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12:25 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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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.
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
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Down in Michigan Polls, Romney Needs to Find His Base
Discussion: American Prospect, Jay Bookman and CNN
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 …
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
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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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Juana Summers / Politico:
Santorum tangles with Occupiers  —  TACOMA, Wash. — Rick Santorum clashed Monday evening with protesters in this normally Democratic-friendly part of the state as he became the first Republican presidential contender to visit Washington state this cycle.  —  Filling the front row …
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Santorum in Tacoma: Protesters and a Glitter Bomb
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
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 …
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Just Chill Out and Let the NYPD Photograph Your Eyes  —  NYPD spying is not quite as dystopian- and science fiction-seeming as a database of citizens' eye pictures.  A handful of people arrested recently in New York City, including a few Occupy Wall Street protesters, are complaining that cops …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Colin Moynihan / New York Times:
Some Who Decline an Optional Iris Photo Are Kept Longer in Jail, Critics Say
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Kate Upton: Cover girl, congressman's niece  —  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.
Bianca Vazquez Toness / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Brown, Warren Running Neck And Neck In Senate Race  —  BOSTON — A new WBUR-MassINC poll shows U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren running neck and neck.  Forty-six percent of people polled said they would vote for Warren compared to 43 percent for Brown.
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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Scott Brown's Pledge To Keep Out Third Parties Written With Help Of Third Party
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 …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Voter Rolls Are Rife With Inaccuracies, Report Finds
Discussion: Don Surber and The BLT
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Police: Iranian blows off legs in Bangkok blast  —  BANGKOK (AP) — An Iranian man carrying grenades blew off his own legs and wounded four civilians in a trio of blasts that shook a busy Bangkok neighborhood on Tuesday, Thai authorities said.  —  The explosions came a day after an Israeli diplomatic car …
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Barak Ravid / Reuters:
Suspected Iranian national maimed by own bomb in Bangkok
Discussion: Haaretz and The Atlantic Online
Roll Call:
Republicans Shift Tactics on Payroll Tax Cut Extension  —  In a major tactical shift, House Republican leaders Monday said they would sign off on a payroll tax cut extension that is not paid for, marking an attempt to both pressure Democrats and get the issue behind them.
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Wall Street Journal:
The Do-Nothing Senate  —  Memo to GOP candidates: Make Harry Reid an issue.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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.
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Romney plays up hometown ties in Michigan  —  A source passes along this flyer for Mitt Romney's rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., tomorrow, which stresses Romney's hometown ties to the state by billing the event as a “Welcome Home” rally.  —  Romney has always had an advantage in Michigan …
Alastair Wilson / moodys.com:
Thank you! … Rating Action: Moody's adjusts ratings of 9 European sovereigns to capture downside risks  —  As anticipated in November 2011, Moody's Investors Service has today adjusted the sovereign debt ratings of selected EU countries in order to reflect their susceptibility …
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
 
 
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ACLU Liberty Watch 2012:
Our Right to Love Doesn't Evolve, We're Born With It.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
John Allen Paulos / Campaign Stops:
Why Don't Americans Elect Scientists?
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Vox Popoli
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
New Jersey Senate Votes to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
Paul Krugman:
It Was Lehman Wot Did It  —  These days the bizarre economic notions …
Discussion: Brad DeLong and Credit Slips
The Onion:
New Breeding Program Aimed At Keeping Moderate Republicans From Going Extinct
Patrick Howley / Washington Free Beacon:
The Democrats' Hedge Fund Shakedown
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Allentown Morning Call / Morning Call:
Gas prices' earliest-ever rise above $3.50 a bad sign for motorists
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
White House Economic Adviser: ‘We Need a Global Minimum Tax’
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
William Booth / Washington Post:
Huichol ‘cosmic portal’ peyote ceremonies threatened by silver mine
Discussion: News Desk
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney's New Pitch: He Stopped “The Las Vegas Of Gay Marriage”
Discussion: GOP 12 and Riehl World View