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8:45 AM ET, February 15, 2012

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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Obama holds edge over GOP hopefuls  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  President Obama holds a significant lead over each of his potential Republican opponents in the general election …
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Politics:
Here's Romney's Plan To Take Out Santorum  —  A brutal, two-front attack from the campaign and the SuperPAC.  “The expectation is that Santorum, just given his personality, is going to whine like crazy,” said a Romney advisor  —  Santorum at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week.
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Rick Santorum Wants to Fight ‘The Dangers Of Contraception’  —  Candidates often say things when polling in the single digits that come back to haunt them when they start leading the polls.  Last October, Rick Santorum gave an interview with an Evangelical blog called Caffeinated Thoughts …
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Poll: Most back mandating contraception coverage  —  Amid continued controversy surrounding an Obama administration policy mandating that women working at religiously-affiliated institutions be provided with free access to contraceptive health care, a new CBS News/New York Times poll shows …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
CNN:
CNN Poll: Gender and income gaps in GOP nomination battle
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public Divided Over Birth Control Insurance Mandate
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Romney Surrogate Attacks Santorum for Voting the Same Way He Did
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Poll: Obama's ratings rise as economic outlook improves
Discussion: The Page and Daily Kos
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Santorum's big government parochialism
Discussion: American Spectator
Patrick Caldwell / American Prospect:   The George Washington Candidate
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Surrogates for Romney paint Rick Santorum as liberal on fiscal issues
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Washington Monthly
Sara Burrows / Carolina Journal Online:
Preschooler's Homemade Lunch Replaced with Cafeteria “Nuggets”  —  State agent inspects sack lunches, forces preschoolers to purchase cafeteria food instead  —  RAEFORD — A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told …
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Matt Willoughby / nccivitas.org:
State Inspectors Searching Children's Lunch Boxes: “This Isn't China, Is It?”
Discussion: Wizbang and Hot Air
Meredith Dake / Breitbart.tv:
Dershowitz: I Won't Vote For Obama If Associated With ‘Stalinist Bigots’ Media Matters  —  Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz told BreitbartTV Editor Larry O'Connor on the Governor Paterson Show on WOR that the Media Matters organization is full of “radical Stalinists” and says the White House …
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Tentative Deal Reached to Preserve Cut in Payroll Tax  —  WASHINGTON — Members of a House-Senate committee charged with writing a measure to extend a payroll tax reduction and provide added unemployment benefits reached a tentative agreement Tuesday evening, with Republicans and Democrats claiming …
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Washington Post:
Congressional negotiators reach tentative deal on payroll tax, unemployment benefits
Discussion: US Politics
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
CPAC: Not Quite Like the Media Matters Communications Room.  But Still, Grow Up.  —  UPDATE: Melissa Clouthier has taken on the task of writing the same point about the young women, too many of whom were even more scantily clad than some of Fox News hosts.  —  Stephen Glass was a fabulist.
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Investor's Business Daily:
Why Do Democrats Want to Protect Voter Fraud?  —  Suffrage: A new study finds that nearly 2 million dead people remain on voter registration rolls.  So tell us again why Democrats oppose voter ID laws that would help prevent these errant registrations from being exploited?
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
FCC moves to kill LightSquared over GPS interference concerns  —  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moved to reject LightSquared's planned wireless network on Tuesday after the president's top adviser on telecom issues said there is “no practical way” to prevent the network from disrupting GPS devices.
The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
Health Costs, Gov't Regulations Curb Small Business Hiring  —  Nearly half of small-business owners name these issues  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. small-business owners who aren't hiring — 85% of those surveyed — are most likely to say the reasons they are not doing so include …
Discussion: Reuters
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 …
Maggie Fox / NationalJournal.com:
Reid to Allow Vote on Rescinding Contraception Rule  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., relented on Tuesday and now says he'll allow a Senate vote on an amendment that would reverse the White House's controversial requirement that all insurers provide birth control free of charge to women.
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Portugal's Debt Efforts May Be a Warning for Greece  —  LISBON — As debt-plagued Greece struggles to meet Europe's strict terms for receiving its next round of bailout money, the lesson of Portugal might bear watching.  —  Unlike Greece, Portugal is a debtor nation that has done everything …
Discussion: Political Mojo
Michelangelo Signorile / The Huffington Post:
Andrew Breitbart At CPAC: Conservative Activist Calls Liberal Tactics ‘Outrageous, Dehumanizing’ While Defending Larry Craig … Gay Republicans , Republican Party , Cpac , Gay Rights , Gop , Republicans , Video , Conservative Political Action Conference , Andrew Breitbart …
Discussion: Big Journalism and Gay Politics
 
 
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Richard Littlemore / DeSmogBlog:
Heartland Insider Exposes Institute's Budget and Strategy
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Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Mitt Romney plays up Michigan ties in ‘Growing Up’ ad for metro Detroit airwaves
Discussion: Politics and americanthinker.com
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Republicans Send Valentine's Day Cards To Obama And Democrats
Discussion: Power Line
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
LA Mayor Villaraigosa to chair Democratic convention
Discussion: CNN
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
When STDs Are Untreatable
Discussion: US News and Shakesville
Megan Ruyle / The Hill:
Facing objections from left and right, Boehner splits up transportation bill
Discussion: Politico and Connecting.the.Dots
Paul Krugman:
People Are Human  —  David Brooks is unhappy with the turn …
Discussion: EconLog and Economist's View
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Dan Walters / Capitol Alert:
California's high-income taxpayers dropped sharply
Discussion: Hot Air and americanthinker.com
WSFA-TV:
Coach resigns over nude photo on Facebook
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
Roseanne Barr Pulls 6 Percent Against Obama And Romney In National Presidential Poll
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Christie's Valentines Message To Gays In New Jersey: Your Marriages Are ‘A Good Bunch Of Theater’