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12:55 PM ET, February 22, 2012

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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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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 …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart Explains Ultrasound Law To GOP: ‘A TSA Pat-Down In Your Vagina’
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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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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  —  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.
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Rick Santorum Faces a Grilling at CNN Debate
Associated Press:
Poll: Santorum surges, Obama leads Republicans
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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
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Mike Allen / Politico:   Playbook: Ashes at debate
Drudge Report:
SANTORUM'S SATAN WARNING
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 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.
Bloomberg:
Obama Readies Plan to Cut Corporate Tax Rate
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 …
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.
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Republican debate: What to watch for tonight in Mesa  —  The Republican presidential contenders will square off in Mesa today in a high-stakes debate that promises to set the tone for a crucial stretch of the campaign through the Arizona and Michigan primaries and Super Tuesday.
Discussion: Plutocrap
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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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Investor's Business Daily:   Obama's Double Talk on Sky-High Gas Prices
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
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Brian C. Mooney / The Boston Globe:
Obama donations fall short of '08
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
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.”
Discussion: Wonkette and Business Insider
New York Times:
The Court and Citizens United II  —  The Supreme Court has an opportunity to reconsider its disastrous Citizens United decision.  The justices should take it.  The damaging effects of unlimited spending by corporations and unions on elections — honestly examined — should cause the court to overturn …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules on Case Involving Miranda Rights
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 …
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Buddy Roemer ending GOP bid, will seek Reform Party nomination  —  Frustrated and largely ignored, Buddy Roemer is ending his bid for the Republican nomination and will instead seek the presidency on a third-party ticket.  —  The former Louisiana governor will make his plans official Thursday …
 
 
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