Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player? Vote at newsday.com/spincycle.

1. Newt Gingrich, returning from a luxury cruise in the Greek isles, saying his campaign staff quit due to "strategic differences."

2. Rep. Charles Rangel defending Rep. Anthony Weiner, saying, "He wasn't going into the men's room with broad stances."

3. Actor and Massapequa native Alec Baldwin stoking NYC mayoral speculation.

Last week's "winner": Weiner first claiming he didn't know if a tweeted photo was of him.

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