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2:10 PM ET, February 23, 2012

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Washington Examiner:
In Arizona, GOP debates end on low point  —  MESA, Ariz. — Rick Santorum suspects something is up between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.  Santorum had a tough night at the 20th, and likely last, Republican debate, held here at the Mesa Arts Center.  He took a lot of attacks from Romney and a few from Paul …
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Roger Simon / Politico:
Will GOP perp walk lead to White House?  —  I am sick to death of the media's scare tactics.  —  Which is why I nearly jumped out of my skin when CNN's John King said during Wednesday night's Republican debate, “One of these men could be president 11 months from now.”  —  It was enough to give one chills.
CNN:
CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL  —  Full Transcript of CNN ARIZONA REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, 20:00-22:00  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: The presidential race has been won by Governor Ronald Reagan of California.
CNN:
New Poll: All tied up in Michigan  —  (CNN) - With five days until Michigan's GOP presidential primary, a new poll indicates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are still tied for the top spot, but it appears the order has changed.  —  According to an American Research Group survey released Thursday …
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Wake up America
Detroit Free Press:
Poll graphic: Who would you vote for in Republican primary?  |  Poll graphic: What do you think of Romney, Santorum TV ads?  |  Poll graphic: How satisfied are you with the choices?  —  After jumping out to an improbable lead in Michigan a week ago following a sweep in three western states …
Discussion: Ballot Box
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Santorum stumbles in Arizona debate  —  None of the candidates really shined in tonight's Republican debate, but Rick Santorum, in his first debate as a co-frontrunner, badly stumbled.  So by default, that helps Mitt Romney.  —  From the get go and throughout the debate …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney hits Santorum, says his ‘team’ is people of United States
Discussion: Politico
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Five things we learned from Wednesday's debate
Discussion: ABCNEWS
New York Times:
Romney, Seeking Traction, Duels With Santorum
2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Five Ways Rick Santorum Blew It in Arizona
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Politico Sends In The Clowns  —  In the course of thumping Gingrich Alexander Burns of Politico delivers a howler:  —  Newt: Media never asked Obama about ‘infanticide’ - except it did (UPDATE: Or did it?)  —  That is quite an UPDATE.  As if to illustrate Newt's point that the Elite Media turned …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Newt: Media never asked Obama about ‘infanticide’ - except it did (UPDATE: Or did it?)  —  Surprise!  Newt Gingrich is attacking the press.  —  Coming out of the debate's first break, CNN moderator John King read off a question: What are the candidates' views on contraception?
Politico:
GOP fears rise over 2012 tone, message  —  MESA, Ariz. — In 2008, after Republicans were routed in the presidential and congressional elections, there was widespread consensus within elite GOP circles about the party's structural problems: The Republican voter base was too old, too white …
Discussion: Wonkette and Booman Tribune
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: Marco Rubio's Mormon Roots  —  As a child, he was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Ticket balancing is a great tradition, and this could affect Romney's Vice Presidential calculation.  —  Do Rubio's Mormon roots complicate the Republican's electable dream ticket?
CBS News:
2 U.S. troops killed in Koran backlash  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  Afghanistan, Ten Years Later  —  (CBS News) Updated at 10:10 a.m. Eastern.  —  Two U.S. troops have been shot to death and four more wounded by an Afghan solider who turned his gun on his allies in apparent anger …
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Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Heck: Romney wrong on foreclosures  —  GOP Rep. Joe Heck, an early endorser of Mitt Romney for president, said this week that the presidential hopeful is wrong on the housing market in Nevada, a sharp break from the man he has embraced and a shift from where the congressman was last year.
