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January 18th, 2012
06:02 PM ET

Gingrich's Secretary Palin?

(CNN) – If Newt Gingrich wins the White House in November, the former House speaker said Wednesday Sarah Palin may get a big seat at the table.

"I would ask her to consider taking a major role in the next administration if I'm president, but nothing has been discussed of any kind," Gingrich said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

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Filed under: 2012 election • Interviews • Newt Gingtich • Sarah Palin
January 18th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Gingrich tells me he smells victory

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – All of a sudden, this contest is getting very exciting.

In these final days before Saturday’s Republican presidential primary, the gap between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich seems to be narrowing - if you believe the latest polls. That has certainly encouraged Gingrich, who tells me he now smells the possibility of victory on Saturday.

If that were to happen, the drama would certainly intensify going into the Florida primary on January 31.
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Filed under: 2012 election • Newt Gingtich • Wolf Blitzer
January 18th, 2012
02:41 PM ET

Carnival’s safety under spotlight again

The crash of the Costa Concordia is the latest safety issue with Carnival Cruise Lines. CNN's Lisa Sylvester reports.

RELATED STORY: Search suspended after stricken Italian cruise ship moves

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Filed under: Cruise ship • Lisa Sylvester • Transportation
January 18th, 2012
01:43 PM ET

Searching for the "real Romney"

Boston Globe journalists Michael Kranish and Scott Helman discuss their new book 'The Real Romney,' which digs deeper at Mitt Romney's past.


Filed under: 2012 election • Interviews • Mitt Romney
January 18th, 2012
12:12 PM ET

The life of a cruise ship captain

How tough of a job is it to be a cruise ship captain? CNN's Brian Todd reports.

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Filed under: Brian Todd • Cruise ship
January 18th, 2012
08:51 AM ET

Perry defends verbal attacks on Turkey

Gov. Rick Perry tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer he is standing by comments that Turkey is run by Islamic terrorists.

RELATED STORY: Turkey responds angrily to Perry remarks


Filed under: 2012 election • Interviews • Rick Perry • Turkey • Wolf Blitzer
January 18th, 2012
08:39 AM ET

Surviving a shipwreck

Stories of survival emerge from the wreck of the Costa Concordia off the Tuscany coast. CNN's Mary Snow reports.

RELATED STORY: Search suspended after stricken Italian cruise ship moves

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Filed under: Cruise ship • Disaster • Italy • Mary Snow
January 18th, 2012
08:35 AM ET

Salvage or scrap the cruise ship?

The cruise ship company faces a difficult a decision on what to do with the Costa Concordia. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

RELATED STORY: Search suspended after stricken Italian cruise ship moves

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Filed under: Brian Todd • Cruise ship • Italy • Transportation