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2:30 PM ET, February 14, 2012

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CBS News:
Poll: Rick Santorum takes slight lead in GOP race  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Rick Santorum has pulled slightly ahead of Mitt Romney in Republican primary voters' preference for the presidential nomination …
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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 …
Dalia Sussman / The Caucus:
Santorum Catches Up With Romney in New Poll  —  After his surprise triple victories in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, Rick Santorum has begun soaring among Republican primary voters, erasing Mitt Romney's lead in the race for the party's presidential nomination.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney's electability argument weakening?
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Gov. Perry: ‘Absolutely’ will consider running again
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Protestors disrupt Santorum event, get arrested
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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Rick Santorum / CNN:
‘I am a son of Detroit,’ Romney says
Discussion: Reuters, Ballot Box and Guardian
emptywheel:
Mitt Advocates Taking Healthcare from Retirees to Give Money to Bailed Out Banks
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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Will Rahn / The Daily Caller:
Politico reporter withheld information about liberal Media Matters For America … About a year ago, the organization Media Matters For America gave Politico reporter Ben Smith a 2010 planning memo for a profile he was writing on the liberal advocacy group.  —  But Smith curiously withheld key parts …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Protesters Shout Down Santorum As He Speaks Against Marriage Equality In Washington State  —  Occupy Wall Street protesters nearly drowned out Rick Santorum for 44 minutes as he tried to deliver remarks at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Washington on Monday night.
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Joel Connelly / seattlepi.com:
Santorum fights to be heard at a raucous Tacoma rally
Discussion: The Raw Story and Booman Tribune
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 …
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 …
Burgess Everett / Reuters:
Harry Reid: GOP roads bill a ‘love note to the tea party’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Tuesday bashed the House's transportation bill as a “love note to the tea party.”  —  Reid said that former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower wouldn't recognize the GOP bill …
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Wall Street Journal:
Apple, Suppliers Test Tablet With Smaller Screen  —  By By LORRAINE LUK in Taipei and JESSICA E. VASCELLARO in San Francisco  —  TAIPEI-Apple Inc. is working with component suppliers in Asia to test a new tablet computer with a smaller screen, people familiar with the situation said …
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.
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.
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.
Michael Gordon / The Charlotte Observer:
Music director's marriage leads to his firing from St. Gabriel Catholic Church  —  The last five months have been eventful for Steav Bates-Congdon.  —  First he got married.  Then he got fired.  —  The popular music director at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in south Charlotte lost his job …
Paul Krugman:
It Was Lehman Wot Did It  —  These days the bizarre economic notions are flying so thick and fast that it's hard to keep up.  Economics of Contempt informs us that Taylor and Cochrane(pdf) are denying the importance of the Lehman shock.  —  This is, among other things …
Discussion: Brad DeLong and Credit Slips
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Materialist Fallacy  —  The half-century between 1912 and 1962 was a period of great wars and economic tumult but also of impressive social cohesion.  Marriage rates were high.  Community groups connected people across class.  —  In the half-century between 1962 and the present …
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Upton's niece makes splash with S.I.  —  Kate Upton, the buxom blonde on the cover of this year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, has a Washington connection.  —  She's the niece of a congressman: Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Chris Chocola / National Review:
It's Time to Bring Lugar Home  —  “Earmarks,” also known as pork-barrel spending, are considered a “gateway drug” to corruption and bigger government in Washington.  They got that well-deserved title because there's a history of both Republicans and Democrats using earmarks as a currency to buy votes for all sorts of bad policies.
ABCNEWS:
Pro-Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future Thinking Beyond Super Tuesday  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  The pro-Romney Super PAC, Restore Our Future, is spending heavily in Michigan and Arizona — states that hold primaries on Feb. 28.  —  But here's a sign that the group …
Discussion: GOP 12
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Report: 1.8M dead registered to vote  —  The United States's voter registration system is in chaos — with about 24 million registrations are no longer valid and nearly 2 million dead people still on voter rolls, according to a new report Tuesday.  —  Along with the one of every eight voter registrations …
W.J. Hennigan / Los Angeles Times:
Pentagon working with FAA to open U.S. airspace to combat drones  —  The military says the nearly 7,500 robotic aircraft it has accrued for use overseas need to come home at some point.  But the FAA doesn't allow drones in U.S. airspace without a special certificate.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Taylor Marsh
Justin Wolfers / Freakonomics:
Happy Valentine's Day: Economist Edition  —  You might think that the dismal science has very little to offer on matters of the heart.  But I disagree.  And so does Elisabeth Fosslien.  She's a brilliant young analyst interested in design, math, and economics.
 
 
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