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from Tales from the Trail:

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."

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