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Thursday Dec 1, 2011 Happening Now

World markets continued a surge as the Central Banks of the largest economies acted in unison to shore up Europe.. Dow closed up some 4%. We'll see if we can continue the trend today.

Newt on a roll.. new polling shows he continues to solidify a lead as he and Mitt Romney trade barbs. Ron Paul now getting in on the act too.. releasing a sharply critical ad attacking Newt. Speaking of Newt. He speaks today at 11am.. We might want to listen for a few moments.

NEWT GINGRICH

1100EST -- Speaks at Nationwide Insurance and signs the Americans for Securing the Border's Fence Pledge, Des Moines, IA. LIVE via LiveU

Herman Cain meantime, says he'll decide in next few days if he will continue his campaign.

Look for work today in the House and Senate.. including on the payroll tax cut and the defense authorization bill which the President has threatened to veto.

0930EST -- The Senate meets. Expecting final vote on Defense Spending Bill, then cloture votes on Reid's Payroll Tax Cut Extension bill, and then on the GOP's alternative bill.

Larry Sabato is here with his Crystal Ball.

Amazing new video of two of our stories today.. drug tunnels between Mexico and the U.S., and China's nuke tunnels!