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Newt Gingrich on CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday said he was “delighted” that Mitt Romney picked up an endorsement from the Des Moines Register. Gingrich earlier received an endorsement from the New Hampshire Union Leader. Gingrich called the Union Leader a solidly conservative paper, and the Des Moines Register a reliably liberal newspaper.

“I think it shows who the conservative in the race is,” Gingrich said.

Just before 7 a.m., Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed a document, officially ending the Iraq War. Pentagon press secretary George Little tweeted:

At 6:59 A.M., Secretary Panetta approved the order officially ending the Iraq war: EXORD 1003 Victor, Mod 9.

h/t The Hill.

Just weeks before Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses, the Hawkeye State's largest newspaper has endorsed Mitt Romney.

The Des Moines Register editorial board lauded Romney's "sobriety, wisdom and judgment." The former Massachusetts governor stands out from the rest of the pack because he doesn't tack to the far right to please primary voters, the paper writes.

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AFP reports:

Tehran has arrested an alleged US Central Intelligence Agency spy of Iranian origin before he could complete his mission of infiltrating the intelligence ministry, media quoted the ministry as saying on Saturday.

Minnesota's Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch abruptly resigned from her leadership post this week, and there are now allegations that she had an "inappropriate relationship" with a subordinate staffer.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Koch's fellow Republicans confronted her about the alleged relationship. When Koch was confronted, she neither confirmed nor denied the relationship. "I think I need to consider resigning," she said, according to the paper.

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