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4:15 PM ET, February 11, 2012

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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Santorum surges into the lead  —  Riding a wave of momentum from his trio of victories on Tuesday Rick Santorum has opened up a wide lead in PPP's newest national poll.  He's at 38% to 23% for Mitt Romney, 17% for Newt Gingrich, and 13% for Ron Paul.  —  Part of the reason for Santorum's surge is his own high level of popularity.
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Jonathan Martin / Politico:
CPAC ‘severely’ conflicted over Mitt Romney  —  Mitt Romney wanted to use his CPAC speech Friday to allay concerns about his candidacy on the Republican right, but with one ad-libbed word he reinforced conservative fears that he's not one of them.  —  “I was a severely conservative Republican governor …
Sarah Palin / CNN:
TRENDING: Palin calls on Romney to work harder for the conservative vote  —  Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin issued a warning to Mitt Romney Saturday, calling on the former Massachusetts governor to do a better job explaining his record to conservatives or risk dampening voter turnout in November …
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Bishops: Contraception deal ‘unacceptable’  —  Hours after calling the Obama administration's contraceptives compromise a “first step,” the Catholic bishops said Friday night they have “two serious objections” to the new policy and will fight its enactment.  —  First, the U.S. Conference …
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usccb.org:
Bishops Renew Call To Legislative Action On Religious Liberty  —  Regulatory changes limited and unclear Rescission of mandate only complete solution Continue urging passage of Respect for Rights of Conscience Act  —  WASHINGTON - The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued the following statement:
New York Post:
Obama amends contraception rule amid backlash
Discussion: Power Line and Campaign 2012
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Contraception Controversy Would Have Been Avoided If Obama Were President  —  Helene Cooper and Laurie Goldstein of the Ministry of Truth pick up the pom-poms to cover the contraception controversy and assure their readers of two points - Obama is caving in to the Religious Left …
Discussion: New York Times, The Lede and Truthdig
Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
Assad@axisofevil.com . . .  Leaked emails show Westerners truckling to the Syrian regime.  —  In the fall of 2007 Israel reportedly hacked into Syria's air defense systems and disabled them, as a prelude to bombing a nuclear facility in the Syrian desert.  This vaunted cyber exploit …
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CNN:
Ahmadinejad: Major nuclear announcement expected within days  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the 25th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran on February 8, 2012  —  (CNN) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Saturday that the nation will reveal …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Shannon Travis / CNN:
Romney does campaign first as Paul hopes for first win in Maine  —  Tune in Saturday at 6 p.m. ET for CNN's live special coverage of the Maine caucuses and follow real-time results on CNNPolitics.com and on Twitter at #cnnelections.  Stay up to date with CNN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android or other phones.
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Elizabeth Hartfield / ABCNEWS:
Maine's Voting Contest: A Lazy Caucus in Vacationland
Discussion: Mitt Romney Central and Hot Air
New York Times:
A Chilling Verdict in Spain  —  The enemies of Judge Baltasar Garzón have finally gotten their way.  Spain's Supreme Court this week found the judge guilty of misapplying the country's wiretap law and suspended him from the courts for 11 years.  —  Judge Garzón has played …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Chipotle Is Apple  —  The burrito chain is revolutionizing food: Why doesn't it get more respect?  —  Hunting for business success stories in a recession is a difficult (and sometimes depressing) task.  Most of the feel-good stories seem to come from the high-tech world and the burgeoning app economy.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
8 Arrested in Inquiry Into Murdoch's Tabloids  —  LONDON — British authorities arrested eight people on Saturday, including five employees of Rupert Murdoch's tabloid The Sun, as part of an investigation into bribery of public officials by journalists, according to Scotland Yard and the newspaper's parent company.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
Believing the Unbelievable: Why Kim Jong Un Death Rumors Won't Die  —  An incredible story that the North Korean leader was killed in Beijing gained remarkable attention in the West, revealing some of the ways Americans can misunderstand Asian societies.  —  North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un waves …
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Michelle Obama Injects Optimism Into Campaign
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Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
Access To Birth Control Is A Fundamental Component Of Climate Survival
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Spencer Bachus / Washington Post:
Obama cranks up the campaign spending
Discussion: Power Line
Melissa Davlin / magicvalley.com:
Idaho Senate Committee Kills Legislation to Add Protections for Gay and Lesbian Citizens
Michelangelo Signorile / The Huffington Post:
Michele Bachmann At CPAC: Former GOP Candidate Slams Prop 8 Ruling, Meets Chuck Woolery
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Santorum: Birth Control Is Not Something ‘You Need Insurance For’ Because It Costs ‘Just A Few Dollars’
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Obama Targets Military Meritocracy
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