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9:27 Cain and Gingrich ask each other questions, "Newt, how are you so awesome?"

9:25 Awww...Shucky-Ducky, cornbread... #Hennyshot

9:21 Newt calls Obama a food-stamp president. Again.

9:10 Has any national politician, in the post-Civil Rights era, played the race card more than Herman Cain?

9:00 Again with the Chileans...

8:55 Gingrich compares Obama to Bernie Madoff...#donttalkaboutmymomsyo

8:45 Herman Cain--"You first have to turn the tax code into a 9-9-9 plan." Good line. Was funny. But isn't it 9-0-9, now?

8:41 Herman Cain on social security--"I'm a firm believer in 'Let's solve the problem'" Because everyone else is a firm believer in "I like the problem just fine."

8:35 "They call you a racist just like they call me a racist" Who is calling Cain a racist?

8:34 This is not a debate. It's a press conference--like Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant talking to Mean Gene Olsen. I was really hoping for Piper's Pit.

8:23 I'm always amazed at politicians railing at Washington, in hopes of getting to Washington.

8:17 Wow. "My first executive decision to suspend the clock." My God, Newt is going to go nuts with that.

8:14 Just gonna state the obvious. The differences between Lincoln and Douglass were actual. Slavery was a real thing. They were from two different parties. They were in an actual election. This is--like so much in the modern GOP--about veneer, the sheen of Lincoln and Douglass. None of the seriousness.

8:12 Let's go...

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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