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Mitt Romney on Fox News just now said that President Obama made a huge mistake by not destroying a wayward U.S. drone that ended up in Iran.

“I find it incomprehensible that he didn’t destroy it, or go get it,” Romney said, implying military action to retrieve the drone.

The Romney campaign has been running radio ads with firebrand conservative pundit Ann Coulter for a few days now in Iowa, and she’s growing more vocal in her support as he tries to win over tea partiers, in particular from Newt Gingrich.

Coulter took to Fox News last night to defend Romney’s conservative principles.

"What I'm saying now is: Of the available candidates, Romney is, by far, the most conservative -- tied with Michele Bachmann -- and he has a proven ability to win in a state like Massachusetts."

Oh, well, easy come, easy go.

On Monday the right wing radio host Michael Savage offered Newt Gingrich a cool $1 million dollars. All the current GOP frontrunner had to do was drop out of the nomination process "for the sake of the nation," as Savage rather starkly put it.

However, it's probably a good thing for all involved that the world's most famous Tiffany's credit line-holder almost certainly has no intention of accepting the offer, since doing so could conceivably land both him and Savage in a South Carolina jail.

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A report that Verizon was considering purchasing lagging video subscription rental service Netflix, at least the online streaming component of Netflix, sent shares of Netflix soaring on Monday night.

But shares fell to close down 4 percent on Tuesday, perhaps based on newer reports contradicting DealReporter's (paywall) original claims that such a transaction was in the works.

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There are signs that we're in for a long haul on the primary campaign trail. Mitt Romney expects to battle Newt Gingrich across the nation for months in the hunt for the nomination, forcing the nation to endure another long slog through caucuses and primaries like the one that occupied the Democrats for most of 2008.

A long fight would shorten the general election, and thus most likely put less of a focus on Obama for much of the year as Gingrich and Romney duke it out. Yet the Obama campaign says bring it on.

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A three-page contract that Steve Jobs signed in 1976, establishing Apple Computer Co., sold for $1.59 million in New York on Tuesday, Bloomberg reports.

Former Delaware GOP Senate candidate and tea party darling Christine O'Donnell took to Fox News last night to announce her support for Mitt Romney. However, she followed through with an interview on CNN today in which she defended the erstwhile frontrunner from charges of flip-flopping.

“He’s been consistent since he changed his mind,” she told CNN’s Carol Costello. “He’s humble enough to say ‘I don’t always have the right answers,’ and he’s open to other viewpoints, and if it doesn’t betray his core convictions, he’ll make the necessary changes,” she said.

From a tweet by CBS New’s Jill Jackson, Speaker John Boehner was tepid on Newt Gingrich’s conservative credentials. “It’d be hard to describe Newt as not a conservative,” Boehner said, adding, but Gingrich may not be as conservative as some think.

Mitt Romney is spending Wednesday fundraising in New York, largely with supporters from Wall Street. It’s an opportunity the DNC couldn’t pass up to taunt their chief rival. As the Huffington post reports, the DNC has hired a pilot to fly a 175-foot sign along the Hudson River between the George Washington Bridge and Hoboken that reads: “Bet You 10K Romney’s Out of Touch –”