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3:45 PM ET, February 15, 2012

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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Going After Rick  —  America is going bankrupt, Iran is going nuclear, the Obama administration is going after religious liberty.  And Mitt Romney is going after Rick Santorum.  —  Which is fine (sort of).  Romney's in a political fight, and politics ain't beanbag, as Romney has tried to say.
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Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Megadeth frontman backs Rick Santorum  —  Dave Mustaine, leader of the heavy metal band Megadeth, is ready to rock out for Rick Santorum.  —  “Earlier in the election, I was completely oblivious as to who Rick Santorum was, but when the dude went home to be with his daughter when she was sick …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Santorum aide: Romney's money focus ‘deeply offensive’  —  One of Rick Santorum's senior strategists lashed out at Mitt Romney's focus on the air wars Wednesday, arguing that if the race comes down to money and negative ads, the other candidates should throw in the towel.
Discussion: CNN
Joe Bosso / MusicRadar.com:
Interview: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine talks guitar, politics and today's music … Above video: Mustaine at the 1992 Democratic National Convention for MTV News.  —  Speaking of news, you were a correspondent for MTV during the 1992 presidential election.  What's your take on US politics in 2012?
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Shakesville
Politics:
Here's Romney's Plan To Take Out Santorum
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
VIDEO: Romney watches Santorum's new attack ad
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Why birth control is a good wedge issue against the GOP  —  Some time around the end of February, the Senate will vote on the Blunt-Rubio amendment, which would allow insurers and employers to deny coverage for birth control or any other medical services simply on the grounds that they find them morally objectionable.
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Birth Control Amendment ‘Dangerous,’ Obama Spokesman Says … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Obama, Video, Women's Issues, Womens Rights, Birth Control, Obama Women, Politics News, Roy Blunt, Birth Control Rule, Blunt Amendment, Blunt Contraception, Obama Contraception, Obama Contraception Rule …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Top Dem Warns of New Menace in Obamacare Fight: Christian Scientist Shoe Salesmen
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and MoJo Articles
Justin Sink / The Hill:
GOP demands apology for Obama campaign manager's ‘chimichanga’ tweet  —  Republicans are demanding an apology Wednesday from President Obama's campaign manager after a tweet that they argue was insulting toward Latino Americans.  —  Jim Messina, who is helming the president's re-election effort …
Discussion: Wonkette
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Does the GOP care about Latino voters?  —  When it comes to Latino voters, Republicans must have un impulso suicida.  —  What else but a death wish could explain the party's treatment of the fastest-growing voting bloc in the nation?  First was the wave of Arizona-style immigration laws.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
PolitiFact responds to Rachel Maddow  —  Rachel Maddow made yet another stinging attack on PolitiFact last night, calling the Tampa Bay Times' fact-checking project “a disaster” (see video).  —  Via email, PolitiFact editor and Tampa Bay Times Washington bureau chief Bill Adair responds to the criticism:
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Marco Rubio / PolitiFact:
A majority of Americans are conservative, Marco Rubio says
Will Rahn / The Daily Caller:
Media Matters tax-exempt status may face new scrutiny from Congress  —  Congressional Republicans are now interested in examining the Media Matters For America's tax-exempt status, The Daily Caller has learned.  Doing so would cause the GOP to wade into the complex world of tax laws that govern …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Santorum: Birth control ‘harmful to women’  —  Yesterday I speculated on some of the reasons Rick Santorum has problems with women voters.  This interview from 2006 sure isn't going to help  —  For starters, does he realize that married women (men too!) use birth control?
Discussion: GOP 12, Wizbang and The Daily Caller
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Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Was Santorum a Senate Spendthrift?
Maggie Fox / NationalJournal.com:
Reid to Allow Vote on Rescinding Contraception Rule  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., relented on Tuesday and now says he'll allow a Senate vote on an amendment that would reverse the White House's controversial requirement that all insurers provide birth control free of charge to women.
