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4:20 PM ET, February 20, 2012


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Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
UT/TT Poll: Santorum Crushing GOP Hopefuls in Texas … Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania has a commanding lead among Republican presidential candidates in Texas, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.  —  Santorum would get the votes of 45 percent of the respondents …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Guardian
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.
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Slouching toward nomination, Romney needs win in Michigan
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Prairie Weather
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum denies Hitler-Obama comparison  —  (CNN) - Rick Santorum on Monday denied he was comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler while using a World War II analogy the previous day.  —  During a speech at a Georgia church on Sunday, Santorum paralleled the election to America's slow response …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Santorum draws World War II parallel in describing threat facing the nation  —  CUMMING, Ga. — In a speech at a megachurch here Sunday night, former senator Rick Santorum (Pa.) used some of his direst imagery yet to describe what's at stake in this year's presidential election …
Juana Summers / Politico:
Rick Santorum defends attacks on Obama ‘theology’  —  STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Rick Santorum continued to play defense Monday, working to explain a handful of controversial statements that appear to draw links between President Barack Obama and Adolf Hitler, and seem to question the president's Christianity.
Discussion: CNN
Donald Trump / CNN:
TRENDING: Trump takes hatchet to Santorum
Discussion: Mediaite
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney adviser says Michigan not a ‘must-win’ for campaign
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum spokesman: Michigan is Romney territory
Discussion: The Page
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 …
Olympia Meola / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Poll finds most Virginians oppose changes in abortion, gun laws  —  Virginia voters, by wide margins, want to retain the state's landmark one-handgun-a-month law and oppose mandating that a woman receive an ultrasound before having an abortion, according to a new poll.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Protest of Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound Bill in Virginia Leads to Delay  —  Hundreds join silent protest against Virginia bill to legalize forced trans-vaginal examinations (Photo via The Shad Plank)  —  The Virginia abortion bill, which would mandate that the women seeking an abortion …
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.
CBS News:
Rising gas prices and the 2012 election … PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  On another front in campaign 2012 : Rising gasoline prices are getting the attention of both the White House and its Republican challengers.  Gasoline is now the costliest it's ever been this time of year — an average $3.56 per gallon, up 40 cents in a year.
Discussion: CBS Dallas
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.
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
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.
Robin Bravender / Politico:
Club for Growth PAC raises $1.5M  —  The conservative super PAC Club for Growth Action raked in $1.5 million in January, fueling its efforts to hammer GOP candidates the group views as too moderate.  —  The bulk of the group's January cash haul came from a $1 million check from Virginia James …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Santorum: Liberals ‘are the anti-science ones’  —  Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum charged on Monday that President Barack Obama and Democrats were “anti-science” because they refused to exploit the Earth's natural resources to the limits of technology.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Agonist
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Beyond Blue 5: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs  —  America's economic structure, the labor market and the American workplace have changed greatly in the last twenty years and will likely change even more in the twenty years to come.  Some of these changes are unpredictable; others look baked into the cake.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
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Nick Collins / Telegraph:
Test tube hamburgers to be served this year
Dave Levinthal / Politico:
Tim Pawlenty pays down 2012 race debt
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Campaign against Canadian Keystone XL pipeline driven by US foundation millions
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
Chart of the Day: The Surprisingly Stable Cost of Presidential Elections
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Hullabaloo
Geneva Sands-Sadowitz / The Hill:
Sen. Conrad: GOP suffers from ‘convenient amnesia’ on budget matters
Discussion: Hot Air
Ronald E. Neumann / Washington Post:
U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael Kirkland / UPI:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg stepping down in 2015
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Still Rate Iran Top U.S. Enemy
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Diplomania  —  Netanyahu's border proposal: Israel …
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Gingrich archives show his public praise, private criticism of Reagan
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Republicans plot repeal of Obama education regulations
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Plouffe, Obama Aide, Lends Firm Hand to Campaign
Discussion: Politico and The PJ Tatler
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Notes on an Unfinished Letter of Apology (Or, Does Ed Morrissey Torture Cats?)