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5:30 PM ET, February 14, 2012

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Rasmussen Reports:
59% of Catholics Disapprove of Obama's Job Performance  —  Catholics strongly disapprove of the job President Obama is doing as the debate continues over his administration's new policy forcing Catholic institutions to pay for contraception they morally oppose.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Catholics' Approval of Obama Little Changed  —  Down three percentage points amid birth-control controversy  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Catholics' views of President Obama were little changed during a week in which the administration battled publicly with Catholic leaders over whether church-affiliated employers …
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News and Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Despite birth control controversy, Obama suffers no erosion among Catholics  —  Since the birth control controversy broke, it has been an article of faith among even some neutral commentators that the battle would cause Obama to lose crucial support among Catholic swing voters.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Mitt Romney / detroitnews.com:
Romney op-ed: Taxpayers should get GM shares' proceeds  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns in Portland, Maine.  The candidate contends that the Obama administration should sell its ownership in GM and return the money to taxpayers.  (Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press)
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emptywheel:
Mitt Advocates Taking Healthcare from Retirees to Give Money to Bailed Out Banks
Rick Santorum / CNN:
‘I am a son of Detroit,’ Romney says
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Is Romney More Electable Than Santorum?  —  Which one of these men would you rather vote for?  Now pretend you're an unemployed machinist in Youngstown, Ohio.  —  As happens every time a non-Romney Republican surges into the national lead, liberals are giddy over the possibility …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney's electability argument weakening?  —  One thing that has remained constant in the ever changing GOP Presidential race is that Mitt Romney is the strongest candidate against Barack Obama...at least until now.  PPP's newest national poll finds Romney trailing Obama by 7 points at 49-42 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Surrogates for Romney paint Rick Santorum as liberal on fiscal issues  —  Mitt Romney's campaign turned up the heat on Rick Santorum, accusing the former senator as being part of “the liberal wing” of the Republican Party on fiscal issues and saying “he's wrong now to cast himself …
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CBS News:
Poll: Rick Santorum takes slight lead in GOP race  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Rick Santorum has pulled slightly ahead of Mitt Romney in Republican primary voters' preference for the presidential nomination …
Dalia Sussman / The Caucus:
Santorum Catches Up With Romney in New Poll
Tucker Carlson / The Daily Caller:
Media Matters memo called for hiring private investigators ‘to look into the personal lives’ of Fox employees  —  A little after 1 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2009, Karl Frisch emailed a memo to his bosses, Media Matters for America founder David Brock and president Eric Burns.
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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public Divided Over Birth Control Insurance Mandate  —  Religious, Partisan and Gender Differences  —  OVERVIEW  —  About six-in-ten Americans (62%) have heard about the proposed federal rule that would require employers, including most religiously affiliated institutions …
Discussion: Washington Post and ABCNEWS
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Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Rick Santorum Wants to Fight ‘The Dangers Of Contraception’
Jason Koebler / US News:
CDC Warns Untreatable Gonorrhea is On the Way  —  A new strain of gonorrhea is resistant to one of the last known effective treatments  —  Gonorrhea, one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States, is increasingly showing resistance to one of the last known effective …
Manu Rajuand Jake Sherman / Politico:
Payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits: Congress nears deal  —  House and Senate leaders are nearing a sweeping deal on jobless benefits, the payroll tax cut and the Medicare reimbursement rate for physicians, according to several sources familiar with the talks.
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:   Schumer won't say if Senate Dems will vote on GOP's stand-alone payroll tax cut
Keach Hagey / Reuters:
Fox News ‘course correction’ rankles some  —  As a white, male, middle-aged conservative talk radio host from Virginia, John Fredericks is something close to the Platonic ideal of a Fox News fan.  —  And until last year, he was one.  But then Fox's treatment of the Republican primary race …
Eric Russell / Bangor Daily News:
Pressure mounting for GOP caucus reconsideration  —  AUGUSTA, Maine — Pressure is on the Maine Republican Party to reconsider its weekend declaration that Mitt Romney won the state's caucuses.  —  The Maine GOP announced Saturday that Romney narrowly edged Ron Paul, 39 percent to 36 percent …
Agence France Presse:
Oliver Stone's son converts to Islam in Iran  —  US filmmaker Sean Stone, son of Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, converted to Islam on Tuesday in Iran, where he is making a documentary, he told AFP.  —  “The conversion to Islam is not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, which I was born with.
