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11:50 AM ET, February 18, 2012

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Alexander Burnsand Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Rick Santorum: Will women vote for him?  —  Democrats have an unexpected new foil in their effort to label the GOP as hostile to women: Rick Santorum.  —  After hammering away for a year at the message that Republicans are indifferent to women's health and economic well-being …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Mitt runs below-radar contrast ad in Mich.
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Romney: Santorum has no fiscal cred
Discussion: CNN, The Raw Story, The Page and The Hill
Mark Steyn / Investor's Business Daily:
Brokest Nation In History Fusses Instead About Sex  —  Have you seen the official White House version of what the New York Times headline writers call “A Responsible Budget”?  My favorite bit is Chart 5-1 on Page 58 of their 500-page appendix on “Analytical Perspectives.”
Discussion: americanthinker.com
New York Times:
For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage  —  LORAIN, Ohio — It used to be called illegitimacy.  Now it is the new normal.  After steadily rising for five decades, the share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage.
Fiachra Gibbons / Guardian:
Bruce Springsteen on Wrecking Ball  —  The Boss explains why there is a critical, questioning and angry patriotism at the heart of his new album Wrecking Ball  —  At a Paris press conference on Thursday night, Bruce Springsteen was asked whether he was advocating an armed uprising in America.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Same-sex marriage bill passes Maryland House of Delegates  —  A bill to legalize same-sex marriage won narrow approval Friday night in the Maryland House of Delegates, setting the stage for the state to join seven others and the District in allowing gay nuptials.
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Maryland House Of Delegates Passes Marriage Equality Bill
McKay Coppins / Politics:
Romney Camp Blindsided By DeWine's Betrayal  —  Nobody saw it coming.  Campaign sources point to felon voting, but it's a big moment for Santorum.  —  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's decision to withdraw his support from Mitt Romney and throw it behind Rick Santorum didn't just come …
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Associated Press:
Ohio AG Mike DeWine switches backing from Romney to Santorum before GOP presidential primary
Dana Goldstein / Slate:
Liberals, Don't Homeschool Your Kids  —  Why teaching children at home violates progressive values.  —  As a child growing up in Arizona and Georgia college towns during the 1980s and 1990s, the filmmaker Astra Taylor was “unschooled” by her lefty, countercultural parents.
Madeleine Morgenstern / TheBlaze.com:
EXCLUSIVE: 2ND N.C. MOTHER SAYS DAUGHTER'S SCHOOL LUNCH REPLACED FOR NOT BEING HEALTHY ENOUGH  —  North Carolina officials have said there was a misunderstanding when a preschooler's homemade lunch was sent home for not meeting certain nutritional requirements, but now a second mother …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Santorum to Mainline Protestants: You Are Satan's Spawn  —  Kyle Mantyla of People for the American Way's indispensable Right Wing Watch has come up with an audiotape of a Rick Santorum address to the students of the conservative Catholic Ave Maria University in Florida, delivered in 2008.
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
White House economic report hides sharp drop in number of working Americans  —  White House officials are trying to downplay the growing political damage caused by a shrinking federal statistic: the percentage of working-age Americans who actually have jobs.
Stephen Dean / Click2Houston.com:
Video shows talk show host inside gay bar on night of hit-and-run  —  HOUSTON -  —  New witnesses have stepped forward to say they saw a talk show host behind the wheel after a hit-and-run crash outside a popular gay bar, and Local 2 Investigates has obtained video from inside the bar that is now in the hands of police.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Hounding Of Pat Buchanan  —  There is so much I disagree with Pat Buchanan on - from World War II to marriage equality to immigration to my love of a multi-racial and multi-cultural society - that I could write a book in it.  But let me say something in his defense: however repellent some of his views, he is intellectually honest.
Reason:
Bioconservatives vs. Bioprogressives  —  Opposition to the technologies that make life longer, healthier, and happier creates strange bedfellows.  —  Ronald Bailey from the March 2012 issue  —  The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America, by Jonathan D. Moreno, Bellevue Literary Press, 224 pages, $18.95
Washington Post:
Federal agents arrest Amine El Khalifi; he allegedly planned to bomb Capitol  —  Federal authorities on Friday arrested a 29-year-old Moroccan man in an alleged plot to carry out a suicide bombing at the U.S. Capitol, the latest in a series of terrorism-related arrests resulting from undercover sting operations.
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Mike Levine / Fox News:
Exclusive: Feds arrest man allegedly heading to U.S. Capitol for suicide mission after sting investigation
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