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8:00 AM ET, February 17, 2012

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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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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 …
ABCNEWS:
Santorum Supporter: Women Used Aspirin As Contraception
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Campaign Weighs Santorum  —  President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has begun discussing whether to attack Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and try to define him for a general-election audience, potentially breaking from its focus on Mitt Romney.
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Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
Santorum shifts gear in Motown  —  Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum surprised observers by throwing only sporadic jabs at Mitt Romney in a major address Thursday at the Detroit Economic Club.  —  Santorum, vying for an upset victory in the Michigan primary on Feb. 28 …
Discussion: CNN
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Final pre-Super Tuesday debate falls apart
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.
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.
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
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Democratic Women Boycott House Contraception Hearing After Republicans Prevent Women From Testifying
CBS News:
Pot-laden plane blows into Obama's air space  —  WASHINGTON - Two Air Force F-16 fighters intercepted a privately owned Cessna airplane that entered the same Los Angeles airspace as Marine One on Thursday as the helicopter was ferrying President Barack Obama.
Discussion: norad.mil, TalkLeft and The Raw Story
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Give Record-High Ratings to Several U.S. Allies  —  Iran has the lowest favorable rating; China's declines  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are feeling more favorably toward several of the United States' major allies in 2012 than they have in the past.
James Poulos / The Daily Caller:
What are women for?  —  In a simpler time Sigmund Freud struggled to understand what women want.  Today the significant battle is over what women are for.  None of our culture warriors are anywhere close to settling the matter.  The prevailing answer is the non-answer …
Discussion: alicublog, Slate and Feministe
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
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
At Work in Syria, Times Correspondent Dies  —  Anthony Shadid, a prize-winning newspaper correspondent whose graceful dispatches for both The New York Times and The Washington Post covered nearly two decades of Middle East conflict and turmoil, died, apparently of an asthma attack …
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.
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).
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 …
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? ”
Economist:
Over-regulated America  —  The home of laissez-faire is being suffocated by excessive and badly written regulation  —  AMERICANS love to laugh at ridiculous regulations.  A Florida law requires vending-machine labels to urge the public to file a report if the label is not there.
CBS Atlanta:
Occupy Movement Gets A PAC  —  ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) - The Occupy movement has decided to fight fire with fire.  —  Last week, John Paul Thornton of Decatur, Ala. filed to create a PAC for the Occupy Movement.  “PAC” is an acronym for a political action committee …
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%.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Is birth control fight a Terri Schiavo moment?  —  The respected Dem firm Democracy Corps has just published an important polling memo that gets right to the heart of why the birth control battle could matter so much in this year's elections.  —  The firm's poll finds that one of the most …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Colbert Report Suspends Production For The Week, Reasons Unknown (Updated)  —  Update: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Colbert has suspended his show temporarily due to an emergency in his family.  —  If you just flipped over to Comedy Central to catch Stephen Colbert after a new episode …
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Tim Mak / Politico:
The Colbert Report suspended temporarily
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, Hot Air and Rush Limbaugh
 
 
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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
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Gothamist
Daniel / Crooked Timber:
So, what would your plan for Greece be?  —  Reading the media …
Discussion: Felix Salmon
Steve Olafson / Reuters:
Anti-abortion “personhood” bill clears Oklahoma senate
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Mak / Politico:
Maine GOP recounting caucus votes
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Catholic Bishops Fight Contraception Rule at House Hearing
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Mitt Romney to skip March 1 CNN debate
Discussion: Hot Air, msnbc.com, Wonkette and Daily Kos
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Conservative Pundits Concerned With Romney's Distance
Discussion: Daily Kos, Swampland, The Caucus and GOP 12
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Paul's Delegate Advantage
 

 
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