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SHOVELING DIRT

Newt Gingrich went from House Speaker to house shoveler, breaking ground for a Habitat for Humanity home.

But he quickly turned over shoveling duties to a nearby youngster along with a civics lesson: "It's good for you. It's good practice. This is how you build communities."

Pounding laws through Congress is apparently easier than pounding nails for Gingrich, R-Ga., who didn't try to exaggerate his carpentry skills.

"I'm good at getting in the way," he quipped Sunday. "I am pretty good at carrying things."

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