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Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 01/19/2012

Tax-return fever, House debates footwear, Gingrich’s ex-wife may reveal secrets (read-this roundup)

Mitt Romney’s under pressure to reveal his tax documents. (Charles Dharapak - Associated Press)
The latest craze among the GOP presidential contenders: tax returns! It seems they’re all rushing to dust off those folders and show the world their deductions. Our colleagues Philip Rucker and Dan Balz report that former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum and former House speaker Newt Gingrich are planning to release their tax returns, presumably in an effort to shame front-runner former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney into showing his immediately, rather than waiting until April.

And we’re only a few days into a fresh congressional session, and already, the dream that the House floor would be a place for high-minded debate has died. Instead, lawmakers are slinging insults at one another... about footwear.

Dana Milbank cites this highlight from a debate ostensibly about the budget: Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) accused the Republicans of donning “flip-flops.”

“I do prefer Crocs, if anybody cares,” Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) retorted.

And our colleague Melinda Hennenberg previews tonight’s ABC interview with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s former wife, Marianne Gingrich. She ponders what bombshell the second Mrs. Gingrich might drop — and from the pre-emptive statements from the Gingrich camp, it sounds like it might be a biggie.

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