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The Midday Brief: Dec. 12, 2011

House Speaker Joe Straus, supported by Republican members, discusses the successes and shortcomings of the 82nd regular legislative session that adjourned sine die May 30, 2011.
House Speaker Joe Straus, supported by Republican members, discusses the successes and shortcomings of the 82nd regular legislative session that adjourned sine die May 30, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: Paul goes after Gingrich again in web video; Straus draws primary challenge; Perry calls Solyndra a country

The Midday Brief: Dec. 9, 2011

Campaign materials for Gov. Rick Perry at the Johnson County Fall BBQ event in Tiffin, Iowa, where Perry spoke on Oct. 7, 2011.
Campaign materials for Gov. Rick Perry at the Johnson County Fall BBQ event in Tiffin, Iowa, where Perry spoke on Oct. 7, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: Perry's spoiler potential in Iowa; Trump may scrap GOP debate; amid fiery campaign rhetoric, illegal border crossings on the decline

The Brief: Dec. 9, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry attempts to hush the crowd as he is introduced at his prayer event, The Response, in Houston on Aug. 6, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry attempts to hush the crowd as he is introduced at his prayer event, The Response, in Houston on Aug. 6, 2011.

Once again, intense backlash has caught the Rick Perry campaign flat-footed.

The Midday Brief: Dec. 7, 2011

The Dartmouth College press room at the Republican presidential debate on Oct. 11, 2011.
The Dartmouth College press room at the Republican presidential debate on Oct. 11, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: parsing Perry's aggressive new Iowa ad; Paul campaign announces five new office openings in early states; Formula One organizers break impasse

The Brief: Dec. 7, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry delivers a campaign speech to a crowd in Orange City, Iowa, on Oct. 8, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry delivers a campaign speech to a crowd in Orange City, Iowa, on Oct. 8, 2011.

Rick Perry's poll numbers remain stagnant, but in new internal data, his campaign may see reason for hope.

The Midday Brief: Dec. 6, 2011

Newt Gingrich at a press conference after a debate with Herman Cain in The Woodlands on Nov. 5, 2011.
Newt Gingrich at a press conference after a debate with Herman Cain in The Woodlands on Nov. 5, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: Paul goes after Gingrich in new Iowa ad; Perry Super PAC making big early-state ad buys; more good polling news for Gingrich

The Midday Brief: Dec. 5, 2011

Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich at the Republican presidential debate at Dartmouth College on Oct. 11, 2011.
Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich at the Republican presidential debate at Dartmouth College on Oct. 11, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: Gingrich joins Paul/Trump spat; new early-state ads for Paul and Perry; black lawmakers object to redistricting talk

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