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Adiós, pizza man. There's a Newt frontrunner in the GOP presidential race, and his name is Gingrich. Newt Gingrich.

Yes, folks, that's right. Former '90s heartthrob Newt Gingrich is this week's poll leader.

Despite his many past indiscretions—such as flirting with climate change acceptance, cavorting with criminals, and proposing an individual mandate—Newt Gingrich is the Republican candidate that Americans trust most with our nuclear weapons.

And so, less than two months before the first votes are cast, the country's preeminent "housing historian" looks poised to make some history of his own.

At least until next week.

Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ); Sen. John Kerry (D-MA); Roundtable: Democratic Strategist Dee Dee Myers, Republican Strategist Mike Murphy, Eugene Robinson (Washington Post) and Former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie.

Face the Nation: Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA); Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV); Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).

This Week: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D); Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE); Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd, Paul Krugman (New York Times) and Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal).

Fox News Sunday: Jeb Hensarling (R-TX); Xavier Becerra (D-CA); Mark Zandi (Moody's Analytics); Roundtable: Brit Hume, A.B. Stoddard (The Hill), Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard) and Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA); Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Republican Strategist Rich Galen; Former Rep. Robert Walker (R-PA); Reliable Sources: Marisa Guthrie (Hollywood Reporter); Eric Deggan (St. Petersburg Times); David Zurawik (Baltimore Sun); Sarah Ganim (Harrisburg Patriot-News); Nia-Malika Henderson (Washington Post); Robert Costa (National Review); David Shuster (Current TV).

The Chris Matthews Show: Helene Cooper (New York Times); Lizzie O'Leary (Bloomberg TV); Dan Rather (HDNet); John Heilemann (New York Magazine).

Fareed Zakaria GPS: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak; Political Scientist Bruce Bueno de Mesquita; Former British Foreign Minister David Miliband; Martin Wolf (Financial Times); Bronwen Maddox (Prospect Magazine).

By popular demand:

Up with Chris Hayes: Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN); Bob Herbert (Formerly of the New York Times); Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC); Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: an interview with IMF Chief Christine Lagarde (preview); an interview with singer/songwriter Taylor Swift (preview); and, an interview with GOP pledge master Grover Norquist (preview).

On Comedy Central:

Jon Stewart examined Herman Cain's latest foreign policy gaffe.

And Stephen Colbert rhetorically linked arms with fellow 1%er Mayor Bloomberg to push back against the 99%ers.

Note: The Daily Show and The Colbert Report will be airing reruns this week. New episodes will return on Monday, November 28.


After doubling down on her unsubstantiated claims about the HPV vaccine this week, Michele Bachmann decided to raise the stakes.

"One man stood up, he was over 7-feet tall. He was a physician in the community. And he said, 'I had a little lady in my office and because of Obamacare, I had to call the IRS and I had to get a number to put on a form before I could see her.'"

Of course, that's not true either.


Michele's husband, Marcus, is calling on gay activists to pay him for services rendered.

The WSJ's Jonathan Weisman reports that a gay activist - who conducted a secret operation in Marcus Bachmann's counseling clinic to catch his employees discussing a curing therapy for being gay - is now being pushed to settle his unpaid bill.

Per Weisman, John Becker and his group Truth Wins Out got called directly by Marcus Bachmann insisting payment of $150 for two sessions that were set up as part of what turned out to be a sting. He said he'd sic a collection agency on the group if they don't pony up the money.

And speaking of money:

Former heavyweight contender Rick Perry appears to be having trouble getting it up.

One Perry fundraiser, who asked not to be named, said he received 15 RSVPs for a recent event from potential donors saying they might attend. But after a gaffe-marred Perry debate performance, none showed up.

"The debates have taken a toll," the fundraiser said. "The national numbers have taken a toll. People see the campaign on a negative trajectory."

You can't fix stupid.

- Trix

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