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Another day, another leader in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Today it's former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, with only a month until the Iowa caucuses. The big question: how long can it last? Also, French and German leaders call for treaty changes in advance of Euro crisis summit. On Reporter's Notebook, have we seen the last of next-day service from the US Mail?

Banner image: Former House Speaker and Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich listens to a question during a town-hall meeting. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Making News France, Germany Call for Treaty Changes in Advance of Euro Crisis Summit 7 MIN, 47 SEC

Some investors and analysts are predicting the end of the Euro, but others say there's still a chance before the end of this year.  Today, Angela Merkel of Germany and Nicholas Sarkozy of France issued their first joint call for changing the treaties that established the Eurozone. Steven Erlanger is Paris Bureau Chief for the New York Times.

Steven Erlanger, New York Times (@StevenErlanger)

Main Topic Another Surprise for Republicans: Newt Gingrich 35 MIN, 56 SEC

With Herman Cain out and only one month until real Republican voters go to the Iowa caucuses, the Des Moines Register's latest Iowa Poll shows the race for the presidential nomination is anything but settled. Newt Gingrich is leading with 25 percent, Ron Paul is second and Mitt Romney has dropped to third with only a month to go. Has Gingrich peaked like so many others, or is this growing momentum, despite a campaign plagued with debt, staff turnover and a lack of discipline? Democrats say they'd love to run against Gingrich.  Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has thousands of pages of dirt "when the time is right." Can Christian conservatives handle his married life?  Do Tea Partiers want a lobbyist for Fannie and Freddie?  What about his record as House Speaker?

Websites of other Republican presidential candidates:

Michele Bachmann
Rick Perry
Jon Huntsman, Jr
Rick Santorum

Joshua Green, Bloomberg BusinessWeek; author of “Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency.” (@JoshuaGreen)
Mark Blumenthal, Huffington Post (@MysteryPollster)
Ross Baker, Rutgers University
Linda Killian, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (@lindajkillian)
Fred Bayles, Boston University (@fredbayles)

The Swing Vote

Linda Killian

Reporter's Notebook Snail Mail Could Get Even Slower 7 MIN, 17 SEC

The US Postal Service needs to save billions of dollars to stay in business, and today it announced what that means: 25,000 jobs, 250 out of 460 mail-processing facilities and the end of next-day service. Postmaster General Patrick Donahue compared the situation to that of any other company affected by the Internet. But Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) faulted Donahue for lacking imagination or initiative, and accused him of "proposing the death knell" for the USPS. Ed O'Keefe writes the Federal Eye blog for the Washington Post.


Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post (@edatpost)

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