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10:45 PM ET, February 14, 2012

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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Obama holds edge over GOP hopefuls  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  President Obama holds a significant lead over each of his potential Republican opponents in the general election …
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Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Poll: Most back mandating contraception coverage  —  Amid continued controversy surrounding an Obama administration policy mandating that women working at religiously-affiliated institutions be provided with free access to contraceptive health care, a new CBS News/New York Times poll shows …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Catholics' Approval of Obama Little Changed  —  Down three percentage points amid birth-control controversy  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Catholics' views of President Obama were little changed during a week in which the administration battled publicly with Catholic leaders over whether church-affiliated employers …
Rasmussen Reports:
59% of Catholics Disapprove of Obama's Job Performance  —  Catholics strongly disapprove of the job President Obama is doing as the debate continues over his administration's new policy forcing Catholic institutions to pay for contraception they morally oppose.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Is Romney More Electable Than Santorum?  —  Which one of these men would you rather vote for?  Now pretend you're an unemployed machinist in Youngstown, Ohio.  —  As happens every time a non-Romney Republican surges into the national lead, liberals are giddy over the possibility …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney's electability argument weakening?  —  One thing that has remained constant in the ever changing GOP Presidential race is that Mitt Romney is the strongest candidate against Barack Obama...at least until now.  PPP's newest national poll finds Romney trailing Obama by 7 points at 49-42 …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Gender and income gaps in GOP nomination battle
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Santorum's big government parochialism
Discussion: Hot Air and American Spectator
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Surrogates for Romney paint Rick Santorum as liberal on fiscal issues
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Rick Santorum Wants to Fight ‘The Dangers Of Contraception’  —  Candidates often say things when polling in the single digits that come back to haunt them when they start leading the polls.  Last October, Rick Santorum gave an interview with an Evangelical blog called Caffeinated Thoughts …
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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public Divided Over Birth Control Insurance Mandate  —  Religious, Partisan and Gender Differences  —  OVERVIEW  —  About six-in-ten Americans (62%) have heard about the proposed federal rule that would require employers, including most religiously affiliated institutions …
Sara Burrows / Carolina Journal Online:
Preschooler's Homemade Lunch Replaced with Cafeteria “Nuggets”  —  State agent inspects sack lunches, forces preschoolers to purchase cafeteria food instead  —  RAEFORD — A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told …
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
Alan Dershowitz: Media Matters could become Rev. Wright of 2012 for Obama  —  Liberal Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz says Media Matters could become the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of 2012 for the Obama campaign if the White House and the Democratic Party don't clearly distance themselves from the organization.
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Tucker Carlson / The Daily Caller:
Media Matters memo called for hiring private investigators ‘to look into the personal lives’ of Fox employees
Erick Erickson / RedState:
CPAC: Not Quite Like the Media Matters Communications Room.  But Still, Grow Up.  —  UPDATE: Melissa Clouthier has taken on the task of writing the same point about the young women, too many of whom were even more scantily clad than some of Fox News hosts.  —  Stephen Glass was a fabulist.
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
When STDs Are Untreatable  —  One of the first places that penicillin ended up being used was to cure the rampant STD infections among US troops.  The infections were a serious problem for armies in the pre-antibiotic era, which produced some pretty amazing propaganda aimed at persuading soldiers …
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Jason Koebler / US News:
CDC Warns Untreatable Gonorrhea is On the Way
Eric Russell / Bangor Daily News:
Pressure mounting for GOP caucus reconsideration  —  AUGUSTA, Maine — Pressure is on the Maine Republican Party to reconsider its weekend declaration that Mitt Romney won the state's caucuses.  —  The Maine GOP announced Saturday that Romney narrowly edged Ron Paul, 39 percent to 36 percent …
Paul Krugman:
People Are Human  —  David Brooks is unhappy with the turn the conversation over the white working class has taken; that's his right, although I think he's caricaturing my position.  But I do want to make a point about the nature of social explanation.  —  David says, … True enough.
