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3:55 PM ET, February 24, 2012

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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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Politico:
The ‘gotcha’ campaign  —  MILFORD, Mich. — Caught in a make-or-break moment, Mitt Romney went to the videotape.  —  To hear him tell it, the GOP front-runner clicked on a classic piece of opposition research for a peek.  The six-day-old Fox News clip summed up the day's attacks on Rick Santorum.
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?
Kyle Leighton / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Why Mitt Romney Might Be Even Weaker Than You Think
Alex Roarty / 2012 Decoded:
Republican Race's Volatility is Historic
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tim Mak / Politico:
Arlen Specter: Rick Santorum ‘so far to the right’
Arizona Republic:
Romney right for these times
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Talking Points Memo, CNN and GOP 12
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 …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Algemeiner.com
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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.
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Shakesville, The Raw Story and Althouse
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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.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Karen Santorum: Husband's surge 'is God's will'
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 …
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Associated Press:
Emails show Palin wanted to leave Alaska governor's job months before she resigned
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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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
White House says nothing ‘off the table’ in dealing with gas prices
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
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.
Elizabeth Warren / The Boston Globe:
Denying women coverage under any guise is a big step backward  —  MAYBE YOU saw the pictures.  Five middle-age men seated at a congressional hearing table to discuss freedom of religion and contraception.  And not a single woman was on the panel.  Unbelievable.
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Seven states sue over contraception mandate
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.
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).
Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. does not believe Iran is trying to build nuclear bomb  —  The latest U.S. intelligence report indicates Iran is pursuing research that could enable it to build a nuclear weapon, but that it has not sought to do so.  —  Revolutionary Guard personnel watch the launch of a Zelzal missile in June 2011 near Qom, Iran.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Schumer says Republicans ‘overplayed their hand’ in birth control fight  —  Republicans are ginning up a debate over social issues to distract from the improving economy, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) charged Friday.  —  Schumer said the birth-control mandate in President Obama's healthcare law might …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
What Cameras Inside Foxconn Found  —  I wrote about the Apple/China/Foxconn controversy in this space a couple of weeks ago, but there have been some developments, some progress and some new revelations.  —  The story so far: Last month, The New York Times published a front-page article …
Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
Taliban's Response to Obama's Apology: ‘Kill Them, Beat Them, Take Them as Prisoners’  —  (CNSNews.com) - In the wake of President Barack Obama sending a three-page letter to Afghan President Hamid Kharzai, apologizing for U.S. forces having mistakenly burned some Qur'ans at a U.S. air base in Afghanistan …
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 …
Discussion: Wonkette
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
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Death Star Is a Surprisingly Cost-Effective Weapons System  —  There's been a lot of loose talk about the Death Star lately.  I want to put it into a bit of perspective.  —  As background, some students at Lehigh University have estimated that it would be a very expensive project.
Josh Kraushaar / 2012 Decoded:
Dem Pollster: Voters Don't Think America's Back  —  Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg is out with a must-read polling memo this morning, which offers some eye-opening advice to President Obama and his re-election team.  After testing several of the president's economic messages …
Discussion: Don Surber, Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Joan Biskupic / Reuters:
Analysis: Obama yet to make a mark on key U.S. court  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Barack Obama is close to becoming the first president in at least half a century to finish a full term without making an appointment to a U.S. appeals court, considered second in importance only to the Supreme Court.
Discussion: American Prospect
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 …
 
 
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Rick Santorum / Washington Post:
Rick Santorum winning more support from Republican women
Discussion: American Prospect
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Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Eleventh Circuit Finds Fifth Amendment Right Against Self Incrimination Protects Against Being Forced …
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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.
CNBC:
Athens Told to Change Spending and Taxes
Discussion: Firedoglake
 Earlier Items: 
Howard Mintz / Mercury News:
Republican group appeals ruling striking down federal gay marriage ban
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Don Emmert / Rolling Stone:
Arizona Debate: Conservative Chickens Come Home to Roost
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Giuliani: Social issues make GOP 'look like it isn't a modern party'
Discussion: Politico
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
Solyndra abandons efforts to go clean and green
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
A message to Mickey Kaus
Discussion: JustOneMinute