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8:15 AM ET, February 8, 2012


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Washington Post:
Santorum revives campaign with wins in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota  —  DENVER — Rick Santorum had a breakthrough night Tuesday, winning GOP presidential contests in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado, all of which is expected to breathe life into his struggling campaign and slow Mitt Romney's march …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Santorum scores triple win  —  Rick Santorum dealt an embarrassing setback to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign Tuesday night, sweeping non-binding contests across three states and raising new questions about conservatives' willingness to accept Romney as their nominee.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Santorum Upsets G.O.P. Race With Three Victories  —  His candidacy all but dismissed just days ago, Rick Santorum won the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses and a nonbinding primary in Missouri on Tuesday, an unexpected trifecta that raised fresh questions about Mitt Romney's ability to corral conservative support.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The High Stakes in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri  —  A cynic might say that tonight's Republican contests in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri deserve an asterisk.  In Minnesota and Colorado, which will hold caucuses, voters will pick their preferred presidential candidate in a nonbinding straw poll …
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Romney's lead dips despite wins: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Despite his strong showing in early state contests in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney's support nationwide has dipped slightly during the past month, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
In Republican 2012 presidential race, Rick Santorum roars back  —  Just in case the 2012 Republican primary race hasn't already had enough twists and turns - welcome back, Rick Santorum.  —  After winning Tuesday's non-binding contests in Missouri and Minnesota by thumping margins …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jeremy P. Meyer / Denver Post:
Rick Santorum wins Colorado Republican caucuses  —  Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum upended the race for the Republican nomination Tuesday, winning three states, including Colorado.  —  Colorado's race see-sawed throughout the night until 11 p.m., when Colorado GOP chairman Ryan Call declared Santorum …
GOP Rivals Pounce on Romney's ‘Assault on Religion’ Line  —  JOHNSTOWN, Colo. - Mitt Romney's Republican rivals pounced today on his accusations that President Obama has an “assault on religion” by forcing Catholic institutions to provide contraceptives and abortion services, suggesting it was a hypocritical statement.
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Hat Trick? Santorum Tries to Trip Romney
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
Prop.  8: Gay-marriage ban unconstitutional, court rules  —  A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down California's ban on same-sex marriage, clearing the way for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage as early as next year.  —  The 2-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court …
Ed Whelan / National Review:
Ninth Circuit Panel Affirms Anti-Prop 8 Ruling
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Proposition 8 is overturned, and Obama catches a break on gay marriage
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:   How Pop Culture Influenced Today's Proposition 8 Ruling
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Reporters grill Carney on marriage, Prop 8 ruling
American Prospect:
In Prop. 8 Ruling, a Liberal Lion Coos
Discussion: New York Times and Campaign Stops
Public Religion Research Institute:
February PRRI Religion and Politics Tracking Poll  —  ▶ Read the news release here.  —  ▶ Read the Topline Questionnaire including the survey methodology here.  —  Majority Support Requirement that Employer Health Care Plans Include Contraception Coverage
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
White House May Look to Compromise on Contraception Decision
Sarah Huisenga / CBS News:
Contraception issue heats up as Santorum makes headway
Michelle Obama in Tug of War at White House  —  The normally dignified Blue Room at the White House became a late-night show comedy set last month when first lady Michelle Obama engaged in a friendly game of tug of war with host Jimmy Fallon, according to a photo released by the White House today.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Photo of the Day: Shock and Awe at the White House
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Daily What
Quinnipiac University:
Obama Inches Past Romney In Virginia Presidential Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Senate Race Still Tied  —  For the first time in this election cycle, President Barack Obama inches ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the leading Republican candidate, 47 - 43 percent in Virginia …
Stephanie Jones / Journal Times:
Suspect recall signing could result in felony charges  —  RACINE — What started with a man noticing his friend's signature four times on recall petitions could result in felony charges.  —  The Racine County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate possible fraudulent recall signatures collected …
Discussion: RedState and Campaign 2012
BBC tells its staff: don't call Qatada extremist  —  The BBC has told its journalists not to call Abu Qatada, the al-Qaeda preacher, an “extremist”.  —  Abu Qatada, the Islamic extremist, in one of the images banned by the BBC  —  In order to avoid making a “value judgment” …
Jeremy Finley / WSMV-TV:
No investigation when suspected drugs found at home of ABC director  —  Suspected marijuana was found by three police officers at the home of the director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Commission, whose mission is to eradicate marijuana.  —  A Channel 4 I-Team investigation found the drugs were never seized or investigated.
Discussion: The Agitator
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Bashar Assad emails leaked, tips for ABC interview revealed  —  In part one of the Haaretz expose of emails leaked from the account of the Syrian president's media adviser, Assad is told, ahead of interview with Barbara Walters, that the ‘American psyche can be easily manipulated.’
Rush Limbaugh:
The Clint Eastwood Ad is Right: It's Time to Come Together... and Defeat Liberalism  —  RUSH: I've had two people e-mail me recently calling Clint Eastwood, “Eastman.”  Clint, you gotta do something.  They think you're related to a film company here, Eastman instead of Eastwood.
Michael Beckel / iWatch News by The Center …:
Another Bain exec revealed as man behind corporate donor to pro-Romney super PAC  —  ‘Restore Our Future’ super PAC outs ex-Bain exec as donor  —  4 minutes, 25 seconds ago Updated: 2 minutes, 39 seconds ago  —  A mysterious corporate donor to an outside spending group supporting Mitt Romney's campaign …
Discussion: New York Times and The Caucus
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Fighting Gay Marriage, Minnesota Group May Have Skirted Law
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Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
Obama's Swing Voters
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Planned Parenthood's Hostages
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