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Mitt Romney, in his first Sunday morning news show appearance in almost two years, sat down for a wide-ranging, but tame, interview on Fox News Sunday.

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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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