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6:30 PM ET, February 22, 2012

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ABCNEWS:
Chris Christie: Rick Santorum's Satan Comments Are Relevant  —  Rick Santorum says his 2008 comments that “Satan has set his sights on the United States of America” are “not relevant” to the 2012 presidential race, but Chris Christie told me on “GMA” that Santorum is wrong.
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Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Team Santorum: U.S. is with Rick on devil belief  —  MESA, Ariz. — Some of Rick Santorum's advisers are frustrated and angry that reporters are focusing more on their candidate's statements about Satan than on his positions on the issues.  Here in Arizona Tuesday, Santorum faced repeated questioning …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Get Thee Behind Me!  —  Ah, you just gotta love the MSM and its blinders!  —  Thanks to a handful of obscure researchers and bloggers (I first noticed the story at People for the American Way's Right Wing Watch, but others may have gotten there first), and to the subsequent efforts of a handful …
Discussion: The Agonist and Eschaton
Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Alan Simpson: Rick Santorum Is ‘Rigid And A Homophobic’ … 2012 Elections , Rick Santorum , Video , Alan Simpson , Politics News , Election 2012 , Rick Santorum 2012 , Santorum , Politics News  —  Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wy.) weighed in on the Republican presidential primary on Wednesday …
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
Virginia governor no longer fully supports ultrasounds before abortions  —  RICHMOND — Gov. Robert F. McDonnell is backing off his unconditional support for a bill requiring women to have an ultrasound before an abortion, focusing new attention on one of the most controversial pieces …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
McDonnell comes out against invasive ultrasound mandate (UPDATED)
Discussion: Feministing
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Virginia House passes controversial anti-abortion bill
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
Virginia Republicans look to amend ultrasound bill
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
50p tax rate ‘failing to boost revenues’  —  The amount of income tax paid fell sharply last month in the first formal indication that the new 50p higher rate is not raising the expected amount of revenue.  —  A Treasury source said the relatively poor revenues from self-assessment returns …
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Dividend Assault  —  A plan to triple the tax rate would hurt all shareholders.  —  President Obama's 2013 budget is the gift that keeps on giving—to government.  One buried surprise is his proposal to triple the tax rate on corporate dividends, which believe it or not is higher than in his previous budgets.
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
RESTORE AMERICA'S PROMISE: MORE JOBS, LESS DEBT, SMALLER GOVERNMENT  —  Increasing economic growth, employment, and incomes is a cornerstone of Mitt Romney's policy agenda.  Faster growth creates the jobs and generates the incomes to fund the aspirations of American families …
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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Why Obama's corporate tax plan is a total bust
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Tax reform is really, really hard
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Bush Appointee Finds DOMA Unconstitutional  —  Moments ago, Judge Jeffery White of the District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the Constitution's equal protection clause in a case brought by Karen Golinski.
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Another court finds Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional  —  Another federal judge has found unconstitutional a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law which forbids providing federal government benefits to same-sex spouses.  —  U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama ties Romney with Arizona  —  Arizona is a great microcosm of how Barack Obama's reelection prospects have improved over the last 3 months.  When we polled there in November his approval numbers were atrocious and his prospects for winning the state in the general election didn't look very good.
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CNN:
Polls indicate Romney on the rise in Arizona
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
EXCLUSIVE: The Memo that Larry Summers Didn't Want Obama to See  —  For the past three years, Washington journalists and politicos have obsessed over a 57-page memo that Barack Obama's incoming economic team prepared for him in late 2008.  The document has achieved such totemic status for good reason …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Some More Thoughts on Heartland  —  I know that many of you are probably sick of this story, for which I apologize.  I'm crunching on a column after a weekend family emergency, so the other blogging which would normally be interspersed with the Heartland stuff is going to be very light through at least tomorrow.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Joshua Green / Business Week:
Dow 13,000?  Thank Democrats  —  Yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly peaked above 13,000 before dipping at the close.  Like all Dow milestones, this one touched off the usual celebration.  It may be no coincidence that the market is rising under a Democratic president.
