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7:55 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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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.
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: Plutocrap
Steven Rattner / New York Times:
Delusions About the Detroit Bailout
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney: Wife Ann drives ‘a couple of Cadillacs’
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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Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Santorum Swings Hard At Romney, Says His Team Is ‘All Democrats’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Romney Takes Michigan Forecast Lead
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
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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Jammie Wearing Fools:
Pelosi 2008: Bush to Blame for High Gas Prices; Pelosi 2012: Wall Street to Blame for High Gas Prices
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
White House says nothing ‘off the table’ in dealing with gas prices
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
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'
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: ABCNEWS
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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.
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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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
Byron Tau / Politico:
Gregoire: Obama the ‘inspiration’ on gay marriage  —  Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) defended President Obama's record on gay rights, saying that the president was the “inspiration” for her state's recent same-sex marriage legalization bill.  —  “I think we probably have succeeded as much as we have because of his leadership.
Discussion: CNN, ThinkProgress and Weasel Zippers
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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).
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg:
About Virginia Postrel  —  Virginia Postrel writes about commerce …
Discussion: Hit & Run
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
Josh Kraushaar / 2012 Decoded:
Dem Pollster: Voters Don't Think America's Back
Discussion: Hot Air, Don Surber and Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Gillian Tett / Financial Times:
Pension gap spells trouble for muni bonds
Discussion: Via Meadia
David Brooks / New York Times:
America Is Europe  —  We Americans cherish our myths.
CNBC:
Athens Told to Change Spending and Taxes
Discussion: Firedoglake
Don Emmert / Rolling Stone:
Arizona Debate: Conservative Chickens Come Home to Roost