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Novak bouncing back after breaking his hip

Political columnist Robert Novak broke his hip while in the Miami area for the first presidential debate and was recovering from surgery in a hospital, a newspaper reported Saturday.

The 73-year-old conservative pundit fell early Friday in a hotel bathroom and underwent partial hip replacement surgery that afternoon, The Washington Post reported.

Novak aide Kathleen Connolly said the injury would not slow him down. "Are you kidding?" she told the paper. "He intends to write his column for the weekend and asked me to cancel Monday's events but not Tuesday's."

Nurses confirmed Novak was at Doctor's Hospital in Coral Gables on Saturday but directed all inquiries to the public relations department of CNN, where Novak is one of the hosts of "Crossfire."