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10:15 PM ET, February 13, 2012

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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Santorum Catches Romney in GOP Race  —  Obama Leads Both in General Election Matchups  —  OVERVIEW  —  Rick Santorum's support among Tea Party Republicans and white evangelicals is surging, and he now has pulled into a virtual tie with Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Santorum moves ahead in Michigan  —  Rick Santorum's taken a large lead in Michigan's upcoming Republican primary.  He's at 39% to 24% for Mitt Romney, 12% for Ron Paul, and 11% for Newt Gingrich.  —  Santorum's rise is attributable to two major factors: his own personal popularity …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Santorum Surges to Tie Romney  —  Race takes another turn as Santorum gains 14 points since winning Feb. 7 GOP contests  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are now statistically tied for the lead in Republican registered voters' preferences for the 2012 GOP nomination — 32% to 30%, respectively.
National Review:
Santorum's Turn  —  At the moment Rick Santorum appears …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
GOP Gov. McDonnell warns Santorum not to demean military women
Discussion: Boston Globe, GOP 12, Politico and CNN
Bob McDonnell / CNN:
McDonnell hits Santorum over ‘emotions’ remarks
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
Obama proposes $800 million in aid for “Arab Spring”  —  (Reuters) - The White House announced plans on Monday to help “Arab Spring” countries swept by revolutions with more than $800 million in economic aid, while maintaining U.S. military aid to Egypt.  —  In his annual budget message to Congress …
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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Obama's ‘rosy’ budget scenario doubles down on class warfare
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama's Broken Deficit Promise
David Rogers / Politico:
Obama budget slated for $3.8 trillion
Discussion: Colorado Peak Politics and CNN
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Jack Lew's misleading claim about the Senate's failure to pass a budget resolution
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama makes ‘fair shot’ budget pitch
Geoff Mulvihill / Associated Press:
NJ Senate OKs gay marriage bill in milestone vote  —  TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers gave their blessing to legalizing gay marriage for the first time Monday as the state Senate passed a bill that would allow nuptials for same-sex couples, despite Gov. Chris Christie's insistence that he will veto such legislation.
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Lornet Turnbull / Seattle Times:
Gregoire signs gay marriage into law
Edith Honan / Reuters:
New Jersey Senate approves gay marriage; veto looms
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Washington Governor Signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill
Jake Shermanand Manu Raju / Politico:
House GOP scrambles payroll tax cut calculus  —  In a dramatic reversal, House GOP leaders said Monday they'll attempt this week to pass a 10-month extension of the payroll tax holiday without saying how they'd pay for it.  —  Republicans say it's not their first choice …
Discussion: CNN, Swampland and The New Republic
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
House GOP leaders drop demand that payroll tax cut be offset  —  House Republicans said Monday that they would offer a measure to extend the current payroll tax cut for the rest of the year, dropping a previous demand that the tax break be offset.  —  The move marks a sharp turnaround for GOP leaders …
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  GOP Drops Demand For Offsetting Payroll Tax Cut
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Tucker Carlson takes on the media  —  The top editors at the Daily Caller have come out with the first in a series of articles about the liberal media watchdog Media Matters For America, and in doing so they have suggested that MSNBC and reporters from the Washington Post, POLITICO …
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Vince Coglianese / The Daily Caller:
Inside Media Matters: David Brock's enemies list  —  An internal Media Matters For America memo obtained by The Daily Caller reveals that the left-wing media watchdog group employs an “opposition research team” to target its political enemies.  Included in the list of targets are right-leaning websites …
David Frum / The Daily Beast:
Norquist: Romney Will Do As Told  —  Is Mitt Romney so weak he won't be able to stand up to Congress?  —  Grover Norquist, head of the Americans for Tax Reform advocacy group, speaks at a session entitled “Scrap the Code: Towards Pro-Growth Tax Reform” at the conservative Americans for Prosperity …
ABCNEWS:
Political Punch — “Dogs Against Romney”?  Democrats Say Unleash the Hound!  —  Tomorrow outside the Westminster dog show at Madison Square Garden at noon the group “Dogs Against Romney” will protest “to ensure pet lovers are aware that Mitt Romney is mean to dogs,” according to the group's press release.
Michael Beckel / iWatch News by The Center …:
Four Cabinet members willing to help Democratic super PACs  —  Fundraising activities are limited, but star power brings in the bucks  —  14 minutes, 55 seconds ago Updated: 13 minutes, 38 seconds ago  —  At least four Cabinet members appear ready and willing to answer President Barack Obama's call …
Discussion: Ballot Box, Weasel Zippers and Politico
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Byron Tau / Politico:
W.H. ruling reopens cabinet access
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Whitney Houston album price hike sparks controversy  —  Sony Music under fire after cost of greatest hits set on iTunes rises by more than 60% after singer's death  —  Sony Music has come under fire after it increased the price of a Whitney Houston album on Apple's iTunes Store hours after the singer was found dead.
Richard Florida / The Atlantic Cities:
Why America Keeps Getting More Conservative  —  Even with the president's approval rating showing signs of life and the Republicans busily bashing themselves over the head — “one is a practicing polygamist and he's not even the Mormon,” retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor recently quipped …
Associated Press:
Justice Breyer robbed at West Indies vacation home  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Stephen Breyer was robbed last week by a machete-wielding intruder at his vacation home in the West Indies, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said Monday.  —  The 73-year-old Breyer, wife Joanna and guests were confronted …
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
‘Former Homosexual’ Calls for Dan Savage's Arrest  —  DL Foster, an anti-gay activist and professed “former homosexual,” called for the arrest of author Dan Savage for his role in founding the It Gets Better Project, which has consistently been in the crosshairs of Religious Right activists …
 
 
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Paul Bedard / Campaign 2012:
Privately, Obama sees recovery 1-2 years off
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Trudy Ring / Advocate:
Progressive Clergy: Get Perkins Off MSNBC
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Associated Press:
An agency-by-agency guide to Obama's budget
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EU Press Room:
Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google
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Congress Debt Ceiling Debacle May Repeat Before Presidential Election
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Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun Times:
Inside team Rahm: Emanuel taps best minds in country for advice
Mike / Rortybomb:
Ludwig Von Mises Makes the Libertarian Case against “Free Love” (and Implicitly Against Birth Control)
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Ellise Shafer / Variety:
Hugh Grants says he settled with News Group to avoid up to £10M in costs and “Murdoch's settlement money has a stink and I refuse to let this be hush money”

Hadas Gold / CNN:
The News/Media Alliance asks the DOJ, the FTC, and California's AG for a probe into whether Google broke any laws when removing some links to CA news sites

Megan Specia / New York Times:
The US assures the UK that Julian Assange could seek US First Amendment protections and wouldn't face the death penalty or be persecuted for his nationality

 
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