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11:30 AM 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.
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 …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Five things we learned from Wednesday's debate  —  Mesa, Arizona (CNN) — The four GOP presidential candidates had one last chance to state their case in front of the nation before Tuesday's primaries in Arizona and Michigan.  Did one candidate stand out from the rest?
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Taegan Goddard's …
Josh Lederman / The Hill:
Romney, Santorum rip into one another at pivotal GOP debate  —  MESA, Ariz. — Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum ripped into one another at Wednesday night's GOP presidential debate in their last joint appearance before a chain of make-or-break contests.  —  Romney was helped out in his attacks …
Detroit Free Press:
Free Press endorsement: Mitt Romney is best — but we urge him to recapture collaborative spirit  —  Detroit Free Press endorses Mitt Romney Mitt Romney talks to the Detroit Free Press about ...  This endorsement should be a slam dunk for Mitt Romney.  —  His record and history …
New York Times:
Romney, Seeking Traction, Duels With Santorum
2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Five Ways Rick Santorum Blew It in Arizona
Chuck Stokes / WXYZ-TV:
EXCLUSIVE POLL: Santorum leads Romney in close Michigan Republican Presidential Primary race
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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ABCNEWS:
Haley Barbour Tells ABC News, 'Somebody Else Might Get In"
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 …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:   Huntsman: 'I'm not a surrogate for anybody'
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?
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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New York Times:
Afghan Protests Over Burning of Korans Spread for 3d Day
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and emptywheel
Donovan Slack / Politico:
No shovel for Obama  —  It was a rather odd sight: as an array of museum officials, including former first lady Laura Bush, took up shovels at the groundbreaking for the first national museum dedicated exclusively to African-American history and culture, the nation's first black president sat watching, no shovel in hand.
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 …
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.
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?
Discussion: The Hill
Los Angeles Times:
‘Super PAC’ leaders profit from lack of oversight  —  Leaders of some of the new groups are taking advantage of the mammoth donations and the lack of oversight to write themselves big paychecks or hire their own companies.  —  Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his family have given millions …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politico
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Luke Rosiak / Washington Times:   Gingrich campaign warned 2nd time for financial dealings
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.
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 …
Ari Shavit / Haaretz:
If Israel strikes Iran, it'll be because Obama didn't stop it  —  While our prime minister won't say so out loud, he is deeply scornful of his predecessors for spending so much time on the Palestinian issue while neglecting the Iranian issue.  —  Get Haaretz on iPhone  —  Get Haaretz on Android
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.
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 …
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
Bonuses given after raises at Solyndra  —  Worker incentive paid during bankruptcy  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — Several of the nearly two dozen employees at bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra LLC who were approved for bonuses Wednesday had months earlier received pay raises as high as 70 percent …
Tim Mak / Politico:
Warren Buffett: I'm ‘delighted’ about Buffett rule  —  Billionnaire investor Warren Buffet said in a letter Wednesday that he was “delighted” to support legislation to implement the “Buffett Rule,” which would ensure that those making over $1 million annually pay at least a 30 percent effective tax rate.
James Barron / New York Times:
Recalling Her Determined Daughter, a Journalist Killed in Syria  —  Marie Colvin got into Yale University the way she would later get into foreign countries, with grit and determination.  —  After spending a year in Brazil on a student exchange program, from January of her junior year …
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos and njtoday.net
NOH8 Campaign:
CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT: #NOH8OnTheHill  —  Last week, we announced NOH8 Co-Founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley would be hosting a special photo shoot in Washington, D.C. for any and all Members of Congress in the US Senate and House of Representatives who were willing to show their support …
Daily Mail:
Click to rate Rating (0)  —  I work at a hospital ER and these moochers are taking over.  No money to pay but they've got Smart Phones, manicured nails, expensive hair weaves but are on Medicaid.  There are also those who are taking advantage of Medicaid for their elderly loved ones …
 
 
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Sarah Amos / ABCNEWS:
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Peter Finn / Washington Post:
High-value Guantanamo Bay detainee Majid Khan, in first, reaches plea deal
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The New Republic:
A Time to Act  —  The United States needs to help the Syrian people.
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Santorum opposes civil unions for same-sex couples
The White House:
Statement by the President
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Newt Gingrich back on his game
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Do-Over Season
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A pro-choice win in Virginia, assisted by “Saturday Night Live”
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