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11:00 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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Pirate's Cove
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Mitt runs below-radar contrast ad in Mich.
Discussion: Politics
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Romney: Santorum has no fiscal cred
Discussion: CNN, The Raw Story and The Page
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
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.
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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ABCNEWS:
Mike DeWine Switches Endorsement From Mitt Romney To Rick Santorum
Associated Press:
Ohio AG Mike DeWine switches backing from Romney to Santorum before GOP presidential primary
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
ABCNEWS:
Top GOP Senator Says ‘If Romney Loses Michigan, We Need a New Candidate’  —  A prominent Republican senator just told me that if Romney can't win in Michigan, the Republican Party needs to go back to the drawing board and convince somebody new to get into the race.
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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Judge Reagan, Clinton Best of Recent Presidents  —  Public split on whether Obama will be judged positively or negatively  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans believe history will judge Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton as the best among recent U.S. presidents, with at least 6 in 10 saying each …
CNN:
Supreme Court blocks Montana ruling against outside group spending  —  (CNN) - The Supreme Court has blocked enforcement of a ruling by Montana's highest court that upholds the state's century-long restrictions on independent political spending by outside groups in election campaigns.
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
Discussion: New York Times and Atlas Shrugs
 
 
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Shiv Malik / Guardian:
Tesco asks government to change flagship jobless scheme
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
White House economic report hides sharp drop in number of working Americans
Stephen Lacey / ThinkProgress:
Senate Climate Hawks Deliver Speech Calling for U.S. Action on the “Planetary Crisis of Global Warming”
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Heartland Memo Looking Faker By the Minute
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Six recused in Waters ethics case
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