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10:20 AM ET, February 22, 2012

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SANTORUM'S SATAN WARNING  —  “Satan has his sights on the United States of America!”  Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has declared.  —  “Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack …
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detroitnews.com:
Detroit News endorsement: Mitt Romney for Michigan GOP primary  —  State native offers the best resume, temperament and electability of the remaining Republican field  —  State Republicans should go to the polls Tuesday with two missions: Pick a presidential candidate capable of leading …
CNN:
Arpaio: I briefed Santorum on birth certificate investigation  —  Phoenix (CNN) - Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, briefed GOP contender Rick Santorum on his investigation into President Barack Obama's birth certificate, the controversial law enforcement official told reporters Tuesday.
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 …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh on Santorum and Satan  —  Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show Tuesday that Rick Santorum will have to explain his warning that “Satan has his sights on the United States of America.”  —  “It's part of the predictable attempt to impugn Santorum as an absolute religious nut and wacko,” Limbaugh said.
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC poll: Romney, Santorum deadlocked in Michigan; Romney leads in Arizona  —  An NBC News poll shows that GOP presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are neck-and-neck in Michigan, Romney's birthplace.  Romney, meanwhile, has a comfortable lead in Arizona, which has a sizable Mormon population.
ABCNEWS:
Chris Christie: Rick Santorum's Satan Comments Are Relevant
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Polls: Romney tied with Santorum in Michigan, but trails nationally
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Hill
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Romney: ‘Labor Unions Play An Important Role In Our Society’
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and The Raw Story
Josh Lederman / The Hill:
Locked in tight race, Romney, Santorum face pivotal debate
Discussion: msnbc.com
Rush Limbaugh:
Santorum Will Have to Answer on Satan
Discussion: Wizbang and Politico
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama to propose lowering corporate tax rate to 28 percent  —  President Obama on Wednesday plans to propose a major overhaul of the nation's corporate tax code, an election-year gambit that is likely to draw a contrast over a key policy issue with the Republicans vying to replace him.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
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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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
AP source: Obama seeks 28 percent corp. tax rate
Scott Shane / New York Times:
In Din Over Iran, Rattling Sabers Echo  —  WASHINGTON — The United States has now endured what by some measures is the longest period of war in its history, with more than 6,300 American troops killed and 46,000 wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan and the ultimate costs estimated at $3 trillion.
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Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Experts Say Iran Attack Is Irrational, Yet Hawks Are Winning the Debate
Discussion: Eunomia and Angry Bear
Robert Wright / The Atlantic Online:
AIPAC's Push Toward War
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, Cold Fury and Betsy's Page
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Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's Double Talk on Sky-High Gas Prices  —  Energy: When gas prices hit $4 a gallon in 2008, candidate Barack Obama said it was due to previous failed energy policies.  Now that prices are heading still higher, President Obama calls it progress.  —  Already, pump prices are higher …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules on Case Involving Miranda Rights  —  WASHINGTON — In a busy day at the Supreme Court, the justices on Tuesday issued a decision limiting the circumstances in which prisoners must be told of their rights before they are questioned, added to what had already been a long schedule …
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Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
High Court to Hear College Affirmative-Action Case
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Law Blog
Alana Goodman / Commentary Magazine:
Ultrasounds Already Part of VA Planned Parenthood Abortion Procedure  —  The backlash against the new Virginia legislation requiring ultrasounds before an abortion procedure - which some have bizarrely compared to “forcible rape” - may be even more overblown than initially thought.
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Frances Martel / Mediaite:   Jon Stewart Explains Ultrasound Law To GOP: ‘A TSA Pat-Down In Your Vagina’
Brian C. Mooney / The Boston Globe:
Obama donations fall short of '08  —  Campaign downplays import of Jan. figures  —  President Obama recently changed positions and encouraged contributions to his super PAC, a fund-raising tool he previously shunned.  Yesterday he appeared at a Washington, D.C., event (above) to announce he will sign a payroll tax cut extension.
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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 …
Ben Shapiro / Big Journalism:
OWS Letter to the Editor in USA Today: We Will Storm Wall Street With Guns  —  Over at USA Today, a self-employed massage therapist from Austin, TX has a letter to the editor responding to an editorial suggesting that Occupy Wall Street has lost its way.  —  Here's what this fellow wrote:
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
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 …
 
 
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Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to be co-chair of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign
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L.A. County officials apologize for Depression-era deportations
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
EXCLUSIVE: The Memo that Larry Summers Didn't Want Obama to See
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CNN:
5 killed as protests over Quran burning rage in Afghanistan
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Hawaii Reporter:
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