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Gingrich: Odds are even that Boehner will be speaker

Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, from Georgia, addressed the Heritage Foundation's weekly blogger briefing on Tuesday and discussed everything from energy policy to the 2010 midterms. I asked Mr. Gingrich, “With the 2012 presidential elections, what should prospective GOP candidates start doing right now if they want to be taken seriously later?” 

Coburn statements on Pelosi and Fox News makes some wonder

Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma, made statements regarding Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, which left a number of individuals scratching their heads. At a Town hall meeting last week, he told a woman she was misinformed about the health care mandate after she stated the government could "put us in prison" for not having health insurance. "The intention is not to put anybody in jail," he responded. "That makes for good TV news on Fox but that isn't the intention."

Lefties look to sabotage tea party movement

Liberals looking to discredit activists who protested against the health care bill have resorted to recruiting individuals who will crash tea party rallies in the coming weeks. One such group calls itself "Crash the Tea Party." 

Video: Mike Pence talks to bloggers at SRLC 2010

Hot Air's Ed Morrissey has posted video of Congressman Mike Pence, an Indiana Republican, talking to bloggers and reporters at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. Mr. Morrissey points out how well Mr. Pence defused questions regarding the racism charges being lobbed at those who protested outside the Capitol the day the health care bill was being debated.