1. Death Watch

    Can Newt Stop His Freefall?

    SIOUX CITY, IA - DECEMBER 15:  Republican presidential candidate former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich fields a question during the Fox News Channel debate at the Sioux City Convention Center on December 15, 2011 in Sioux City, Iowa. The GOP contenders are in the final stretch of campaigning in Iowa where the January 3rd caucus is the first test the candidates must face before becoming the Republican presidential nominee.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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    After Gingrich tumbled in the polls and The Des Moines Register endorsed Romney, the conventional wisdom has swung back against Newt. Desperate, he's resorted to "a radical, constitutionally dubious assault on federal judges," writes Salon's Steve Kornacki. But it's not looking like he can withstand the concerted assault from the GOP establishment. "With the caucuses approaching, Iowans are more engaged now, and Gingrich’s recent rise also spooked some influential conservatives into vouching for Romney, whom they see as far more electable. So maybe for the first time Romney will benefit directly from an opponent’s flame out, propelling him to a potentially decisive Iowa triumph."

    Read it at Salon