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Romney's powerful showing in last night's debate could be crucial for the Republican presidential nomination. But a final burst of TV commercials from the Gingrich SuperPAC could make a difference. We hear about the Las Vegas billionaire who came up with $10 million and whether he's influenced the campaign. Also, the economy shows improvement, but is it enough? On Reporter's Notebook, the iPhone 4S and other challenges to limited bandwidth.

Banner image: Screen grab from CBS News, January 25, 2012

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Christian Bordal
Katie Cooper

Reporter's Notebook The Coming Bandwidth Crunch 9 MIN, 34 SEC

Users can have two-way conversations with Apple's iPhone 4S. Its popular feature Siri is taking up a lot of bandwidth, but it's not the only technology that's pushing the envelope of limited capacity. The number of wireless devices in the US now exceeds the number of people. Smart phones, tablets and other devices are gobbling up bandwidth fast. Silicon-Valley based technology writer Howard Baldwin has more on the coming bandwidth crunch.

Guests:
Howard Baldwin, technology writer

Making News Economy Shows Improvement, but Is It Enough? 7 MIN, 31 SEC

The Commerce Department reported today that America's economic output grew by 2.8 percent in the last quarter of 2011, an improvement over 1.8 percent in the third quarter.  Good news, but not good enough to constitute economic recovery. Catherine Rampell is economics reporter for the New York Times, where she founded the papers Economix blog.

Guests:
Catherine Rampell, Washington Post (@crampell)

Main Topic Who Is Sheldon Adelson and Is He behind Gingrich's Rise? 33 MIN, 52 SEC

After Newt Gingrich's big win in South Carolina, polls showed him neck and neck with Mitt Romney in Florida. Commentators agree that Romney was the aggressor in last night's debate and Gingrich almost passive compared to past performances. If Romney can win Florida, establishment Republicans will be very relieved. But Gingrich supporters will air a blitz of TV-commercials before Tuesday's primary. It's financed by Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who's contributed $10 million to Gingrich's Super PAC. Has last night's debate role-reversal made a difference? Who is Sheldon Adelson, and is he making Republicans more hawkish in defense of Israel?

Guests:
Steve Kornacki, Salon.com (@SteveKornacki)
Scott Powers, Orlando Sentinel (@ScottFist)
Jon Ralston, Las Vegas Sun (@RalstonFlash)
Jonathan Tobin, Commentary magazine (@TobinCommentary)
Gal Beckerman, The Forward (@galbeckerman)

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