Dr. Melissa Clouthier:
CPAC: The Jersey Shore-ification Of Our Young People — UPDATED  —  Erick Erickson wrote a must-read piece to the young men of the conservative movement.  It's good stuff and especially important considering men are to be future leaders at home, at church, etc.
Paul Krugman:
The Internal Contradictions of Mitt Romney  —  And by “internal”, I mean in the same paragraph: … Yep, Obama has failed to resolve the problem of excessive entitlement spending; furthermore, he's cutting entitlement spending!  —  It gets even better when you bear in mind that Romney …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Protesters Shout Down Santorum As He Speaks Against Marriage Equality In Washington State  —  Occupy Wall Street protesters nearly drowned out Rick Santorum for 44 minutes as he tried to deliver remarks at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Washington on Monday night.
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Michael Cavna / Washington Post:
VALENTINE'S DAY GOOGLE DOODLE: Today's charming musical animation makes for one sweet gift  —  SOMETIMES, not even Google keywords can navigate the search for love.  —  Today, Google is celebrating Valentine's Day the world over with a charming animated “Doodle” that is free of dialogue — yet is all heart.
WSFA-TV:
Coach resigns over nude photo on Facebook … High school football coach, Paul Withee, resigned after accidentally posting a naked picture on Facebook.  (Source: WMTW/CNN)  —  SOUTH PARRIS, ME (WMTW/CNN) - A high school football coach in Maine has resigned after accidentally posting a naked picture on his Facebook page.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Obama's epic blunder on birth-control mandate  —  Before Barack Obama can defeat his opponents, he must first be rescued from his friends.  —  Some of them are now suggesting that his contraceptive mandate on religious institutions was a skilled political stratagem.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Christie's Valentines Message To Gays In New Jersey: Your Marriages Are ‘A Good Bunch Of Theater’  —  New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R) described yesterday's vote in favor of marriage equality in the state Senate as “a good bunch of theater” and predicted that the legislature …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Materialist Fallacy  —  The half-century between 1912 and 1962 was a period of great wars and economic tumult but also of impressive social cohesion.  Marriage rates were high.  Community groups connected people across class.  —  In the half-century between 1962 and the present …
Aliyah Shahid / NY Daily News:
Newt Gingrich reveals sexy Valentine's Day plans for wife Callista while stumping in California  —  The intimate remarks come as Team Gingrich tries to rev up Callista's public presence on the campaign trail  —  Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Raw Story
Mj Lee / Politico:
Christie plans tribute to Whitney Houston  —  With a funeral service for the late Whitney Houston scheduled to take place in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday, Gov. Chris Christie says he is planning to order flags to be flown at half-staff in the singer's honor.
Discussion: Big Hollywood
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Report: 1.8M dead registered to vote  —  The United States's voter registration system is in chaos — with about 24 million registrations are no longer valid and nearly 2 million dead people still on voter rolls, according to a new report Tuesday.  —  Along with the one of every eight voter registrations …
Martin Ssebuyira / Daily Monitor:
Ethics Minister shuts down gay rights conference  —  There was drama at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe today when State Minister for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo broke up a secret gay rights activists conference.  —  The two week conference organised by Freedom and Roam Uganda …
Justin Wolfers / Freakonomics:
Happy Valentine's Day: Economist Edition  —  You might think that the dismal science has very little to offer on matters of the heart.  But I disagree.  And so does Elisabeth Fosslien.  She's a brilliant young analyst interested in design, math, and economics.
 
 
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Sherif Girgis / Public Discourse:
Morals and Mandates  —  On January 20, the Obama administration …
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Sean Gardiner / Wall Street Journal:
Stop-and-Frisks Hit Record in 2011
Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
Sessions challenges Obama budget chief to resign
Dina ElBoghdady / Washington Post:
400 lipsticks found to contain lead, FDA says
Discussion: Truthdig
Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
Fliers griping over Obama ‘grope hike’
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Harry Reid: GOP roads bill a ‘love note to the tea party’
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
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Chris Chocola / National Review:
It's Time to Bring Lugar Home
Paul Krugman:
It Was Lehman Wot Did It  —  These days the bizarre economic notions …
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