Discussion: EconLog
Agence France Presse:
Oliver Stone's son converts to Islam in Iran  —  US filmmaker Sean Stone, son of Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, converted to Islam on Tuesday in Iran, where he is making a documentary, he told AFP.  —  “The conversion to Islam is not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, which I was born with.
Megan Ruyle / The Hill:
Facing objections from left and right, Boehner splits up transportation bill  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday moved to split up a major House transportation bill as Republicans looked to smooth its passage over objections from the right and left.
Discussion: Politico
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Christie's Valentines Message To Gays In New Jersey: Your Marriages Are ‘A Good Bunch Of Theater’  —  New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R) described yesterday's vote in favor of marriage equality in the state Senate as “a good bunch of theater” and predicted that the legislature …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Obama's epic blunder on birth-control mandate  —  Before Barack Obama can defeat his opponents, he must first be rescued from his friends.  —  Some of them are now suggesting that his contraceptive mandate on religious institutions was a skilled political stratagem.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Despite birth control controversy, Obama suffers no erosion among Catholics  —  Since the birth control controversy broke, it has been an article of faith among even some neutral commentators that the battle would cause Obama to lose crucial support among Catholic swing voters.
Keach Hagey / Reuters:
Fox News ‘course correction’ rankles some  —  As a white, male, middle-aged conservative talk radio host from Virginia, John Fredericks is something close to the Platonic ideal of a Fox News fan.  —  And until last year, he was one.  But then Fox's treatment of the Republican primary race …
Patrick Caldwell / American Prospect:
The George Washington Candidate  —  For a time, it looked as though Newt Gingrich would be the Romney alternative that the religious right and Tea Partiers would coalesce around.  Now Rick Santorum has taken that spot after a string of victories in primaries last week and a huge rise in national polls.
Manu Rajuand Jake Sherman / Politico:
Payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits: Congress nears deal  —  House and Senate leaders are nearing a sweeping deal on jobless benefits, the payroll tax cut and the Medicare reimbursement rate for physicians, according to several sources familiar with the talks.
Russell / Single Payer Action:
FIFTY MEDICAL DOCTORS FOR SINGLE PAYER URGE SUPREME COURT TO STRIKE DOWN INDIVIDUAL MANDATE  —  Fifty medical doctors who favor a single payer health insurance system today urged the US Supreme Court to strike down the individual mandate.  —  In a brief filed with the Court …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
LA Mayor Villaraigosa to chair Democratic convention  —  Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) will chair the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. in September, a Democratic source confirmed.  —  The post will give Villaraigosa, a rising star in the Democratic party …
Discussion: CNN
Dan Walters / Capitol Alert:
California's high-income taxpayers dropped sharply  —  Gov. Jerry Brown wants to hit California's highest-income taxpayers with billions of dollars in new taxes, and is jousting with other groups with their own tax-the-rich measures over which, if any, will win voter approval.
Discussion: Hot Air and americanthinker.com
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Sexual harassment case against Dem Rep. Alcee Hastings dismissed  —  A federal judge has dismissed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.).  —  Hastings applauded the U.S. District Court's decision on Tuesday as he echoed comments he has made for nearly a year maintaining his innocence.
Discussion: Politico
WSFA-TV:
Coach resigns over nude photo on Facebook … High school football coach, Paul Withee, resigned after accidentally posting a naked picture on Facebook.  (Source: WMTW/CNN)  —  SOUTH PARRIS, ME (WMTW/CNN) - A high school football coach in Maine has resigned after accidentally posting a naked picture on his Facebook page.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo Asia Deal Talks Off for Now  —  According to sources close to the situation, the discussions between Yahoo and its Asian partners have hit a potentially deal-breaking impasse over the efficacy of the centerpiece of the complex negotiations — a cash-rich split-off — and several other issues.
 
 
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Discussion: Truthdig
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Mitt Romney / detroitnews.com:
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