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Obama gives Brewer's book a thumbs-down review

During his brief stop in Arizona to sell his plan for boosting the nation's manufacturing base, President Obama delighted in the balmy Arizona weather, but he probably wasn't expecting a hot-tempered exchange with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer right after Air Force One touched down in Phoenix.

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, greets audience members after speaking at the National Gypsum Company in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Romney PAC spends over 5M in single day

The super PAC that has provided much of the muscle for Mitt Romney's presidential bid spent $5.3 million on Tuesday alone, disclosures filed Wednesday showed. Even in a state with multiple major media markets, the sum will be tough to reckon with.

**FILE** Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican (Associated Press)

McCain raps Obama ahead of Arizona visit

Sen. John McCain welcomed President Obama to Arizona ahead of his Wednesday afternoon visit, but called on the president to make it more than a quick campaign stop, imploring him to spend some time addressing the negative impact his administration's policies are having on jobs and immigration.

** FILE ** Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (left) and Sen. John McCain shake hands during a Romney presidential campaign stop in Manchester, N.H., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

McCain: 'There's been way too many debates'

Sen. John McCain, Republicans' 2008 presidential nominee, said Wednesday that there have been too many debates in the GOP's nomination battle this year, saying it's different than the general election where debates are limited.

On the day of his State of the Union address, President Obama walks Jan. 24, 2012, from the Oval Office along the Colonnade of the White House. (Associated Press)

Obama to frame 2012 as a pivotal moment for the middle class

President Obama plans to frame 2012 — both the year and implicitly the campaign — as a "make-or-break moment for the middle class and those trying to reach it" in Tuesday night's State of the Union address, according to a copy of White House talking points circulated to his supporters and obtained by The Washington Times.

Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks Jan. 23, 2012, at the River Church in Tampa, Fla. (Associated Press)

Gingrich: Romney puts more 'baloney' on the table

Newt Gingrich pushed back against Mitt Romney's criticism of the consulting work the former House speaker did on behalf of Freddie Mac, saying that the former Massachusetts governor has moved from spouting "pious baloney" to spouting "desperate baloney."