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Friday, December 16, 2011

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Romney Performs Well In Iowa Debate -
in the last Republican presidential candidate debate prior to the Iowa caucuses. Gingrich held his own, but did not excel. The others are still hoping to receive the boost needed to perform well in the upcoming caucuses and primaries. has their 8 takeaways here.

Mark Halperin of has his grades here.

Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post is here. has their take here.


S. Carolina Governor Haley Endorses Romney -
Tea Party favorite Nikki Haley made it official on Fox News. A plus for Romney prior to the S. Carolina primary next month. has more here.


F.B.I. Considered Sting Against Gingrich -
the Washington Post is reporting the F.B.I. considered a sting operation against House Speaker Newt Gingrich in regard to influence peddling in regard to cash for arms. The operation was called off after the F.B.I. determined Gingrich had no knowledge of the issue. The Washington Post has more here.

This story appears as Gingrich leads in polls of Republican contenders for president.


Agreement Reached on Spending Bill - waiting until the last possible moment, Congressional leaders reached agreement on a one trillion omnibus spending bill. One sticking point to Democrats was a provision to restrict travel and money being sent to Cuba which Republicans dropped from the bill. The restrictions had been relaxed in the early days of the Obama administration. has more here.


Congressional Incumbents in Trouble? - a new PEW Poll shows two-thirds of voters believe incumbent members of Congress should not be reelected. In a positive sign for Democrats, Independents feel Republicans are more extreme in their positions and less honest and ethical than Democrats. has more here.


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