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Romney: Newt should return Freddie money

Mitt Romney said Monday that Newt Gingrich should return the money he was paid working on behalf of Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored mortgage company that required a taxpayer bailout and has become a frequent target for conservative critics.

** FILE ** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican (Associated Press)

Rand Paul slams Gingrich, Romney in Iowa voter appeal

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a favorite of the tea party and son of GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul, warned Friday that the Republican Party would take a step back if it taps either of the race's two frontrunners, Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney, as its nominee in the 2012 race.

Illustration: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney

Romney ad: Gingrich is a conservative liability

With friends like Newt Gingrich, there's no need for the political left to hammer the conservative agenda — because the former House Speaker will do it for them. That's the message Mitt Romney's presidential team is pumping home in the new Web ad it released Friday.

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama curtails Christmas-in-Hawaii vacation plans

Under fire for planning a 17-day vacation in Hawaii over the holidays while the economy continues to sputter, President Obama Thursday pledged to stay in Washington until Congress passes a payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance extensions.

Poll: Gingrich surging in three key states

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich holds double-digit leads for the Republican presidential nomination over rival Mitt Romney in the key states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Romney drawing contrasts with Gingrich

Mitt Romney appears to be preparing for battle in the early nomination states, releasing an television ad this week that indirectly draws contrasts with blemishes from Newt Gingrich's professional and personal life.