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Independents will be 40 percent of tomorrow's vote in New Hampshire. Will they help Jon Huntsman emerge from the pack? Will they set the stage for a single anti-Romney candidate in South Carolina or Florida? Also, an Iranian court sentences an accused American spy to death. On Reporter's Notebook, a remembrance of Tony Blankley, political insider, journalist and the voice of the Right on public radio's Left, Right and Center.

Banner image: Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Jon Huntsman Jr., Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry return to their podiums during a commercial break in the Republican Presidential Debate at Saint Anselm College January 7, 2012 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

Making News Iranian Court Sentences Accused American Spy to Death 7 MIN, 25 SEC

The White House has strongly condemned an Iranian court for sentencing an American man to death. Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, a 28-year-old Marine, says he was visiting family in Iran. The court convicted him of spying. Thomas Erdbrink is in Tehran for the Washington Post.

Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times (@ThomasErdbrink)

Main Topic Romney under Attack before New Hampshire Primary 35 MIN, 19 SEC

The day before New Hampshire will chose the first convention delegates, Mitt Romney is still the man to beat. He's leading in South Carolina and Florida too, which are coming up before the end of this month. But many Republicans are still looking for an alternative. The rest of the field is hoping that, "anything can happen," and the lack of enthusiasm on the far right indicates it just might. We hear about this weekend's debates, Jon Huntsman's gain in the polls and the scathing attack documentary circulated by Newt Gingrich supporters. Can Romney hold on with the carefully calculated rhetoric of campaign consultants?  Is it already too late for an anti-Romney consensus?



Websites of (other) Republican presidential candidates:

Rick Perry
Rick Santorum

Maggie Haberman, New York Times / CNN (@maggienyt)
Linda Fowler, Dartmouth College
Joshua Trevino, Texas Public Policy Foundation (@jstrevino)
Kristen Soltis Anderson, Washington Examiner / Echelon Insights (@KSoltisAnderson)
Ron Brownstein, Atlantic / CNN (@RonBrownstein)

The Second Civil War

Ronald Brownstein

Reporter's Notebook Paying Tribute to Commentator, Political Aide Tony Blankley 7 MIN, 53 SEC

tony_blankley.jpgTony Blankley was born in England and moved to California at the age of three, where he became a child actor. He grew up to be a political player in Washington, a journalist and a favorite on TV and radio. He was a colleague of ours here at KCRW in Santa Monica. Blankley, who died this weekend at the age of 62, was press secretary when Newt Gingrich was House Speaker. Today Gingrich called him, "a wonderful friend, a sage advisor and a man who loved life." After he left government, Blankley became joined the press corps, as columnist and editorial page editor of the Washington Times, a TV panelist on The McLaughlin Group, and a regular on Left, Right and Center, the radio program produced and syndicated by KCRW. Blankley was the voice of the Right. Matt Miller, who is in the Center, has a remembrance.

Matt Miller, Co-host, 'Left, Right & Center' (@mattmillernow)

American Grit

Tony Blankley


Warren Olney

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