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9:50 AM ET, February 14, 2012

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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 …
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Dalia Sussman / The Caucus:
Santorum Catches Up With Romney in New Poll  —  After his surprise triple victories in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, Rick Santorum has begun soaring among Republican primary voters, erasing Mitt Romney's lead in the race for the party's presidential nomination.
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.
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Protestors disrupt Santorum event, get arrested  —  (CNN) - A group of protesters disrupted a Rick Santorum campaign rally in Tacoma, Washington, on Monday, prompting the presidential hopeful to brand it as a “radical element” that represents “true intolerance.”
Discussion: CBS News and Campaign 2012
Juana Summers / Politico:
Santorum tangles with Occupiers
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
GOP Gov. McDonnell warns Santorum not to demean military women
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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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Tucker Carlson takes on the media
Wall Street Journal:
Apple, Suppliers Test Tablet With Smaller Screen  —  By By LORRAINE LUK in Taipei and JESSICA E. VASCELLARO in San Francisco  —  TAIPEI-Apple Inc. is working with component suppliers in Asia to test a new tablet computer with a smaller screen, people familiar with the situation said …
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Wall Street Journal:
Verizon, AT&T to Sell 4G iPad  —  Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. will sell a version of the coming iPad that runs on their newest fourth-generation wireless networks, according to people familiar with the matter, as the battle to cash in on big investments in mobile broadband heats up.
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 …
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Bianca Vazquez Toness / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Brown, Warren Running Neck And Neck In Senate Race  —  BOSTON — A new WBUR-MassINC poll shows U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren running neck and neck.  Forty-six percent of people polled said they would vote for Warren compared to 43 percent for Brown.
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)
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.
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Rusty / Dogs Against Romney:   For Immediate Release: Dogs Against Romney Press Event: Westminster Dog Show, NYC.
Alastair Wilson / moodys.com:
Thank you! … Rating Action: Moody's adjusts ratings of 9 European sovereigns to capture downside risks  —  As anticipated in November 2011, Moody's Investors Service has today adjusted the sovereign debt ratings of selected EU countries in order to reflect their susceptibility …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Republican Women Senators Breaking Ranks With Party, Come Out In Favor Of Obama Contraception Rule  —  While GOP senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has pledged to fight the Obama's administration's modified regulation requiring health insurers and busnisses to offer contraception …
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  How Obama's Budget Throws A Big Punch At The GOP  —  President Obama's fiscal year 2013 budget envisions the economy healing steadily after years of hemorrhaging and stagnation — and key government services surviving mostly despite the violence done to the federal ledger by the Bush tax cuts …
Discussion: Don Surber, Big Government and Guardian
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Clinton: We need Assad's consent to put troops in Syria  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had a clear and unified message coming out of their meeting in Washington, D.C. Monday: They are looking for a political solution in Syria …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Bishops' Obsession With The Sex Lives Of Others  —  They've been dominating the news, haven't they?  And they are prepared to go down screaming over contraception in health insurance plans handled between patient and insurer.  Letters were read recently in every parish.
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama hikes subsidy to wealthy electric car buyers  —  The White House intends to boost government subsidies for wealthy buyers of the Chevy Volt and other new-technology vehicles — to $10,000 per buyer.  —  That mammoth subsidy would cost taxpayers $100 million each year if it is approved by Congress …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Voter Rolls Are Rife With Inaccuracies, Report Finds  —  WASHINGTON — The nation's voter registration rolls are in disarray, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Center on the States.  The problems have the potential to affect the outcomes of local, state and federal elections.
Discussion: Don Surber and The BLT
 
 
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Bernie Quigley / Pundits Blog:
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Shira Schoenberg / Boston Globe:
Mitt Romney attacks Barack Obama's budget
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Bloomberg:
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