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Watching GOP debates has now become a kind of abdominal contraction drinking game, with cringes replacing shots at each seemingly inevitable moment when members of the audience embarrass their candidates with some outburst or another.

And now Democrats are trying to turn each moment into a social.

The Republican party has a presidential debate audience problem, and the Obama team are increasingly using it to paint their presidential candidates into a corner. It's a rare direct engagement between the President and the slew of Republicans vying for the chance to challenge him -- and the kind of thing that Democrats hope could pump up what many say is a lackluster base.

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Speaking on Fox News yesterday, Michael Reagan, the son of the patron saint of today’s GOP, had an interesting analysis of his father’s policies.

If you evaluate him as a governor today, “the argument him would come from the right, not from the left,” Reagan said. “He would have trouble getting his own nomination [today], but yet he ended up being the greatest president in our lifetimes.”

Reagan had a message for the GOP base as well, warning “we need to look at the whole package, the whole picture, everybody, and stop nit-picking ourselves to death,” he concluded.

Reagan is currently considering running against Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in 2012.

Americans in recent years have taken to wringing their hands over leakage of U.S. jobs to China and other developing nations. But on this side of the Pacific, Chinese businesses are quietly making deep investments in the United States that could play a significant if little acknowledged role in the American economic recovery.

That's the message coming out of the Global China Summit, a day-long event at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) involving former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband, among other statesmen, scholars and officials Tuesday.

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JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, who was a valuable Obama supporter in 2008, met privately with GOP candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday, the Daily Beast reports. The two met before a Romney fundraiser at Highbridge Capital, a hedge fund owned by Dimon’s firm. Sources told the New York Post that Dimon has not attended any Obama fundraisers so far this election cycle and has met privately with several Republican candidates.

An Obama press staffer likely has some explaining to do after mixing up Wyoming and Colorado on credentials given to members of the White House press corps. The passes, which had a picture of the midwest on them, were handed out to reporters ahead of this week’s three-day presidential trip to Washington, California and Colorado. But although the included map highlighted the first two states correctly, the last — Colorado — was skipped and Wyoming got the graphical emphasis instead.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman received an unlikely endorsement on Monday night from Michael Moore, the firebrand liberal documentary filmmaker. Appearing on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” Moore called Huntsman the only Republican candidate “that has sanity operating inside of him.”

The president’s appearance at the UN General Assembly last week seems to have bolstered support for him both at home and abroad. Coming on the heels of former NYC Mayor Ed Koch’s endorsement, a new Jerusalem Post Poll finds that 54% of Israelis feel that Obama is more pro-Israel, while only 19% feel he is more pro-Palestinian.

Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) will be the latest politician to try his hand at comedy on Nov. 30, as he and other bigwigs gather to participate in DC Improv’s “Funniest Celebrity in Washington” event. Brown is expected to headline the competition, despite it being his first time.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney dished details on his recent meeting with Donald Trump Wednesday. Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Romney called Trump “colorful” and claimed the two saw “pretty much eye to eye on China.” On air, Romney also claimed that his bid for the White House was “not the next step in my career. I don’t have a political career.”