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Newt Gingrich is a GOP creation, no wonder he won his first election in 14 years and more [AM Briefing]

“Conservatives may denounce class warfare, yet by shrewdly combining the politics of class with the politics of culture, Newt Gingrich won his first election in 14 years, humbled Mitt Romney and upended the Republican Party,” writes E.J. Dionne (Washington Post)

Politico’s Arena asks: Is Newt Gingrich an embarrassment? Wilson Center’s Aaron David Miller says, “Gingrich is a creation of the GOP’s seemingly interminable search for the un-Romney.” Brookings scholar says Newt’s success is all about Romney.

Why the Ron Paul campaign’s denunciation of Newt Gingrich for taking $1.6 million from Freddie Mac works. (New York Post)

Heritage’s James Carafano: Barry is no Harry. (Washington Examiner)

Heritage Action for America’s Michael Needham pens an op-ed with Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) on payroll taxes. (Washington Examiner)

Room for Debate asks: Why do politicians get away with lying? (New York Times)

How technology helps authoritarians. (NPR)

CFR’s Robert Danin outlines seven ways the U.S. could help Syria without military intervention. (CNN)

James Capretta: Inside the Obamacare spin zone. (National Review)

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 and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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