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On The Hill, Gingrich Made Friends And Enemies

Newt Gingrich has spent decades weaving relationships in and around government — starting with his successful campaign to win the House majority back in the early 1990s. Some of his most ardent supporters now worked with him back then — but some of his angriest opponents did, too.
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As Governor, Romney Balanced Budget By Hiking Fees

Mitt Romney says that as governor of Massachusetts, he toed the Republican line and refused to raise taxes. But how was Romney able to govern a cash-strapped state for four years? We take a closer look at his actual record on taxes.
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New Gary, Ind., Mayor Has A Big Job Ahead Of Her

Karen Freeman-Wilson is the first African-American woman ever to be elected mayor in the state of Indiana. But she isn't interested in that symbolism. As Gary's new mayor, Freeman-Wilson says her goal is to make Gary "the next comeback story in the Rust Belt."
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D.C. Council Digs In On Corporate Contributions

Campaign filings show the D.C. Council is relying more on corporate contributions for their campaigns than in years past, which calls into question their resistance to closing the LLC loophole in ethics legislation.

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As Caucuses Loom, Iowans Bemoan Lack of Face Time

The first contest of the election season usually has candidates swarming Iowa, but they've spent fewer hours in the Hawkeye State this year. Money plays a role. And candidates may be relying more on exposure through the many televised debates than in years past.
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The Hill: Loss For Tea Party Republicans, Federal Funding Squabbles

Roy Blunt defeated Ron Johnson for the highly contested position of Vice Chairman of the Republican Conference Tuesday, which could signal the tack the GOP takes in the 2012 election.

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Why Candidates Aren't Campaigning As Hard In Iowa

With three weeks to go until the Iowa caucuses kick off the Republican nominating contest, the candidates are not registering much of a presence in Iowa.
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Analysis: Rich To Benefit Most In Gingrich Tax Plan

Newt Gingrich's plan to rewrite the nation's tax policy hasn't gotten as much attention as some of his other proposals, but according to a new analysis it would require sweeping changes to the government. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center found that 70 percent of Americans would see their taxes go down.

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