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Mitt Romney's pushing back hard on Newt Gingrich's suggestion that he made his fortune through destroying jobs rather than creating them. The former Bain Capital executive's response essentially boils down to one word: "Staples!"

The Romney campaign fired off an email to reporters this morning with the subject heading: "Staples Founder Tom Stemberg Responds To Gingrich: 'He Has No Clue How The Real World Economy Works'"

Here's the statement in full:

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Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) has a new TV ad -- his latest answer to the current Democratic campaign to recall him. This one features man named Chris, who is identified in the ad as a business owner, extolling Walker's virtues against a background of uplifting music.

"Governor Walker is a friend of small business, he recognizes that 70 percent of the jobs created in this country and this state are by small businesses," the man says. "He wants all of the people in the state to be successful. It's comforting, and it's been rare, so it's a refreshing change.

"We've got offices and divisions of our own company in other states -- New York, California -- and we can see that if Wisconsin continues on a pro-business strategy, we're gonna grow our staff here."

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday said “millionaire job creators are like unicorns. They are impossible to find and don’t exist.”

Congress is currently caught up in a fight over extending the payroll tax cut. Reid continued, the Hill reports:



“Republicans say the richest of the rich in our country … shouldn’t contribute more to put our economy back on track,” said Reid. “They call our plan time after time a ‘tax on job creators,’ and I say so-called job creators because … every shred of evidence contradicts this red herring.”

Rick Perry may be riding high from apparently getting the better of Mitt Romney over the weekend by prompting that $10,000 bet but it's important to remember that he's still, you know, Rick Perry.

To wit: over the weekend, Perry said that his recent gaffe about the Supreme Court (in which he forgot the number of justices as well as couldn't name the one he was attacking, Justice Sotomayor) isn't the kind of thing voters care about.

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Not many polls have shown former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney ahead of President Barack Obama in the early part of the 2012 cycle, but Rasmussen has a new national survey showing Romney up by three. One week ago the split went to Obama, 42-40. “Romney and Obama are tied among voters not affiliated with either major political party.” Rasmussen wrote. “Men prefer Romney 46% to 39%, while women are evenly divided between the two candidates. Obama continues to lead among voters under 40, while their elders favor Romney.”

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It's not a stretch to say that expectations going into, even during, the 17th annual U.N. climate talks in Durban, South Africa, were at an all-time low. When U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon can't even muster a happy face, you know things are really bad.

That's why it was so surprising that any deal whatsoever was hammered out from the two-week long negotiations.

But one was, deep into diplomatic overtime: After extending the conference an extra three nights and two sleepless nights, negotiators from 194 nations finally managed on Sunday morning to squeak out a bare-bones framework on how to deal with global climate change going forward.

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The GOP presidential candidates gathered once again, this time in the glare of the Iowa voters who will be the first to have their say in the race.

All bets were off as the candidates raised the stakes and as everyone clashed the room filled with laughter. Nervous, nervous laughter.....

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