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2:20 PM ET, February 21, 2012

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Wall Street Journal:
Sex, Lies and Rick Santorum  —  The politics of the double standard on social issues.  —  When Barack Obama was campaigning for president in 2008, he declared that marriage is between a man and a woman.  For the most part, his position was treated as a nonissue.  —  Now Rick Santorum is campaigning for president.
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Santorum Expands Lead, but Romney Gets Electability Vote  —  Fifty-eight percent of Republicans say Romney has best chance to beat Obama  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Rick Santorum now holds a 10-percentage-point lead in Gallup's Daily tracking of national Republicans registered voters' preferences for the 2012 GOP nomination.
Politico:
Mitt Romney's burn rate a boon for Barack Obama  —  Mitt Romney is burning through cash more than twice as fast as he's raising it, new reports filed Monday show — a clear sign that a protracted GOP primary fight could leave the front-runner limping into a general election fight with President Barack Obama.
Discussion: Firedoglake, CNN and Daily Kos
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Santorum leads in Washington  —  Wedged between the Michigan/Arizona primaries and Super Tuesday the Washington state GOP caucus hasn't received a lot of attention.  At least for now it looks like it could give Rick Santorum some momentum headed into the critical March 6th contests.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Taegan Goddard's …
Mike Littwin / Denver Post:
Santorum's phony theology  —  I don't usually go first to Rick Santorum for enlightenment, but I think he may be onto something with this “phony theology” business.  —  It's not clear exactly what he meant when he said over the weekend that Barack Obama's policies were based on a “phony theology,” and not the Bible.
Discussion: The Agonist
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Effrontery of Rick Santorum
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Santorum's WWII Warning: Fear Obama?
Steven Bertoni / Money Talks:
Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Says He Might Give $100M To Newt Gingrich Or Other Republican  —  Sheldon Adelson: The GOP's $25 billion man … Sheldon Adelson plays as stubbornly in politics as he does in business.  So the criticisms that he's trying to personally buy the presidential election …
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msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: The most important seven days of Romney's political life?
Peter H. Gleick / The Huffington Post:
The Origin of the Heartland Documents  —  Climate Change , Global Warming , Heartland Institute , Heartland Institute Leaked Documents , Green News  —  Since the release in mid-February of a series of documents related to the internal strategy of the Heartland Institute to cast doubt on climate science …
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Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
Peter Gleick Admits to Deception in Obtaining Heartland Climate Files
New York Times:
Activist Says He Lied to Obtain Climate Papers
Discussion: JunkScience.com
Felix Salmon:
The improbable Greece plan  —  Greece is now officially a ward of the international community.  It has no real independence when it comes to fiscal policy any more, and if everything goes according to plan, it's not going to have any independence for many, many years to come.
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Peter Spiegel / Agence France Presse:
Greek debt nightmare laid bare  —  A “strictly confidential” report on Greece's debt projections prepared for eurozone finance ministers reveals Athens' rescue programme is way off track and suggests the Greek government may need another bail-out once a second rescue - set to be agreed on Monday night - runs out.
James Crugnale / Mediaite:
Watch Franklin Graham Question President Obama's Faith, Explain Why Mormons Aren't Christian On Morning Joe  —  On Tuesday, Franklin Graham appeared on Morning Joe and made some statements that threw the show's panel — which included Alex Wagner, Willie Geist, and John Heilemann — into disarray.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:   Santorum: “You're Not A Christian”
Patrick J. Buchanan / The American Conservative:
Is Obama's America God's Country?
Discussion: Business Insider
JournalGazette.net:
You choose, we deliver … Indiana  —  Authorities are searching for an Indianapolis man who fled on foot, accused of shooting at a state trooper near a southern Indiana highway.Today 9:03 am  —  Rep. Bob Morris said he did some Web-based research and found allegations that the Girl Scouts …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Affirmative Action Case  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a major case on affirmative action in higher education, adding another potential blockbuster to a docket already studded with them.  —  The court's decision in the new case holds …
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Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
Supreme Court takes up affirmative action case
Discussion: Washington Post and msnbc.com
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
BREAKING: Proposition 8 Proponents to Seek Full Ninth Circuit Review  —  Charles Cooper, the lead attorney for the proponents of Proposition 8, tells Metro Weekly that the proponents of the California marriage amendment will be asking the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit …
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Qurans Burned in Afghanistan Reportedly Contained Extremist Messages  —  Update: A military official says Muslim holy books that were burned in a pile of garbage at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan had been removed from a library at a nearby detention center because they contained extremist messages or inscriptions.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
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Washington Post:
Afghans protest burning of Korans at U.S. base
Jonathan Strong / Roll Call:
Associate Confronted Rep. Ron Paul About Flights  —  In March 2005, David James called Rep. Ron Paul's (R-Texas) Congressional office for some documentation.  —  James's nonprofit group, the Liberty Committee, had paid for one of Paul's flights, and James needed a receipt or boarding pass to document the expense.
WRTV-TV:
Lugar Defends Himself On Residency Question  —  Longtime Senator Says He Meets Requirements  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Richard Lugar defended himself during an appearance in Indianapolis on Monday that came days after opponents claimed that he isn't qualified to run for office because he doesn't live in the state.
Capital Flows / Opinions That Matter:
The “Robo-Signing” Settlement: Seeds of Recovery, Or Chaos?  —  George Mason law professor Todd J. Zywicki fears that the “robo-signing” agreement will lead to further efforts to bleed the banks, all the while delaying the necessary clearing of the housing market.
 
 
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
False Recovery 2.0: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like 2011
Discussion: Associated Press and RedState
Christian Berthelsen / Wall Street Journal:
Bailout Boost Fades for U.S. Stocks
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
We, the Web Kids  —  Piotr Czerski is a Polish writer and commentator.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Republican Candidates See Opening on Israel and Iran
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Bill Ong Hing / The Huffington Post:
Lessons to Remember From Japanese Internment
Ann Gerhart / Washington Post:
Birth control as election issue? Why?
 Earlier Items: 
Karl Smith / Modeled Behavior:
Beyond Industrialization  —  I predict this graph will make the rounds
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and EconLog
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
Santorum: Democrats are “anti-science,” not me
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org:
Chris Matthews Sneers: 'If You're Really Anti-Gay, You Become Catholic Now'
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Documents: LightSquared shaping up as the FCC's Solyndra
Discussion: Hot Air
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Wants To Follow You On Twitter
Discussion: Wonkette, The Daily Dish and Gawker
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Newt Gingrich says defeating President Obama is a matter of ‘national security’
Discussion: Politico
David Weigel / Slate:
My Candidate Ate Here  —  There are so many serious factoids …
 

 
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