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9:10 AM ET, February 14, 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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Dalia Sussman / The Caucus:
Santorum Is Tied 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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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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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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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Military Cuts and Tax Plan Are Central to Obama Budget  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's final budget request of his term amounts to his agenda for a desired second term, with tax increases on the affluent and cuts in spending, especially from the military, both to reduce deficits and to pay …
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Shira Schoenberg / Boston Globe:
Mitt Romney attacks Barack Obama's budget
Discussion: Paul Krugman
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
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 …
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)
Discussion: emptywheel and Campaign 2012
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 …
Hilary Leila Krieger / Jerusalem Post:
Obama set to okay Egypt, PA aid despite tension  —  Palestinians to see only slight roll back despite unity deal with Hamas; Egypt aid to remain at 2012 level.  —  By REUTERS/Larry Downing  —  WASHINGTON - Despite recent tensions between the US and Egypt and a new Palestinian Authority government set …
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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.
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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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Washington Governor Signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill
Associated Press:
Justice Breyer robbed at West Indies vacation home  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Stephen Breyer was robbed last week by a machete-wielding intruder at his vacation home in the West Indies, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said Monday.  —  The 73-year-old Breyer, wife Joanna and guests were confronted …
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 …
Paul Bedard / Campaign 2012:
Privately, Obama sees recovery 1-2 years off  —  Follow on Twitter:Follow @SecretsBedard  —  The public President Obama, bubbly in his reelection campaigning about a recovering U.S. economy, isn't as optimistic in private, telling a select few that it will likely take up to two years for any recovery to click in.
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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 …
Rusty / Dogs Against Romney:
For Immediate Release: Dogs Against Romney Press Event: Westminster Dog Show, NYC.  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: A Dogs Against Romney press event will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, February 14 at NOON EASTERN TIME in front of MADISON SQUARE GARDEN during The American Kennel Club's Westminster Dog Show (SEE EXACT LOCATION DETAILS BELOW).
 
 
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Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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