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Mitt Romney announced that three prominent Florida politicians, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) are signing on as foreign policy advisors to his campaign’s Latin American Working Group. All three are Cuban-American, a crucial Republican constituency in the state.

“I am proud to be working with Ileana, Mario, and Lincoln,” Mitt Romney said in a statement. “They’re conservative leaders who will help me articulate my vision to make America more prosperous at home and respected throughout the world.”

Conservative Iowa radio host Steve Deace conducted a focus group with 11 evangelicals whose votes are still up for grabs in the Iowa caucuses. The upshot? Both Herman Cain and Rick Perry have fizzled; none of the evangelicals had positive things to say about them.

The focus group had good and bad news for the new frontrunner, Newt Gingrich, as well: when asked who would win the caucuses, they answered Gingrich. When asked who should win, they like Michele Bachmann or Rick Santorum. The Des Moines Register has more of the take-aways.

The UK’s Foreign And Commonwealth Office has released the following statement on Twitter, after dozens of Iranian students stormed the British Embassy in Tehran:



“There’s been a incursion by a significant number of demonstrators into our Embassy premises in #Iran, including vandalism to our property. … Under international law, inc Vienna Convention, Iranian Government have clear duty to protect diplomats & Embassies in their country. … We expect Iranian Government to act urgently to bring situation under control & ensure safety of our staff & security of our property.”

Calling a euro zone collapse “the biggest threat to the security and prosperity of Poland,” Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski is urging Germany to do more to address the European debt crisis.

James Murdoch — head of News Corporation’s British subsidiary, News International — has been reelected chairman of BSkyB, the AP and others report. Murdoch had been under pressure to resign from the board in the wake of News Corp’s ever-widening phone hacking scandal.

Dozens of Iranian students stormed the British Embassy in Tehran, the Associated Press reports, bringing down the British flag an throwing papers from the windows.

Some students chanted “death to England,” according to the report.

Wisconsin Democrats have made a huge announcement in their effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker. They say that in the first 12 days of the petition effort, up through this past Saturday night, they now claim to have collected over 300,000 signatures -- more than halfway to the goal that they have 60 days total to meet.

In order to trigger a recall against Walker, the Dems must meet a high bar: Signatures of at least 25 percent of the number of voters in the previous gubernatorial election must be collected in a 60-day window. That means the Dems must get over 540,000 signatures -- over 9,000 per day, statewide -- plus some significant buffer that campaigns routinely collect in order to protect against signatures being disqualified over one imperfection or another.

But even against that lofty requirement, the Dems are claiming that in the 12 days since the recall launched, they have collected over 1,000 signatures per hour. Put another way, when measured against just the 9,000-per-day requirement, they claim to have taken only 12 days to reach where they had to be at about Day 33.

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