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The Empire Strikes Back: The conservative wing of the Republican party is finally going after Newt Gingrich. Elliot Abrams, Ann Coulter, Tom DeLay and others are all panicking that Newt might actually win. And if he wins Florida, it might be over. But the polls in Florida show Gingrich may have crested. So we’ll see if he can regain his momentum at tonight’s debate.

 

About tonight’s debate – Can Newt play off the enthusiasm of the rowdy audience to regain his mojo? The audience has kind of been the ‘12th man’ of the Republican race. We’ll run through their worst moments thus far, and we’ll see how Newt plays it tonight.

 

Time magazine’s Joe Klein says Barack Obama is back. And our new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll supports that theory. He’s looking strong – and we’ll have new numbers tonight.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer got in the president’s face yesterday on the tarmac in Phoenix. If a picture’s worth a thousand words, what’s the story here?

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