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CNN: Newly recovered court files cast doubt on Gingrich version of first divorce
Newt Gingrich claims that it was his first wife, not Gingrich himself, who wanted their divorce in 1980, but court documents obtained by CNN appear to show otherwise.
CNN: Santorum hunts birds and serves up photo op
Opting not to hunt for votes one day after Christmas, a gun-toting Rick Santorum went on a different kind of hunt on Monday.
CNN: Potential Iowa GOP kingmakers conflicted about endorsing
Iowa GOP Congressman Steve King, whose support is coveted by Republican presidential candidates, said he hoped to endorse one of them months ago. But like many other Iowa Republican voters, he is having a hard time picking a horse in this Republican field.
CNN: Place your bets: Company proposes options market for elections
As soon as next week, a new market may open, where anyone can place bets on the outcome of upcoming political contests.
CNN: Police seek motive in Texas family deaths
Autopsies were being conducted Monday on seven family members who were fatally shot by a man dressed as Santa Claus at a Christmas gathering, police said.
CNN: Authorities offer $30,000 reward in case of missing Maine toddler
Authorities in Waterville, Maine, on Monday offered a $30,000 reward for information that would lead investigators to find 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds.
CNN: Bodies found in Detroit linked to online ads
Detroit police are investigating the death of two women whose bodies, burned beyond recognition, were found in the trunk of a car on fire early Christmas Day.
CNN: 3 dead in Florida medical helicopter crash
Three people - a surgeon, a medical technician and a pilot - were killed Monday when a medical helicopter crashed in Florida, the Mayo Clinic said.
CNN: Arab League mission arrives amid violence in Syria
Members of an Arab League delegation arrived Monday in Syria to look into events on the ground and whether Syria is upholding a commitment to end a brutal crackdown.
CNN: India and Pakistan hold arms talks
Representatives of India and Pakistan on Tuesday will hold the second day of two-day talks on conventional and nuclear weapons, Indian officials said.
CNN: South Korean delegation meets Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang
A delegation of South Korean citizens met with Kim Jong Un, the son and chosen successor of the deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang on Monday, in the younger Kim's first interaction with visitors from the South since the death of his father.
CNN: Pakistan disputes U.S. findings on deadly airstrike
Pakistan's government has formally disputed the findings of a U.S. investigation into a November airstrike that killed 24 Pakistanis, saying the bombardment went on long after it reported its troops were under fire.
CNN Money: Stocks head into final stretch
The week ahead on Wall Street is expected to be quiet with many market players taking time off for the holidays.
CNN Money: Fortune 500: Worst stocks of 2011
It was a tough year for many major corporations, but this neglected bouquet of Fortune 500 companies stood out for particularly poor performance. From a bankrupt airline to an aging camera maker, here are the biggest losers.
CNN Money: Same-sex spouses lose big on taxes
Same-sex spouses are paying as much as $6,000 a year in extra taxes because the federal government doesn't recognize gay marriage, according to an analysis conducted for CNNMoney by tax specialists.
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wow read the full article on Gingrich what a creep and this is a man who thinks he should be President of the US. Someone is not pretty enough or young enough is not a valid excuse for divorcing someone. Leaving his family without any money and the church had to support them. Please people wake up and get rid of this man as candidate for anything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He has NO character!
►CNN: Newly recovered court files cast doubt on Gingrich version of first divorce
ginGRINCH is DONE; he cannot clean this up and he would NEVER be this USA’s Boss
►CNN: Santorum hunts birds and serves up photo op
At least he will EAT THEM so I guess it’s not just for PROPS
But taking a day off may hurt him and keep him from moving to the top
He’s only polling at 3% and this day off may cause his number to drop!!!
►CNN: Potential Iowa GOP kingmakers conflicted about endorsing
Look at the field – I mean, come on now, they are all dead horses
Flip-flopping and Flop-Flipping – Just to satisfy a minority few
They’re all embarrassing and I wouldn’t endorse any of them – even if I had to!!
►CNN: Place your bets: Company proposes options market for elections
I can understand this because the candidates on the RIGHT are a JOKE and a strange collection
of comedians who fight each other to get into a position to SERVE the furthest far-RIGHT
So placing a “bet” on their heads is very predictable and only ONE will make it to election night
HAVE A NICE DAY!!