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7:40 AM ET, February 25, 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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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).
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.
New York Times:
For Romney, a Message Lost in the Empty Seats  —  DETROIT — In a major policy speech here, just days before the Michigan primary, Mitt Romney set out on Friday to deliver a sweeping and sober vision for how to revive the American economy.  In the end, he delivered something else as well …
Discussion: The Caucus
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Is this why Mitt Romney's stadium is empty?
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
With Detroit Debacle, Mitt Romney Steps on His Momentum—Again
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Boasts: He Has Not One, But Four, American Cars
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney: Wife Ann drives ‘a couple of Cadillacs’
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, Wonkette and Firedoglake
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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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 …
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James Crugnale / Mediaite:
Jeb Bush: The GOP Debates Are ‘A Little Troubling’
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.
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
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.
Jerry Hirsch / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles Times launches new membership program  —  Starting March 5, online readers will be asked to buy a digital subscription at an initial rate of 99 cents for four weeks.  Readers who do not subscribe will be able to read 15 stories in a 30-day period for free.
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 …
Jammie Wearing Fools:
Pelosi 2008: Bush to Blame for High Gas Prices; Pelosi 2012: Wall Street to Blame for High Gas Prices  —  Obviously the Democrats are worried their golden boy will be taking heat for skyrocketing gas prices so this week they've gone on the offensive.  Their diversionary tactics …
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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 …
New York Times:
City Teacher Data Reports Are Released  —  Updated After a long legal battle and amid much anguish by teachers and other educators, the New York City Education Department released individual performance rankings of 18,000 public school teachers on Friday, while admonishing the news media …
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
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Romney Takes Michigan Forecast Lead  —  On Thursday, I warned you to be cautious about assuming that Mitt Romney had retaken the lead from Rick Santorum in Michigan until we saw some concrete evidence for it.  Today, it looks like we have some.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports poll of Michigan gives …
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Kyle Leighton / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Why Mitt Romney Might Be Even Weaker Than You Think
 
 
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Steven Lendman / Energy Bulletin:
Greece: The Epicenter of Global Pillage
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Per person cost of federal high-risk medical plan doubles
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
House GOP leaders to appeal latest Defense of Marriage Act ruling
Discussion: Hot Air and Advocate
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Democratic governors discuss bypassing Congress with Obama
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Schumer says Republicans ‘overplayed their hand’ in birth control fight
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Seven states sue over contraception mandate
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Gillian Tett / Financial Times:
Pension gap spells trouble for muni bonds
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David Brooks / New York Times:
America Is Europe  —  We Americans cherish our myths.
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Karen Santorum: husband's presidential run is 'God's will'
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Buchanan To Republicans: You're Overeaching On Birth Control
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