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Mitt Romney’s divide and conquer strategy, Santorum vs. Huntsman and more [AM Briefing]

Mitt Romney’s divide and conquer strategy in Iowa. (National Review)

A clash between Santorum and Huntsman: “I love watching Republicans engage in class warfare. They condemn it as a sin when Democrats come within 100 miles of even mentioning the sharp and growing class inequalities in the United States. But when conservatives play the class card, they see it as a high ethical calling involving the defense of good and moral folk against the depredations of a liberal elite,” writes Brookings’ E.J. Dionne. (Washington Post)

“Why would Rick Perry stay in the race? To those who watched a candidate who seemed to have everything going for him– long-time, big-state governor with a record he could tout, money, attractiveness, appeal to the base, never lost an election– fall apart in the most embarrassing, slow-motion way, through serial debate flops and dumb statements, and then flop in Iowa, it may seem puzzling, stubborn, impulsive and quixotic.,” writes AEI’s Norm Ornstein. He also says there’s a good reason Perry’s in. (AEI)

Room for Debate asks: With three factions within the Republican party, will there be an opening for a third-party candidate, or show a need for a multiparty system? (New York Times)

“Cuomo wants to hang New York’s future on one declining industry and one exploitative industry. And he’s doing it more than a decade after other states chased the same bad ideas — and failed,” writes Manhattan Institute’s Nicole Gelinas. (New York Post)

Rhode Island’s success with pension reforms. (Washington Examiner)

Florida bill would make abortion a felony with a maximum sentence of life in prison. (ThinkProgress)

CAP’s Matt Miller talks Fukuyama. (Washington Post)

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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