of an Iowa pastor who believes in imposing the death penalty on homosexuals.

Ron Paul's campaign moves to defend Kent Sorenson's defection from Michele Bachmann's campaign.

Who won the day? Rick Santorum.

Michele Bachmann accused her former Iowa chairman, Kent Sorenson, of betraying her for financial reasons.

CNN Poll: Santorum Surges In Iowa As Romney And Paul Battle For First.

Michele Bachmann Iowa campaign leader Kent Sorenson announced that he is leaving Bachmann’s campaign to join Ron Paul.