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Is that all there is? With the GOP 2012 field nearly fully-formed, conservative intellectuals are still holding out for a hero. But Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN), Fmr. Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) and Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) all deny they’ll get into the race. And as POLITICO’s Jonathan Martin and Ben Smith write, “To many conservative elites, Rick Perry is a dope, Michele Bachmann is a joke and Mitt Romney is a fraud.” We’ll get into why with Jonathan Martin and Charlie Cook, Editor of “The Cook Report.”


Down goes bin Laden, down goes Khaddafy, and down goes… President Obama’s approval rating? After two successful, high-profile takedowns, why isn’t the public impressed with the President’s foreign policy chops? Has the White House missed the opportunity to showcase President Obama as a successful war president? Why does he seem reluctant to embrace the role? We’ll discuss with msnbc Political Analyst Eugene Robinson and Fmr. Special Assistant to President George W. Bush Ron Christie.



Does the GOP field have a new frontrunner? Rick Perry leads today’s Gallup Daily Tracking Poll with 29 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents surveyed nationwide supporting him, compared to Romney’s 17 percent. We’ll dig into Perry’s “Texas Miracle”—that is, his record on job creation and the state economy—with msnbc Political Analyst Ezra Klein and Fmr. Rep. Chris Bell (D-TX), who ran against Perry in the 2006 gubernatorial race.



All shook up! Yesterday’s earthquake blindsided east coasters…but not the animals at the Smithsonian National Zoo! Zookeepers reported the orangutans and gorillas sought shelter seconds before the quake struck, and the lemurs sounded an alarm call a whole fifteen minutes before the ground began to shake. How could they know what we didn’t? We’ll ask Jeff Corwin, Wildlife Biologist and NBC Science and Environmental Expert, tonight. 

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