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Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 10/30/2011

Read this: Newt Gingrich rebounds from natural disasters; Michelle Obama; TV’s ‘black best friends’


(Nati Harnik/AP)
Newt Gingrich had a bad summer: His McLean home was pummeled by the earthquake and the hurricane — leaving it looking something like his campaign. But now Newt’s surging in the polls, reports Karen Tumulty, who tells us about his old childhood game: “A buddy would pretend to beat him up, leaving him in a heap on the curb. Then when a passing motorist would stop to lend assistance, young Newt would spring up and yell, ‘Surprise!’”

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

In other news: Michelle Obama may be her husband’s greatest campaign asset — but only if she walks the line of not being too political, reports Krissah Thompson. Oh, and check out the White House’s snowy Halloween.




Cast of “Man Up!,” BBF at right. (Karen Neal/ABC)
“BBFs exist in a vacuum. You don’t see their relatives, spouses, kids or other friends of color. . . Their skin color seems a bit like window dressing, employed to make shows that still reflect an entirely Caucasian worldview look diverse.”


Eric Deggans on TV’s new stock character: the Black Best Friend.

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