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6:05 PM ET, February 11, 2012


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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Santorum surges into the lead  —  Riding a wave of momentum from his trio of victories on Tuesday Rick Santorum has opened up a wide lead in PPP's newest national poll.  He's at 38% to 23% for Mitt Romney, 17% for Newt Gingrich, and 13% for Ron Paul.  —  Part of the reason for Santorum's surge is his own high level of popularity.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Romney wins The Washington Times/CPAC Straw Poll  —  Returns to top after two years on the outs  —  Mitt Romney won The Washington Times/CPAC Presidential Straw Poll on Saturday, and also nipped Rick Santorum as the top choice of conservatives nationwide, according to a new version …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
CPAC ‘severely’ conflicted over Mitt Romney  —  Mitt Romney wanted to use his CPAC speech Friday to allay concerns about his candidacy on the Republican right, but with one ad-libbed word he reinforced conservative fears that he's not one of them.  —  “I was a severely conservative Republican governor …
Sarah Palin / CNN:
TRENDING: Palin calls on Romney to work harder for the conservative vote  —  Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin issued a warning to Mitt Romney Saturday, calling on the former Massachusetts governor to do a better job explaining his record to conservatives or risk dampening voter turnout in November …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Palin Says Brokered Convention Would Not Hurt G.O.P.  —  Sarah Palin said Saturday that Republicans should be in no hurry to wrap up the presidential nominating contest, declaring that a competitive campaign until the August convention in Tampa would not complicate the party's efforts to defeat President Obama.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Romney wins CPAC straw poll  —  Are you as severely surprised as I am?  Mitt Romney won the last time that Ron Paul didn't win, and he managed to do it again: … The results for Paul doesn't come as much of a shock.  Paul didn't speak at CPAC, and his faithful contingent was mostly absent from the conference this year.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Shannon Travis / CNN:
Romney does campaign first as Paul hopes for first win in Maine  —  Tune in Saturday at 6 p.m. ET for CNN's live special coverage of the Maine caucuses and follow real-time results on and on Twitter at #cnnelections.  Stay up to date with CNN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android or other phones.
Which Republican Presidential Candidate Supported Sotomayor?  —  Pop quiz: Which Republican presidential candidate supported the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor?  —  Hint: It's the same one who endorsed a pro-abortion-rights presidential candidate in an earlier campaign.  —  Give up?
Discussion: National Review
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Bishops: Contraception deal ‘unacceptable’  —  Hours after calling the Obama administration's contraceptives compromise a “first step,” the Catholic bishops said Friday night they have “two serious objections” to the new policy and will fight its enactment.  —  First, the U.S. Conference …
Bishops Renew Call To Legislative Action On Religious Liberty
Lee Smith / Weekly Standard: . . .  Leaked emails show Westerners truckling to the Syrian regime.  —  In the fall of 2007 Israel reportedly hacked into Syria's air defense systems and disabled them, as a prelude to bombing a nuclear facility in the Syrian desert.  This vaunted cyber exploit …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
U.S. officials: Al Qaida behind Syria bombings
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, and Hot Air
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Contraception Controversy Would Have Been Avoided If Obama Were President  —  Helene Cooper and Laurie Goldstein of the Ministry of Truth pick up the pom-poms to cover the contraception controversy and assure their readers of two points - Obama is caving in to the Religious Left …
Discussion: New York Times, The Lede and Truthdig
Ahmadinejad: Major nuclear announcement expected within days  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the 25th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran on February 8, 2012  —  (CNN) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Saturday that the nation will reveal …
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Michelle Obama Injects Optimism Into Campaign
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Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
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Elizabeth Hartfield / ABCNEWS:
Maine's Voting Contest: A Lazy Caucus in Vacationland
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Spencer Bachus / Washington Post:
Obama cranks up the campaign spending
Discussion: Power Line
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Michelangelo Signorile / The Huffington Post:
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
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