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1:20 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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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
Politics:
Here's Romney's Plan To Take Out Santorum  —  A brutal, two-front attack from the campaign and the SuperPAC.  “The expectation is that Santorum, just given his personality, is going to whine like crazy,” said a Romney advisor  —  Santorum at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week.
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 …
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
VIDEO: Romney watches Santorum new attack ad
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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 …
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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.
Discussion: The Maddow Blog, Daily Kos and AlterNet
Maggie Fox / NationalJournal.com:
Reid to Allow Vote on Rescinding Contraception Rule
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Hot Air
Charlie Spiering / Campaign 2012:
Boxer: Insurance rights trumps religious rights
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 …
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Meghan Keneally / Daily Mail:
Food police reject preschooler's homemade lunch... in favour of chicken nuggets
Discussion: Althouse
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Nanny state report: NC school officials confiscate preschooler's homemade lunch
Matt Willoughby / nccivitas.org:
State Inspectors Searching Children's Lunch Boxes: “This Isn't China, Is It?”
Discussion: Wizbang and Hot Air
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 …
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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” …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell staying at arm's length
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.
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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Obama holds edge over GOP hopefuls
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Poll: Most back mandating contraception coverage
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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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
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Raw Story
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
Brendan DeMelle / DeSmogBlog:
Heartland Institute Exposed: Internal Documents Unmask Heart of Climate Denial Machine  —  Internal Heartland Institute strategy and funding documents obtained by DeSmogBlog expose the heart of the climate denial machine - its current plans, many of its funders, and details that confirm …
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 …
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 …
Adele Hampton / The Hill:
Obama Girl's love wanes in new video  —  YouTube sensation Amber Lee Ettinger, aka Obama Girl, is back with a new video.  But instead of reaffirming her puppy-love crush on the president, Ettinger is singing a different tune.  —  “You better step up, cuz I need that man, if my old crush on you was true …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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: Hot Air
Sarah Posner / Salon:
Rep. Issa to air bishops' complaints  —  Capitol Hill hearing will showcase those who seek to restrict access to birth control  —  Republican Darrell Issa, chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will convene a hearing tomorrow, “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
 
 
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Oliver Stone's Son Sean Urges #Occupy Protesters to Turn to Islam
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Rick Santorum Wants Your Sex Life to Be ‘Special’
Discussion: American Prospect
Seth Freed Wessler / Colorlines:
Deported Dad Begs North Carolina To Give Him Back His Children
Discussion: Hit & Run and Balloon Juice
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Does the GOP care about Latino voters?
Discussion: The Hill and Michelle Malkin
Wall Street Journal:
Birth-Control Mandate: Unconstitutional and Illegal
Discussion: Hot Air
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Pakistan's Musharraf Has Been Accused of Knowing Osama bin Laden's Hideout
Chelsea Whyte / New Scientist:
Hurricanes deliver fatal blows to wind turbines
Discussion: Power Line
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Violence Against Women Act Becomes Partisan Issue
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Maddow Blog
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
NYT reporter James Risen asks court to protect sources
Discussion: Secrecy News
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
State Senate GOP rejects request to honor Whitney Houston
Discussion: Reuters, Politicker and Politico
Stephen Pollard / Telegraph:
For once, Richard Dawkins is lost for words
Discussion: Guardian and Vox Popoli
BBC:
Colombia priests ‘hired own killers’ in suicide pact
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