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5:25 PM ET, February 15, 2012

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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Going After Rick  —  America is going bankrupt, Iran is going nuclear, the Obama administration is going after religious liberty.  And Mitt Romney is going after Rick Santorum.  —  Which is fine (sort of).  Romney's in a political fight, and politics ain't beanbag, as Romney has tried to say.
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Zeke Miller / Politics:
Is Romney Going To Run Out Of Money?  —  Santorum goes to the small-donor well, but Romney may have to dip into his own pockets to survive the long haul.  Looking “under every stone.”  —  (Getty Images / Eric Thayer)  —  Mitt Romney is running out of rich people.
Discussion: American Prospect and Daily Kos
Joe Bosso / MusicRadar.com:
Interview: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine talks guitar, politics and today's music … Above video: Mustaine at the 1992 Democratic National Convention for MTV News.  —  Speaking of news, you were a correspondent for MTV during the 1992 presidential election.  What's your take on US politics in 2012?
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Megadeth frontman backs Rick Santorum  —  Dave Mustaine, leader of the heavy metal band Megadeth, is ready to rock out for Rick Santorum.  —  “Earlier in the election, I was completely oblivious as to who Rick Santorum was, but when the dude went home to be with his daughter when she was sick …
Wall Street Journal:
Gingrich's Main Backer Plays Two Angles  —  Casino Mogul Adelson Weighs New Funding to Boost Former Speaker and to Help Romney Keep Santorum at Bay  —  Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, by far the biggest financial backer of Newt Gingrich's presidential bid, is preparing to open his wallet again.
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Santorum aide: Romney's money focus ‘deeply offensive’  —  One of Rick Santorum's senior strategists lashed out at Mitt Romney's focus on the air wars Wednesday, arguing that if the race comes down to money and negative ads, the other candidates should throw in the towel.
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Kos / Daily Kos:
Announcing Operation Hilarity: Let's keep the GOP clown show going!
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Politics:
Here's Romney's Plan To Take Out Santorum
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Rasmussen national poll puts Santorum up 12 over Romney
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Why birth control is a good wedge issue against the GOP  —  Some time around the end of February, the Senate will vote on the Blunt-Rubio amendment, which would allow insurers and employers to deny coverage for birth control or any other medical services simply on the grounds that they find them morally objectionable.
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Birth Control Amendment ‘Dangerous,’ Obama Spokesman Says … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Obama, Video, Women's Issues, Womens Rights, Birth Control, Obama Women, Politics News, Roy Blunt, Birth Control Rule, Blunt Amendment, Blunt Contraception, Obama Contraception, Obama Contraception Rule …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Top Dem Warns of New Menace in Obamacare Fight: Christian Scientist Shoe Salesmen
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and MoJo Articles
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Santorum: Birth control ‘harmful to women’  —  Yesterday I speculated on some of the reasons Rick Santorum has problems with women voters.  This interview from 2006 sure isn't going to help  —  For starters, does he realize that married women (men too!) use birth control?
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Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Was Santorum a Senate Spendthrift?
Justin Sink / The Hill:
GOP demands apology for Obama campaign manager's ‘chimichanga’ tweet  —  Republicans are demanding an apology Wednesday from President Obama's campaign manager after a tweet that they argue was insulting toward Latino Americans.  —  Jim Messina, who is helming the president's re-election effort …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Does the GOP care about Latino voters?  —  When it comes to Latino voters, Republicans must have un impulso suicida.  —  What else but a death wish could explain the party's treatment of the fastest-growing voting bloc in the nation?  First was the wave of Arizona-style immigration laws.
