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10:20am

Sun December 11, 2011
Presidential Race

Former Spokesman: 'Newt, If I Let You Down, I'm Sorry'

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul look on during the ABC News GOP presidential debate on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Judging by the attacks on Newt Gingrich at Saturday's GOP debate in Des Moines, Iowa, the former House speaker is the man to beat in the Republican presidential field.

The past few weeks have seen a remarkable turnaround for Gingrich's campaign. It wasn't long ago when his bid was all but left for dead. This summer, nearly his entire campaign staff resigned on a single day. One of those staffers was Gingrich's longtime communications aide Rick Tyler.

Tyler explains that he left because he lost perspective, but is now open to rejoining Gingrich's campaign.

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7:01am

Sun December 11, 2011
NPR Story

Your Letters: Spain's White Elephants; Meatballs

Host Audie Cornish shares listener comments about last week's show, including a story of public projects in Spain that have shut down due to budget cuts, and an essay on meatballs.

6:00am

Sun December 11, 2011
NPR Story

Canada Escapes Recession's Grip

Originally published on Sun December 11, 2011 7:58 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

As Europe works to solve its financial problems, closer to home - and with a little less fanfare - America's biggest trading partner is thriving. Canada has built an impressive track record throughout the recession. It's got low unemployment, little government debt, and some of the healthiest economic growth in the industrialized world. Brian Mann traveled to Toronto for WBEZ's Chicago's Front and Center project, and has this story.

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6:00am

Sun December 11, 2011
NPR Story

Waves Of Russians Fill The Streets To Protest Putin

Originally published on Sun December 11, 2011 7:58 am

Tens of thousands of Russians took to the streets of Moscow Saturday, shouting "We exist!" against Vladimir Putin's inevitable return to the presidency. Host Audie Cornish speaks with Julia Ioffe, Foreign Policy's Moscow correspondent, about post-election protests in Russia.

6:00am

Sun December 11, 2011
NPR Story

Youngest South-Pole Skier In Family Of Firsts

Originally published on Sun December 11, 2011 7:58 am

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