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Newt Gingrich's infidelity has been well documented. It's no secret he left his first wife when she was diagnosed with cancer, and his second wife when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. But "Fox News therapist" Dr. Keith Ablow wrote last week that Newt's three marriages could actually make him a strong president. Stephen Colbert happens to agree.

"Gingrich is so seductive that three women, two of whom knew he was an adulterer, were willing to pick Newt," Colbert said Thursday. So Ablow is saying we should look past his weaknesses to his strengths, which are his weaknesses."

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Updated 5:24 pm ET Friday, January 27, 2012

Republicans in Congress didn't wait long after government-funded New York electric-car battery manufacturer Ener1 declared bankruptcy on Thursday to begin branding the company another "Solyndra."

The two situations are distinct though, and not in the least because prominent Indiana Republicans including Governor Mitch Daniels and Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IL) are among the strongest supporters of an Ener1 subsidiary in their state that received government funds.

To backtrack - Obama referred to a "partnership with the private sector" in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, which the Hill reported was actually a grant program that funded an Ener1 plant called EnerDel in Indianapolis.

That plant, which is not expected to close while the parent company reorganizes after filing for bankruptcy on Thursday, received a $118.5 million grant from the Department of Energy.

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If Newt Gingrich wants to play down accusations that he is "grandiose," calling for a permanent, American moon base might not be the best approach, Jon Stewart said on Thursday.

Stewart is referring to a speech Gingrich made earlier this week, promising a lunar base by the end of his second term. "What, did you start with Death Star and you got kind of reined in?" Stewart said.

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At a House Democratic retreat, Vice President Joe Biden mounted a somewhat strange defense of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) conduct during last summer’s debt limit talks.

“When Cantor walked out of those talks, he didn’t walk out,“ Biden said, according to The Washington Post’s Felicia Sonmez. "He called me the day before and said, ‘Joe, I can’t come back.’”

Biden’s remarks, while not inaccurate, obscure the real issue, which is not that Cantor literally walked out of the room during a meeting, but that Cantor quit the discussions when they shifted from spending cuts to revenues.

The vice president also said he likes Cantor personally.

The ratings agency Fitch has cut six Eurozone countries' credit ratings, including Spain, Italy, Belgium and Ireland.

Standard & Poor’s earlier this month also cut the credit ratings of a number of Eurozone countries, including France.

Read the Fitch release here.

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a letter to the Office of Government Ethics asking them to refer Mitt Romney to the Justice Department for an investigation into the inaccurate personal finance disclosure form he filed.

“Mr. Romney says the errors are minor, but then again he also claims earning $374,000 in speaking fees isn’t much money,” CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan said in a statement. “In reality, filing an inaccurate disclosure form can be a criminal offense.  As a result, the Office of Government Ethics should forward the matter on to the Department of Justice to determine whether Mr. Romney deliberately withheld information.”

The White House’s first technology officer, Aneesh Chopra, plans to step down from his post, administration officials tell The Washington Post.

Chopra is one of a few tech leaders President Obama hired at the beginning of his term.

The Dems were quick to leap all over Romney’s claim last night that he bore no responsibility for his investments, since they were in a blind trust. They pointed out that there’s evidence that the blind trust manager is close enough to Romney that there’s at least grounds for suspicion over just how blind it is. They also pointed out that in his 1994 Senate battle with Ted Kennedy, he slammed Kennedy’s claims of having a blind trust as being “an age old ruse.”



"You give a blind trust rules. You can say to a blind trust, don't invest in properties which would be in conflict of interest or where the seller might think they're going to get an advantage from me."


Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski has made something of a speciality of digging up footage of the younger Romney advocating positions that apparently conflict with his current stances. He’s got the goods once again, which you can see below:



The Romney campaign has distributed the following email response to Newt Gingrich’s latest Florida ad, which attacks Romney as ‘Disonest’:



“Newt Gingrich's desperate smears have already been called ‘inflammatory’ by Marco Rubio and ‘ridiculous’ by Jeb Bush. It is laughable to see lectures on honesty coming from a paid influence peddler who suffered an unprecedented ethics reprimand, was forced to pay a $300,000 penalty, and resigned in disgrace at the hands of his own party. Speaker Gingrich is desperate to distract from his record of failed and unreliable leadership in an attempt to try and prop up his sinking campaign.” –Andrea Saul, Romney spokesperson

The Newt Gingrich campaign has released the following email containing details about their latest Florida ad buy:



Newt 2012 today is releasing a new ad today, "What Kind of Man?" which will air in Florida markets.

"Last night Mitt Romney revealed his character," said R.C. Hammond. "In the past two debates, Newt Gingrich has been presidential and poised. In Governor Romney, we saw an over eager politician. Romney exposed his biggest weakness: credibility."

TRANSCRIPT:

Governor Huckabee: "If a man's dishonest to get a job, he'll be dishonest on the job." (Source)

Narrator: What kind of man would mislead, distort, and deceive just to win an election?

This man would be Mitt Romney. Romney said he has always voted Republican when he had the opportunity.

But in the 1992 Presidential Primary Romney had the chance to vote for George H.W. Bush or Pat Buchanan but he voted for a liberal Democrat instead. (Source)

Romney said his investments in Fannie and Freddie were in a blind trust.

But as reported in the National Journal, Romney earned tens of thousands of dollars from investments NOT in a blind trust. (Source)

Romney denied seeing a false ad his campaign used to attack Newt Gingrich. But Romney's own campaign paid for the ad...Romney's own voice is on the ad approving the content. (Source)

If we can't trust Romney in a debate, how can we trust him in the White House?

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