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FROM THE BLOGS:

GOP rising in key swing states
Susan Page at USA Today
has the latest polling from the battleground states, and she reports that Republicans are winning in enthusiasm and that both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are leading President Obama.
 
Senate GOP goes with old guard over Tea Party
Erick Erickson at Red State
says the Senate GOP elected a K Street veteran over a Tea Party favorite to be the new vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.

Jon Huntsman’s path to the GOP nomination
He’s well behind in all of the polls, but Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight lays out dark horse Jon Huntsman’s path to the GOP nomination.

Romney claimed to be “progressive” in 2002
Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner details the troubles Mitt Romney now faces after a video surfaced of him claiming to be “progressive.”


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

House GOP passes payroll tax bill
House Republicans passed a bill with a one-year extension of the payroll tax cut, sending the bill to Senate Democrats, who have vowed to reject a number of its provisions, report Russell Berman and Molly K. Hooper at The Hill.

Gingrich Iowa staffer resigns after calling Mormonism a 'cult'
Newt Gingrich’s political director in Iowa resigned after calling Mormonism a “cult,” reports Josh Lederman at The Hill.

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