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We learned today that Newt Gingrich’s ‘think tank’ collected $37 million from major healthcare companies… and that Newt supported an individual insurance mandate before it was the centerpiece of Obamacare! Remember the Republican outcry over “death panels?” Yeah, he supported those, too. We’ve got the latest with “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory and msnbc Political Analyst Howard Fineman.


He’s a leader, not a reader… so back off, everybody! Herman Cain made his case to the people yesterday in New Hampshire, effectively saying he doesn’t need to have all the answers because he’ll surround himself with people who will. Slightly related, Rick Perry’s new add criticizes President Obama for being the smartest guy in the room and says he had a “privileged upbringing.” Really? GOP Strategist Ron Christie and msnbc Political Analyst David Corn will weigh in.


Tom Brokaw joins Hardball tonight to talk about his new book, The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation about America, and about how politicians can connect with American voters.


Investigators are reopening the Natalie Wood case. Did she really drown while boating in 1981… or was her death caused by something more sinister? The captain of that yacht joined the Today show this morning and said he lied to investigators all those years ago. David Gregory interviewed the captain and will bring us the story tonight.    

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