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2:25 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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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: Eschaton
Quinnipiac University:
Santorum Up 9 Points Among Republican Voters, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Obama Edges Santorum, But Romney Is Too Close To Call  —  Former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum leads the Republican presidential field with 35 percent, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney …
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC poll: Romney, Santorum deadlocked in Michigan; Romney leads in Arizona
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Detroit News endorses Romney, calls opponents unelectable
Discussion: The Caucus
Associated Press:
Poll: Santorum surges, Obama leads Republicans
Discussion: Politico and Booman Tribune
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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Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart Explains Ultrasound Law To GOP: ‘A TSA Pat-Down In Your Vagina’
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Offers to Cut Corporate Tax Rate to 28%  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will ask Congress to scrub the corporate tax code of dozens of loopholes and subsidies to reduce the top rate to 28 percent, down from 35 percent, while giving preferences to manufacturers that would set …
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama proposes lowering corporate tax rate to 28 percent  —  The Obama administration proposed a major overhaul of the nation's corporate tax code on Wednesday, an election-year gambit that aims to draw a contrast over a key policy issue with the Republicans vying to replace him.
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Why Obama's corporate tax plan is a total bust  —  The current U.S. economic recovery is arguably the worst in modern American history.  Incomes are flat, housing is moribund, and the past three years have seen the longest stretch of high unemployment in this country since the Great Depression.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
New Romney proposal would cut individual tax rates by 20 percent
Discussion: CNN
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Tax reform is really, really hard
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.
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Oklahoma Primary: Santorum 43%, Gingrich 22%, Romney 18%, Paul 7%  —  Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum holds a two-to-one lead over his closest GOP rival in the first Rasmussen Reports survey of Oklahoma's Republican primary race.  —  The latest statewide survey …
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Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Republican debate: What to watch for tonight in Mesa
Discussion: Plutocrap
Marist Poll:
2/22: Romney and Santorum Neck and Neck in Michigan
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Marist Poll:
2/22: Romney with 16 Percentage Point Lead in Arizona
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: Tom Nelson and Cold Fury
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Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Gingrich Releases Half-Hour Energy Ad
Discussion: Hot Air
Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's Double Talk on Sky-High Gas Prices
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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.
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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 …
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.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Rick Santorum: Evolution Is Used To Promote Atheism  —  The former Pennsylvania Senator was a champion of creationism in the Senate.  —  Rick Santorum campaigns at the First Baptist Church in Naples, Florida.  (Reuters)  —  Rick Santorum's social conservatism isn't limited to his views …
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 …
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.
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 …
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama campaign announces co-chairs  —  The Obama campaign has released a list of 35 campaign co-chairs who will act as key surrogates and ambassadors.  —  The co-chairs are a diverse array of Obama supporters — including former Republican senator Gov. Lincoln Chafee (now an independent serving …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Discussion: CBS News and Mediaite
 
 
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Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
Obama Leads GOP Field as Santorum Surges in Primary
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Dow 13,000? Thank Democrats
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Someone forgot to obtain a waiver
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Buddy Roemer ending GOP bid, will seek Reform Party nomination
Discussion: Hot Air
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