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Newt Gingrich is lagging in the polls and in fundraising. But as he explains, he's just waiting his turn for when he goes one-on-one against Mitt Romney -- and then he'll win.

The Des Moines Register reports:

In Maquoketa he compared the race to a dance, where he is letting other candidates show their moves while he remains standing.

"At some point I think it's going to come down to Romney and me," Gingrich said. "Once we get down to a two-person debate, then I'm reasonably confident I will win," Gingrich said.

Gingrich is also confidently but cautiously preparing himself for his next face-off: An epic battle with windmills.

Former FBI agents have a message for Hollywood: J. Edgar Hoover wasn't gay...not that there's anything wrong with that.

Their concerns arise out of the portrayal of Hoover in the forthcoming movie J. Edgar staring Leonardo DiCaprio. Director Clint Eastwood says the film is "not a movie about two gay guys. It's a movie about how this guy manipulated everybody around him and managed to stay on through nine presidents. I mean, I don't give a crap if he was gay or not."

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Some of America's top scientists have unveiled the next milestone in their development of a prosthetic arm: The advanced prosthetic can now be controlled through thought. The development doesn't just bring mankind one step closer to a future of cyborgs - it also has life-changing potential for injured veterans.

The massive multi-site cybernetic arm project was funded by DARPA as part of its Revolutionizing Prosthetics program. Scientists and researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine used a specially-modified prosthetic arm constructed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

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Rick Perry is rolling out his flat tax proposal today, a highlight of his campaign that's supposed to be the first step toward getting the listing governor of Texas back on his feet in the presidential race.

On the other hand, the day could be all about this:

"I'm really not worried about the president's birth certificate [but] it's fun to poke at him a little bit and say 'hey, how about let's see your grades and your birth certificate.'"

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On Monday Republican pollster Magellan Strategies showed a large lead for former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney in Nevada, an early GOP primary state. But a new Public Policy Polling (D) survey finds Romney only up by one on businessman Herman Cain, 29 – 28 in the Silver State. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is third with 15 percent.

PPP showed a much different story in Wisconsin, where Cain has a twelve point lead, well outside the margin of error.

“This now makes 4 weeks in a row of Herman Cain leading our polling,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling in a release with the polls. “He’s getting pretty close to being something more than a flavor of the month.”

Rick Perry on Tuesday plans to meet with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, CNN reports. Perry will also meet with tea party Sen. Jim DeMint.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) took a shot at Gov. Rick Perry from the floor of the House on Tuesday morning, criticizing him for allowing a state agency to “fool around” with the idea of allowing a Texas license plate with the Confederate flag.

“To put on the state license plate a flag that symbolized fear, intimidation, oppressive action, brutality, slavery and the death of slaves… and the brutality of Jim Crowism is an outrage and will not be tolerated,” Jackson Lee said.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans has asked the Texas DMV to allow for plates that have the Confederate flag on them. Earlier in the year, a board split 4-4 with one member absent when considering the request. Perry recently appointed a new board member, and the issue is expected to come before the board again next month.

Jackson Lee suggested that any state considering such a license plate was “not worthy of receiving federal funds” if they are spending time on “something as dastardly” as the plates.

Ohio will vote November 8th on whether to repeal Gov. John Kasich's (R) signature initiative, SB 5, a bill that among other things limits the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions in the state. Kasich argues the measure is necessary to keep government budgets in check. Unfortunately for the Governor, it looks like the bill is going down in flames.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows that 57 percent of Ohionas think the bill should be scuttled, versus only 32 percent who would like to keep it. That's the highest level of opposition since Quinnipiac has been polling the issue in Ohio all the way back in May. A month ago the issue tightened up a little, seeing only a thirteen point lead for the advocates of repeal. But as the campaign against it kicked into full gear, pro-union forces have pushed that lead to 25 points. The latest Public Policy Polling (D) survey mirrored these findings.

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In her Daily Beast column published Monday night, Meghan McCain describes her visit to the Occupy Wall Street protests at Zuccotti Park.

“What struck me more than anything is that for the first time possibly in history, people aren’t being given the same opportunities that my parents and grandparents had,” McCain commented.

“If people aren’t given a fair shot, how can they work to achieve their dreams?” she asked before concluding “but through all the pot smoke and distracting costumes, I’m not sure if that message is getting out.”