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It was famously anti-gay marriage former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, a room full of college kids, and camera from CNN. Who could have predicted a near shouting-match wold occur?

Santorum took questions from students at a town hall meeting at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, and gay marriage came up twice. Santorum had started the meeting with a speech about American exceptionalism and how the county’s greatness was based on the founding documents and edicts like “all men are created equal.” When a student asked whether that same idea applied to marriage, Santorum attempted to shift to the idea that if government were to let marriage be anything, then polygamy would be acceptable. When students pushed back and things started getting heated, and cut the discussion short.

When it came up again he went on to cite various benefits of legal marriage and later said that marriage is simply too important to leave to the states, which could produce “50 definitions of marriage.”

At the end of the meeting, Santorum was booed by the students for 5 to 7 seconds as he thanked the crowd and walked off stage.

John McCain was on the stump for Mitt Romney — who he endorsed this week — in South Carolina Thursday. Despite the public acrimony of their primary campaign against each other in 2008, McCain called the fight “honorable combat” and praised Romney for helping him after he got the nomination.

“Afterwards there was no person who worked harder and did more…than Mitt Romney,” McCain said. “And I will always be grateful.”

President Obama loves to spend, said former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. And Obama especially likes to throw cash around on social welfare programs, Santorum said in a response to a question at a town hall meeting at New England College Henniker, New Hampshire, about what he would do for veterans if he were to became President. But, he said, Obama was perfectly willing to propose cuts to veterans programs: “A 3.2 trillion dollar budget, and he picks this!”

Santorum went on to say that the defense department is off the table when it comes to cuts in his potential Administration.

In South Carolina Thursday, Mitt Romney again attacked President Obama over his decision to use recess appointments to fill the NLRB. Romney is on solid ground attacking Obama over the NLRB in South Carolina, where a dispute over a Boeing plant has been a centerpiece of Republican rhetoric here.

Romney said Obama’s decision was about paying off his political allies.

The precise location of President Obama's birth is a dwindling obsession among the GOP. But the land where Obama's political career started remains an inevitable part of any serious campaign mounted against him.

That's right: we've entered the "he's a Chicago politician" phase of the race to the White House.

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Updated January 5, 12:33 p.m. ET

A new round of arrests has been made in the investigation of former aides to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), from his time as Milwaukee County Executive. This time, it is three different men, in a matter that reportedly involves serious alleged misconduct for a military charity.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

Tim Russell, a longtime Walker campaign and county staffer, was charged with two felony and one misdemeanor count of embezzlement. One source said the charges are tied to Operation Freedom, an annual military appreciation day held at the zoo.

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Pierick, 48, was charged with two felonies counts for child enticement. He is an office operations assistant at DPI dealing with education for homeless children and youth, according to the agency's website.

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The human condition was the same for 1800 years, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said to an audience at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, until America came along. After our nation’s founding and commitment to freedom and free markets, “life expectancy doubled” and economies around the world grew.

This was all part of Santorum’s pitch as to why America is literally the best nation in the history of the world, and that the US is truly exceptional.

The machinations of Reddit in the 2012 election cycle have just begun in earnest, with a subgroup of Reddit users (Redditors) raising $15,000 in funding in 48 hours for Rob Zerban, the Democratic challenger running to unseat Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Gawker's Adrian Chen wasn't amused by the news. On Tuesday, he published a piece titled "Reddit Has Gone Mad With Power," explaining why he thought that the ascent of Reddit as a potential political force was for the worse -- namely that Reddit's "digital mobs...are not well-suited for thoughtful, sustained participation in the political process."

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian leapt to his website's defense on Twitter Wednesday, arguing that Chen's criticisms could easily be leveled at any other social media website, including Twitter. What followed was a robust debate between the two tech minds over whether Reddit was primarily a "community" in the words of Chen, or a "platform/service," as Ohanian maintained.

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President Barack Obama at the Pentagon on Thursday said that even though the Defense Department's budget will shrink, the U.S. military will remain a strong force.

The first U.S. president to deliver a briefing at the Pentagon, Obama said, "Yes, our military will be leaner, but the world must know, the United States is going to maintain our military superiority with Armed Forces that are agile, flexible and ready for the full range of contingencies and threats."

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