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South Carolina kingmaker Sen. Jim DeMint is cautioning Newt Gingrich against keeping up the negative attacks on Mitt Romney. In an interview with Laura Ingraham on Wednesday, DeMint said the attacks aren’t helping the former House Speaker’s cause.

“I would encourage all the candidates, now let’s just be as positive as we can,” he said.

h/t Politico.

ROCK HILL, SC -- Newt Gingrich told me he's not worried about the blistering attack by Rush Limbaugh on his recent rhetoric attacking how Mitt Romney got rich. As he works to coalesce the fractured anti-Romney vote in South Carolina, I asked him after an event here if he was concerned that criticism from conservative icons like Limbaugh -- who said Monday that Gingrich "sounds like Elizabeth Warren" and is turning off his conservative base.

On his first stop since the New Hampshire primary, Newt Gingrich arrived here Wednesday morning to a press corps eager to hear more of his attacks on Romney. Gingrich basically steered clear of the tough stuff in a half-hour address to a 300 or so person crowd at a country club. He didn't even mention Romney's name. But afterwards, speaking to a press gaggle, he went hard after Romney again. And he shrugged off the fact that he's increasingly moving into Limbaugh's line of fire.

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It appears Newt Gingrich has had a slight change of heart. After berating Mitt Romney over his jobs record at Bain Capital, Newt is now saying that he thinks he and others should focus on painting Romney as a disingenuous conservative rather than attack him over free market issues, Politico reports. Prompted by a question from a Santorum supporter who implored Gingrich to focus on Romney’s conservative credentials, rather than Bain, Newt had the following to say:



It’s an impossible theme to talk about with Obama in the background. Obama just makes it impossible to talk rationally in that area because he is so deeply into class warfarre that automatically you get an echo effect. … I agree with you entirely.

Mitt Romney only has "one tiny vulnerability" between him and and the White House, Stephen Colbert said Wednesday: "The years he spent as a heartless corporate raider at Bain Capital."

But that's all in the past, Colbert said. As long as he never reminds voters of what he did at Bain, he'll breeze into office. But earlier this week, Romney did just that. Referring to insurance companies, Romney said: "I like being able to fire people" who provide services to me.

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A digital rights and civil liberties group has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration, demanding that they release information on who is authorized to operate drones within the United States.

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First Lady Michelle Obama is pushing back against an explosive new book about the First Couple. New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, in her new book, The Obamas, writes that Michelle Obama clashed with the president’s staff and rejected certain aspects of being First Lady. She claims people have inaccurately tried to paint her as “some kind of angry black woman.”

Michelle Obama told CBS News that she hasn’t read the book and deeply enjoys being the country’s First Lady. Watch part of the interview below:

The Food and Drug Administration has halted all orange juice imports in order to test the juice for fungicide. At issue is the chemical carbendazim. It’s used as a fungicide in some countries, including Brazil, which produces about 41 percent of U.S. imports, Bloomberg News reports. But it’s not approved for use in the United States.

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