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7:25 PM ET, February 14, 2012

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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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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 …
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 …
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 …
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
Roseanne Barr Pulls 6 Percent Against Obama And Romney In National Presidential Poll  —  Someone at Public Policy Polling clearly has a sense of humor, because they included comedian Roseanne Barr, who is pursuing the Green Party nomination for President in their latest national polling survey.
Rick Santorum / CNN:
CNN Poll: Gender and income gaps in GOP nomination battle
Discussion: Washington Post
CBS News:
Poll: Rick Santorum takes slight lead in GOP race
Dalia Sussman / The Caucus:
Santorum Catches Up With Romney in New Poll
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Surrogates for Romney paint Rick Santorum as liberal on fiscal issues
Tucker Carlson / The Daily Caller:
Media Matters memo called for hiring private investigators ‘to look into the personal lives’ of Fox employees  —  A little after 1 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2009, Karl Frisch emailed a memo to his bosses, Media Matters for America founder David Brock and president Eric Burns.
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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
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.
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
Alan Dershowitz: Media Matters could become Rev. Wright of 2012 for Obama
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Despite birth control controversy, Obama suffers no erosion among Catholics
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Mitt Romney / detroitnews.com:
Romney op-ed: Taxpayers should get GM shares' proceeds  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns in Portland, Maine.  The candidate contends that the Obama administration should sell its ownership in GM and return the money to taxpayers.  (Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press)
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emptywheel:
Mitt Advocates Taking Healthcare from Retirees to Give Money to Bailed Out Banks
Rick Santorum / CNN:
‘I am a son of Detroit,’ Romney says
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 …
Jason Koebler / US News:
CDC Warns Untreatable Gonorrhea is On the Way  —  A new strain of gonorrhea is resistant to one of the last known effective treatments  —  Gonorrhea, one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States, is increasingly showing resistance to one of the last known effective …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Paul Krugman:
The Internal Contradictions of Mitt Romney  —  And by “internal”, I mean in the same paragraph: … Yep, Obama has failed to resolve the problem of excessive entitlement spending; furthermore, he's cutting entitlement spending!  —  It gets even better when you bear in mind that Romney …
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.
Michael Cavna / Washington Post:
VALENTINE'S DAY GOOGLE DOODLE: Today's charming musical animation makes for one sweet gift  —  SOMETIMES, not even Google keywords can navigate the search for love.  —  Today, Google is celebrating Valentine's Day the world over with a charming animated “Doodle” that is free of dialogue — yet is all heart.
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
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.
Aliyah Shahid / NY Daily News:
Newt Gingrich reveals sexy Valentine's Day plans for wife Callista while stumping in California  —  The intimate remarks come as Team Gingrich tries to rev up Callista's public presence on the campaign trail  —  Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich …
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.
Mj Lee / Politico:
Christie plans tribute to Whitney Houston  —  With a funeral service for the late Whitney Houston scheduled to take place in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday, Gov. Chris Christie says he is planning to order flags to be flown at half-staff in the singer's honor.
Discussion: Big Hollywood
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 …
 
 
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Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Poll: Americans Split on Concern For Very Poor
Dan Walters / Capitol Alert:
California's high-income taxpayers dropped sharply
Discussion: Hot Air and americanthinker.com
Eli Clifton / ThinkProgress:
Senate Hawks Find Little Bipartisan Support On Iran Resolution
Discussion: The Agonist and The Hill
Sean Gardiner / Wall Street Journal:
Stop-and-Frisks Hit Record in 2011
Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
Sessions challenges Obama budget chief to resign
Dina ElBoghdady / Washington Post:
400 lipsticks found to contain lead, FDA says
Discussion: Truthdig
 Earlier Items: 
Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
Fliers griping over Obama ‘grope hike’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Materialist Fallacy
Justin Wolfers / Freakonomics:
Happy Valentine's Day: Economist Edition
Paul Krugman:
It Was Lehman Wot Did It  —  These days the bizarre economic notions …
Discussion: Brad DeLong and Credit Slips
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Upton's niece makes splash with S.I.