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Stephen Colbert Wants You To Know: That's Definitely Not His SuperPAC

Stephen Colbert had a superPAC. Jon Stewart has it now. But they're totally not coordinating with each other — or so they explain when parodying campaign finance laws as part of Colbert's latest operation.
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Gingrich, Santorum Shine, Romney Doesn't At Last Debate Before S.C. Primary

Based on what they needed to get done in the Charleston, S.C. debate, Santorum and Gingrich probably had the best nights while it worked out less well for Romney. Gingrich, dealing with the fallout of an ex-wife's sordid accusation, had a choice, he could be contrite or go after the media. He decided if there was going to be a villain in the piece, it would be the media, not him.
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Iowa Republicans To The GOP: Please Don't Ask Us Who Won

How embarrassing for Iowa GOP officials. How embarrassing for Iowa Republicans as a party. How embarrassing for Iowa. But who told the world to hold its breath earlier this month, awaiting the latest word on who had edged ahead in the Iowa caucuses? That would have been us. The news folks.
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The Cain Train Is Back On Track In S.C., With Colbert As Conductor

The former presidential hopeful has the help of comedian Stephen Colbert and his superPAC Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow. A poll paid by his PAC found 18 percent in South Carolina are "kinda somewhat likely" to vote for Herman Cain.
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Last GOP Debate Before S.C. Primary Could Produce Political Fireworks

If there's ever been a presidential debate with as much news happening in the hours before the event, it's hard to remember when. Within hours we've learned that Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the race; that Rick Santorum may actually have won the Iowa caucuses; that Newt Gingrich's second wife alleged he demanded an open marriage, and that Gingrich was also gaining on Mitt Romney in polls.
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Big-City Mayors Dig In To Food Policy

Cities are getting into food policy as a means to make it easier for their residents to get healthy food. Funding is also an issue, with billions of USDA dollars flowing to food and health programs.
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Billionaire Foster Friess Discusses Campaign Finance

Robert Siegel talks to billionaire Foster Friess. He's a major backer of the Red, White and Blue Fund — the super PAC that's supporting Republican presidential candidate, Rick Santorum.
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Perry Drops Out Of Presidential Race

Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the Republican presidential race. He threw his support behind former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
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New Results In Iowa Point To Virtual Tie

The Iowa Republican Party Thursday certified the results from the Jan. 3 caucuses. They show Rick Santorum 34 votes ahead of Mitt Romney. The original results had Romney eight votes ahead of Santorum. But the party said a winner could not be declared, because the results from eight precincts could not be located for certification. Santorum claimed victory anyway.
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Politics Wrap Up: Perry, Santorum, Gingrich's Ex Wife

A big day in presidential politics: Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the race. Certified results from the Iowa caucuses show former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum finished ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, but party officials are calling it a tie. And Newt Gingrich's second wife sat down with ABC News for an interview about their marriage and messy divorce. All this comes on the same day the four remaining candidates gather in Charleston, S.C. for a debate. Robert Siegel discusses it all with NPR's Mara Liasson in Charleston.

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