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11:10 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
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
Jeremy Lin / Associated Press:
Santorum's federal tax returns show his wealth has risen rapidly since Senate defeat in 2006
Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
Santorum shifts gear in Motown
Discussion: CNN
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Mitt Romney to skip March 1 CNN debate
Discussion: Hot Air, Wonkette, msnbc.com and Daily Kos
Tim Mak / Politico:   Maine GOP recounting caucus votes
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Final pre-Super Tuesday debate falls apart
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum tops new poll in Michigan
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
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
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 and The Other McCain
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
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
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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Celebrity Circuit / CBS News:
Whitney Houston: N.J. governor defends lowering flags for singer
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Virginia's Proposed Ultrasound Law Is an Abomination  —  Under the new legislation, women who want an abortion will be forcibly penetrated for no medical reason.  Where's the outrage?  —  This week, the Virginia state Legislature passed a bill that would require women to have an ultrasound before they may have an abortion.
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 …
 
 
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James Poulos / The Daily Caller:
What are women for?  —  In a simpler time Sigmund Freud struggled …
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Scottpowers / Orlando Sentinel:
Vinsanity in Windermere: NBA All Star Weekend to feature President Barack Obama fundraising party; tickets: $30K each
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Jonathan Lemire / NY Daily News:
Obama and Palin finally have something in common: they're both Lin-sane
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Daniel / Crooked Timber:
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Politics:
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Conservative Pundits Concerned With Romney's Distance
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