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12:30 PM ET, February 17, 2012

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Foster Friess / Campfire Blog:
For those who misunderstood my joke today, here's my quest for forgiveness...  Last week my joke at the Conservative Political Action Conference generated laughter and media attention.  Today on Andrea Mitchell's show, my aspirin joke bombed as many didn't recognize it as a joke but thought …
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Santorum dodges Friess ‘bad joke’  —  POLITICO's Juana Summers reports on Rick Santorum's reaction to Foster Friess with reporters tonight: … Buzzfeed's Rosie Gray had a bit of this earlier.  —  UPDATE: Friess himself, in an interview with MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Foster Friess Doubles Down  —  So on his “Campfire Blog,” which is apparently how he communicates with the world when he's not on our television screens, Santorum Super-PAC heavy and all-purpose spokesman Foster Friess apologized to the poor dumb humorless people who didn't get his “joke” …
Discussion: msnbc.com, Mediaite and Balloon Juice
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Foster Friess: In my day, women “used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives”
Discussion: Mediaite, Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Rosie Gray / Politics:
Santorum Describes Friess' Aspirin Comment As A “Bad Joke”
Discussion: Mediaite and Balloon Juice
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum accuses media of double standard on Obama and Jeremiah Wright
Discussion: Politico and GOP 12
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Mitt Romney and Ron Paul Friendly Amid the Rivalry  —  LAKE JACKSON, Tex. — Once there was a challenge of a softball game from the Ron Paul clan to the Mitt Romney clan.  “They didn't show up,” Mr. Paul says.  “We didn't schedule it.  We really razz them about that, ‘You guys chickened out!’ ”
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gingrich targets Hispanic voters in latest Web ad
Discussion: CNN
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Republican donor expected to shell out $10 million to Gingrich super PAC
Discussion: Wonkette
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Romney: Rombo ad is “most negative ad I've seen”
Discussion: National Review
Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
Santorum shifts gear in Motown
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The PJ Tatler and CNN
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.
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Pat Buchanan to Leave MSNBC
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 …
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Steve Coll / News Desk:
Postscript: Anthony Shadid, 1968-2012
Discussion: Global Public Square
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Anthony Shadid, Reporter in the Middle East, Dies at 43
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
A Syllabus for the ‘Occupy’ Movement  —  Conservatives are wrong to deride college courses on the anti-Wall Street protests.  Here's a lesson plan and possible reading list.  —  Schools from New York's Columbia to Chicago's Roosevelt University are offering courses on the “Occupy” movement.
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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 …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Obama camp pulls in $29 million in January  —  The fundraising figures put the president far ahead of the Republicans who are vying to take him on this fall.  —  President Obama raised $29.1 million in January for his reelection campaign and the Democratic Party, his campaign announced Friday …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Obama raises $29 million in January
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Jeremy Lin Problem  —  Jeremy Lin is anomalous in all sorts of ways.  He's a Harvard grad in the N.B.A., an Asian-American man in professional sports.  But we shouldn't neglect the biggest anomaly.  He's a religious person in professional sports.  —  We've become accustomed …
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.
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 …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Fear and Feminism  —  Some criticism of Rick Santorum is downright irrational.  —  (Best of the tube tonight: Watch us on “Hannity,” Fox News Channel, 9 p.m. ET, with a repeat showing at midnight ET.  The “Great American Panel” starts around 40 minutes in.)
Wall Street Journal:
Google's iPhone Tracking  —  Web Giant, Others Bypassed Apple Browser Settings for Guarding Privacy  —  Google Inc. and other advertising companies have been bypassing the privacy settings of millions of people using Apple Inc.'s Web browser on their iPhones and computers …
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.
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Admin stops pretending it has long-term debt plan  —  President Obama spent much of last year pretending that he had a plan to tackle the nation's long-term debt crisis.  He never released an actual plan, but he gave a bunch of speeches pretending that he had.
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The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
U.S. Unemployment Increases in Mid-February  —  Underemployment also up, to 19.0%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The U.S. unemployment rate, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, is 9.0% in mid-February, up from 8.6% for January.  The mid-month reading normally reflects …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
 
 
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Anti-war lawmakers urge Obama not to attack Iran
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Israelis prepare for war with Iran
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Charles Koch, employees reveal e-mailed threats from past year
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Business groups launch legal, Capitol Hill attacks on EPA mercury rule
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CBO: Longest Period of High Unemployment Since Great Depression
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