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Haaretz, a major liberal newspaper in Israel, reports:



Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who is leading the polls in advance of next Tuesday’s Republican caucuses in Iowa, denies allegations that he has promoted anti-Semitism, saying that this would be “a betrayal of my own intellectual heritage.”

“Any kind of racism or anti-Semitism is incompatible with my philosophy,” Paul said in an interview with Haaretz, conducted by email. “Ludwig von Mises, the great economist whose writing helped inspire my political career, was a Jew who was forced to leave his native Austria to escape the Nazis. Mises wrote about the folly of seeing people as part of groups rather than as individuals,” Paul said.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a lot of problems on his plate right now, not the least of which are two ongoing investigations surrounding a Latino military veteran who died after a brief stay in his officers' custody.

So it begs the question: How could the Arizona sheriff find time to jet to Iowa this week for two days of campaigning on behalf of presidential hopeful Rick Perry?

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Newt Gingrich told CNN recently he wouldn’t vote for Ron Paul if Paul was the GOP nominee. Mitt Romney took the opposite tack when asked what he would do if Paul wins it all in the primary race, and accused Gingrich of flip-flopping.

“I’ve said, Speaker Gingrich has said, that anyone on the debate stage would be better than the incumbent,” Romney told reporters after an Iowa campaign stop. “I continue to say that.”

Romney noted he and Paul, the current frontrunner in Iowa polling, “disagree” on many topics. But Romney said that wouldn’t stop him from pulling the lever for Paul in a general election battle.

“Relative to President Obama I like Ron Paul,” Romney said.

It may surprise you, but there was a time Rick Perry was supposed to be the jobs candidate. Remember the Texas Miracle?

Anyway, those days are long gone. As the clock ticks down to the Iowa caucuses, Rick Perry has been leaning, hard, on the social stuff, leaving the Texas Miracle (as well as the talk about Social Security being a Ponzi scheme) in the dust.

In his latest grab for the social conservative voters that are so important in Iowa, Perry -- strictly pro-life for years -- found a way to move to the right on abortion.

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At a campaign stop in Iowa Wednesday, Mitt Romney reiterated his promise to cut the National Endowment for the Arts as well as PBS funding and other programs as part of his plan to balance the budget.

“No, we’re not going to kill Big Bird,” Romney, who said he personally “love[s]” PBS, told the town hall at a diner in Clinton, IA. “But Big Bird is going to have to have advertisements.”

At a townhall in Dubuque, Iowa, Santorum pledged that, as president, “I will never blame Barack Obama for the problems that we confront in my administration.” He continued that it looks weak on the part of the president to blame everyone else for your problems.

A Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich is going negative against Mitt Romney in a major way, sending out mailers to Iowans calling the former governor the "second most dangerous man in America."

The group, Strong America Now, claims in the letter, which was obtained by NBC News, that Romney "will perpetuate Obama's slide into financial crisis," noting that he "has refused to sign a pledge to eliminate the deficit by the end of his first term in office" and that "Romney's plan comes nowhere close to eliminating the federal deficit - at any point."

A pledge for positive campaigning has been a major feature of Newt's latest brand and the former Speaker recently promised to personally condemn any Super PAC that attacked his rivals.

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As former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has faded in Iowa following a barrage of negative ads, the latest polls show the race coming down to Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney. Numbers out from Public Policy Polling (D) on Tuesday night show that while Gingrich has dropped in the state, GOP voters are moving to Romney as an alternative while Paul builds slightly on the support he's been building for months. The survey shows Paul with 24 percent of likely Iowa caucus-goers, Romney with 20, and Gingrich 13. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) sees 11 percent support, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum both get ten percent. The rest of the field is in single digits.

"If Ron Paul really manages to change the electorate by turning out large numbers of young people and independents he should win Iowa," said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling in a release. "If it's a more traditional turnout with an older electorate, Romney will probably win. And given his personal popularity it's worth keeping an eye on Santorum in the final week."

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Speaking in Mason City, Iowa, 6 days before the caucuses, Gingrich stressed just how pro-ethanol he is: “In 1986, I voted to renew ethanol. In 1992, when big oil tried to kill ethanol, Sen. Grassley said I was the one who saved it.”

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