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1. Hail to the Newt?

Six months ago, Newt Gingrich was political roadkill -- nothing more than a squishy wet spot on the path to the Republican nomination. Today . . . well, we're still not sure WHAT to call it, but "stunning comeback" seems as good a description as any.

The latest numbers suggest Newt might still end up following Herman Cain, Rick Perry, and Michele Bachmann into Republican flavor-of-the-month oblivion. But we're not so sure about that. In fact, we think he's going to hang tough against Mitt Romney and win the Republican nomination. And then he's going to squeak past President Obama, thanks in part to the nation's stubbornly high unemployment rate.

But Newt won't make it to the Oval Office. On January 20, 2013, he'll do what he's done before: dump a struggling Uncle Sam at the inauguration altar to shack up with a younger, prettier country.

At least that'll be good news for Newt's running mate: Mitt Romney.

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