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4:20 PM ET, February 23, 2012

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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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Roger Simon / Politico:
Will GOP perp walk lead to White House?  —  I am sick to death of the media's scare tactics.  —  Which is why I nearly jumped out of my skin when CNN's John King said during Wednesday night's Republican debate, “One of these men could be president 11 months from now.”  —  It was enough to give one chills.
Toby Harnden / Mail Online:
Santorum campaign suggests Mitt Romney may have done deal to make Ron Paul his running mate
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Romney: ‘I wonder which team Santorum was taking it for’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Politico and Swampland
Rasmussen Reports:
Georgia Primary: Gingrich 33%, Santorum 28%, Romney 20%, Paul 9%
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Five things we learned from Wednesday's debate
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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 …
CNN:
CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL  —  Full Transcript of CNN ARIZONA REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, 20:00-22:00  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: The presidential race has been won by Governor Ronald Reagan of California.
Gene J. Puskar / ABCNEWS:
Arlen Specter: ‘Leave Me Out of It’
Discussion: Mediaite
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney hits Santorum, says his ‘team’ is people of United States
Discussion: Politico
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Transcript of Tonight's CNN Republican Debate in Arizona
Discussion: RedState, The Spectacle Blog and CNN
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 …
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'
Ben Geman / The Hill:
DNC chairwoman slams GOP on energy ahead of Obama speech
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Newt: Media never asked Obama about ‘infanticide’ - except it did (UPDATE: Or did it?)  —  Surprise!  Newt Gingrich is attacking the press.  —  Coming out of the debate's first break, CNN moderator John King read off a question: What are the candidates' views on contraception?
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
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 …
CBS News:
2 U.S. troops killed in Koran backlash … Afghan demonstrators destroy a U.S. flag during a protest against Quran desecration in Helmand province, Feb. 23, 2012.  (Getty)  —  Afghanistan, Ten Years Later  —  Two U.S. troops have been shot to death and four more wounded by an Afghan solider …
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
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 …
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: Sky Dancing
Rob Koebel / Local:
Rep. Joel Kleefisch allegedly caught voting for absent member  —  MADISON- The I-Team confronts a state representative after he's caught breaking a rule and that state representative was caught on tape!  —  The issue is caught on, what appears to be, cell phone video.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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:
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Pro-Romney group's new ad says he saved a teen girl  —  Restore Our Future, the super-PAC support backing Mitt Romney, is out with a personal new ad featuring one of Romney's former business partners crediting him for saving his teenage daughter after she disappeared.
Discussion: CNN
Ted Nesi / WPRI.com Blogs:
Cicilline, Chafee approval ratings now worse than Nixon in 1974  —  Hard as it is to imagine, Congressman David Cicilline and Gov. Lincoln Chafee have managed to lose even more public support.  —  Cicilline's job approval rating has sunk to just 15% among all Rhode Island voters …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Chris Christie: Obama Is Showing ‘Cowardice’ For Trying To Have It ‘Both Ways’ On Marriage Equality  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) accused President Obama of “cowardice” and trying to have it “both ways” on marriage equality during a contentious appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Thursday.
 
 
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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
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Raw Story
Scott Galupo / US News:
Rick Santorum Didn't Restart the Culture War—It Never Stopped
Purna Nemani / Courthouse News Service:
Governor Gives Up in Gay Marriage Case
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
More States Plan To Divert Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Money Away From Helping Homeowners
Discussion: Associated Press and Hullabaloo
Sally Goldenberg / New York Post:
Gay nups boo$t city
James Kwak / The Atlantic Online:
Mitt Romney's Tax Plan Is a Mathematical Disaster
Scott Sayare / New York Times:
‘Mademoiselle’ Exits Official France
Discussion: The Awl, The Daily Caller and Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Jobless Claims in U.S. Point to Improving Labor Market
Discussion: The Page and News Desk
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
Eva / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
How to Remove Your Google Search History Before Google's New Privacy Policy Takes Effect
Discussion: Guardian
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
President Obama as an alien
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