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Mitt Romney's big win in Florida earned him Secret Service protection, but Gingrich, Santorum and Paul aren't conceding anything yet.  As the campaign gets nastier, we'll look at the prospects for a divided Republican Party. Also, President Obama announces a new housing plan, and decoding the words people are thinking by analyzing their brain waves.

Banner image: (L-R) Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and wife Ann look to their grandson, who holds his ears due to the noise during his Florida primary night party January 31, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images; Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks as his wife Callista looks on during his Florida primary night party January 31, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Anna Scott
Frances Anderton

Making News Obama Announces New Housing Plan 7 MIN, 17 SEC

With Republican challengers otherwise engaged, President Obama today offered a new plan for mortgage holders to re-finance. David Nakamura is a staff writer at the Washington Post.

Guests:
David Nakamura, Washington Post (@davidnakamura)

Reporter's Notebook Researchers Decode What the Brain Is Thinking 9 MIN, 13 SEC

It's not mind-reading yet, but scientists have demonstrated a way to reconstruct words that people are thinking based on the brain waves generated by their thoughts. Brian Pasley was the lead researcher on a project at UC Berkeley's Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. The brain activity caused by words was analyzed to determine what surgical patients were thinking. Pasley explains how it works and what might be next.

Guests:
Brian Pasley, University of California, Berkeley

Main Topic The High Cost of Going Negative in the GOP Campaign 33 MIN, 46 SEC

Newt Gingrich didn't make the traditional courtesy call to Mitt Romney after last night's defeat in Florida, and the message is clear: Romney's massive onslaught of TV attack ads has left the Republican Party more divided than ever, with Gingrich still leading in the national polls. As the battle heats up, Rick Santorum has hope of being the last candidate standing, and Ron Paul shows no signs of quitting. They're all on their way to Nevada, a state staggered by unemployment and home foreclosures, where Republicans will caucus on Saturday. Can they all go on until the August convention? Are they damaging the Republican cause or honing the ultimate challenge to President Obama?

Guests:
Michael Shear, New York Times (@shearm)
Larry Sabato, University of Virginia Center for Politics (@larrysabato)
Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator (@AmSpec)
Mona Charen, author and syndicated columnist (@mcharen)
Peter Fenn, Fenn Communications (@peterhfenn)

The Age of Reagan

Steven F. Hayward

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