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1:00 PM ET, February 25, 2012

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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Officers Killed in Kabul Shooting  —  KABUL—Two high-ranking U.S. military advisers were killed Saturday during a clash with an Afghan national at Afghanistan's Interior Ministry headquarters, according to Afghan and Western officials.  —  An American colonel and major were both found shot …
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BBC:
Afghanistan Nato officers shot dead in Kabul ministry  —  The ministry was put in lock-down after the incident  —  Two Nato officers have been killed in the interior ministry in the Afghan capital Kabul, coalition officials say.  —  Nato said an “individual” had turned his gun on the officers …
Nick Paton Walsh / CNN:
2 American officers killed in Afghan ministry  —  Kabul (CNN) — The Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack Saturday inside the Afghan interior ministry that killed at least two American officers.  —  NATO and Afghan officials reported the deaths of two American officers inside the ministry in Kabul …
Discussion: Wake up America and Jihad Watch
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: Rod Dreher, The Caucus and Eschaton
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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
With Detroit Debacle, Mitt Romney Steps on His Momentum—Again
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney: Wife Ann drives ‘a couple of Cadillacs’
Carlos Osorio / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney's Ford Field Fumble?
Steven F. Hayward / Weekly Standard:
Why the Climate Skeptics Are Winning  —  Too many of their opponents are intellectual thugs.  —  The forlorn and increasingly desperate climate campaign achieved a new level of ineptitude last week when what had looked like a minor embarrassment for one of its critics …
Discussion: Wizbang and Power Line
Fars News Agency:
Commander Views US Helplessness as Root Cause of Quran Burning by American Soldiers  —  TEHRAN (FNA)- A top Iranian military commander said the US helplessness in the confrontation against Islam is the real cause underlying the burning of the Muslims' Holy Book by American soldiers in Afghanistan …
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John P. Martin / Philly.com:
Court filing: Bevilacqua ordered shredding of memo identifying suspected abusers  —  Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua ordered aides to shred a 1994 memo that identified 35 Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests suspected of sexually abusing children, according to a new court filing.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sen. Hutchison hits Obama on job growth, high gas prices  —  Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) tried to further the Republican narrative that the president and the Democrat-controlled Senate are impeding job growth and causing a spike in the cost of gasoline.
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and his vorpal sword
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WSB-TV:
Poll: Gingrich holds commanding lead in Georgia  —  ATLANTA —  A new poll conducted for Channel 2 Action News shows Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich with a double-digit lead in Georgia.  —  The Landmark/Rosetta Stone poll of 1,300 voters was conducted on Feb. 23 …
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
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.
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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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.
Daily Mail:
Insult to WWII heroes: Graves of British troops smashed and desecrated by Libyan Islamists in protest over U.S. soldiers' Koran burning  —  A furious mob has desecrated dozens of Commonwealth War Graves in a Libyan cemetery amid continuing fury in the Middle East over the burning of the Koran by U.S. soldiers.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Mooch: “Every Day I Hear About How Folks Are Struggling, How They're Sacrificing”...  Didn't she just return from a ski trip to Aspen?  Apparently the ski lift operators are a chatty bunch.
Discussion: CNSNews and The Gateway Pundit
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Is this why Mitt Romney's stadium is empty?  —  (Photo: Byron York ) The Internet is having fun with photographs of Mitt Romney giving his big speech on the economy to an empty arena today.  But put that aside.  The real news is in the speech itself, which is the clearest articulation of Romney's fiscal plan that he's yet offered.
 
 
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