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11:40 AM ET, February 24, 2012

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Steven Rattner / New York Times:
Delusions About the Detroit Bailout  —  WHEN Mitt Romney takes the podium at Ford Field in Detroit today, he's likely to include yet another sharp denunciation of the government's rescue of General Motors and Chrysler.  —  That Mr. Romney would traverse Michigan trashing a program that saved tens …
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
What happens if Mitt Romney wins Michigan?  —  DETROIT — For the past week, much of the focus of the Republican presidential race has centered on the consequences Mitt Romney will face if he loses Michigan's primary.  After a debate in Arizona on Wednesday, the question should be: What will happen if he wins his home state?
Rebecca Kaplan / NationalJournal.com:
Santorum: Obama College Plan Aimed at ‘Indoctrination’  —  DALLAS, Texas - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Thursday that President Obama wants more young adults to go to college so they can undergo “indoctrination” to a secular world view.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Arizona Republic:
Romney right for these times  —  Republicans long ago identified the qualities required of a presidential candidate who could pose a legitimate challenge to President Barack Obama.  —  The list of attributes was short.  —  Above all else, that candidate must exude an adult …
Discussion: CNN, GOP 12 and ABCNEWS
Politico:
The ‘gotcha’ campaign  —  MILFORD, Mich. — Caught …
Discussion: Daily Kos and ABCNEWS
Ben Shapiro / Big Government:
Romney Goes Occupy: The ‘1%’ Need to Pay ‘Fair Share’
Discussion: Occupy News and The Other McCain
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Rick Santorum winning more support from Republican women  —  Over the past several weeks, Republicans have watched squeamishly as presidential contender Rick Santorum has waded into multiple controversies that risk alienating half the 2012 electorate: women.
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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.
Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Recount puts Santorum on Indiana primary ballot
Discussion: The Hill, Rasmussen Reports and GOP 12
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
ARLEN AND RICK  —  In 1996 and 2004, Rick Santorum supported …
Discussion: CNN and Campaign 2012
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Santorum Surge and Its Larger Meaning
ABCNEWS:
Romney Campaign Doubles Down On Rick Santorum-Arlen Specter Connection
Investor's Business Daily:
5 Biggest Whoppers In Obama's Energy Speech  —  Energy: The White House billed President Obama's energy policy speech as a response to mounting criticism of record high gas prices.  What he delivered was a grab bag of excuses and outright falsehoods.  —  Obama's main message to struggling motorists …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama: Why, these Republicans are licking their chops over higher gas prices
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Romney's Economic Closet  —  According to Michael Kinsley, a gaffe is when a politician accidently tells the truth.  That's certainly what happened to Mitt Romney on Tuesday, when in a rare moment of candor — and, in his case, such moments are really, really rare — he gave away the game.
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Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Romney Taps Bush Hands to Shape Economic Policies
Discussion: The Page
James Hohmann / Politico:
Morning Score: Romney on economy
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN and msnbc.com
Tim Mak / Politico:
Reports: Jeb Bush says 2012ers are 'appealing to people's fears'  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said Thursday that he found it “troubling” that the 2012 presidential candidates are “appealing to people's fears and emotion” on the campaign trail, according to reports.
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Jake Gibson / Fox News:
Jeb Bush: 2012 GOP Field “Appealing to People's Fears”
Discussion: ThinkProgress, GOP 12 and Guardian
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
Maryland Senate passes same-sex marriage bill  —  Maryland will join seven states and the District in allowing same-sex marriage, ending a year-long drama in Annapolis over the legislation and expanding nationwide momentum for gay rights.  —  The Senate passed the measure by a vote of 25 …
Discussion: The BLT, US Politics and The Page
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Chris Christie Smacks Down WaPo's Capehart: 'I'm Not Going to be Cross-Examined By You'
Discussion: Washington Post and Power Line
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
A message to Mickey Kaus  —  Yesterday I clicked on an Instapundit link in this one-sentence post: “Mickey Kaus notes a case of eerie prescience.”  Clicking on the link, I was transported to a link-filled post stating: “Eerie Prescience, Esquire Division: A lot of what is written …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Auto Bailout Now Backed, Stimulus Divisive  —  Mixed Views of Regulation, Support for Keystone Pipeline  —  OVERVIEW  —  Public support for government loans to major U.S. automakers has increased sharply since 2009.  Opinions are far less positive, however, about two other major initiatives …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
Republicans, Democrats Differ Over U.S. Automaker Bailout
Discussion: CNN, Swampland, Politico and USA Today
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Bill Maher Presents Obama Super PAC With $1 Million Check  —  While performing his “StupidCrazyPolitics” show at the San Jose Center For The Performing Arts in San Jose, CA Thursday night, comedian and HBO host Bill Maher announced he would be donating $1 million to Priorities USA Action, a pro-Barack Obama Super PAC.
JournalGazette.net:
You choose, we deliver … The Scoop  —  A written report from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources: (Rochester) Conservation Officers investigated an off-road vehicle accident that occurred in Fulton County on February 22nd during the early evening hours.Today 7:34 am
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Giuliani: Social issues make GOP 'look like it isn't a modern party'  —  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday that he was concerned that Republican stances on social issues would alienate voters and make “the party look like it isn't a modern party.”
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
Solyndra abandons efforts to go clean and green  —  Environmental mess left at plant  —  Federal officials hailed Solyndra LLC's plan to create clean energy when they awarded the company more than a half-billion dollars in loans, but the solar-panel maker's abrupt closure now threatens to leave behind an environmental mess.
 
 
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Associated Press:
To close tax loopholes, Obama would open new ones
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