Newt Gingrich is the latest Republican presidential hopeful to shoot to the top of the polls – happily gathering support from former Herman Cain and Rick Perry backers.
Mitt Romney says it is. The GOP presidential candidate has used the super committee's apparent failure as an opportunity to go after the incumbent.
After 20 years as a member of Congress, including two terms as House speaker, Newt Gingrich did not go back home to Georgia. Instead, he kept his hand in the political game, making lots of money consulting for corporations.
Newt Gingrich's 'poll vault' to the top of the GOP heap means his character and record are coming under greater scrutiny. 'Everybody will dig up everything they can,' he says. 'That's fine. They should.'
No matter what, Mitt Romney appears unable to get more than 25 percent of likely GOP primary voters to choose him in a poll. But the other candidates' shortcomings could be all he needs.
Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's ambassador the United States, says he uses Twitter to reach out to people who are hostile to him because of his role trying to improve Pakistan's ties with the US.
The US and Pakistan are stuck in an unsatisfactory arrangement where neither side gets what it wants, the envoy says: no Pakistani crackdown on North Waziristan, and ongoing US drone strikes.