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1:30 PM 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.
Juana Summers / Politico:
Santorum tangles with Occupiers  —  TACOMA, Wash. — Rick Santorum clashed Monday evening with protesters in this normally Democratic-friendly part of the state as he became the first Republican presidential contender to visit Washington state this cycle.  —  Filling the front row …
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Is Romney More Electable Than Santorum?
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Gov. Perry: ‘Absolutely’ will consider running again
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Protestors disrupt Santorum event, get arrested
Joel Connelly / seattlepi.com:
Santorum fights to be heard at a raucous Tacoma rally
Discussion: The Raw Story and Booman Tribune
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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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 …
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)
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emptywheel:
Mitt Advocates Taking Healthcare from Retirees to Give Money to Bailed Out Banks
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 …
Jason Koebler / US News:
CDC Warns Untreatable Gonorrhea is On the Way  —  A new strain of gonorrhea is resistant to one of the last known effective treatments  —  Gonorrhea, one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States, is increasingly showing resistance to one of the last known effective …
Rasmussen Reports:
59% of Catholics Disapprove of Obama's Job Performance  —  Catholics strongly disapprove of the job President Obama is doing as the debate continues over his administration's new policy forcing Catholic institutions to pay for contraception they morally oppose.
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Barak Ravid / Reuters:
Suspected Iranian national maimed by own bomb in Bangkok
Discussion: Haaretz and The Atlantic Online
Michael Gordon / The Charlotte Observer:
Music director's marriage leads to his firing from St. Gabriel Catholic Church  —  The last five months have been eventful for Steav Bates-Congdon.  —  First he got married.  Then he got fired.  —  The popular music director at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in south Charlotte lost his job …
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 …
Michael Cavna / Washington Post:
VALENTINE'S DAY GOOGLE DOODLE: Today's charming musical animation makes for one sweet gift  —  SOMETIMES, not even Google keywords can navigate the search for love.  —  Today, Google is celebrating Valentine's Day the world over with a charming animated “Doodle” that is free of dialogue — yet is all heart.
Paul Krugman:
It Was Lehman Wot Did It  —  These days the bizarre economic notions are flying so thick and fast that it's hard to keep up.  Economics of Contempt informs us that Taylor and Cochrane(pdf) are denying the importance of the Lehman shock.  —  This is, among other things …
Discussion: Brad DeLong and Credit Slips
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Upton's niece makes splash with S.I.  —  Kate Upton, the buxom blonde on the cover of this year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, has a Washington connection.  —  She's the niece of a congressman: Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
Herman Cain nixes appearance on ‘Dancing with the Stars’  —  A spokeswoman for Herman Cain confirmed this morning that the former GOP presidential candidate was approached by ABC's “Dancing with the Stars” to appear on this season's competition .  But Cain nixed the idea.  “He can't dance in an eight-count.
Burgess Everett / Reuters:
Harry Reid: GOP roads bill a ‘love note to the tea party’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Tuesday bashed the House's transportation bill as a “love note to the tea party.”  —  Reid said that former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower wouldn't recognize the GOP bill …
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 and Taylor Marsh
Chris Chocola / National Review:
It's Time to Bring Lugar Home  —  “Earmarks,” also known as pork-barrel spending, are considered a “gateway drug” to corruption and bigger government in Washington.  They got that well-deserved title because there's a history of both Republicans and Democrats using earmarks as a currency to buy votes for all sorts of bad policies.
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 …
Justin Wolfers / Freakonomics:
Happy Valentine's Day: Economist Edition  —  You might think that the dismal science has very little to offer on matters of the heart.  But I disagree.  And so does Elisabeth Fosslien.  She's a brilliant young analyst interested in design, math, and economics.
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.
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Rats or Not, Transit Chief Opposes Ban on Eating in the Subways  —  It did not take long for Joseph J. Lhota, the new chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, to find himself at the center of two of the most contentious quality-of-life issues for subway riders …
 
 
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: As State Rep, Scott Brown Voted For Contraception Mandate Stronger Than Obama's
Geneva Sands-Sadowitz / The Hill:
White House drug czar says Whitney Houston's death is a ‘teachable moment’
Discussion: Hot Air
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Politics Q&A: Senator Rand Paul
Discussion: The Hill and Eunomia
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Materialist Fallacy
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Romney plays up hometown ties in Michigan
Discussion: American Spectator and msnbc.com
ACLU Liberty Watch 2012:
Our Right to Love Doesn't Evolve, We're Born With It.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
John Allen Paulos / Campaign Stops:
Why Don't Americans Elect Scientists?
Discussion: ThinkProgress, News Cut and Vox Popoli
 Earlier Items: 
The Onion:
New Breeding Program Aimed At Keeping Moderate Republicans From Going Extinct
Patrick Howley / Washington Free Beacon:
The Democrats' Hedge Fund Shakedown
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Alastair Wilson / moodys.com:
Thank you! … Rating Action: Moody's adjusts ratings …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Bishops' Obsession With The Sex Lives Of Others
 

 
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