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6:10 PM ET, February 23, 2012

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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Specter scoffs at Santorum's endorsement claim  —  Former Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter said Thursday that Rick Santorum got his facts wrong when he said that he endorsed Specter only after securing a promise that Specter would support GOP Supreme Court nominees.
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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 …
Gene J. Puskar / ABCNEWS:
Arlen Specter: ‘Leave Me Out of It’
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Romney: ‘I wonder which team Santorum was taking it for’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Politico and Swampland
Zeke Miller / Politics:
Romney Goes In For The Kill On Santorum
Discussion: Daily Kos
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: Firedoglake, Ballot Box and Marist Poll
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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: Booman Tribune and Wonkette
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama tells Univision he'll be in White House ‘another five years’  —  President Obama declared Monday that his presidency “is not over” and that he'll be occupying the White House for another five years.  —  In an interview with Univision, a seemingly confident Obama said he'll …
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Sorourke / nation.foxnews.com:
President Obama: 'My Presidency Is Not Over. I've Got Another Five Years'
Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:
Obama to Hispanics: 'I've Got Another 5 Years' to Fix Immigration
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?
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Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Three things you didn't know about Marco Rubio  —  From vice-presidential shortlister to auto-biographer, Marco Rubio is gaining the type of nationwide attention that most freshmen U.S. Senators only dream of.  —  Late last year, Rubio announced he inked a book deal with Sentinel …
Office of the President:
President Obama Apologizes to President and People of Afghanistan for the Quran Burning  —  US President, Barack Obama sent President Karzai a letter to apologize for the incident in which copies of the Holy Quran were burnt in Bagram military base.  —  In the official letter conveyed …
Discussion: Hot Air, Associated Press and Politico
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Female Witness Hits Back At Issa: 'I'm A Woman Who Uses Contraception, That Makes Me Qualified' To Testify  —  Democrats on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee held a special hearing Thursday morning in response to the GOP's decision to prevent women from testifying in support …
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Raw Story
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Pelosi hits GOP at contraception hearing  —  House Democrats kept pressing their case on contraception Thursday, using a hearing on the issue to hammer the GOP and frame the debate around women's health.  —  Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) organized the hearing after an Oversight Committee panel …
Discussion: CNN
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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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:
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Dave Stopera / BuzzFeed:   Jason Alexander Responds To Mitt Romney's George Costanza Misquote
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
Joel Gehrke / Campaign 2012:
Obama: Use ‘algae’ as substitute for oil  —  President Obama admitted today that he does not have a “silver bullet” solution for skyrocketing gas prices, but he proposed alternative energy sources such as “a plant-like substance, algae” as a way of cutting dependence on oil by 17 percent.
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New York Times:
Obama Aims to Blunt Attacks on Gas Prices
Mj Lee / Politico:
Allen West fills Hummer, blames Obama  —  Rep. Allen West says he is not happy that he had to spend $70 this week to fill up the gas tank of his Hummer, and he's directing his anger at President Barack Obama.  —  “People have asked me before is there any area where I could praise President Obama?
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Maddow Blog
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Don Surber and Sky Dancing
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 …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  GOP Rep: I'd Have To Personally Kill Some Senators To Get The Ryan Budget Passed (AUDIO)  —  Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK) sent TPM a public apology Thursday after we obtained audio of the five-term Republican telling constituents at a town hall this week that he'd have to personally shoot members …
Lisa Schencker / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah House passes bill to allow schools to skip sex ed  —  A bill to allow Utah schools to drop sex education classes — and prohibit instruction in the use of contraception in those that keep the courses — moved significantly closer to becoming law Wednesday.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shakesville
Jim R. Bounds / ABCNEWS:
Rielle Hunter Settles John Edwards Sex Tape Suit  —  The long-running court battle over a sexually explicit videotape featuring former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and his mistress, Rielle Hunter, has been settled out of court today and all copies of the tape will be destroyed, ABC News has learned.
Discussion: The Raw Story
 
 
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Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Mutated Trout Raise New Concerns Near Mine Sites
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
TX GOP Senate Candidate Craig James Claims That Being Gay Is A Choice That Will Be Punished By God
CNN:
Molinari to join Google
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Leaker of Stimulus Memo Uncovered?
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Pro-Romney group's new ad says he saved a teen girl
Discussion: CNN
Scott Galupo / US News:
Rick Santorum Didn't Restart the Culture War—It Never Stopped
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Cicilline, Chafee approval ratings now worse than Nixon in 1974
Purna Nemani / Courthouse News Service:
Governor Gives Up in Gay Marriage Case
James Kwak / The Atlantic Online:
Mitt Romney's Tax Plan Is a Mathematical Disaster
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Rick Santorum's ‘phony theology’ criticism of Obama follows a familiar theme
Bill Clark / ABCNEWS:
Will Supreme Court Reconsider Citizens United? Two Justices Hope So
Rob Koebel / Local:
Rep. Joel Kleefisch allegedly caught voting for absent member
Discussion: The Raw Story
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Chris Christie: Obama Is Showing ‘Cowardice’ For Trying To Have It ‘Both Ways’ On Marriage Equality
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
President Obama as an alien
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