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Bob Drummond / Bloomberg:
Stocks Return More With Dem in White House
Tim Mak / Politico:
Chris Christie tells Warren Buffett: ‘Shut up’  —  Chris Christie has heard enough about Warren Buffett, and in typical fashion, the New Jersey governor had a certain blunt way of putting it.  —  “He should just write a check and shut up,” Christie said Tuesday on CNN's “Piers Morgan Tonight.”
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A simple solution to inequality: Stop talking about it
William Saletan / Slate:
The Conversion  —  How, when, and why Mitt Romney changed his mind on abortion.  —  To understand Mitt Romney, you have to understand the most difficult passage of his political life: how he changed his position on abortion.  Not the story he tells about it, but the real story.
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller has obtained documents, emails and communications showing how President Barack Obama's Federal Communications Commission demolished wireless broadband company LightSquared's competition through a pattern of regulatory decisions apparently aimed at establishing an “open-access” Internet in the United States.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Mystification and Triumphalism  —  Why the left can't handle the truth about social conservatism.  —  Social liberals have two basic approaches to social conservatism: mystification and triumphalism.  Both reflect a failure of understanding—but more than that, an incapacity to understand …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Someone forgot to obtain a waiver  —  Multiple metaphors in this photo.  —  From reader Eric: … Metaphor Alert:
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Google to Sell Heads-Up Display Glasses by Year's End  —  People who constantly reach into a pocket to check a smartphone for bits of information will soon have another option: a pair of Google-made glasses that will be able to stream information to the wearer's eyeballs in real time.
KHOU-TV:
1 passenger detained after disturbance on Continental flight headed to Houston  —  HOUSTON—Charges may be filed against a man accused of causing a disturbance on a Continental Airlines flight bound for Houston on Tuesday.  —  Passengers said the man was a hassle from the beginning and once …
Benjamin J. Dueholm / Washington Monthly:
Rules of Misbehavior  —  Dan Savage, the brilliant and foul-mouthed sex columnist, has become one of the most important ethicists in America.  Are we screwed?  —  ive months after the death of Esther “Eppie” Lederer in 2002, the bulk of her estate—a sprawling Chicago apartment's worth of furniture …
Discussion: American Prospect
Ryan McGee / The A.V. Club:
Did The Sopranos do more harm than good?:  HBO and the decline of the episode  —  On last night's episode of HBO's Luck, there was a hypnotic horse race approximately halfway through the hour.  For a brief moment, all of the elements that had been in disparate play throughout David Milch's …
Tina Korbe / Hot Air:
What I'd love to see at tonight's debate: Ashes  —  It is Ash Wednesday, after all, and, if Joe Biden is willing to sport soot in public, then surely Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum will be, too.  —  Why do I want to see smudged crosses on their foreheads?
Discussion: Townhall.com
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Democratic Lawmaker Responds To ‘Fetal Pain’ Bill With Measure Limiting Vasectomies  —  A Democratic lawmaker in Georgia is responding to a Republican-backed effort to prevent women from receiving abortions 20 weeks after fertilization with a tongue-in-cheek measure that seeks …
 
 
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Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Senate, House offices sent mail containing suspicious powder
Discussion: CNN
Politico:
Contraception coverage fights spread to states
Discussion: The Raw Story
Dave Levinthal / Politico:
Chamber gets back in the game
ABCNEWS:
The WH Loves Aggressive Journalism — Abroad — Today's Q's for O's WH — 2/22/2012
Discussion: Hit & Run
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Tom Miller, HUD Officials Laugh at Schneiderman Publicly
Discussion: Politico
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
Deniergate: Grijalva Calls For Investigation Of Department Of Interior Scientist On Heartland Payroll
Discussion: Greg Laden's Blog
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court ruling keeps federal mugshots secret
Discussion: Law Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Washington State Poll
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Seattle Times
Rasmussen Reports:
Oklahoma Primary: Santorum 43%, Gingrich 22%, Romney 18%, Paul 7%
Discussion: Ballot Box, Hot Air and Hit & Run
New York Times:
Two Western Journalists Killed in Syria Shelling