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12:35 PM ET, February 20, 2012

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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Michigan GOP race tightens  —  The Republican race for President in Michigan has tightened considerably over the last week, with what was a 15 point lead for Rick Santorum down to 4.  He leads with 37% to 33% for Mitt Romney, 15% for Ron Paul, and 10% for Newt Gingrich.
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Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
Why Mitt Romney's Presidential Prospects May Not Be Salvageable  —  Business School Case Study: Company R has the financial resources, the professional staff, the marketing know-how, and the business expertise to dominate its competition.  But despite the near-universal familiarity of its signature product …
ABCNEWS:
Donald Trump Hitting The Michigan Airwaves For Mitt Romney  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  With just over a week to go before Michigan voters head to the polls, Mitt Romney is enlisting the help of one of his highest-wattage surrogates: Donald Trump.
Maggie Habermanand Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Worry over Mitt Romney sparks talk of Tampa  —  There are growing calls for an alternative to Mitt Romney as the Republican standard-bearer, with the names of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie again being seen as the most likely saviors.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Daily Kos
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Slouching toward GOP nomination, Romney needs win in Michigan
Discussion: Politico and Prairie Weather
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum spokesman: Michigan is Romney territory
Discussion: The Page
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Is Santorum the Sharon Angle of 2012?
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Pain Without Gain  —  Last week the European Commission confirmed what everyone suspected: the economies it surveys are shrinking, not growing.  It's not an official recession yet, but the only real question is how deep the downturn will be.  —  And this downturn is hitting nations that have never recovered from the last recession.
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Fox News:
Domestic production eyed as gas prices head toward record-breaking height  —  President Obama's re-elect team defended White House energy policy on Sunday as gas prices shoot toward the $4 mark and beyond, a level that could devastate voters' pocketbooks as well as Obama's chances for a second term.
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Pakistan Can't Seem to Figure Out Why Bin Laden Was Hiding There  —  The Pakistani commission appointed to investigate just how Osama bin Laden came to be living in Abbottabad, in a large house adjacent to Pakistan's military academy (a house built by an architect regularly employed …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
New York Post:
H'wood snubs Muslim Stone  —  Sean Stone, son of controversial director Oliver Stone, converted to Islam in Iran last week and says he's already experiencing a Hollywood backlash.  —  The ceremony was held in Isfahan, where he is researching a documentary.  He now goes by the name of Sean Christopher Ali Stone.
Ryan Jones / Israel Today:
Muslims stone Christians on Temple Mount  —  A mob of some 50 Palestinian Muslims stoned a group of Christian tourists atop Jerusalem's Temple Mount on Sunday morning.  Three of the Israeli police officers who acted to protect the Christian group were wounded by the stone-throwers.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Iran Raid Seen as a Huge Task for Israeli Jets  —  WASHINGTON — Should Israel decide to launch a strike on Iran, its pilots would have to fly more than 1,000 miles across unfriendly airspace, refuel in the air en route, fight off Iran's air defenses, attack multiple underground sites simultaneously — and use at least 100 planes.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Notes on an Unfinished Letter of Apology (Or, Does Ed Morrissey Torture Cats?) … When the draft of the e-mail passed the 3,000-word mark, and was still clearly not half-finished, I gave it up.  What had begun as a mea culpa had metamorphosed into a treatise explaining the entire history …
Discussion: Thoughts and Rantings
NY Daily News:
Jeremy Lin headline slur was ‘honest mistake,’ fired ESPN editor Anthony Federico claims  —  EXCLUSIVE: ‘This had nothing to do with me being cute or punny’  —  Jeremy Lin looks on during Knicks' victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.  —  The ESPN editor fired Sunday for using …
CNN:
STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY  —  Interview with Ron Paul; Interview with Michele Bachmann, Mitch Daniels; Interview with Michael Hayden, Edward Walker; Interview with Howard Schultz  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Plouffe, Obama Aide, Lends Firm Hand to Campaign  —  WASHINGTON — David Plouffe is not a hugger, crier or someone who gets all gaga every time he walks into his West Wing office, just a few feet from that of the president.  He disdains doomsayers as “bed-wetters,” press hordes as “jackals” …
Discussion: Politico and The PJ Tatler
 
 
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Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Still Rate Iran Top U.S. Enemy
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Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Diplomania  —  Netanyahu's border proposal: Israel …
New York Times:
Questions for and About Congressman Grimm
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Gingrich archives show his public praise, private criticism of Reagan
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Center for Defense Information:
Biography:  —  Winslow T. Wheeler worked on national security issues …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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GOP presidential candidates bring Founding Fathers back into political spotlight
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