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11:55 PM ET, February 24, 2012

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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Romney speech falls flat in Detroit  —  Mitt Romney spoke to several empty seats Friday in Detroit, in a speech that offered Democrats more fodder for their attacks and failed to deliver the major economic address his campaign promised.  —  Television cameras showed rows of empty chairs …
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Carlos Osorio / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney's Ford Field Fumble?  —  ABC News' David Muir, Michael Falcone and Emily Friedman report:  —  DETROIT - Standing on the 30-yard line of Detroit's Ford Field, Mitt Romney delivered what was billed as a major economic speech before a crowd of about 1,200 supporters on Friday.
Discussion: The Reaction and Plutocrap
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Boasts: He Has Not One, But Four, American Cars  —  He also thinks Michigan's trees are “just the right height.”  —  (Original Photo Source: Getty Images)  —  DETROIT, Michigan—Mitt Romney addressed the Detroit Economic Club today and proved once again why he's hard to relate to.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney: Wife Ann drives ‘a couple of Cadillacs’
Steven Rattner / New York Times:
Delusions About the Detroit Bailout
Tim Mak / Politico:
Arlen Specter: Rick Santorum ‘so far to the right’  —  ‘I intend to watch the campaign.  I intend to make a decision on the merits,’ Specter said.  AP Photo  —  Close  —  Former Sen. Arlen Specter said Friday that he thought fellow Pennsylvanian Rick Santorum was too extreme to be president.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Romney Takes Michigan Forecast Lead
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Santorum Swings Hard At Romney, Says His Team Is ‘All Democrats’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kyle Leighton / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Why Mitt Romney Might Be Even Weaker Than You Think
John Celock / The Huffington Post:
David Albo, Virginia Lawmaker, Says Wife Wouldn't Have Sex Because Of Transvaginal Ultrasound Bill  —  Virginia's controversial transvaginal ultrasound bill hit one Republican lawmaker close to home.  In the bedroom, to be precise.  He said a fellow lawmaker's television discussion of the bill cost him sex with his wife.
Discussion: Mediaite, Firedoglake and Wonkette
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Newt OK with gay marriage referenda  —  With same-sex marriage laws passing in Maryland and Washington state and New Jersey headed for a fall referendum on the issue, Newt Gingrich said at the Washington state capitol this morning that he's basically comfortable with states enacting gay marriage laws by popular vote.
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
The Sharia Court of Pennsylvania — the Transcript  —  I have made a transcript of the Pennsylvania case in which state judge Mark Martin, a Muslim convert and U.S. Army reservist who served in Iraq, relied on a sharia law defense (as well as some evidentiary contortions) …
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
American Muslim Judge Who Imposed Sharia in Pennsylvania Court Threatens to Jail Infidel Victim for Blasphemy — releasing recorded audio of the case  —  Infidel victim, Ernest Perce, has received 471 verifiable threats. … This is why we must have sharia legislation in America.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Out of Gas  —  The folly of blaming Obama for higher gas prices.  —  Consumers are paying ever-higher prices for gas  —  Magdalena Jankowska/iStockphoto  —  Several months' worth of strong labor market data have put a crimp in Republican plans to run against Barack Obama as the second coming of Herbert Hoover.
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Investor's Business Daily:
5 Biggest Whoppers In Obama's Energy Speech
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Romney's Stadium Speech Today Dwarfed By Obama Stadium Speech In 2008  —  At this very moment, Mitt Romney is holding an event at Ford Stadium which has failed to attract enough people to come even close to filling it up (in fact, you could fit Romney's 1,200 person crowd in the 65,000-seat stadium 54 times over).
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Did Jeb Bush Actually Say That?  —  We may be reaching critical mass in the belief that this pathetic field of Republican candidates has jumped the shark...even many Republicans have come to that conclusion.  Politico today cites several sources that Jeb Bush said this during a post-speech question …
Discussion: Fox News
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Tim Mak / Politico:
Reports: Jeb Bush says 2012ers are 'appealing to people's fears'
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
‘Right Wing Lice’  —  Bigoted and hateful rhetoric from a New York Times columnist.  —  A month ago, Charles Blow of the New York Times blocked this columnist on Twitter in reaction to our pointing out that one of his tweets was fallacious.  The Blow tweet in that incident was racially charged but offensive only to logic.
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Karen Santorum: husband's presidential run is 'God's will'  —  Rick Santorum's wife granted a rare interview Thursday, telling conservative talk show host Glenn Beck that she initially had been against her husband running for president but finally concluded it was “God's will.”
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Karen Santorum: Husband's surge 'is God's will'
Kenneth P. Vogel / Reuters:
Rick Santorum speaks at super PAC fundraiser  —  Rick Santorum on Thursday afternoon slipped away from the campaign trail to speak to a fundraiser for a supportive super PAC, despite denying previous reports that he planned to do so.  —  The fundraiser drew between 20 and 25 donors …
ABCNEWS:
Gingrich Calls Obama's Embrace of Algae Energy ‘Weird’  —  FEDERAL WAY, Wash.— Newt Gingrich has been hitting Obama's energy speech since the president delivered it Thursday, calling the speech funny enough to be on SNL and “something worthy of Leno or Letterman.”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Democratic governors discuss bypassing Congress with Obama  —  President Obama met with a group of Democratic governors on Friday and discussed plans to work around Congress toward policy goals.  —  Gov. Jack Markell, the Democratic governor of Delaware and the vice chairman …
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Buchanan To Republicans: You're Overeaching On Birth Control  —  Women's health care has dominated political discussions as GOP-controlled state legislatures consider legislation to extremely curtail women's access to abortions and right-wing leaders claim the Obama administration is infringing …
KochFacts.com:
A Letter to the Obama Campaign  —  Dear Mr. Messina:  —  Because every American has the right to take part in the public discourse on matters that affect the future of our country, I feel compelled to respond directly about a fundraising letter you sent out on February 24 denouncing Koch.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Atlantic Online
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Palin said her divorce was ‘when,’ not ‘if’  —  Sarah Palin, in 2007, indicated she was contemplating a divorce.  —  In a Sept. 26, 2007, email obtained by The Associated Press, Palin wrote to an aide and her husband, Todd Palin: “So speaking of. ..  If we, er, when we get a divorce …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: State Department quietly warning region on Syrian WMDs  —  The State Department has begun coordinating with Syria's neighbors to prepare for the handling of President Bashar al-Assad's extensive weapons of mass destruction if and when his regime collapses, The Cable has learned.
 
 
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Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg:
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
House GOP leaders to appeal latest Defense of Marriage Act ruling
Discussion: Hot Air
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Schumer says Republicans ‘overplayed their hand’ in birth control fight
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