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Entries by Howard Fineman from 10/2011

GOP 2012 Primary Now Promises A Christmas Campaign

Posted 10.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders in "early" primary states think they are clever to leapfrog each other in an effort to hold the earliest caucuses and...

Romney Trails 'No Opinion' Nationally Ahead Of New Hampshire GOP Debate (VIDEO)

Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Here's the main thing to know about the Republican presidential race as it heads into high season tonight with a debate sponsored ...

Chris Christie Endorses Mitt Romney For President In 2012 GOP Primary [UPDATED]

Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

Hanover, N.H. – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday endorsed Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination, giving the primary front runner a h...

Republican Presidential Debate Turns Into Strange Faculty Lounge

Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

HANOVER, N.H. -- Charlie Rose's famous oak table ended up looking like the faculty lounge of the world's strangest economics department. On speed. ...

Herman Cain Brings Down New Hampshire House

Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics

For a self-described amateur, Herman Cain is awfully adept at telling a roomful of professional pols exactly what they want to hear.

Herman Cain, Barack Obama: The Real Winners Of Las Vegas Debate

| Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

The winners of Tuesday night's GOP debate: Herman Cain and President Obama. With the devastating accuracy of a CIA drone, the Republican candidates zeroed in on their own party's chances with exchanges that played right into Democrats' hands on a series of issues, from immigration to taxes. And while Mitt Romney and Rick Perry behaved like petulant, name-calling schoolboys, Herman Cain weathered a half-hour assault on his 999 plan, with which CNN began the debate. In this environment, Rick Santorum sounded almost mild and reasonable, which gives you an idea of what kind of a night it was.

Chris Matthews On John F. Kennedy: New Book Pulls Back Curtain On 'Ask Not' Speech, Nixon Debates And More

Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A presidential call to service that inspired generations of Main Street Americans originated, ironically, in the privileged world of a N...