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Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during a South Carolina Republican presidential primary night rally, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Columbia, S.C. Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Romney team hits Gingrich over Freddie money

Looking to slow former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's momentum after his victory in the South Carolina primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential team called Monday for Mr. Gingrich to release the consulting contracts he held with housing giant Freddie Mac — just before airing a blisteringly critical television spot here ahead of the state's Jan. 31 primary.

** FILE ** President Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, during a forum on jobs. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama backs Roe v. Wade on anniversary

On the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion, President Obama said Sunday he remains "committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right."

** FILE ** This video image provided by the Office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shows Giffords announcing her plans to resign, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Office of Gabrielle Giffords)

Obama reacts to Giffords resignation

Reacting to Rep. Gabby Giffords' Sunday announcement that she plans to resign from Congress this week, President Obama thanked her for her service and said she embodies the "best of what public service should be."

Vice President Joseph R. Biden speaks Jan. 19, 2012, at Galena High School in Reno, Nev. (Associated Press)

Biden: Obama cares but doesn't 'emote'

President Obama feels deeply about the economic struggles of Americans even though he doesn't "emote" often, Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. told supporters at a fundraiser in Los Angeles Friday.

**FILE** Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Biden to S.F.: Pelosi in, 49ers out

In a single campaign event Wednesday in San Francisco, Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. predicted hometown Rep. Nancy Pelosi would become speaker again and the hometown 49ers would lose to the New York Giants.

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds up an old campaign poster of his father George Romney, which a supporter handed him to sign during a campaign rally Jan. 18, 2012, on the Wofford College campus in Spartanburg, S.C. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Romney enjoys a flashback to 1968

As Mitt Romney signed shiny new campaign posters on Wednesday, one voter handed him a yellowed flier that bore the name "George Romney" — a leftover from the campaign Mitt's father waged for the GOP nomination in 1968.