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12:35 PM ET, February 23, 2012

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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 …
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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.
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Santorum stumbles in Arizona debate  —  None of the candidates really shined in tonight's Republican debate, but Rick Santorum, in his first debate as a co-frontrunner, badly stumbled.  So by default, that helps Mitt Romney.  —  From the get go and throughout the debate …
Josh Lederman / The Hill:
Romney, Santorum rip into one another at pivotal GOP debate  —  MESA, Ariz. — Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum ripped into one another at Wednesday night's GOP presidential debate in their last joint appearance before a chain of make-or-break contests.  —  Romney was helped out in his attacks …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Five things we learned from Wednesday's debate
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Taegan Goddard's …
2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Five Ways Rick Santorum Blew It in Arizona
New York Times:
Romney, Seeking Traction, Duels With Santorum
Detroit Free Press:
Free Press endorsement: Mitt Romney is best — but we urge him to recapture collaborative spirit
Chuck Stokes / WXYZ-TV:
EXCLUSIVE POLL: Santorum leads Romney in close Michigan Republican Presidential Primary race
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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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 …
Emily Schultheis / Politico:   Huntsman: 'I'm not a surrogate for anybody'
ABCNEWS:
Haley Barbour Tells ABC News, 'Somebody Else Might Get In"
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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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?
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 …
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?
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.
CBS News:
2 U.S. troops killed in Koran backlash  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  Afghanistan, Ten Years Later  —  (CBS News) Updated at 10:10 a.m. Eastern.  —  Two U.S. troops have been shot to death and four more wounded by an Afghan solider who turned his gun on his allies in apparent anger …
Bill Clark / ABCNEWS:
Will Supreme Court Reconsider Citizens United?  Two Justices Hope So  —  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg knows an opportunity when she sees one.  —  Last Friday night at the close of business, she wrote a statement in which she was joined by Justice Stephen Breyer suggesting …
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: Taegan Goddard's …
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com/hollywood:
SACHA BARON COHEN BANNED FROM OSCARS: EXCLUSIVE  —  BREAKING... EXCLUSIVE: The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has pulled actor Sacha Baron Cohen's tickets from the 84th Academy Awards.  This means he is banned from attending the Oscars even though he is an Academy member …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Israeli strike on Iran would pose risk for US economy, Obama  —  A military strike by Israel against Iran's nuclear facilities has emerged as one of the biggest threats to the U.S. economic recovery and could roil the November elections.  —  The Obama administration and economic experts …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Donovan Slack / Politico:
No shovel for Obama  —  It was a rather odd sight: as an array of museum officials, including former first lady Laura Bush, took up shovels at the groundbreaking for the first national museum dedicated exclusively to African-American history and culture, the nation's first black president sat watching, no shovel in hand.
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.
Eva / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
How to Remove Your Google Search History Before Google's New Privacy Policy Takes Effect  —  [UPDATE 2/22/2012] It is important to note that disabling Web History in your Google account will not prevent Google from gathering and storing this information and using it for internal purposes.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
President Obama as an alien  —  They say that President Obama is a Muslim, but if he isn't, he's a secularist who is waging war on religion.  On some days he's a Nazi, but on most others he's merely a socialist.  His especially creative opponents see him as having a “Kenyan anti-colonial worldview …
James Barron / New York Times:
Recalling Her Determined Daughter, a Journalist Killed in Syria  —  Marie Colvin got into Yale University the way she would later get into foreign countries, with grit and determination.  —  After spending a year in Brazil on a student exchange program, from January of her junior year …
Ari Shavit / Haaretz:
If Israel strikes Iran, it'll be because Obama didn't stop it  —  While our prime minister won't say so out loud, he is deeply scornful of his predecessors for spending so much time on the Palestinian issue while neglecting the Iranian issue.  —  Get Haaretz on iPhone  —  Get Haaretz on Android
Sarah Amos / ABCNEWS:
Price Shock: Watch Cost of Gas Jump 10 Cents During ABC's ‘World News’ Broadcast  —  The headlines of major newspapers and TV networks this week have been dominated by rising gas prices.  —  Drivers across the country have shared their stories on the cost - with many already paying more than $4 a gallon at the pump.
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Mediaite
Bloomberg:
Jobless Claims in U.S. Point to Improving Labor Market  —  The number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits last week held at a four- year low and consumers became more confident, indicating an improving labor market may boost household spending.
Discussion: News Desk and The Page
 
 
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