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10:30 PM ET, February 16, 2012

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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Democratic Women Boycott House Contraception Hearing After Republicans Prevent Women From Testifying  —  This morning, Democrats tore into House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for preventing women from testifying before a hearing examining the Obama administration's …
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Tom Shine Serena Marshall / ABCNEWS:
All Male Contraception Panel Criticized  —  A Capitol Hill hearing that was supposed to be about religious freedom and a mandate that health insurers cover contraception in the United States began as an argument about whether Democrats could add a woman to the all-male panel.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Darrell Issa Compares His All-Male Anti-Contraception Panel To Martin Luther King  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has been catching flack for holding a panel today relating to women's access to birth control that featured zero women, but Issa won't let the fact …
Discussion: Guardian
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Catholic Bishops Fight Contraception Rule at House Hearing
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Pelosi blasts dearth of women at contraceptives hearing: ‘Duh’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Daily Kos
Cheyenne Steel / oversight.house.gov:
Chairman Issa Hearing Preview Statement
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Santorum Supporter Stuns Andrea Mitchell With Memories Of How ‘The Gals’ Used Bayer Aspirin As Contraception  —  Foster Freiss, the very wealthy business man backing Rick Santorum's campaign efforts, appeared on Andrea Mitchell Reports Thursday afternoon, where host Andrea Mitchell asked …
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Sugar Daddy Foster Friess Gives ‘Gals’ Contraception Advice: Put An Aspirin Between Your Knees  —  Appearing of MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell today, Foster Friess, the main donor to the Super PAC backing Rick Santorum's presidential bid, dismissed the controversy surrounding President Obama's …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Wow, Did Foster Friess Really Say That?  (Updated)  —  Foster Friess, the conservative financier behind Rick Santorum's super-PAC, was on MSNBC's “Andrea Mitchell Reports” a few minutes ago.  Mitchell asked him whether he was concerned about Santorum's stands on social issues, and their potential to alienate voters.
Kyle Leighton / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Santorum Funder Friess: ‘Gals’ Used To Put Aspirin Between Their Knees For Contraception  —  This whole contraception debate is just so new-fangled, says billionaire investor and mega-funder to the super PAC supporting former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) for President, Foster Friess.
ABCNEWS:
Santorum Supporter: Women Used Aspirin As Contraception
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum super-PAC backer: Women ‘used Bayer aspirin for contraception’
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Romney, Paul decline debate invite  —  (CNN) - Mitt Romney and Ron Paul told the Georgia Republican Party, Ohio Republican Party and CNN Thursday that they will not participate in the March 1 Republican presidential primary debate.  —  “Mitt Romney and Ron Paul told the Georgia Republican Party …
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Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Campaign Weighs Santorum
Discussion: Hot Air
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Mitt Romney to skip March 1 CNN debate
Discussion: Hot Air, Wonkette, msnbc.com and Daily Kos
Jeremy Lin / Associated Press:
Santorum's federal tax returns show his wealth has risen rapidly since Senate defeat in 2006
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Final pre-Super Tuesday debate falls apart
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum tops new poll in Michigan
Tim Mak / Politico:
The Colbert Report suspended temporarily  —  The late-night comedy program hosted by Stephen Colbert will suspend production for at least two days this week, POLITICO has confirmed.  —  The Colbert Report, the home of relentless parodying of super PACs and the campaign finance system …
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Sam Schechner / Speakeasy:
Stephen Colbert Suspends Production of His Show
Mj Lee / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh backs Chris Christie's Whitney Houston flag tribute  —  Rush Limbaugh defended New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's plan to order flags in his state to be flown at half-staff on the day of the late singer Whitney Houston's funeral, as he briefly dipped his toes in the world of entertainment on his radio show Thursday.