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Charlie Spiering / Campaign 2012:
Boxer: Insurance rights trumps religious rights
The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
Health Costs, Gov't Regulations Curb Small Business Hiring  —  Nearly half of small-business owners name these issues  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. small-business owners who aren't hiring — 85% of those surveyed — are most likely to say the reasons they are not doing so include …
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
White House issues veto threat for House transportation bill  —  The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto a wide-ranging transportation package from House Republicans.  —  The administration raised concerns about a provision to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and argued …
msnbc.com:
Chavez allies attack new opponent Capriles as Jewish, gay  —  Venezuelan presidential hopeful Henrique Capriles, seen at a rally in La Guaira Jan. 27, has been attacked over his sexuality, Jewish ancestry and his selection as opposition candidate.  —  Allies of President Hugo Chavez …
Wall Street Journal:
Gingrich's Main Backer Plays Two Angles  —  Casino Mogul Adelson Weighs New Funding to Boost Former Speaker and to Help Romney Keep Santorum at Bay  —  Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, by far the biggest financial backer of Newt Gingrich's presidential bid, is preparing to open his wallet again.
Kim Zetter / Wired.com:
Female Passengers Say They Were Targeted for TSA Body Scanners  —  TSA agents in Dallas singled out female passengers to undergo screening in a body scanner, according to complaints filed by several women who said they felt the screeners intentionally targeted them to view their bodies.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and US Politics
Investor's Business Daily:
Why Do Democrats Want to Protect Voter Fraud?  —  Suffrage: A new study finds that nearly 2 million dead people remain on voter registration rolls.  So tell us again why Democrats oppose voter ID laws that would help prevent these errant registrations from being exploited?
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Washington Post:
Federal funds flow to clean-energy firms with Obama administration ties  —  Sanjay Wagle was a venture capitalist and Barack Obama fundraiser in 2008, rallying support through a group he headed known as Clean Tech for Obama.  —  Shortly after Obama's election, he left his California firm …
Seth Freed Wessler / Colorlines:
Deported Dad Begs North Carolina To Give Him Back His Children  —  Every morning since the first of his three boys was born in 2007, Felipe Montes would wake early and prepare breakfast for his wife and children, get his boys ready for their day, change them, feed them and when he could not arrange …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Balloon Juice
Meghan Keneally / Daily Mail:
Food police reject preschooler's homemade lunch... in favour of chicken nuggets  —  A preschool girl was told her homemade meal wasn't healthy enough - so a school cafeteria monitor made her eat chicken nuggets instead.  —  The rejected meal consisted of a turkey and cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread …
Discussion: Althouse
Peter Fimrite / San Francisco Chronicle:
Study: Sierra snowfall consistent over 130 years  —  Snowfall in the Sierra Nevada has remained consistent for 130 years, with no evidence that anything has changed as a result of climate change, according to a study released Tuesday.  —  The analysis of snowfall data in the Sierra …
Bruce Riedel / The Daily Beast:
Pakistan's Musharraf Has Been Accused of Knowing Osama bin Laden's Hideout  —  Gen. Ziauddin Khawaja, an ex-security chief for Pakistan, accuses former president Pervez Musharraf of knowing where bin Laden was hiding and saying nothing.  —  Ever since the Navy SEALs found Osama bin Laden hiding …
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
FCC moves to kill LightSquared over GPS interference concerns  —  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moved to reject LightSquared's planned wireless network on Tuesday after the president's top adviser on telecom issues said there is “no practical way” to prevent the network from disrupting GPS devices.
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
J. Lester Feder / Politico:
Kathleen Sebelius says she didn't talk to bishops  —  HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday that she didn't consult with the Catholic bishops on the latest version of the contraceptive coverage rule.  —  At a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the Obama administration's budget request …
Discussion: LifeNews.com
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Boehner delays highway bill vote  —  Speaker John Boehner is delaying a vote on the $260 billion transportation bill that was scheduled this week.  —  Boehner (R-Ohio) told his conference Wednesday morning that it was “more important that we do it right than that we do it fast” …
 
 
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Scott Hamilton / Bloomberg:
U.K. Jobless Claims Rise More Than Forecast as Cuts Bite
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Tobias Barrington Wolff / The Huffington Post:
The Republican War on Women: Invading the Vagina in Virginia
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Obama administration estimates 86 million people benefited from health law's prevention benefits last year
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Paul Ryan has ‘problem’ with GOP payroll tax cut deal
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Matthew Philips / Business Week:
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Reuters:
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Paul J. Weber / Associated Press:
April primaries ruled out in Texas
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
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Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Adele Hampton / The Hill:
Obama Girl's love wanes in new video
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Mediaite
Wall Street Journal:
Birth-Control Mandate: Unconstitutional and Illegal
Discussion: Hot Air
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
NYT reporter James Risen asks court to protect sources
Discussion: Secrecy News