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12:40 AM ET, February 15, 2012

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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.
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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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Gender and income gaps in GOP nomination battle
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Mitt Romney plays up Michigan ties in ‘Growing Up’ ad for metro Detroit airwaves
Discussion: Politics
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Poll: Obama's ratings rise as economic outlook improves
Discussion: The Page and Daily Kos
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Surrogates for Romney paint Rick Santorum as liberal on fiscal issues
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Mitt's risky pivot to social issues
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos, Swampland and The PJ Tatler
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Big Journalism and Fox News
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Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
Alan Dershowitz: Media Matters could become Rev. Wright of 2012 for Obama  —  Liberal Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz says Media Matters could become the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of 2012 for the Obama campaign if the White House and the Democratic Party don't clearly distance themselves from the organization.
Tucker Carlson / The Daily Caller:
Media Matters memo called for hiring private investigators ‘to look into the personal lives’ of Fox employees
Erick Erickson / RedState:
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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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
When STDs Are Untreatable  —  One of the first places that penicillin ended up being used was to cure the rampant STD infections among US troops.  The infections were a serious problem for armies in the pre-antibiotic era, which produced some pretty amazing propaganda aimed at persuading soldiers …
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Jason Koebler / US News:
CDC Warns Untreatable Gonorrhea is On the Way
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 …
Paul Krugman:
People Are Human  —  David Brooks is unhappy with the turn the conversation over the white working class has taken; that's his right, although I think he's caricaturing my position.  But I do want to make a point about the nature of social explanation.  —  David says, … True enough.
Discussion: EconLog
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.
Megan Ruyle / The Hill:
Facing objections from left and right, Boehner splits up transportation bill  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday moved to split up a major House transportation bill as Republicans looked to smooth its passage over objections from the right and left.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Republicans Send Valentine's Day Cards To Obama And Democrats  —  Partisan and funny.  “This Valentine's Day, love is definitely in the air at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  President Obama is in love with making speeches, spending money we don't have and campaigning non-stop to save …
Discussion: Power Line
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.
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Santorum's big government parochialism  —  Rick Santorum has surged back into contention for the Republican presidential nomination because of persistent reservations among conservatives about Mitt Romney.  But those on the right who embrace Santorum as an alternative should do so with no illusions.
Discussion: American Spectator
Russell / Single Payer Action:
FIFTY MEDICAL DOCTORS FOR SINGLE PAYER URGE SUPREME COURT TO STRIKE DOWN INDIVIDUAL MANDATE  —  Fifty medical doctors who favor a single payer health insurance system today urged the US Supreme Court to strike down the individual mandate.  —  In a brief filed with the Court …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo Asia Deal Talks Off for Now  —  According to sources close to the situation, the discussions between Yahoo and its Asian partners have hit a potentially deal-breaking impasse over the efficacy of the centerpiece of the complex negotiations — a cash-rich split-off — and several other issues.
Manu Rajuand Jake Sherman / Politico:
Payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits: Tentative deal reached  —  Congressional leaders broke an impasse Tuesday that threatened both the finances of millions of Americans and further damage to an institution that couldn't drop much lower in public esteem.  —  A tentative deal reached …
Dan Walters / Capitol Alert:
California's high-income taxpayers dropped sharply  —  Gov. Jerry Brown wants to hit California's highest-income taxpayers with billions of dollars in new taxes, and is jousting with other groups with their own tax-the-rich measures over which, if any, will win voter approval.
Discussion: Hot Air and americanthinker.com
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.
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.
 
 
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