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Gingrich takes heat over “amnesty”

Electrified fences, predator drones and anchor babies were nowhere to be found when the subject of illegal immigration came up in the latest of a series of Republican presidential debates.

The softer, gentler tone Tuesday night at Constitution Hall was a contrast from when the White House hopefuls took on the subject at a debate in Las Vegas last month.

But there was still heat at the Washington debate -- and this time Newt Gingrich got scorched by expressing a relatively moderate position on illegal immigration.

The former House Speaker opened himself up to sharp criticism from rivals in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, and conservatives in general, with one word he did not even utter -- "amnesty."

from Tales from the Trail:

Romney opens ad offensive against Obama

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's first television commercial attacking Barack Obama's record  hits the airwaves in New Hampshire on Tuesday -- just in time to welcome the president on a  visit to the early primary state.

A discussion of jobs was on the agenda for Obama's quick trip to a high school in Manchester. But Romney didn't wait for the president's arrival.

Five must-see moments from the GOP foreign policy debate

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The Republican presidential candidates assembled in Spartanburg, South Carolina, last night for a primary debate, the first to focus entirely on foreign policy and national security. In a dialogue that spanned assorted geopolitical challenges — including Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, America’s strategic relationship with Pakistan, and trade with China — the eight Republicans outlined the approaches they would take to diplomacy if elected head of state. Here are five of the most notable exchanges:

1. Is torture acceptable under any circumstances? And is water boarding torture?

from Tales from the Trail:

Cain backers reprise ‘high-tech lynching’ theme

A group of Herman Cain supporters has pulled out the heavy artillery in defense of the Republican presidential hopeful against sexual harassment allegations.

"Americans for Herman Cain" -- an outside group not affiliated with his campaign -- released this ad comparing the media treatment of Cain to what Clarence Thomas went through during his 1991 U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court. Thomas -- who also faced sexual harassment allegations and a media frenzy -- denounced his treatment as "a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks."

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