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Mr. Gingrich hopes to win his home state of Georgia and have a strong showing in Tennessee on contests held on Super Tuesday on March 6. The former Georgia congressman has been courting voters in his home state and in the South, hoping to revitalize his bid. He was holding campaign events in Nashville.

JUSTICE

Official moves up ranks to department’s No. 3 post

Tony West, the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, will become the acting associate attorney general, the No. 3 post at the department.

Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli is leaving the post after a busy three-year tenure overseeing some of the department’s most sensitive issues, including the ongoing negotiations with companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Mr. Perrelli also was one of the central figures in leading negotiations with five major U.S. banks that resulted in a $25 billion settlement with the nation’s top mortgage lenders.

As head of the Civil Division, Mr. West has defended the Obama administration’s health care law in the courts and has led the government’s lawsuits against state immigration laws passed in Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina and Utah.

GOP

Barbour says nomination could go to convention

Former Republican Party Chairman Haley Barbour says the fight for the GOP presidential nomination could go all the way to the convention.

The ex-governor of Mississippi says he doesn’t think that’s likely, but he noted in a CBS “This Morning” interview that none of the candidates has taken control of the race.

Mr. Barbour says, “The fact is, there is an outside possibility” the nomination fight might not be resolved until the party’s August convention in Tampa, Fla.

He says such a scenario would be “unusual” but that “whoever we nominate, Barack Obama is the great uniter of Republicans.”

Mr. Barbour also says that “historically, these nomination contests don’t start until February, so it’s mighty early in the game.” He says Republicans should focus on the “anemic” economy.

FAA

Officials want to boost airline pilot qualifications

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