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“How dumb can your opponents be?” said John Sununu, an outspoken surrogate for Mitt Romney on Fox News Tuesday. Sununu is going after Newt Gingrich and his rich backer, casino owner Sheldon Adelson who is financing the attacks on Romney’s as “corporate raider” at Bain Capital. “For them to be anti-free enterprise, anti-the heart and soul of the republican party is just ridiculous.”

More than ridiculous, Sununu suggests that Adelson will face retaliation for these attacks by losing the financial support of many in the Republican Party:

Does he think that people don't remember when you attack them and pay for the attacks in a primary, especially when one ever the parties receiving that attack is a party he likes to go to to finance his expansions? There is no common-sense in this process. You feel sorry for people that aren't that bright.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s decision to block Oklahoma’s voter-approved ban of sharia law. The law was approved by 70% of voters in November, 2010, and would prevent the state’s courts from considering international or Islamic law when handing down rulings.

The ACLU and CAIR challenged the law, and sued to block its implementation until the case is decided on the merits.

Republican George Allen has raised nearly $1.1 million in the fourth quarter, reports CNN. He raised a total of $4.5 million since declaring his run a year ago and more than $2 million cash on hand. He is running against Democrat Tim Kaine, who has not yet released his fourth quarter numbers.

COLUMBIA, SC -- If this state is the last stand for the candidates who are not Mitt Romney, then South Carolina's third Congressional District is the Alamo.

Watch what happens in the third, which covers South Carolina's upper northwest. If Mitt Romney wins that district -- which South Carolina observers call the state's most socially-conservative -- the battle is over, and Romney will win South Carolina.

In short, if they can't stop Romney in the third, they probably can't stop him.

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Virginia Republican Senate candidate George Allen raised almost $1.1 million in the fourth quarter, his campaign announced Tuesday.

Via CNN.

Rick Santorum’s campaign is eager to build up funds beyond New Hampshire and he’s offering a very special incentive to those who donate. The former Pennsylvania senator has announced an ambitious fundraising blitz with a goal of raising $1 million between January 9-11.

To those who make a minimum donation of $100, the campaign will give an official “Rick Santorum For President” sweater vest. Clearly making use of the attention Santorum has received for his fashion sense, the campaign implores supporters, “Don’t let sleeves slow you down — donate today!”

Senate hopeful Linda McMahon in Connecticut today removed key passages of an op-ed she wrote on the Keystone XL pipeline after it was pointed out that those passages were basically taken directly from TransCanada, the company behind the project, reports the Huffington Post, which laid out similar passages between McMahon’s op-ed and TransCanada’s numbers, as well as why those numbers are questionable.

Rick Perry in South Carolina Tuesday said Mitt Romney’s former employer, Bain Capital, and other firms like it are “vultures” that loot companies.

“They swoop in, they eat the carcass, they leave with that and they leave the skeleton,” Perry said.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued six Iranian sailors at the northern end of the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, CNN reports. Just last week the U.S. Navy rescued a crew of 13 Iranian sailors held captive by Somali pirates for several weeks.

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