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New Ad Attacks Romney's History with Dogs

EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- It’s the problem that won’t stop hounding Mitt Romney.  On Friday became the latest group in a long line of opponents to take advantage of Mitt Romney’s troubled past with canines with a new ad.  The ad reminds voters of the story of Romney’s family dog, Seamus, who was strapped to the roof in his kennel for a family road-trip to Canada.

ABC’s Jake Tapper and Jonathan Karl sat down with Diane Sawyer to breakdown why Romney’s dog problem isn’t going away anytime soon and what political junkies are looking forward to in the week ahead.

While the story of Romney’s dog might seem like a small issue to some, Tapper explained that in an election that is expected to come down to just a few voters, in just a few places, Democrats believe anything that works to bring even one more vote to Obama is worth trying.  It’s an even easier storyline to continue feeding when you have your own adorable pooch — in the form of Bo, the dog — to help win voters over, Karl told Sawyer.

However both Tapper and Karl agree that the fight for the week ahead will not be over dogs, but over the voters in Michigan as Romney scrambles for a victory in the Feb. 28 primary.  As Karl told Sawyer, Rick Santorum has gone from underdog to a candidate with a real chance at winning in Michigan and beyond.  Even the White House, who has long considered Romney to be their inevitable opponent, is now even beginning to show signs they are considering how they might have to run against Santorum this Fall, added Tapper.

While in the long run all signs still point toward a Romney nomination, Santorum’s strong run now could spell trouble for the Republican Convention this summer if it ends in a brokered convention – -something we haven’t seen in modern politics in decades.  While Romney may have the support of the Republican establishment, a divided party could have reporters strapping on their helmets and knee pads for a raucous ride to the finish, joked Tapper.

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Dec102010 Vows Primary Challenges vs. Dems Who Support Tax Deal

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Amid outrage on the left over the tax deal reached by President Obama, liberal activists are promising 2012 primary challenges against Democrats who vote in favor of the package.

Ilyse Hogue, the director of political advocacy for, told ABC News Friday that her group’s members are eager to stand up for their viewpoints even against Democratic office-holders, as they did in an unsuccessful primary challenge against Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., who went on to lose in the general election.

“We saw in 2010 that our members’ appetite to fight for people willing to fight for middle-class Americans is huge,” Hogue said. “Did Blanche Lincoln win?…Yes. But, did she have to pay a steep price, and was a message sent that…this is a long-term fight to get the Democrats to stand up to special interests, and fight on behalf of the American people. And we’ll use every tool in our toolbox to do that, moving forward.”

Hogue said the president has made a “wide miscalculation” about voters’ intent in caving to Republicans on a range of tax cuts.

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Police Consider More Arrests in Rand Paul Heckler Scuffle

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Kentucky cops are considering charges against at least two more Rand Paul supporters caught on tape wrestling a political heckler to the ground while another man stomped on her head.

"At this point, the investigation is still ongoing," Lexington Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts told ABC News. "We're looking into other individuals who may have been involved in the assault and could get charged."

A short, 50-second video clip of the scuffle shows a handful of people surrounding Lauren Valle, 23, a paid activist for the liberal group, as she is pushed to the ground Monday.

The incident occurred as Paul was arriving for a debate with his Democratic opponent, Jack Conway. The two men are campaigning for a Kentucky Senate seat.

One man in the video wearing a checkered shirt appears to wrestle Valle to the curb while a second man steps on her. The face of the man in the checkered shirt is partially visible, but neither man has yet been identified.

As the two men held Valle down, a third man, identified as Tim Profitt, stomped her twice in the back of the head.

Profitt was served a criminal summons Tuesday night and charged with a misdemeanor assault. He will have to appear in court to be arraigned, but a court date has not yet been set, said a Fayette County district court clerk.

The Paul campaign dropped Profitt as its coordinator in central Kentucky's Bourbon County and banned him from future campaign events.

In an interview with a Kentucky television station, Profitt admitted to stepping on Valle but said he was attempting to protect Paul and demanded the woman apologize to him.

"She's a professional at what she does," Profitt told WKYT. "When all the facts come out, people will see that she's the one who initiated the whole thing."

"I put my foot on her and I did push her down," he said. "I would like for her to apologize to me, to be honest with you."

Calls to Profitt for comment were not returned.

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