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Newt Gingrich's new political organization, American Solutions for Winning the Future, has kicked off "with a check for $1 million from a source many in his conservative base would shun -- the gambling industry."  The "donation marks a new frontier in political fundraising -- a seven-figure check to a group associated with a single politician whose aspirations may include the White House." 

The Wall Street Journal editorial page whacks former Gov. Mitt Romney's health care plan, saying it has made him a media darling, but may be illegal.  Romney is in Israel today meeting with government officials and giving what his campaign calls "a major policy speech," consisting of a "strategy on how to deal with the threat of Iran."

"To many marchers" in the March for Life yesterday, Sen. Sam "Brownback isn't an asterisk, he's a hero.  And that's what gives Brownback hope that his grassroots-oriented campaign could take the establishment by surprise," McClatchy writes.  Brownback -- who participated in the march -- "so far is the only Republican presidential hopeful who appeals strongly to the party's social conservative wing, and his candidacy is a test of how influential that wing of the party remains."