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10:55 AM 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 …
Rosie Gray / Politics:
Santorum Describes Friess' Aspirin Comment As A “Bad Joke”  —  Tells BuzzFeed he's not responsible for Friess' ribald brand of humor.  —  (Reuters / REBECCA COOK)  —  NOVI, Michigan — Rick Santorum wasn't very amused by his friend and super PAC backer Foster Friess' comment today about using aspirin as birth control.
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
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
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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Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Campaign Weighs Santorum
Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
Santorum shifts gear in Motown
Discussion: CNN and The PJ Tatler
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.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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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 …
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.
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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Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Anthony Shadid, Reporter in the Middle East, Dies at 43
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.
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 …
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.
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Left-wing foundations lavish millions on Media Matters  —  Relying on tax returns and websites of wealthy U.S. foundations, a Daily Caller investigation has revealed the sources of more than $28.8 million in funding collected by the liberal Media Matters for America since 2003, the year before its formal incorporation.
Lisa Brenner / scpr.org:
Newt Gingrich's bus breaks down in West Hollywood; locals show little sympathy  —  The presidential hopeful who recently called gay marriage a “perfect example of what I mean by the rise of paganism,” set off a Boystown brouhaha last night when his Newt 2012 campaign bus broke down in West Hollywood.
Discussion: Washington Post and Wonkette
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
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Business groups launch legal, Capitol Hill attacks on EPA mercury rule  —  Major industry groups have stepped up efforts to scuttle new EPA rules that require curbs on emissions of mercury and other air toxics from coal-fired power plants.  —  The rule's formal publication Thursday …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Philly.com
Shahien Nasiripour / Financial Times:
US taxpayers to subsidise $40bn housing settlement  —  US taxpayers are expected to subsidise the $40bn settlement owed by five leading banks over allegations that they systematically abused borrowers in pursuit of improper home seizures, the Financial Times has learnt.
Lori Ann LaRocco / CNBC:
AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson: Mitt Romney's Auto Bailout Op-Ed is Reckless and Dishonest  —  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's latest blast against the auto bailout has one auto exec seeing red.  —  CNBC has learned Romney's anti-automaker bailout op-ed in the Detroit News compelled Mike Jackson …
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 …
 
 
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Sen. Sherrod Brown was delinquent on taxes for his D.C. condo
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So, what would your plan for Greece be?  —  Reading the media …
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