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  • Governor Rick Perry
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions on Thursday that could shutter most of the clinics in the state.
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  • Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, announced Monday he won't seek re-election next year.
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  • The town of West, Texas, is preparing to say goodbye to 14 people who were killed when a fertilizer plant exploded and leveled part of the town.
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  • Republican presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich clashed repeatedly in heated, personal terms Monday night.
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  • Republican presidential candidates, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, take the stage before the start of the Republican presidential candidate debate at the North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, S.C., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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  • The race for the Republican presidential nomination took a turn toward the South Carolina surreal Thursday as Rick Perry dropped out, Newt Gingrich faced stunning allegations from an ex-wife and Mitt Romney struggled to maintain a shaky front-runner's standing.
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  • Some notable moments from the Republican presidential hopefuls' debate Monday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.:
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  • Jon Huntsman will withdraw Monday from the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
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  • Mitt Romney
  • Mitt Romney is taking a day off from his presidential campaign, while his rivals are trying to prove he's a weak candidate.
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  • Rick Santorum's quest to emerge as the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney received a boost Saturday from a group of evangelicals.
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  • Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, celebrates his New Hampshire primary election win in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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  • Mitt Romney cruised to a solid victory in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night.
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  • Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns in a gymnasium used as an overflow room at McKelvie Intermediate School in Bedford, N.H., Monday, Jan. 9, 2012.
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  • With Mitt Romney the overwhelming favorite, his five Republican opponents hoped to chip away at his lead in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary and finish well enough to prove they're still in the race to challenge him again in South Carolina and Florida.
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  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry is praising a federal appeals court decision allowing his state to enforce a new abortion law.
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  • Mitt Romney said, "I like being able to fire people who provide services to me." The other GOP candidates have something to say that.
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  • A funny thing is happening here in New Hampshire today.
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  • Mitt Romney in New Hampshire
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  • Mitt Romney in New Hampshire
  • Knowing Mitt Romney is probably unstoppable in New Hampshire, his Republican presidential rivals took their best shots at roughing him up for the contests ahead in Monday's fast-paced finale of the campaign for the nation's first primary.
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  • There has been very little in the way of rest for the field of Republicans now crisscrossing New Hampshire in the run up to Tuesday's primary.
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  • Mitt Romney enjoys what is by any measure a healthy lead two days before the primary.
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  • Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman has won the endorsement of The Boston Globe, marking the second time Massachusetts' largest newspaper has snubbed its former governor, Mitt Romney, ahead of the New Hampshire primary.
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  • You have taken the first step of taking back this country, Santorum said to the crowd in Iowa, moments before being declared the runner-up in the Iowa Caucus.
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  • Rick Santorum's showing comes as a surprise to the political establishment.
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  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign is telling staffers he will decide in the next day or two whether to stay in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
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  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that he would head home "to determine whether there is a path forward" for his White House bid.
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  • Mitt Romney eked out a minuscule 8-vote victory over Rick Santorum in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses.
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  • Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann is canceling her campaign trip to South Carolina after a dismal showing in the Iowa caucuses.
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  • Early Wednesday morning , Iowa GOP Chairman announced the final caucus count gave Mitt Romney an 8-vote win over Rick Santorum.
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  • Newt Gingrich blasted Mitt Romney as someone who can't bring enough change to Washington while vowing to continue his presidential campaign after a fourth place finish in the Iowa caucuses.
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  • Michele Bachmann's campaign manager says it's hard to tell whether she will continue her campaign after a bleak showing in the Iowa caucuses.
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  • Texas Rep. Ron Paul rode a current of youthful discontent to third place in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses Tuesday, promising to take his outsider bid for the GOP nomination into independent-minded New Hampshire.
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  • Inserting his voice into a big night for Republicans, President Barack Obama appealed to Iowa Democrats on Tuesday during the first balloting in the GOP presidential campaign, seeking to counter months of withering criticism in the state that launched his presidential ambitions four years ago.
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