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With the Republican presidential primary appearing to have narrowed into a two-man contest, Human Events and Red State moved quickly to lock down a date for a Lincoln-Douglas-style debate between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

The two organizations went so far this past Monday as to firm up the Annenberg Theater at the Newseum in Washington as the venue on Dec. 19 after another debate originally scheduled that day was canceled. For its part, the Newseum was excited to host the pre-primary forum.

There was just one problem. While Gingrich was ready to take his place on the stage, the Romney campaign politely declined in a series of mostly e-mail exchanges.

Tomorrow could be the last day of Herman Cain's wild ride through the presidential contest.

NBC News reports Cain is making a "major announcement" about his campaign on Saturday in Georgia, just a day after he headed home to Atlanta to meet with his wife in person following allegations that he had a 13-year affair with a woman. Cain confirmed the news at a South Carolina campaign stop Friday.

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Revenge is a dish best served on Google Places.

Although Carrier IQ has attempted to temper the firestorm of controversy caused by the revelation of its secret mobile tracking software, it's too late to stop a torrent of negative reviews from being posted on its Google Places page.

As the controversy over Carrier IQ's apparent all-seeing tracking software went mainstream the week of November 28 -- after it was found not only Anrdoid, but iOS devices, too -- users have posted increasingly incensed, topical reviews on Carrier IQ's Google Places page.

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Herman Cain's new website, "Women For Cain," is an opportunity for female supporters to "lift their voices," according to Dr. Alveda King, a senior advisor to Cain and a niece of slain civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. But with the campaign undergoing a "reassessment" it's still not entirely clear what role it will play.

The site, which is notable for its supporters frequently abusive language towards Cain's various accusers, is chaired by Cain's wife, Gloria, who has rarely been involved with the campaign up to this point.

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Just when you were starting to get bored with the Republican primary debates, Donald Trump steps up.

The (barely) flaxen-haired businessman is teaming up with the conservative news website Newsmax to moderate a debate in Iowa on December 27, the New York Times reports.

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The L.A. Times reports:

The House Ethics Committee announced Friday it will continue to investigate whether Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. or an emissary directed or knew of efforts to raise campaign cash for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich in return for Jackson’s appointment to the Senate in 2008.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's administration is rolling out a new strategy to deal with the waves of protests that have fallen upon the state Capitol, ever since he rolled out his anti-public employee union legislation, and which have given rise to the recall campaigns targeting him and other Republicans: Make the protesters pay for all the costs of the increased event security.

As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, the Walker administration announced the new policy on Thursday, and it will be phased in by Dec. 16. Under the policy, groups of four or more people must request permits at least 72 hours in advance, for events at the state Capitol or other state buildings.

In addition, organizers would have to pay for the extra Capitol police officers, at a rate of $50 per hour per officer -- plus costs for police officers brought in from outside agencies, according to the costs billed to the state. The police payment would have to be tendered in advance, as a requirement for getting a permit. Afterwards, organizers would then be charged for any clean-up costs.

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Mitt Romney has not decided whether he will attend the Donald Trump-moderated December 27th Republican debate in Iowa, according to a tweet from The National Review’s Katrina Trinko.

According to Trinko’s tweet, a Romney spokesperson said, “We just received the invitation, and we’re taking a look at it.”

The Huntsman campaign has declined an invitation to participate in a GOP primary debate moderated by Donald Trump on December 27 with the following statement: “we have declined to participate in the ‘Presidential Apprentice’ Debate with The Donald. The Republican Party deserves a serious discussion of the issues so voters can choose a leader they trust to defeat President Obama and turn our economy around.”

The Wall Street Journal reports that if the main opposition group in Syria came to power, they would cut ties to Iran and stop providing arms to militant groups in the region, including Hamas and Hezbollah. These changes would be part of a larger political reorientation into an alliance with the major Arab powers the region.