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Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 01/18/2012

Newt’s food-stamp line, and no Wikipedia: feels like the ‘90s (read-this roundup)


Former House speaker Newt Gingrich is giving us throwback vibes. (Win McNamee - Getty Images)
We’re picking up a retro vibe Wednesday: There’s no such thing as Wikipedia, Newt Gingrich is talking about food stamps, and Sonic Youth (or at least part of it) is coming to town.

Did we take a time machine back to the early ‘90s?

Elsewhere in the morning’s news, disgraced politicians everywhere can take heart from the story Wednesday by our colleague William Booth, who reports that former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier is reveling in a successful image makeover.

Despite allegations of plenty of nasty doings (torture, executing political rivals), of late he’s getting standing ovations and dinners at posh cafes.

And maybe that time machine took us even further back into the space-time continuum, because our colleagues at the Reliable Source have the goods on GQ magazine’s list of Washington’s “50 most powerful people”... and it’s notably light on women.

But the Reliable Source reminds us that such lists are meant to provoke debate. Mission accomplished.

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