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Newt Gingrich, GOP Frontrunner, Plays Campaign-Cash Catch Up

When it comes to polls, Newt Gingrich is a strong frontrunner. New surveys in Iowa and South Carolina show him lapping the rest of the Republican presidential field and holding strong double digit leads. But when it comes to money, the essential for running an effective modern campaign, Gingrich is still not a top-tier candidate. He's working to fix that, however.
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Before Obama Invites Teddy Roosevelt Comparisons, Read TR's Words

In what's been called the most important political speech of his career, Roosevelt made the case for a "new nationalism" that emphasized "equality of opportunity."
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Former PG County Exec Jack Johnson Sentenced To 7 Years

Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson was sentenced to 7 years in prison, 3 years of probation, and $100,000 fine on federal corruption charges in a U.S. District Court Tuesday.

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Sources: Harry Thomas Jr. May Be Asked To Take Leave Of Absence

D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. may be asked ot take a paid leave of absence after his home was raided by FBI and IRS authorities Dec. 2.

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Romney Leads In N.H. Ahead Of Primary

Steve Inskeep talks with Andrew Smith, a political scientist at University of New Hampshire, about the New Hampshire primary and how the Republican race at this point compares to 2007. Smith says none of the current candidates are doing what John McCain did to come back from the dead and win New Hampshire — instead, they appear to have ceded to Mitt Romney early in the game.
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In Kansas, Obama Invites Teddy Roosevelt Analogies

The president delivers an economic speech Tuesday in Osawatomie, Kan., where Roosevelt issued a call for a "New Nationalism" 101 years ago. The memorable phrase from Roosevelt's speech is "a square deal," which includes a distribution of wealth that benefits the whole community. Obama is hoping to sound a similar note.
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Maryland Case May Discourage Political Dirty Tricks

A campaign manager for former Gov. Bob Ehrlich is charged with using fraud to dissuade voters from going to the polls on Election Day last year. The case could affect how many dirty tricks voters will see in upcoming elections.

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