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Politics Today: Obama Vs. Brewer, Republicans Vs. Gingrich, And More

Tracy Bloom |
January 26, 2012 | 11:19 a.m. PST

Deputy Editor

How Brewer Is Benefitting From Tiff With Obama: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is doing quite well a day after she got into an argument with President Obama - or at least the sales of the book that began the very public argument are. A little background: Brewer and Obama got into a heated discussion upon his arrival Wednesday in Phoenix over how the Arizona Governor portrayed a meeting with the president in her book. Sales of that book, "Scorpions for Breakfast," have since skyrocketed; the book is ranked #21 (and rising) on Amazon's bestseller list.

Right-Wing Media Criticizes Gingrich: It's not just Mitt Romney that has a bone to pick with Newt Gingrich. On Wednesday, a barrage of conservative media outlets unleashed a torrent of criticism against the Republican presidential frontrunner. From Drudge, to the American Spectator, to the National Review to Ann Coulter - everyone seemed to want to get in on the action. The effect, according to Politico, made Gingrich appear to come off as "a dangerous, anti-Reagan, Clintonian fraud." More from Politico: "It’s as if the conservative media over the past 24 hours decided Gingrich is for real, and they need to come clean about the man they really know before it’s too late."

DeLay, Dole Also Attack Gingrich: Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and 1996 Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole also ripped Gingrich on Wednesday. Delay told KTRH-AM: "What has been said about Newt is pretty much true. He had to step down because Republicans, conservative Republicans, wouldn't vote for him again as Speaker. Because he's not really a conservative. I mean, he'll tell you what you want to hear." Said Dole in a statement released by the Romney campaign: "If Gingrich is the nominee, it will have an adverse impact on Republican candidates running for county, state, and federal offices. Hardly anyone who served with Newt Gingrich has endorsed him and that fact speaks for himself." Dole added that a number of Representatives wanted him out as speaker in 1997. Gingrich eventually stepped down the following year.  

Barney Frank To Marry: Openly gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has announced plans to marry his longtime partner, Jim Ready. Frank will wed Ready in Massachusetts, one of the few states where same-sex marriage is legal. The 71-year-old long-time congressman said last year that he would retire at the end of his term. If Frank gets married before January 2013, when his term is up, he would be the first congressman to be in a same sex marriage.

Rand Paul TSA Video Footage Released: Nashville International Airport has released video of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul being detained earlier this week at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint. The details: Paul set off an alarm on a scanner, refused a pat-down and asked to go through the machine a second time. TSA refused his request, which led to what Paul described as him being "detained." At the time, a report claimed that Sen. Paul was "irate" at being stopped at the checkpoint. However, the video released appears to counter that claim. Take a look:



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