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Newt Gingrich Pushes Back Against Negative Ads

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's poll numbers in Iowa continue to fall — in large part due to a barrage of negative ads over the last month attacking him. So after previously saying he'd only run a positive campaign, Gingrich is now hitting back.

Romney Looks To Finish Strong In Iowa Caucuses

Concluding that he can win the Iowa caucuses, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney spent the weekend campaigning in western Iowa, a mostly conservative region. After months of making only periodic visits to the state, Romney is making an aggressive final push through Iowa.

2012 GOP Presidential Primary Season Designed To Slow Emergence Of Winner

Unlike GOP presidential primary seasons of the past, the one that begins in Iowa Tuesday was actually designed to slow down the emergence of a winner by stretching out the calendar and altering the delegate allocation rules. It will take until March 24 to allocate a bare majority of the delegates.

It's Almost Caucus Time: Candidates Hone Last-Minute Messages

As the hours tick away toward Tuesday evening's first important contest of the 2012 presidential election season, the frontrunners are looking to hold their positions and the rest are trying to survive to fight again next week In New Hampshire.

'Lonely' Jon Huntsman Won't Be Solo In N.H. Much Longer

While the other GOP contenders focus on Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, the former Utah governor continues to concentrate on next week's New Hampshire primary. But he's going to have company in the Granite State very soon.

A Quick Look At The Year Ahead

As the new year gets under way, we take a quick temperature check on some key areas to see what the prognosis might be. The topics: politics — domestic and global — and economics.

2012: A Better Year, Unless Europe's Debt Blows It Up

The year that passed disappointed both investors and job seekers. Economists think the new year will be a bit better, with GDP growth rising to 2.4 percent. Much depends on European leaders' ability to fix the ongoing debt crisis; they may find a solution in 2012, but consequences are dire if not.

2012 Elections May Settle Scores In The Senate, Too

While all focus on has been on the future of the White House, the fate of the Senate hangs in the balance of 2012 as well. Host Audie Cornish talks with Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report about what's at stake in the U.S. Senate.