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Romney’s patriot act; Gingrich flashbacks; and a postal regulator’s globe-trotting (read-this roundup)

Mitt Romney is taking patriotism to performance-art level. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Our colleague Philip Rucker reports that the former Massachusetts governor is making a spoken-word performance of the patriotic tune — even though our resident fact checker Glenn Kessler says the GOP candidate isn’t quite accurate with his claims about national anthems.

And in Monday’s story on Newt Gingrich by our colleague Amy Gardner, we found a few lines that gave us a serious case of deja vu.

One challenge for the former House Speaker is “finding the discipline to follow his own plan,” Gardner reports. (Headline from a Nov. 16 story about Newt “ Newt Gingrich, on the rise: ‘Hopefully, I’m going to be more disciplined.’)

Gingrich’s advisors say lack of organization and sluggish fundraising “missteps are behind them,” Gardner says. (Here’s a line from a Sept. 29 story: “Four months after early missteps nearly doomed his presidential aspirations, he has...become a draw on the campaign trail.”)

Metaphor of the day: “if January was like a gladiator match, February will be more like a game chess.” — our colleague Sandhya Somashekhar, explaining why we should expect a lull in the heretofore “thrill-a-minute” race for the GOP nomination.

Elsewhere, our colleague Ed O’Keefe delivers a message sure to rile critics of the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service: He reports that Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Ruth Goldway took some mighty fine (and pricey) international jaunts while the USPS was losing millions.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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