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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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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich repeated his attack that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was invested in Freddie Mac, and that he made over a million dollars off of selling his shares. “Maybe he should tell us how much money he’s made off of how many households that have been foreclosed by his investments,” Gingrich charged.

But Romney said that Gingrich is even more guilty on that charge — not only did he work for Freddie Mac, he has some shares as well. “I know that sounds like an enormous revelation, but have you checked your own investments?” Romney asked rhetorically. “You also have investments in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”

Asked what he thinks about the Romney-Gingrich spat over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and who’s most to blame, Ron Paul said he didn’t really “care.” The larger issue at hand, he said, was that they both must go.

“I think you have to be realistic in your indignation,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on the question of immigration. Gingrich was attacking Romney for being too strident on immigration — Romney has staked out a more right leaning position on the issue, arguing for a policy that would deport ilegal immigrants. But Gingrich disagreed, saying “I do believe that if there’s some level of humanity for people who have been here a long time.”

When moderater Wolf Biltzer asked if he was the “anti-immigrant candidate,” Romney said “The idea that I’m anti-immigrant is repulsive. You can say we disagree on policies. But to say that we should protect our borders, to welcome people here legally, to expand legal immigration…that proved I’m anti-immigrant?”

Jon Stewart just sent out an email to supporters of the Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC, asking them to help him raise a bit of cash. From the email:

You know how when you borrow somebody’s car, it’s polite to return it with a full tank? Well I took Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC for a spin, and I used up the gas, the oil, the wiper fluid, and the back seat is covered in what I hope is chicken blood.

I don’t know how it happened – I didn’t mean to spend so much. But you know how it is – you gold-plate one plate, and then you realize you’ve got to do all the dishes, or else they won’t match.

But if Stephen ever gets the Super PAC back and sees what’s missing, I’m afraid he’ll get violent. He’s not very good at it – he just sort of flails his arms around like one of those inflatable car-dealership guys. But he lands the occasional blow, and his weeping and spittle can stain my tie.