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In the wake of a stunt pulled by James O'Keefe’s Project Veritas during the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, a Republican official is calling on those involved to be arrested.

“They should be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,“ Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas told the Union Leader.

“People who pull stunts like this should be prosecuted,” Nashua City Clerk Paul Bergeron told the newspaper.

Just hours after joining Twitter, Michelle Obama personally tweeted, indicated by the tag “-mo.” Here’s what she had to say:

“Hi, everyone, and thanks for the warm welcome. Look forward to staying in touch with you here. -mo”

The fight for South Carolina is underway with ads, endorsements, and attacks. Here are the 10 things you need to know.

  • Poll shows Newt Gingrich doing well in South Carolina: an InsiderAdvantage poll of 726 registered voters completed Wednesday showed Romney with a slim lead of 23% to Gingrich's 21% and Santorum's 14%. The poll is a bit of an outlier; the TPM Poll Average has Romney at about 31% with Newt and Santorum around 20%.
  • Obama's re-election campaign, DNC raised $222 million in 2011: Numbers released Thursday morning show President Obama's campaign and the Democratic National Committee together raised $68 million in the 4th quarter of 2011 and $222 million for the year overall. The number was announced in a video from Jim Messina, thanking supporters and stressing how important donations are at this stage of the campaign.
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The U.S. Department of Justice has released a legal opinion saying that President Obama’s recess appointments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the NLRB are constitutional. Read the opinion here.

The conclusion reads:



In our judgment, the text of the Constitution and precedent and practice thereunder support the conclusion that the convening of periodic pro forma sessions in which no business is to be conducted does not have the legal effect of interrupting an intrasession recess otherwise long enough to qualify as a “Recess of the Senate” under the Recess Appointments Clause. In this context, the President therefore has discretion to conclude that the Senate is unavailable to perform its advise-and-consent function and to exercise his power to make recess appointments.

Prominent South Carolina financier Barry Wynn has pulled his support from the Perry campaign and endorsed Mitt Romney. The reason, reports the Associated Press, is that the investment fund executive was miffed by Rick Perry’s attacks on Romney and Bain Capital as “vulture capitalists.” The Perry campaign spokesperson said: “It’s unfortunate and disappointing. But at the end of the day we are marching on.”

On Fox and Friends Thursday, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani criticized Newt Gingrich’s recent attacks on Mitt Romney as a “corporate raider” at Bain Capital. Giuliani said, via Human Events:



What the hell are you doing, Newt? I expect this from Saul Alinsky! This is what Saul Alinsky taught Barack Obama, and what you’re saying is part of the reason we’re in so much trouble right now...It’s ignorant and dumb. It’s building something we should be fighting in America, ignorance of the economic system, playing on the dumbest, most ridiculous ideas about how you grow jobs.


A month ago, Giuliani had kinder words for Newt: “My gut tells me right now as I look at it that Gingrich might actually be the stronger candidate,” Giuliani said on CNN in December, “because I think he can make a broader connection than Mitt Romney to those Reagan Democrats.”

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Mitt Romney, looking to push back against his rivals' Bain layoff attacks and move on from his “I like being able to fire people” sound bite, is taking an empathetic tone in talking about job losses.

“I think any time a job is lost it’s a tragedy,” he told reporters on Thursday, per Politico. “For the family, for the individual that loses a job, it’s devastating. And every time that we invested in the business it was to try and encourage that business to have ongoing life. The idea of making a short-term profit actually doesn’t really exist in business because no one wants to buy something or buy stock in a company that’s going to be a short-term success. You want it to be long term. And when we invested we tried to make businesses more successful for the long time and hopefully, over time, generate a return to the shareholders and see more employment. That’s the whole idea. And I can say this, for the people in South Carolina, I’m very pleased that businesses like The Sports Authority added many, many more jobs in South Carolina and across the country.”

That “short term” argument is worth noting for later — while he appeared to be referring to Bain’s business model, the notion of short term gain in the finance and mortgage business over long term stability was central to the 2008 financial crisis.

A new Rasmussen poll shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney opening a wide lead in Florida, the fourth primary state in 2012. Romney gets 41 percent in the snap poll conducted on Wednesday, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich the closest competitor with 19 percent and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum at 15. The rest of the field is in single digits.

But despite the huge lead for Romney, the 2012 GOP race has been unpredictable, and pollsters said there was still uncertainty in the numbers.

“With Romney’s opponents banking on a strong showing in the more conservative January 21 South Carolina Primary, things still remain fluid in the Florida race despite the former Massachusetts governor’s comfortable lead,” Rasmussen wrote. “Fifty-one percent (51%) of Likely Florida Primary Voters are already certain of how they will vote, but 41% say they still could change their minds. Eight percent (8%) have no preference yet.”

The current TPM Poll Average of the race also shows Romney with a double digit lead in Florida.

In an interview with Piers Morgan Wednesday night on CNN, Newt Gingrich offered a disquieting glimpse of just how nasty the campaign will get between he and Mitt Romney in the days leading up to next week’s South Carolina Primary:



"This is going to be Armageddon – they are going to come in here with everything they've got, every surrogate, every ad, every negative attack. At the same time we'll be drawing a sharp contrast between a Georgia Reagan conservative and a Massachusetts moderate who's pro-gun control, pro-choice, pro-tax increase, pro-liberal judge, and the voters of South Carolina will have to look and decide."

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