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Black lawmakers in New Jersey have sharply criticized Republican Gov. Chris Christie for comparing a ballot referendum on gay marriage to the civil rights movement thusly: "The fact of the matter is, I think people would have been happy to have a referendum on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the streets in the South."

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Repeating the false Republican claim once again, Newt Gingrich said he’d take Social Security off budget so no president could threaten to withhold checks to recipients. Newt pointed to Obama in August saying Social Security checks might not be dispensed if the debt limit wasn’t raised – an action Republicans were blocking in Congress.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney drove his opposition to a Moon base home on Thursday night: “If I had a business executive come to me, said they wanted to spend a few hundred billion dollars to put a colony on the Moon, I’d fire them.”

At the big CNN Debate in Florida Thursday, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich got into a back-and-forth over immigration. At one point, Romney’s tough ad attacking Gingrich for saying “Spanish is the language of the ghetto” came up, with moderator Wolf Blitzer asking Romney to repeat the charge.

“I haven’t seen the ad, so I’m sorry, I don’t get to see all the tv ads,” Romney said. “Did he say that?”

Watch Romney deny:

The fact that Gingrich did say that is a bit awkward for Gingrich, and has been for quite a while. But there was plenty of awkward to go around: Turns out the ad Romney said he’s never heard of is running on the radio from his campaign — and Romney’s voice, in Spanish, is on the end saying he approved it.

Here’s the Spanish language ad, as posted to the Romney campaign YouTube account:

Speaking about America’s aspirations in space, Newt Gingrich said he wanted to beat the Chinese to the Moon. Haven’t we already?

At the CNN Debate in Florida on Thursday night, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was asked if he would support a manned base on the moon as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has proposed.

“That’s an enormous expense and right now I want to be spending money here,” Romney said. “Of course the space coast has been badly hurt and I believe in a very vibrant and strong space program…I’m not looking for a colony on the moon. I think the cost of that would be in the hundreds of billions if not trillions. I would rather rebuild housing here in the U.S.”

Tensions are running high in the run up to the final debate before the Florida primary, so it's time for Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney to work out their differences.

As any married person will testify, when two people are that close, constant sniping and name calling will never do your relationship any favors.

With a long way still to go, what, if anything can be done, to bridge the divide between the two Republican frontrunners?

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Wolf Blitzer finally managed to egg Newt on against Romney, asking if he’d be willing to hit Romney over his tax return issues.

Newt initially refused, attacking the question, but Romney struck a combative tone.

“Given that standard Mitt, I did say it was unusual that I don’t know any president that had a Swiss bank account,” said Gingrich.

“Let’s put behind this idea of attacking my investments or money or success,” returned Romney.

Not seeing is believing, at least in the case of what's reportedly the world's first demonstrated cloaking of a three-dimensional object.

Scientists at the University of Texas in Austin (UT) on Wednesday published a paper in the New Journal of Physics describing how they managed to cloak a 7-inch-long cylinder from every angle from a microwave scanner. The objects can still be seen from the human eye, but the team says they are working on improving the effect to make the objects truly invisible to a human observer.

"This object's invisibility is independent of where the observer is," Dr. Andrea Alu, a professor of electrical engineering at UT and one of the paper's co-authors, told Wired's Danger Room. "So you'd walk right around it, and never see it."

Previous displays of cloaking, by contrast -- such as the "mirage effect" that captivated the Web's attention in October 2011 -- only achieved cloaking of a two-dimensional surface. Walk around the cloaking field and you'd see the object.

That's not the case with what the UT scientists devised, though: They've managed to demonstrate it is possible to cloak any 3D object from an observing microwave scanner's point of view, even when close to it.

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