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5:50 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 …
National Review:
Santorum's Turn  —  At the moment Rick Santorum appears to be overtaking Newt Gingrich as the principal challenger to Mitt Romney.  Santorum has won more contests than Gingrich (who has won only one), has more delegates, and leads him in the polls.  In at least one poll, he also leads Romney.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Severe Conservative Syndrome  —  Mitt Romney has a gift for words — self-destructive words.  On Friday he did it again, telling the Conservative Political Action Conference that he was a “severely conservative governor.”  —  As Molly Ball of The Atlantic pointed out, Mr. Romney “described conservatism as if it were a disease.”
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.
Bob McDonnell / CNN:
McDonnell hits Santorum over ‘emotions’ remarks
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
GOP Gov. McDonnell warns Santorum not to demean military women
Discussion: CNN
Democracy in America:
Romney's Santorum problem
Discussion: Ballot Box, Eunomia, Politico and Daily Kos
American Research Group:
Presidential Primary Preference:
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN, RedState and GOP 12
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker: Obama budget is a ‘nervous breakdown on paper’  —  Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) expressed concern President Obama's budget would go too far to rein in government spending in the midst of an economic recovery, calling the forthcoming proposal a ‘nervous breakdown on paper.’
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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Obama's ‘rosy’ budget scenario doubles down on class warfare
David Rogers / Politico:
Obama budget slated for $3.8 trillion
Discussion: Colorado Peak Politics and CNN
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama makes ‘fair shot’ budget pitch
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama takes combative tone with Congress in touting $3.8T budget
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Lornet Turnbull / Seattle Times:
Gregoire signs gay marriage into law  —  With Gov. Chris Gregoire's signature on Monday, Washington joins six other states and the District of Columbia in allowing same-sex couples to marry.  —  OLYMPIA — Surrounded by applauding gay couples and with media from around the country looking on …
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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.
Edith Honan / Reuters:
New Jersey Senate approves gay marriage; veto looms
Tucker Carlson / The Daily Caller:
Inside Media Matters: Sources, memos reveal erratic behavior, close coordination with White House and news organizations  —  This is the first in a Daily Caller investigative series on Media Matters For America.  Daily Caller reporters Alex Pappas and Will Rahn contributed to this report.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Tucker Carlson takes on the media
Discussion: RedState and Big Journalism
Vince Coglianese / The Daily Caller:
Inside Media Matters: David Brock's enemies list
Discussion: Big Journalism
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: Swampland and The New Republic
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Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  GOP Drops Demand For Offsetting Payroll Tax Cut
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama's Broken Deficit Promise  —  “This is big,” wrote White House director of new media Macon Phillips in a February 23, 2009 blog post, “the President today promised that by the end of his first term, he will cut in half the massive federal deficit we've inherited.  And we'll do it in a new way: honestly and candidly.”
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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 …
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.
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Obama's Dangerous Game With Iran  —  Can the president keep nukes out of the mullahs' hands, prevent the global economy from imploding, manage the wild card that is Israel—and get reelected?  —  Well before he moved into the White House, Barack Obama began talking to Israel about Iran's nuclear program …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Contraception and the cost of culture wars  —  Politicized culture wars are debilitating because they almost always require partisans to denigrate the moral legitimacy of their opponents, and sometimes to deny their very humanity.  It's often not enough to defeat a foe.
 
 
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