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8:45 AM ET, February 22, 2012

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Drudge Report:
SANTORUM'S SATAN WARNING  —  “Satan has his sights on the United States of America!”  Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has declared.  —  “Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack …
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CNN:
Arpaio: I briefed Santorum on birth certificate investigation  —  Phoenix (CNN) - Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, briefed GOP contender Rick Santorum on his investigation into President Barack Obama's birth certificate, the controversial law enforcement official told reporters Tuesday.
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh on Santorum and Satan  —  Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show Tuesday that Rick Santorum will have to explain his warning that “Satan has his sights on the United States of America.”  —  “It's part of the predictable attempt to impugn Santorum as an absolute religious nut and wacko,” Limbaugh said.
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC poll: Romney, Santorum deadlocked in Michigan; Romney leads in Arizona  —  An NBC News poll shows that GOP presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are neck-and-neck in Michigan, Romney's birthplace.  Romney, meanwhile, has a comfortable lead in Arizona, which has a sizable Mormon population.
Rush Limbaugh:
Santorum Will Have to Answer on Satan  —  RUSH: I mentioned earlier in the program that Santorum, people have dug deep and they found a speech that he gave back in 2008 in Ave Maria, Florida, at Ave Maria University.  Drudge has this plastered up.  The Democrats have found it.  It's all over the place.
Discussion: Politico
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Romney: ‘Labor Unions Play An Important Role In Our Society’  —  Speaking in Michigan today ahead of the state's primary, Mitt Romney broke with his party's generally universal opposition to organized labor, saying, “labor unions play an important role in our society.”
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
CNN:
Santorum super PAC buys more ad time in Michigan
Discussion: Ballot Box and Reuters
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Franklin Graham: Obama May Secretly Be A Muslim, Santorum And Gingrich Are Definitely Christian
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Women Prefer Santorum to Romney by 10-Point Margin, Says Gallup
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
It's not conservative, It's reactionary
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules on Case Involving Miranda Rights  —  WASHINGTON — In a busy day at the Supreme Court, the justices on Tuesday issued a decision limiting the circumstances in which prisoners must be told of their rights before they are questioned, added to what had already been a long schedule …
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Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
High Court to Hear College Affirmative-Action Case
Discussion: Law Blog
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama to propose lowering corporate tax rate to 28 percent  —  President Obama on Wednesday plans to propose a major overhaul of the nation's corporate tax code, an election-year gambit that is likely to draw a contrast over a key policy issue with the Republicans vying to replace him.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Offers to Cut Corporate Tax Rate to 28%
Discussion: Jared Bernstein
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Official: Administration to unveil corporate tax framework on Wednesday
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Ben Shapiro / Big Journalism:
OWS Letter to the Editor in USA Today: We Will Storm Wall Street With Guns  —  Over at USA Today, a self-employed massage therapist from Austin, TX has a letter to the editor responding to an editorial suggesting that Occupy Wall Street has lost its way.  —  Here's what this fellow wrote:
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Santorum in 95: ‘I Was Basically Pro-Choice All My Life, Until I Ran For Congress’ … 2012 Election , Rick Santorum , Elections 2012 , Video , Politics News , Doug Walgren , Doug Walgren Rick Santorum , Reagan Republican , Rick Santorum 2012 , Rick Santorum Abortion , Rick Santorum Pennsylvania …
Brian C. Mooney / The Boston Globe:
Obama donations fall short of '08  —  Campaign downplays import of Jan. figures  —  President Obama recently changed positions and encouraged contributions to his super PAC, a fund-raising tool he previously shunned.  Yesterday he appeared at a Washington, D.C., event (above) to announce he will sign a payroll tax cut extension.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Romney's Money Problems
BBC:
Venezuela's Hugo Chavez faces new operation  —  Mr Chavez says he is determined to overcome his illness  —  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said that he will have to have further surgery after doctors found a lesion during medical tests in Cuba.  —  The 57-year-old had two operations …
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Fox News:
Hugo Chavez Needs Surgery after Finding New Lesion during Trip to Cuba
Lauren Fox / US News:
Americans' Satisfaction Almost as Low as It Was Under Carter  —  It's February, nine months before a presidential election, and only 22 percent of Americans say they are satisfied with the way things are going.  Voters haven't been this unhappy with the country since George H.W. Bush's presidency …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
Don Surber:
Poll: Carter 63%, Reagan 32%  —  As I look at the Real Clear Politics averages of the polls of the various match-ups between President Obama and the various Republican candidates, I know I am supposed to feel impending doom.  But I don't.  Let's see, the numbers this morning are:  —  Obama 49.0%
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
President Obama Sings ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ At White House Blues Concert  —  While the Republican candidates fret and prepare for tomorrow's Western-themed debate, President Obama spent tonight at a Black History Month blues celebration in the White House, with legends such as B.B. King and Mick Jagger.
Benjy Sarlin / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Two Charts That Should Make Romney Gulp  —  It's no secret that, as far as frontrunners go, Mitt Romney's never exactly set the grassroots on fire.  But his latest fundraising numbers drive home just how weak his small donor appeal is compared to his rivals — and especially President Obama.
Michael O'Brien / msnbc.com:
Romney: Spending cuts slow economic growth  —  Mitt Romney said Tuesday that cutting spending slows growth in the economy — a rhetorical slip more akin to an argument a Democrat might make than a Republican.  —  Speaking in Shelby Township, MI, the former Massachusetts governor took …
David Harsanyi / Real Clear Politics:
Aren't High Gas Prices What Democrats Want?  —  Gas prices are spiking.  That's great news, right?  We have to wean ourselves off the stuff.  At least that's what we've been hearing for years.  Oil is dirty.  We import it from nations that hate our guts (like Canada!).  And moreover, we're running out.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Reuters:
U.S. signals possibility of arming Syrian rebels  —  (Reuters) - The United States appeared to open the door to eventually arming Syria's opposition, saying that if a political solution to the crisis was impossible it might have to consider other options.  —  The comments, made by officials …
 
 
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