Discussion: WCSH-TV, Rush Limbaugh and Hot Air
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Chris Christie set to veto gay marriage bill
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Michelangelo Signorile / The Huffington Post:
Victoria Jackson At CPAC: Former SNL Star On Gay Marriage, Barack Obama, GOP Candidates … LGBT Rights , Republican Party , Cpac , Gay Rights , Republicans , Video , Cpac 2012 , Victoria Jackson , Gay Voices News  —  “I'm here to save America from communism,” the former “Saturday Night Live” …
Discussion: The Talking Dog and Truth Wins Out
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
THE NON-PROCREATIVE FUNCTIONS OF SEX: “If you're interested in the stability of families, then you should also be a fan of non-procreative sex (which, let's face it, is going to be a majority of sex any couple engages in, even if they're choosing to forgo birth control).
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
How Companies Learn Your Secrets  —  Andrew Pole had just started working as a statistician for Target in 2002, when two colleagues from the marketing department stopped by his desk to ask an odd question: “If we wanted to figure out if a customer is pregnant, even if she didn't want us to know, can you do that? ”
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
To infinity and beyond!  This is the debt chart Obama and Geithner should be ashamed of  —  Testifying before the House Budget Committee today, U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner told Chairman Paul Ryan the following: “We're not coming before you to say we have a definitive solution to that long-term problem.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Half oppose Obama birth control insurance plan  —  Washington (CNN) - Half of all Americans say they oppose the Obama administration's new policy concerning employer-provided health insurance plans and their coverage of contraceptive services for female employees including …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Long Slog: Projecting the Republican Race Through June  —  Had evangelical Christians had their way in 2006's Pennsylvania Senate election, then-Sen. Rick Santorum (R) would have been reelected in a landslide: among the quarter of the electorate that identified themselves as such, Santorum won 59% to 41%.
Democracy Corps:
New Phase and Shifting Balance  —  The latest national survey by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for Democracy Corps and Women's Voices.  Women Vote Action Fund shows a Republican Party in deepening trouble and emerging underlying trends that may have shifted the balance for 2012.
Patrick J. Buchanan / The American Conservative:
Blacklisted, But Not Beaten  —  My days as a political analyst at MSNBC have come to an end.  —  After 10 enjoyable years, I am departing, after an incessant clamor from the left that to permit me continued access to the microphones of MSNBC would be an outrage against decency, and dangerous.
Jeff Davis / National Post:
Quebec outrage as Tories celebrate long-gun registry vote with cocktail party  —  Public Safety Minister Vic Toews speaks in the Commons on Wednesday.  He later went to a cocktail party on Parliament Hill celebrating the gun-registry vote.  —  OTTAWA — The Harper government's controversial bill …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's Blog
Tim Mak / Politico:
Maine GOP recounting caucus votes  —  The Maine Republican Party, under fire from Ron Paul supporters for its mishandling of the state's recent caucuses, is now re-canvassing counties and municipalities to recount vote totals.  —  POLITICO obtained an email from the State Republican Party …
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Paul's Delegate Advantage  —  If you think Rick Santorum won Iowa, Minnesota, and Colorado, you're wrong.  —  Let me explain: Santorum did win the caucus votes in all those states.  But because none of those states have bound delegates, that means the state's delegates to the national convention …
Paul A. Rahe / Ricochet Conversations Feed:
More Than a Touch of Malice  —  When Barack Obama first announced that he intended to force all employers, including Catholic institutions, to provide contraception and abortifacients as part of the healthcare package they offer their employees, my friend Michael Barone observed …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
 
 
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Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
Meet the ObamaCare Mandate Committee
Scottpowers / Orlando Sentinel:
Vinsanity in Windermere: NBA All Star Weekend to feature President Barack Obama fundraising party; tickets: $30K each
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Lemire / NY Daily News:
Obama and Palin finally have something in common: they're both Lin-sane
Daniel / Crooked Timber:
So, what would your plan for Greece be?  —  Reading the media …
Politics:
Marco Rubio “Is Supposedly Representing Hispanic Issues,” Harry Reid Says
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and Fox News
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Conservative Pundits Concerned With Romney's Distance
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Caucus and GOP 12
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