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10:25 AM ET, February 14, 2012

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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.
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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 …
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Gov. Perry: ‘Absolutely’ will consider running again  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry who abandoned his fight for the GOP nomination earlier year says he won't rule out a future run.  —  Asked during an interview with ABC's Jonathan Karl posted online Monday if he might seek the party's nomination again …
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Santorum Catches Romney in GOP Race
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Will Rahn / The Daily Caller:
Politico reporter withheld information about liberal Media Matters For America … About a year ago, the organization Media Matters For America gave Politico reporter Ben Smith a 2010 planning memo for a profile he was writing on the liberal advocacy group.  —  But Smith curiously withheld key parts …
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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Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Santorum in Tacoma: Protesters and a Glitter Bomb
Discussion: Mediaite
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Protestors disrupt Santorum event, get arrested
Discussion: CBS News and Campaign 2012
Juana Summers / Politico:
Santorum tangles with Occupiers
Discussion: Politicker and ThinkProgress
Roll Call:
Republicans Shift Tactics on Payroll Tax Cut Extension  —  In a major tactical shift, House Republican leaders Monday said they would sign off on a payroll tax cut extension that is not paid for, marking an attempt to both pressure Democrats and get the issue behind them.
Discussion: The Hill and New York Times
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Wall Street Journal:
The Do-Nothing Senate  —  Memo to GOP candidates: Make Harry Reid an issue.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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
Associated Press:
Police: Iranian blows off legs in Bangkok blast  —  BANGKOK (AP) — An Iranian man carrying grenades blew off his own legs and wounded four civilians in a trio of blasts that shook a busy Bangkok neighborhood on Tuesday, Thai authorities said.  —  The explosions came a day after an Israeli diplomatic car …
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Barak Ravid / Reuters:
Suspected Iranian national maimed by own bomb in Bangkok
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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)
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Voter Rolls Are Rife With Inaccuracies, Report Finds
Discussion: Don Surber and The BLT
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers to grill Panetta over cuts to Pentagon budget  —  Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey will run a three-day gauntlet in Congress starting Tuesday morning as they face Republican critics of President Obama's new military strategy.
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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.
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.
W.J. Hennigan / Los Angeles Times:
Pentagon working with FAA to open U.S. airspace to combat drones  —  The military says the nearly 7,500 robotic aircraft it has accrued for use overseas need to come home at some point.  But the FAA doesn't allow drones in U.S. airspace without a special certificate.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Just Chill Out and Let the NYPD Photograph Your Eyes  —  NYPD spying is not quite as dystopian- and science fiction-seeming as a database of citizens' eye pictures.  A handful of people arrested recently in New York City, including a few Occupy Wall Street protesters, are complaining that cops …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Gothamist
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 …
Shira Schoenberg / Boston Globe:
Mitt Romney attacks Barack Obama's budget  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is already attacking President Obama's 2013 budget, which is being released today.  —  The Associated Press reported that Obama's budget would reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years by cutting spending and raising taxes on the wealthy.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
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William Booth / Washington Post:
Huichol ‘cosmic portal’ peyote ceremonies threatened by silver mine
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney's New Pitch: He Stopped “The Las Vegas Of Gay Marriage”
Discussion: GOP 12 and Riehl World View
Bernie Quigley / Pundits Blog:
A brokered convention: Jeb Bush vs. Sarah Palin
Discussion: Hot Air and Conservatives4Palin
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  How Obama's Budget Throws A Big Punch At The GOP
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
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