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Coming up on Hardball... Questions: Answered.

We’re tackling four big questions today: Is the Santorum surge for real?

We’re tackling four big questions today:


Is the Santorum surge for real? msnbc Political Analysts Howard Fineman and Steve Schmidt will weigh in, and recap the latest poll numbers.


Who would Obama prefer to run against: Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum? We’re asking msnbc Political Analysts and authors of Game Change, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.


Did President Obama set a contraception trap for the right?  Andrew Sullivan wrote this week’s Newsweek cover story. He and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne will discuss.


Plus: Did Republicans cave on allowing an extension of the payroll tax cut today? That’s a question for Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC).