A crowd of prominent Republicans is supposedly thirsting to run against President Obama next year, but they've waited a long time to make that final commitment. Now, Newt Gingrich says he'll take the plunge. Will that make others dive in? Also, the Mississippi River crest nears Memphis, and the US wants to talk with Osama bin Laden's three widows.
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Haley Barbour has dropped out and, except for Mitt Romney, most other GOP heavyweights are looking for money, while potential donors are sizing them up. One GOP strategist said Thursday's debate in South Carolina "looked like the bar scene from Star Wars," and House Speaker Boehner didn't bother to watch. Republicans, even those with double-digit support in the polls, have been slow to get into the race for the presidential nomination. Today, Newt Gingrich said he'll be the first to announce on Wednesday. Is he big enough to make others worry about being left behind? Is President Obama stronger than they suspected or weak enough that a late start won't matter for the eventual GOP nominee?
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The US is demanding that Pakistan allow interviews with three widows of Osama bin Laden. One was in his hide-out when he was killed more than a week ago and all are in custody. That's increasing pressure on a country the US still calls a "key ally." Prime Minister Yousaf Gilani today called it "disingenuous" to blame the army or Inter-Services Intelligence agency for allowing bin Laden to hole up in Pakistan for so long. Meantime, the White House seems to be warning it might soon have evidence of who knew what and when. That's according to David Sanger of the New York Times.
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