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8:55 PM ET, February 25, 2012

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Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Santorum slashes Romney  —  Stepping up his assault on Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum delivered a slashing speech Saturday morning that portrayed the establishment favorite as an elitist and unreliable conservative.  —  Santorum, appearing before over a thousand conservative activists gathered …
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Kyle Whitmire / Second Front:
Poll: Santorum comes from behind in Alabama three-way  —  With Alabama's March 13 primary looking more and more important, Rick Santorum leads the rest of the Republican field in a poll conducted by Alabama State University.  Santorum leads with 28 percent of likely GOP primary voters …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
McKay Coppins / Politics:
Mitt Romney's Wife Won't Let Him Debate Anymore  —  “He's just going to sit in the audience and watch me.”  —  Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns at the Saginaw County Lincoln Day Breakfast in Saginaw, Mich., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Zeke Miller / Politics:
Santorum Unloads On “Occupier” Romney  —  “He doesn't understand how America works any more than Barack Obama understands how America works.”  Fighting, and complaining, he says Ron Paul is “no conservative.”  —  Nuns from the Dominican Sisters of Mary order, from Ann Arbor …
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
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Obama Hires Academy Award Winning Filmmaker To Direct A Movie About . . . Barack Obama...  Even better: The man Obama hired was the director behind Al Gore's fairytale, “An Inconvenient Truth.”  —  Via Politico:
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Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Obama Enlists Guggenheim for Campaign Film  —  With Hollywood gathering this weekend for the 84th Academy Awards, President Barack Obama has recruited Oscar-winning documentary director Davis Guggenheim to again produce a short film for his campaign.  —  Obama's re-election staff …
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: Ed Driscoll, Wizbang and Power Line
Michael Ledeen / Wall Street Journal:
Santorum Was Right About Iran—When It Was Unpopular  —  A grandfather who fled Mussolini taught him to prize freedom.  —  Rick Santorum doesn't fit any of the stereotypes of current foreign-policy ideologies.  He's too idealistic to be a “realist,” too conservative and too religious to be a …
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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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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.
The White House:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: An All-Of-The-Above Approach to American Energy  —  WASHINGTON, DC—In this week's address, President Obama spoke to the American people about the importance of taking an all-of-the-above approach to addressing our nation's energy challenges.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sen. Hutchison hits Obama on job growth, high gas prices
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and his vorpal sword
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 …
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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
With Detroit Debacle, Mitt Romney Steps on His Momentum—Again
 
 
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