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Newt Gingrich today addressed the Bain furor that has erupted over ads made by the Super PAC that supports him, Winning Our Future. The ads depict Mitt Romney’s time at the Bain Capital private equity firm in a deeply negative way; a way that some independent watchdogs have found inaccurate.

In a statement sent out by his campaign the candidate called on the group to edit its ads for those inaccuracies or to take them off the air. However, he noted that in doing this he was different from Mitt Romney who has so far held back from calling on his own supporters to edit potentially misleading material about Gingrich from their pro-Romney ads that focus on slamming Newt.

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Mike Huckabee insisted he was not criticizing John McCain when he suggested that the Arizona senator convinced Fred Thompson to remain in the 2008 presidential race to divide the Evangelical vote.

In an interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News, Huckabee said the remarks were intended as a “compliment,” as such a maneuver by McCain would have been “brilliant strategy.” The former Arkansas governor managed to sneak in a bit of snark though.

“If they weren’t smart enough to do it then I apologize for giving them the benefit of being that smart,” Huckabee said.

What happened to Newt Gingrich? Back in early December -- with Gingrich surging in the polls -- he made a bold statement: "It's very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are very high I'm going to be the nominee."

"It's getting easier," Jon Stewart said Thursday. And then Gingrich came in fourth in both Iowa and New Hampshire. "Say hello to the president of "Fourthlandia!" Stewart said.

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Rick Santorum published an op-ed this morning in The State newspaper in Columbia, SC.  His main argument pivots off the sense of decline and class warfare that he and fellow GOP contenders have been trying to push in recent days.

We need a renewed focus on creating opportunity, not dividing Americans by class; on creating wealth, not distributing it; and on promoting savings rather than dependency.

Santorum then returns to the basic themes of his campaign: cutting spending, reducing taxes, supporting states and local communities, and reforming medicare and social security.

Someone had to say it.

There's been a torrent of criticism from tech writers, and even one major company, over the past week following Google's introduction on Tuesday of "Search Plus Your World," a radical new attempt by the search giant to promote Google Plus, its nascent social network, by displaying Google Plus content at the top of the every search results page for Google Plus account holders, among other stark changes.

Problematically for Google Plus users who don't want to see the new results, they are default now "opt-out," rather than "opt-in." To turn them off, you have to press a small globe button in the upper right hand corner of the Google Search page to restore the search results to "global" rather than "personalized" results.

Obviously, not everyone uses Google Plus (in fact fewer people do so than still use MySpace) and yet Google seemed to think that this feature would be acceptable to its 1 billion plus users. But it wasn't. Not by a long shot.

Twitter, for one, surprised many by coming out vociferously against the new features. Alex Macgillivray, Twitter's general counsel (lawyer) and formerly deputy general counsel for Google, on Monday tweeted: "Bad day for the Internet...Having been there, I can imagine the dissension @Google to search being warped this way."

Twitter later fired off another official press release to tech reporters, saying:

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As noted by Steve Benen, Mitt Romney’s rhetoric on his job creation record at Bain Capital has diluted from the now debunked “100,000” claim, to “tens of thousands” of jobs, to today’s web ad which cites merely “thousands” of created jobs.

We decided to do a video mash-up of the claims. Watch:

House Republicans will vote Wednesday on a resolution to disapprove of the latest debt limit increase requested by President Obama, Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) office tells TPM. The measure was filed Friday.

The motion is largely symbolic and won’t impact the nation’s ability to continue borrowing to meet its obligations.