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9:50 AM ET, February 21, 2012

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Steven Bertoni / Lists:
Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Says He Might Give $100M To Newt Gingrich Or Other Republican  —  This story is part of a larger profile appearing in the March 12th, 2012 issue of FORBES magazine.  The complete cover story will appear online beginning Wednesday, February 22nd.
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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.
Saul Loeb / ABCNEWS:
January Fundraising: Campaigns and Super PACs, Side by Side  —  And the winner of January's presidential campaign fundraising contest is ... President Obama, whose campaign took in $11.83 million last month.  —  The pro-Newt-Gingrich super PAC Winning Our Future took a close second.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Republican voters oppose a ‘brokered’ convention  —  WASHINGTON - While most Republicans wish they had different choices in the party's presidential field, a nationwide USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds overwhelming resistance to the idea of an old-styled brokered convention that would pick some new contender as the nominee.
Politico:   Pro-Rick Santorum PAC picks up another mega-donor
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
‘Super PAC’ Role Grows for Republican Campaigns
Discussion: USA Today, ABCNEWS and The Caucus
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
Study: Negative campaign ads much more frequent, vicious than in primaries past
Mary Beth Schneider / IndyStar Bloggers:
Gov. Daniels Says Won't Reconsider Presidential Run
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
McKay Coppins / Politics:
Why Romney Is So Confident About Winning Michigan
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  —  Peter H. Gleick, a water and climate analyst who has been studying aspects of global warming for more than two decades, in recent years became an aggressive critic of organizations and individuals casting doubt …
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.
Discussion: National Review and Paul Krugman
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Wall Street Journal:
Europe Reaches a Greek Deal  —  BRUSSELS—Euro-zone finance ministers early Tuesday agreed to an ambitious €130 billion ($172.1 billion) rescue deal that will see Greece's private creditors take an even larger loss in order to put the debt-laden country on a sustainable footing and avert a catastrophic default.
Stephen Castle / New York Times:
Europe Agrees on New Bailout to Help Greece Avoid Default
Reuters:
Europe seals new Greek bailout to avert default
David Weigel / Slate:
My Candidate Ate Here  —  There are so many serious factoids to pull out of the four remaining Republicans' FEC reports.  Here's an unserious one.  Below, the restaurants or food-selling establishments patronized by the campaigns in January.  We can break them down into two neat categories.
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court to decide on right to lie about military honors  —  Justices will take up the case of Xavier Alvarez, who falsely told a California water board meeting that he had received the Medal of Honor.  —  Mary and Chuck Schantag stand in front of a banner listing the names of people …
Simone Sebastian / Houston Chronicle:
U.S. oil gusher blows out projections  —  The United States' rapidly declining crude oil supply has made a stunning about-face, shredding federal oil projections and putting energy independence in sight of some analyst forecasts.  —  After declining to levels not seen since the 1940s, U.S. crude production began rising again in 2009.
Joan Biskupic / USA Today:
Court action could prolong health care fight  —  WASHINGTON - Next month's challenge to the Obama-sponsored health care law could affect the care available to most Americans, alter the balance of power between Washington and the states and remain a flash point through this presidential campaign.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
First family is front and center in campaign ad  —  A new Internet ad by the president's reelection campaign features a portrait of the first family asking supporters to “help the Obamas stand up for working Americans.”  The appeal, a departure from the typical Obama messaging …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Santorum aide ties Obama to Islam  —  Rick Santorum's spokeswoman Alice Stewart said in a TV interview on Monday that Santorum was referring to President Barack Obama's “radical Islamic policies” when he said the president's agenda was driven by “phony theology” — but then quickly called …
 
 
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
House GOP hopes ‘Solyndra economy’ becomes Obama's political epitaph
Associated Press:
12 EU leaders call for open markets to fuel growth
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KPLC-TV:
Santorum's controversial comments meet criticism
Discussion: CNN and The Raw Story
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Sidebar: Sidebar: Gay Marriage's Slow Stroll to the Supreme Court
Discussion: The Snitch
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge:
Bob Janjuah: “Markets Are So Rigged By Policy Makers That I Have No Meaningful Insights To Offer”
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Codswallop! Pensioner handbags health minister outside No 10
Glenn Beck / Washington Post:
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Damian Carrington / Guardian:
Canada threatens trade war with EU over tar sands
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CNN:
Sheriff's former boyfriend speaks out
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