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2:50 AM ET, February 14, 2012

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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Santorum Catches Romney in GOP Race  —  Obama Leads Both in General Election Matchups  —  OVERVIEW  —  Rick Santorum's support among Tea Party Republicans and white evangelicals is surging, and he now has pulled into a virtual tie with Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Santorum Surges to Tie Romney  —  Race takes another turn as Santorum gains 14 points since winning Feb. 7 GOP contests  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are now statistically tied for the lead in Republican registered voters' preferences for the 2012 GOP nomination — 32% to 30%, respectively.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Santorum moves ahead in Michigan  —  Rick Santorum's taken a large lead in Michigan's upcoming Republican primary.  He's at 39% to 24% for Mitt Romney, 12% for Ron Paul, and 11% for Newt Gingrich.  —  Santorum's rise is attributable to two major factors: his own personal popularity …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
GOP Gov. McDonnell warns Santorum not to demean military women
Discussion: Politico, Boston Globe, GOP 12 and CNN
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
Obama proposes $800 million in aid for “Arab Spring”  —  (Reuters) - The White House announced plans on Monday to help “Arab Spring” countries swept by revolutions with more than $800 million in economic aid, while maintaining U.S. military aid to Egypt.  —  In his annual budget message to Congress …
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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Obama's ‘rosy’ budget scenario doubles down on class warfare  —  Here's pretty much all you need to know about Obamanomics: In 2011, the Obama White House suggested raising the top dividend tax rate to 20 percent from 15 percent.  Keeping the dividend rate at a relatively low level …
Jackie Calmes / The Caucus:
In Budget Blueprint, Obama Proposes Taxing Dividends as Ordinary Income
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Lornet Turnbull / Seattle Times:
Gregoire signs gay marriage into law  —  With Gov. Chris Gregoire's signature on Monday, Washington joins six other states and the District of Columbia in allowing same-sex couples to marry.  —  OLYMPIA — Surrounded by applauding gay couples and with media from around the country looking on …
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Washington Governor Signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill
Edith Honan / Reuters:
New Jersey Senate approves gay marriage; veto looms
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
House GOP leaders drop demand that payroll tax cut be offset  —  House Republicans said Monday that they would offer a measure to extend the current payroll tax cut for the rest of the year, dropping a previous demand that the tax break be offset.  —  The move marks a sharp turnaround for GOP leaders …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Tucker Carlson takes on the media  —  The top editors at the Daily Caller have come out with the first in a series of articles about the liberal media watchdog Media Matters For America, and in doing so they have suggested that MSNBC and reporters from the Washington Post, POLITICO …
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Vince Coglianese / The Daily Caller:
Inside Media Matters: David Brock's enemies list  —  An internal Media Matters For America memo obtained by The Daily Caller reveals that the left-wing media watchdog group employs an “opposition research team” to target its political enemies.  Included in the list of targets are right-leaning websites …
ABCNEWS:
Political Punch — “Dogs Against Romney”?  Democrats Say Unleash the Hound!  —  Tomorrow outside the Westminster dog show at Madison Square Garden at noon the group “Dogs Against Romney” will protest “to ensure pet lovers are aware that Mitt Romney is mean to dogs,” according to the group's press release.
David Frum / The Daily Beast:
Norquist: Romney Will Do As Told  —  Is Mitt Romney so weak he won't be able to stand up to Congress?  —  Grover Norquist, head of the Americans for Tax Reform advocacy group, speaks at a session entitled “Scrap the Code: Towards Pro-Growth Tax Reform” at the conservative Americans for Prosperity …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Republican Women Senators Breaking Ranks With Party, Come Out In Favor Of Obama Contraception Rule  —  While GOP senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has pledged to fight the Obama's administration's modified regulation requiring health insurers and busnisses to offer contraception …
Associated Press:
Justice Breyer robbed at West Indies vacation home  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Stephen Breyer was robbed last week by a machete-wielding intruder at his vacation home in the West Indies, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said Monday.  —  The 73-year-old Breyer, wife Joanna and guests were confronted …
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
‘Former Homosexual’ Calls for Dan Savage's Arrest  —  DL Foster, an anti-gay activist and professed “former homosexual,” called for the arrest of author Dan Savage for his role in founding the It Gets Better Project, which has consistently been in the crosshairs of Religious Right activists …
Michael Beckel / iWatch News by The Center …:
Four Cabinet members willing to help Democratic super PACs  —  Fundraising activities are limited, but star power brings in the bucks  —  14 minutes, 55 seconds ago Updated: 13 minutes, 38 seconds ago  —  At least four Cabinet members appear ready and willing to answer President Barack Obama's call …
Discussion: Ballot Box, Weasel Zippers and Politico
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Whitney Houston album price hike sparks controversy  —  Sony Music under fire after cost of greatest hits set on iTunes rises by more than 60% after singer's death  —  Sony Music has come under fire after it increased the price of a Whitney Houston album on Apple's iTunes Store hours after the singer was found dead.
Wall Street Journal:
Verizon, AT&T to Sell 4G iPad  —  Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. will sell a version of the coming iPad that runs on their newest fourth-generation wireless networks, according to people familiar with the matter, as the battle to cash in on big investments in mobile broadband heats up.
Richard Florida / The Atlantic Cities:
Why America Keeps Getting More Conservative  —  Even with the president's approval rating showing signs of life and the Republicans busily bashing themselves over the head — “one is a practicing polygamist and he's not even the Mormon,” retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor recently quipped …
 
 
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The Bishops' Obsession With The Sex Lives Of Others
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Privately, Obama sees recovery 1-2 years off
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