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In a sign of just how differently the coming Iowa caucuses are proving from those in the other cycles, The Hill reports that no candidate has more than one office in the state. Even former PA Senator Rick Santorum, the only candidate to have visited all 99 counties, is constrained by budget reasons to having just one office.

Mitt Romney is sending his most prominent surrogate, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ®, to Iowa this week, where Newt Gingrich has a strong lead in several recent polls. According to the campaign, Christie will be headlining a rally at Kum & Go Headquarters, an Iowa convenience store chain, in Des Moines on Wednesday.

Ron Paul launched a new TV ad in Iowa and New Hampshire on Monday titled “Big Dog” to push the message that Paul is the only candidate who will actually cut spending. In the ad, five different government departments go up in smoke, and Paul pledges to cut $1 trillion per year from the federal budget in his first year. When it comes to cutting spending, the ad says, Paul’s opponents whine “like little shih tzus.”



Asked whether he was looking forward to receiving a potential endorsement from Herman Cain, Gingrich said “I hope so.”

Gingrich is meeting with Republican kingmaker Donald Trump in New York today.

Responding to Donald Trump’s suggestion that Jon Huntsman wasn’t being honest about whether he was going to attend the newly scheduled Trump debate, Huntsman on Fox News said he wasn’t “going to kiss his ring” nor was he “going to kiss any other part of his anatomy.”

Gloria Allred and the Herman Cain accuser she brought into the spotlight will take another shot at Cain before the Cain Train finally stops for good.

From a press release Allred sent to reporters Monday:



The first woman to go public with allegations that Herman Cain made sexually improper advances to her when she sought his assistance in finding a job will hold a news conference with her attorney, Gloria Allred on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 at 2PM central time at the Peninsula Hotel, 108 East Superior Street at N. Michigan Ave., Grant Park Room, 6th floor, Chicago, Illinois, to react to Cain’s decision to “suspend” his campaign for President of the U.S. Sharon Bialek will dispel some of the myths circulated by some Cain supporters and the attacks made on her by Cain. Ms. Allred will also have a very strong reaction to Cain’s attacks on all women who made claims against Cain, his claims that the allegations made against him were false, and his decision to “suspend”, but not terminate his campaign.

There are unconfirmed reports that Herman Cain will endorse Newt Gingrich in New York City Monday. Gingrich is in the city for a meeting with Donald Trump, but the Gingrich campaign won’t confirm or deny that Cain will endorse him. The Cain camp, or what’s left of it, is not commenting either.

Despite some unfavorable polling, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi still thinks the Occupy movement has been politically helpful to Democrats.

In an interview with TPM on Friday, she said there's no recent precedent for the sort of election House Democrats are going into. In 1994 and 2010, Congressional Republicans ran against Washington controlled by Democrats. In 2006, Congressional Democrats ran against Republican corruption and President George W. Bush. This time around, President Obama will carry the national message for the party while individual candidates use it as they see fit to win in their districts. That national message, Pelosi said, has much greater salience thanks to the Occupiers.

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Donald Trump is currently sparring with Chuck Todd on MSNBC, calling Todd “dishonest” and complaining that MSNBC called his office 40 times to respond to a poll.

Asked about which candidates will participate in a GOP debate he will moderate later this month, Trump said it was only announced “a day and a half ago” and that the candidates are busy.

Watch Trump onload on NBC’s Chuck Todd this morning:



Newt Gingrich, the latest GOP presidential front runner, is planning a book signing at Union Station in Washington, D.C. on Friday, reports Michael Falcone.

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