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politics lead

March 22nd, 2013
06:32 PM ET

Gingrich and Santorum unity ticket: The opponent of my opponent is my friend?

“Anyone but Mitt?” many Republicans cried during last year's Republican primary.

Either Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum would fit that bill.

But how about both of them?

It wasn’t such a far-fetched idea, it turns out that the two bitter conservative Republican presidential candidates might have joined forces to defeat Romney, the party’s frontrunner, according to a new report.

Joshua Green of Businessweek reported Friday that such a presidential ticket with the former senator from Pennsylvania former House speaker - a "unity ticket" - was seriously considered by staffers with both candidates.

He joined CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead” Friday, along with top Santorum adviser John Brabender and Kiki McLean, former senior adviser to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

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buried lead

March 22nd, 2013
05:55 PM ET

George W. Bush’s brother Jeb critiques the former president’s painting

Landscapes, dogs, and the classic fruit-in-a-bowl are among a list of newly released paintings, created by former President George W. Bush. The paintings were taken from the Bush family's hacked email accounts.

The Bush's released a painting of the family dog Barney, and as it turns out the former first dog is not the only four-legged muse for the former president.

"We have two cats, Michael and Angelo, he really loves to paint dogs, too," says brother Jeb Bush. "He's gotten better, he's really actually pretty good at it."

The former Florida governor adds his brother is "the most focused, disciplined guy."

"Everything he sets his mind to he does, he wants to be good at. And he's actually become a pretty good painter. I'll just admit that this was a surprise to me when I found this out about it a year ago. And he's doing it with a vengeance," said Jeb Bush. "So if you've got a dog, I'm sure based on your past relationship, he would like to paint it."

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money lead

March 22nd, 2013
05:53 PM ET

Online advertisers know little about you

Turns out all those online advertisers trolling your Facebook, Gmail, and other online accounts do not know that much about your buying habits.

New analysis from Enliken, an online data company, finds that up to half of the data collected by online giants such as Yahoo and Google is inaccurate.

Enliken harvested information from The Lead's Jake Tapper's computer; the data revealed that he was a college student, community activist, family chef, home decor shopper, and trendy homemaker.

That's 0 for 5, for those keeping count.

Check out our interview with Enliken founder Marc Guldimann.

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buried lead

March 22nd, 2013
05:20 PM ET

Jake Tapper talks to outgoing Mayor Villaraigosa

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been in the national spotlight for years, but he may never have been more under fire than last September when he chaired the Democratic National Convention and was tapped by the president to fix a political firestorm.

Republicans were belittling the Democratic party platform for not including a mention of "God" or stating that Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel.

The Lead's Jake Tapper recently sat down with the LA mayor for an exit interview - he leaves office this summer - and he gave us some exclusive behind the scenes details, starting with a very unhappy White House.

Check out the video above for our interview.

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national lead

March 22nd, 2013
05:07 PM ET

FAA closing 149 control towers

The Federal Aviation Administration announced it is closing 149 regional airport control towers due to the forced spending cuts that went into effect at the beginning of the month, the so-called "sequester."

The closures could seriously affect everything from travel to disaster readiness. There are an additional 49 towers run by the FAA still on the chopping block, today's announcement only concerns towers run by contractors, towers that handle mostly non-commercial flights.

The FAA says these closures won't have any impact on safety, never mind the fact that it means fewer eyes on the same number of planes. The real problem, according to the FAA, will be the delays.

The Frederick Municipal Airport just opened a new tower less than a year ago, with $5 million in federal stimulus money. Now it is one of the 149 that is getting shut down.

"One of the reasons we have a control tower is for economic growth," said Randy McClement, mayor of Frederick, Maryland. "We have a number of corporate entities that fly into our airport and then head down to D.C. The tower provided an extra level of safety to allow those corporate jets to come in."

San Diego's Ramona Airport is key to aerial fire fighting aircraft that protect 1.7 million acres of land susceptible to fire. Its control tower is also closing.

"This is a foolish move by the FAA and the federal government," says Diana Jacob, San Diego's county supervisor. "This is a public safety issue, this puts at risk the citizens, over 3 million people in the region, that depend on the Ramona Airport for their safety in the event of a wildfire or any other kind of disaster."

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