December 5: News Roundup

Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney made profits by firing workers, the Los Angeles Times reports. There’s more at the Los Angeles Times.

Private equity firms fear that their practices will be brought to light as the media glare turns toward Mitt Romney’s past.There’s more at the Economist.

Mitt Romney’s former partner says their jobs were far from “job creation.” There’s more at ThinkProgress.

Mitt Romney slips to third in Iowa in a new Des Moines Register poll. There’s more at the Des Moines Register.

29 days and counting to the Iowa Caucuses. Chris Cillizza does the play-by-play at “The Fix” in the Washington Post. Read it at WaPo.

Herman Cain’s campaign “suspension” means never having to account for his fundraising dollars. There’s more at the Washington Post.

A former Republican U.S. Senator calls the GOP Presidential field “embarrassing.There’s more at ThinkProgress.

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has harsh words for Newt Gingrich. “He’s the last person I’d vote for” says Coburn. There’s more at CNN.

Gingrich and Romney might be heading for an unexpected long and bruising campaign. There’s more at the New York Times.

GOP “Supercommittee” member Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) admits Bush tax cuts didn’t create jobs, can’t explain why. There’s more at ThinkProgress.

John McCain says Arizona is “up for grabs” in the 2012 Presidential contest. There’s more at TPM.

Republicans on the attack against Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl. There’s more at the Washington Post.

Still clueless after all these years: Texas Governor Rick Perry thinks Executive Orders can repeal laws passed by Congress. There’s more at ThinkProgress.

The German daily Der Spiegel calls the Republican presidential freak-show “A Club of Liars, Demagogues and Ignoramuses.” There’s more at Der Spiegel.