In politics, appearances are everything. To assuage his critics, Newt Gingrich last week started paying down his debt to the ethics committee and promised not to borrow more than $150,000 from Bob Dole. But the appearance that Washington was talking about was more cosmetic: a newly svelte and shorn Speaker. Gingrich is following a regimen of careful eating and increased exercise that has resulted in a loss of nearly 20 lbs. And the Georgia mop-top is getting his hair cut every two to three weeks. Result: a slimmer, more sophisticated Speaker. But Newt's G.O.P. critics say he also has a slimmed-down...

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