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11:20 PM ET, February 23, 2012

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Politico:
Democrats: Is Rick Santorum for real?  —  Last week, the Obama campaign made what seemed, on its surface, like a startling announcement: They were steering some of their opposition researchers, who had been mostly trained on Mitt Romney, to a rocketing Rick Santorum.
Discussion: CNN and Political Insider
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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.
Zeke Miller / Politics:
Romney Goes In For The Kill On Santorum  —  “He said he was taking one for the team — I wonder which team he was taking it for.”  —  (Getty Images / Ethan Miller)  —  PHOENIX, Arizona—Mitt Romney stepped up his attacks on Rick Santorum after the former Pennsylvania senator's stumbles …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Gene J. Puskar / ABCNEWS:
Arlen Specter: ‘Leave Me Out of It’
Rosie Gray / Politics:
Ron Paul Fans Outraged At Hearty Post-Debate Handshake  —  “Ron Paul has got arthritis.  That must have hurt him, f**k you Rick!”  —  Follow  —  More from Rosie Gray ›  —  Source: youtube.com  —  Rick Santorum topped off a disappointing debate performance with an oddly enthusiastic handshake with Ron Paul.
Discussion: Hot Air, Online NewsHour and BuzzFeed
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Rick Santorum / CNN:
Romney: ‘I wonder which team Santorum was taking it for’
CNN:
Molinari to join Google
Peter H. Stone / The Huffington Post:
Top fundraiser for Romney super PAC gets a $1.9 million payday
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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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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 …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
As Gas Prices Surge, Obama Defends His Energy Policy
Discussion: Wizbang
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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Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Marco Rubio is Sort of Mormon
Discussion: Discourse.net
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Three things you didn't know about Marco Rubio
Jim R. Bounds / ABCNEWS:
John Edwards Sex Tape Suit Settled, Tapes to Be Destroyed  —  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 and Sister Toldjah
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
John Edwards sex tape suit settled
Discussion: CNN
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
New York Times Columnist Mocks Romney's ‘Magic Underwear’  —  I hope you're proud.  —  Mr. Blow may attempt to delete that Tweet, but it can, for now, be found here.  Of course, this is the Internet.  Nothing ever goes away completely.  —  One of your columnists responds to a comment he does not like …
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
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 …
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Dave Stopera / BuzzFeed:
Jason Alexander Responds To Mitt Romney's George Costanza Misquote  —  Ryan Alexander Jenkins [Second Update] Is a Person of Interest to the Police!  Megan Wants A Millionaire contestant Ryan Alexander Jenkins is being sought for questioning about the murder of Jasmine Fiore.
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Annie Linskey / Baltimore Sun:
Maryland Senate passes gay marriage bill  —  O'Malley will sign, but voters likely will have the last say  —  The Maryland Senate approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage Thursday night, sending the Civil Marriage Protection Act to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his signature.
Discussion: msnbc.com, Daily Kos and Shakesville
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Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
Same-sex marriage bill approved by Maryland Senate
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Females on Campaign Trail Go For Sexpot Look  —  Forget about SexyTwitPics.  Washington has its own crop of would-be sexy females on the loose.  And an unusual trend is developing among campaign and White House reporters of the XX persuasion.  They're using provocative …
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Chris Christie Smacks Down WaPo's Capehart: 'I'm Not Going to be Cross-Examined By You'  —  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart got into quite a heated debate about same sex marriage on MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday.
Discussion: Power Line and Washington Post
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 …
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Susan G. Komen Hires Consulting Firm To Assess Damage To Reputation … Komen Planned Parenthood , Politics News  —  After Susan G. Komen for the Cure's controversial decision several weeks ago to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, and the subsequent reversal of that decision …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
‘Lunch-In’ Protests Crackdown on Homemade Lunches  —  The National Center for Public Policy Research hosted a “lunch-in” today at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. The target of the protest?  “[F]ederal school nutrition guidelines that allegedly forced at least one student to forgo …
Discussion: Wonkette, Occupy News and The PJ Tatler
Dave Swindle / The PJ Tatler:
What Do You Become When You Worship Government?  —  Ben Shapiro presents a spot-on analysis of the progressive political cult in a video titled “Why the Obama Left Worships Government,”  —  Click here to view the embedded video.  —  Ben: … The act of worshipping any god or idol always yields …
Discussion: Moonbattery
Darleene / CBS Los Angeles:
Ninth-Largest Yacht In The World Spotted Near Venice  —  LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Yachts, by definition, are supposed to be luxurious, but one docked near Venice goes above and beyond mere luxury.  —  A yacht named “Serene” was spotted by Sky 9 Wednesday night - all 440 feet of it.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and L.A. NOW
Washington Examiner:
Michelle Obama's pitch: Share the wealth  —  First lady Michelle Obama has joined her husband's bandwagon to hit the rich and spread the wealth, questioning how well-off families can feel good if others are struggling.  —  To about 300 supporters wealthy enough to pay $300-$10,000 to attend …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
TX GOP Senate Candidate Craig James Claims That Being Gay Is A Choice That Will Be Punished By God  —  Texas Republican senate candidates Craig James, a former NFL player, and Ted Cruz went after former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert (R) for marching in a gay pride parade during a debate yesterday …
 
 
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Bill Gates / New York Times:
Shame Is Not the Solution  —  LAST week, the New York State Court …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Dana Goldstein and Eduwonk
Richmond Times-Dispatch:
State Senate scuttles ‘personhood’ bill
Nando Di Fino / Mediaite:
Eric Bolling Sings “The Gasoline Blues” On This Morning's Fox & Friends
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Right-Wing Media Group Pledges To Strip Birth Control Out Of Health Plan After Providing It For Years
Steven Kurutz / New York Times:
The Freedom, and Perils, of Living Alone
Discussion: Althouse, Gawker and The Awl
Lisa Schencker / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah House passes bill to allow schools to skip sex ed
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shakesville
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Mutated Trout Raise New Concerns Near Mine Sites
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and BuzzFeed
 Earlier Items: 
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Leaker of Stimulus Memo Uncovered?
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Ted Nesi / WPRI.com Blogs:
Cicilline, Chafee approval ratings now worse than Nixon in 1974
Ben Smith / Politico:
A secret history of the 2008 campaign
Discussion: Don Surber and Sky Dancing
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Huntsman calls for third party, says GOP '12 field lacks big ideas
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Unplanned Parenthood  —  Illegitimacy and the liberal elite.