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FROM THE BLOGS:

First lady's 'Tonight Show' appearance begins promotional efforts for new gardening book
Michelle Obama is launching a promotional tour for her first book; details at Obamafoodorama.

Fred Thompson endorses Newt Gingrich
Mitt Romney's 2008 competition endorsed Gingrich, Evan McMorris-Santoro posts at Talking Points Memo.

Sarah Palin to Eric Bolling: Newt Gingrich got Chris Christie’s ‘panties in a wad’
The former Alaska governor blasted a Romney surrogate, reports Nando Di Fino at Mediaite.

100 Percent of Senate Democrats voted for Santorum Schiavo bill
Rick Santorum missed an opportunity, says Wesley J. Smith at The Corner.

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Romney and Gingrich tussle in scrappy Republican debate
Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich zeroed in on each other during Monday's GOP debate, Josh Lederman reports for The Hill.

Gingrich takes break from media attacks
Breaking with tradition, Newt Gingrich gave NBC News's GOP debate hosts a pass on Monday, Alicia M. Cohn reports for The Hill.

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