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4:30 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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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Is Romney More Electable Than Santorum?  —  Which one of these men would you rather vote for?  Now pretend you're an unemployed machinist in Youngstown, Ohio.  —  As happens every time a non-Romney Republican surges into the national lead, liberals are giddy over the possibility …
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 …
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.
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
Rick Santorum / CNN:
‘I am a son of Detroit,’ Romney says
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.
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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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Catholics' Approval of Obama Little Changed
Discussion: The Hill
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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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 …
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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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.
Mj Lee / Politico:
Christie plans tribute to Whitney Houston  —  With a funeral service for the late Whitney Houston scheduled to take place in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday, Gov. Chris Christie says he is planning to order flags to be flown at half-staff in the singer's honor.
Discussion: Big Hollywood
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.
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 …
Discussion: American Spectator
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 …
Paul Krugman:
The Internal Contradictions of Mitt Romney  —  And by “internal”, I mean in the same paragraph: … Yep, Obama has failed to resolve the problem of excessive entitlement spending; furthermore, he's cutting entitlement spending!  —  It gets even better when you bear in mind that Romney …
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 …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Materialist Fallacy  —  The half-century between 1912 and 1962 was a period of great wars and economic tumult but also of impressive social cohesion.  Marriage rates were high.  Community groups connected people across class.  —  In the half-century between 1962 and the present …
Aliyah Shahid / NY Daily News:
Newt Gingrich reveals sexy Valentine's Day plans for wife Callista while stumping in California  —  The intimate remarks come as Team Gingrich tries to rev up Callista's public presence on the campaign trail  —  Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Washington Post
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.
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 …
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.
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
Washington Wire:
Xi Visit Includes Top Chinese Business Leaders  —  Some of China's most powerful business leaders are accompanying Vice President Xi Jinping on his visit to the U.S. this week.  —  Here is the roster, including the heads of private companies as well as state-owned enterprises …
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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Rob Gillies / Money:
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Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Dina ElBoghdady / Washington Post:
400 lipsticks found to contain lead, FDA says
Discussion: Truthdig
Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun Times:
City buys face shields to protect cops from G-8 protesters
Discussion: Firedoglake and CBS Chicago
Pam Key / Breitbart.tv:
Comedy: Olbermann, Daily Kos Founder Attack Breitbart; ‘No One Really Cares’ About #Occupy Rapes
Discussion: Big Journalism and Big Government
Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
Fliers griping over Obama ‘grope hike’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Burgess Everett / Reuters:
Harry Reid: GOP roads bill a ‘love note to the tea party’
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Christine Haughney / New York Times:
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John Allen Paulos / Campaign Stops:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress, News Cut and Vox Popoli
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Just Chill Out and Let the NYPD Photograph Your Eyes
W.J. Hennigan / Los Angeles Times:
Pentagon working with FAA to open U.S. airspace to combat drones
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and ThinkProgress