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Last night’s Republican candidates debate—the 20th, and possibly final one—had just a little sugar and plenty of spice. Is the in-fighting between the GOP candidates establishing a strong frontrunner or tearing the whole field down… while building up President Obama? msnbc Political Analyst Howard Fineman and USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page join us tonight.


How likely is a third-party run in 2012? Jon Huntsman mentioned today on Morning Joe. And prominent Republicans aren’t being shy about their dissatisfaction with the current contenders. We’re asking the Hardball Strategists, Todd Harris and Steve McMahon.


Next: We’re staying on the story of the Virginia ultrasound bill, and tonight we’ll update you on Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s retreat and its national significance. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and State Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) are here to tell us more.


Plus: Entertainer-in-Chief! On the heels of President Obama’s bluesy turn at the mic, we’re taking a look back at Presidential musicians of the past. Public Relations Strategist Jill Zuckman will weigh in.

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