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3:05 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
Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Alan Simpson: Rick Santorum Is ‘Rigid And A Homophobic’
Discussion: Mediaite and CBS News
Associated Press:
Poll: Santorum surges, Obama leads Republicans
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Team Santorum: U.S. is with Rick on devil belief
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC poll: Romney, Santorum deadlocked in Michigan; Romney leads in Arizona
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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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Why Obama's corporate tax plan is a total bust
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Tax reform is really, really hard
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.
Marist Poll:
2/22: Romney and Santorum Neck and Neck in Michigan  —  In the race for the Republican nomination in Michigan, Mitt Romney — 37% — and Rick Santorum — 35% — are in a tight battle among likely Republican primary voters including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate and those who voted absentee in the state.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Oklahoma Primary: Santorum 43%, Gingrich 22%, Romney 18%, Paul 7%
Marist Poll:
2/22: Romney with 16 Percentage Point Lead in Arizona
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.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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CNN:
Romney: Obama tax proposal would kill jobs  —  Chandler, Arizona (CNN) - Mitt Romney charged Wednesday that President Obama's new corporate tax proposal would kill jobs, and instead offered some details of his own plan to address the nation's tax code.  —  “The president would take us in one direction …
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
New Romney proposal would cut individual tax rates by 20 percent
Discussion: CNN
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
American Prospect:
The End of Affirmative Action in College  —  As my colleague Jamelle Bouie noted yesterday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Fisher v. UT Austin, a challenge to the use of affirmative action for undergraduate admissions at the University of Texas.  I wish I could make a case for more optimism …
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New York Times:
The Court and Citizens United II
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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 A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Someone forgot to obtain a waiver  —  Multiple metaphors in this photo.  —  From reader Eric: … Metaphor Alert:
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 …
New York Times:
Two Western Journalists Killed in Syria Shelling  —  CAIRO — Two Western journalists, one American and one French, were killed early Wednesday as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad pursued a deadly bombardment of the central city of Homs, according to activists and officials.
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.
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
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 …
KHOU-TV:
1 passenger detained after disturbance on Continental flight headed to Houston  —  HOUSTON—Charges may be filed against a man accused of causing a disturbance on a Continental Airlines flight bound for Houston on Tuesday.  —  Passengers said the man was a hassle from the beginning and once …
 
 
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller has obtained documents, emails and communications …
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John Harwood / The Caucus:
Romney Details Tax Overhaul
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama says African-American museum ‘has been a long time coming’
Discussion: Politico
Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
Obama Leads GOP Field as Santorum Surges in Primary
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