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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.

Making News Mississippi River Crest Nears at Memphis 7 MIN, 47 SEC

Residents in and around Memphis, Tennessee are being told not to panic, but the Mississippi River is now expected to crest a bit sooner than had been expected. Bill Dries with the Memphis Daily News says it's something to see.

Bill Dries, Memphis Daily News

Main Topic What Are the Republicans Waiting For? 35 MIN, 43 SEC

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?

Other GOP candidates discussed include:

Tim Pawlenty
Rick Santorum
Herman Cain
Mitch Daniels

Chris Cillizza, Washington Post (@thefix)
Rich Galen, Mullings.com (@richgalen)
Vin Weber, Mercury/Clark & Weinstock
David Yepsen, journalist (@DavidYepsen)

Reporter's Notebook Tensions Mount between US and Pakistan 7 MIN, 30 SEC

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.

David Sanger, National Security Correspondent for the New York Times (@SangerNYT)

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