1. DISASTER

    Gingrich Aides Resign En Masse

    FILE - In this June 8, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential hopeful, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, accompanied by his wife Callista Gingrich, speaks in Hudson, N.H.  Gingrich's campaign manager and numerous other key aides have resigned together, a strong blow to his hopes for the Republican presidential nomination.  (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, File)

    Cheryl Senter / AP

    Senior aides to Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich have resigned en masse—including spokesman Rick Tyler and campaign manager Rob Johnson, as well as other top aides in early primary states according to Associated Press sources. Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, officially declared his candidacy in May, but his campaign has been troubled by a series of missteps and gaffes. Adding to the awkwardness of the surprise news, Gingrich is currently on a two-week Mediterranean cruise.

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