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Romney Endorser Corrects Mitt On Auto Rescue: ‘No One Could Have’ Saved The Industry Except The Government
Discussion: Riehl World View and THEROOT.COM
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Huntsman calls for third party, says GOP '12 field lacks big ideas  —  Jon Huntsman called for the rise of a third party on Thursday as he argued the remaining GOP presidential candidates lack big ideas.  —  The comments from the former Utah governor, who dropped out of the race in January …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Unplanned Parenthood  —  Illegitimacy and the liberal elite.  —  (Best of the tube tonight: We'll appear on Fox Business's “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”  The program starts at 7 p.m. ET, with our panel around 7:40.)  —  Social issues are so fascinating for the same reason debates over them are so often dull …
Ben Smith / Politico:
A secret history of the 2008 campaign  —  Modern political conventions are notoriously stage-managed events, scripted, vetted and produced for television.  But on Aug. 27, 2008, the climactic scene nearly went horribly awry.  —  According to a careful plan negotiated between the Clinton …
Rob Koebel / Local:
Rep. Joel Kleefisch allegedly caught voting for absent member  —  MADISON- The I-Team confronts a state representative after he's caught breaking a rule and that state representative was caught on tape!  —  The issue is caught on, what appears to be, cell phone video.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Bill Clark / ABCNEWS:
Will Supreme Court Reconsider Citizens United?  Two Justices Hope So  —  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg knows an opportunity when she sees one.  —  Last Friday night at the close of business, she wrote a statement in which she was joined by Justice Stephen Breyer suggesting …
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com/hollywood:
SACHA BARON COHEN BANNED FROM OSCARS: EXCLUSIVE  —  BREAKING... EXCLUSIVE: The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has pulled actor Sacha Baron Cohen's tickets from the 84th Academy Awards.  This means he is banned from attending the Oscars even though he is an Academy member …
Scott Lamb / BuzzFeed:
Romney Misquotes George Costanza  —  In his opening remarks at the Arizona debate, Mitt Romney stepped on his own applause and tried to throw in a Seinfeld reference for cover.  Unfortunately, he got the quote and the speaker wrong.  —  Source: youtube.com  —  Romney, tonight at the Arizona debate (one he's used before:
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Chris Christie: Obama Is Showing ‘Cowardice’ For Trying To Have It ‘Both Ways’ On Marriage Equality  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) accused President Obama of “cowardice” and trying to have it “both ways” on marriage equality during a contentious appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Thursday.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
President Obama as an alien  —  They say that President Obama is a Muslim, but if he isn't, he's a secularist who is waging war on religion.  On some days he's a Nazi, but on most others he's merely a socialist.  His especially creative opponents see him as having a “Kenyan anti-colonial worldview …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Eva / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
How to Remove Your Google Search History Before Google's New Privacy Policy Takes Effect  —  [UPDATE 2/22/2012] It is important to note that disabling Web History in your Google account will not prevent Google from gathering and storing this information and using it for internal purposes.
Discussion: Guardian
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Israeli strike on Iran would pose risk for US economy, Obama  —  A military strike by Israel against Iran's nuclear facilities has emerged as one of the biggest threats to the U.S. economic recovery and could roil the November elections.  —  The Obama administration and economic experts …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bloomberg:
Jobless Claims in U.S. Point to Improving Labor Market  —  The number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits last week held at a four- year low and consumers became more confident, indicating an improving labor market may boost household spending.
Discussion: The Page and News Desk
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Rick Santorum's ‘phony theology’ criticism of Obama follows a familiar theme  —  When Rick Santorum accused President Obama of having “some phony theology” last weekend, it was neither an isolated event nor an offhand remark.  —  Instead, Santorum's comments were a new twist on a steady theme …
Sally Goldenberg / New York Post:
Gay nups boo$t city  —  Gay marriage has been good for the city's bottom line.  —  Total revenue to the city's marriage bureau jumped from $2.07 million from August through December 2010, to $2.26 million in the same period last year, after same-sex nuptials went into effect, according the City Clerk's Office.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Runnin' Scared
Anthony Federico / TwitLonger:
TwitLonger  —  I wrote the headline in reference to the tone of the column and not to Jeremy Lin's race.  It was a lapse in judgment and not a racist pun.  It was an awful editorial omission and it cost me my job.  —  I owe an apology to Jeremy Lin and all people offended.  I am truly sorry.
 
 
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Transcript of Tonight's CNN Republican Debate in Arizona
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