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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday that he will work with legislative leaders to make changes to the state’s toughest-in-the-nation immigration law, the Montgomery Advertiser reports. In a statement, Bentley said:



“We recognize that changes are needed to ensure that Alabama has not only the nation’s most effective law, but one that is fair and just, promotes economic growth, preserves jobs for those in Alabama legally, and can be enforced effectively and without prejudice.”

Talking to the Des Moines Register ed board, Rick Perry says,



I readily admit our campaign didn't go as smoothly and positively as I'd have liked, and errors I've made whether on the debate or what have you. I've asked Americans to give me a second look. Have a look at my policies, and those weren't laid out till mid-September and at that point we were falling in the polls. But I really think Iowans and Americans are taking another look, and they're finding out about me. The reason I was the new kid on the block was because I didn't see anyone the Republican voters were really excited about and I was the one they became really excited about... for a while."


Continuing an assault that began Thursday with attacks on Newt Gingrich, the Romney campaign has entered day two with a new web video and an Iowa radio spot. Both continue the strategy of bolstering Romney's right-wing credentials by tying the candidate to congressman Paul Ryan.

In fact, the web ad doesn't even mention Mitt Romney. Instead, it serves as a paean to Paul Ryan's budget plan, followed by an account of Newt's attack on the plan as "right-wing social engineering." After first establishing how good Ryan's budget is, the ad takes on Gingrich as someone who turned against conservatives, displaying erratic behavior, proving he is unfit to be president. It ends with Ryan's famous line against Newt: "With allies like that, who needs the left?" The ad basically boils down Thursday's attacks into a 30-second spot: Paul Ryan good, Newt Gingrich bad.

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Democrats aren't letting up on Mitt Romney while he turns his attention to kneecapping Newt Gingrich. The latest anti-Mitt line? He's a dirty campaigner.

American Bridge, a Democratic Super PAC, is up with a new web video pointing out that Romney went on the offensive early and hard in 2008 against Mike Huckabee and John McCain. The video uses footage of a drafted, unaired attack spot throwing the kitchen sink at Newt Gingrich that was accidentally leaked by a Super PAC supporting Mitt Romney.

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One reason to be skeptical of Newt Gingrich's big lead is that thanks to a quirk in the campaign schedule he's yet to face a truly difficult debate since becoming frontrunner. Of the last three gatherings, two were focused on national security (not a big topic in the current race) and the other one consisted of individual interviews with each candidate in which they were asked not to attack each other.

That means Gingrich has yet to endure what former frontrunners like Herman Cain and Rick Perry have in debates: a pile-on. And if there's one thing we've learned in this campaign, there's nothing more damaging than a lousy debate night.

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Talking to the DMR board, Rick Perry says, “For Washington to be able to tell a local school board that you cannot have prayer or a time of prayer, I think most Americans find that offensive.” He goes on to say he trusts local school boards “over eight unelected and unaccountable judges,” and then notes that that’s why he’s called for the abolition of life-tenure on the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court, of course, has nine judges, not eight.

In front of the DMR ed board Rick Perry is asked whether he would do the same thing as President as he did as governor: call for a day of prayer in response to the economic crisis (or any other crisis). “Sure,” he replies.

The board presses about whether he means Christian prayer in this instance, and indeed regarding prayer in schools. He takes up the school answer, saying “that’s for the local school boards,” to decide, not central government. “For Washington to be able to tell a local school board that you cannot have prayer or a time of prayer, I think most Americans find that offensive.”

Defending his comments about what he terms President Obama’s ‘war on religion’ in front of the Des Moines Register editorial board, Rick Perry picks as an example of this the president’s appointment of the Supreme Court judges Sonia Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, saying they are “from my perspective arguably activist judges,” who are helping Obama’s “attack on traditional religious organizations and values.”

Jon Stewart has long tracked the nation's war on Christmas. And this year he declared war himself. "If there has been a war, Christmas is the aggressor nation," Stewart said earlier this week. But Stewart has lost his humbug spirit.

"Look how war ages a man," Stewart said Thursday. On Wednesday, "one of Santa's unusually large elves fired back" at Stewart: Fox News host Bill O'Reilly responded to Stewart's segment saying, "There is no question Mr Stewart is going to hell."

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