• Why the wrestler won’t get on a plane: Former Governor Jesse Ventura on flying and other political advice for voters

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    Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura is a lot of things -— he is a former professional wrestler, a former Navy SEAL, a devoted fan of surfing, and an Independent with a deep distrust of political parties ... and the TSA.

    The TSA? That's right. Ventura has tried, unsuccessfully, to sue the TSA for invasion of privacy, for what he says are intrusive screenings at airports. And as a result, Ventura won't get on a plane. Even Mexico, where he spends much of each year surfing.

    But one place that Ventura isn't driving these days is Washington DC. In a new book, Ventura declares the political system in this country broken and compares the two parties, to rival street gangs — forever engaged in violence, but with no end or positive outcome in sight.

    "Don't vote for a Democrat or Republican, I have never voted for one in my life and I never will," said Ventura, author of a new book "DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in Government." In it, Ventura compares the two main

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  • Newt Gingrich’s advice for Mitt Romney: Sharpen your animal instincts

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    Newt Gingrich says he believes the super rich have an unfair advantage in American politics, but he also tells Spinners & winners that he urged his wealthiest supporter to give millions to the cause of electing Mitt Romney President.

    Spinners and Winners caught up with the former Speaker of the House at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., where he weighed in on presumptive nominee Mitt Romney's strengths and weaknesses, the unavoidable role of money in politics, and another of his great passions:  zoo animals.

    First, on politics.

    Romney's "biggest weakness is gonna be the tendency of the consultants to say play it safe," warned Gingrich. But if Romney stays on offense, Gingrich argued, Obama could lose by a "surprising margin."

    When Romney was his foe during the primary battle, however, Gingrich called him a liar and a Massachusetts moderate -- attacks he maintains did not go over the line.

    "It was a very tough primary, and we fought each other. I threw the

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  • Target al Qaeda: An inside look at Obama’s drone program

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    One of the most lasting legacies President Obama will likely hand over to his successor, whether in 2013 or in 2017, is the use of drone aircraft for targeted killings. A new book from Newsweek-The Daily Beast reporter Dan Klaidman delves into the successes and failures of Obama's drone program.

    "Three days into office, [White House counterterrorism advisor] John Brennan comes into the Oval Office and says, 'Mr. President, there's been a drone strike in South Waziristan in Pakistan. They killed an innocent tribal elder and much of his family.' The President is sort of stunned by this," said Klaidman, author of "Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency."

    There is no denying that drones have killed terrorists, lots of them. But human rights groups say the number of civilian causalities is underreported, and denounce the program as unlawful, dangerous, and setting a bad precedent for future presidents and other countries.

    President Obama

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