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The United States' economy grew by only 2 percent in the third quarter, the AP and Reuters report. It was earlier estimated to have grown at 2.5 percent.

Gov. Mitt Romney welcomed President Obama to the Granite State on Tuesday with an open letter. After acknowledging that the president took over the office during difficult times, Romney went on the attack.

“But we now have had three years to watch your policies unfold and to assess their results,” Romney wrote. “The evidence is in and it is unequivocal. I will be blunt. Your policies have failed. It is bad enough that they have fallen short even by the standards your own administration set for itself. But things are much worse than that. Far from bringing the crisis to an end, your policies have actively hindered economic recovery.”

He concludes that “America deserves better.”

The AP reports:

Turkey’s prime minister said Tuesday that Syria’s president must step down over the country’s crackdown on dissent, ratcheting up the pressure on the increasingly isolated Bashar Assad, as Syrian activists reported that four children were killed by security forces.

Michele Bachmann took to Fox and Friends Tuesday morning and said President Obama was “AWOL” during the critical moments of the deficit committee’s negotiations, the AP reports. Obama, Bachamnn said, “blames the people who are in the middle of the problem. We didn’t see this coming?”

When he takes the stage for yet another debate tonight Mitt Romney will face a new frontrunner: Newt Gingrich. Keep an eye out for what we're calling The Reagan Gap.

Gingrich has gotten where he is on the strength of his performance on the debate stage -- or, more to the point, his ability to use the debate as a means to mind meld with the GOP base. While Romney has held his own in the debates, he hasn't been able to use the forums catapult past the less conservative-friendly bits of his image like Gingrich has.

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Last week brought a survey from Magellan Strategies that showed a new result in the New Hampshire Republican primary -- former Mass Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich were locked in a statistical tie for first place among a large sample of nearly 750 GOP primary voters. But a new poll from Suffolk University released Monday night found the race to be essentially where its always been, Romney with about two-fifths of the electorate and the rest of the field duking it out for the balance.

Romney leads the GOP field with 41 percent in the Suffolk poll, followed by Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) tied for second with 14 percent each. The other GOP candidates were each in single digits.

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Jose Pimentel, the "lone wolf" arrested in the terror sting run by the New York Police Department, smoked marijuana with the NYPD's cooperating informant in the case, an official familiar with the sting tells TPM.

An official with the local prosecutor's office said they were personally unaware of the marijuana detail on Monday afternoon. The NYPD did not respond to a request for comment. The marijuana detail was also reported by the New York Times on Monday night.

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President Obama on Monday threatened to veto any effort to avoid the automatic spending cuts triggered by the deficit super committee's failure to reach a deal.

Obama -- who spoke for about four minutes and took no questions -- placed the blame for the committee's failure to reach a deal on Republicans, saying that Democrats offered concessions on entitlement programs, but Republicans wouldn't budge. Obama added that, one way or another, the U.S. will trim the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years -- a goal the super committee originally sought to achieve.

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University of California-Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi on Monday apologized to students for last week's pepper-spraying incident, where a campus police officer at point-blank range sprayed down a group of sitting protesters.

"I feel horrible for what happened on Friday, Katehi told a rally of students. "If you think you don't want to be students in a university like we had Friday, I'm just telling you, I don't want to be the chancellor of the university we had on Friday."

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