Nate Silver / New York Times:
Why Obama Will Embrace the 99 Percent  —  The last time I considered Barack Obama's re-election chances in this magazine, in mid-November, things were looking pretty bleak for the president.  The statistical model I used measured three key factors — a president's approval rating …
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Newt Gingrich / CNN:   CNN Poll: Obama approval rating back to 50% mark
Kim Zetter / Wired.com:
Female Passengers Say They Were Targeted for TSA Body Scanners  —  TSA agents in Dallas singled out female passengers to undergo screening in a body scanner, according to complaints filed by several women who said they felt the screeners intentionally targeted them to view their bodies.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and US Politics
Dylan Byers / Politico:
PolitiFact responds to Rachel Maddow  —  Rachel Maddow made yet another stinging attack on PolitiFact last night, calling the Tampa Bay Times' fact-checking project “a disaster” (see video).  —  Via email, PolitiFact editor and Tampa Bay Times Washington bureau chief Bill Adair responds to the criticism:
Peter Fimrite / San Francisco Chronicle:
Study: Sierra snowfall consistent over 130 years  —  Snowfall in the Sierra Nevada has remained consistent for 130 years, with no evidence that anything has changed as a result of climate change, according to a study released Tuesday.  —  The analysis of snowfall data in the Sierra …
Will Rahn / The Daily Caller:
Media Matters tax-exempt status may face new scrutiny from Congress  —  Congressional Republicans are now interested in examining the Media Matters For America's tax-exempt status, The Daily Caller has learned.  Doing so would cause the GOP to wade into the complex world of tax laws that govern …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Chris Christie Ignores Gov. Gregoire's Outreach On Marriage Equality, Hopes To Swiftly Veto Measure  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) hopes to put the politically delicate question of same-sex marriage behind him and is prepared to swiftly veto a bill extending marriage rights to gays and lesbians …
Jeremy Scahill / The Nation:
Washington's War in Yemen Backfires  —  Soldiers with the 25th Mechanized Brigade near the front lines in Zinjibar Yemen.  Image credit: Richard Rowley, Big Noise Films  —     —  Gen. Mohammed al-Sumali sits in the passenger seat of his armored Toyota Land Cruiser as it whizzes …
Discussion: emptywheel
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
White House issues veto threat for House transportation bill  —  The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto a wide-ranging transportation package from House Republicans.  —  The administration raised concerns about a provision to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and argued …
Tim Mak / Politico:
7 very tired political cliches  —  4. “America is at a crossroads” : 24 mentions  —  “We are at a crossroads in our system of government and our personal lives,” wrote Pieter Verboom in a letter to the editor, appearing in the Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 23.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Nather / Politico:
Did OMB director not get the mandate memo?  —  It's the kind of “oops” moments every high-ranking administration official dreads.  You're testifying before Congress, you answer a question the wrong way, and — oops! — you just undermined the administration's defense of the health care law.
Discussion: Budget Committee
The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
Health Costs, Gov't Regulations Curb Small Business Hiring  —  Nearly half of small-business owners name these issues  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. small-business owners who aren't hiring — 85% of those surveyed — are most likely to say the reasons they are not doing so include …
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Maine, Iowa Caucus Mishaps Prove It's Time for a Better System  —  It's déjà vu as missing precincts mean Mitt Romney may not have won Maine after all.  This year's mistaken outcomes are not surprising when you consider how flawed the entire caucus system is.
msnbc.com:
Chavez allies attack new opponent Capriles as Jewish, gay  —  Venezuelan presidential hopeful Henrique Capriles, seen at a rally in La Guaira Jan. 27, has been attacked over his sexuality, Jewish ancestry and his selection as opposition candidate.  —  Allies of President Hugo Chavez …
Seth Freed Wessler / Colorlines:
Deported Dad Begs North Carolina To Give Him Back His Children  —  Every morning since the first of his three boys was born in 2007, Felipe Montes would wake early and prepare breakfast for his wife and children, get his boys ready for their day, change them, feed them and when he could not arrange …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
Federal funds flow to clean-energy firms with Obama administration ties  —  Sanjay Wagle was a venture capitalist and Barack Obama fundraiser in 2008, rallying support through a group he headed known as Clean Tech for Obama.  —  Shortly after Obama's election, he left his California firm …
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Palin: Obama Is ‘Underestimating the Wisdom of Women’  —  (CNSNews.com) - Both Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin appeared on Fox & Friends Wednesday morning, but not together.  —  The former governors, in separate interviews, had a little to say about each other, but more to say about President Obama.
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum to North Dakota: Terrorists ‘will bother you’  —  (CNN) - Rick Santorum warned a quiet North Dakota audience Wednesday that their state's booming oil industry positioned the region as a prime target for terrorism.  —  “Folks, you've got energy here.  They're going to bother you.
Discussion: The Hill
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich: The most disliked politician in America  —  Newt Gingrich hasn't just fallen in the GOP presidential race; he may be the most unpopular person in American politics right now.  —  Two new polls out this week show the former House speaker with an absolutely atrocious favorability rating.
Meghan Keneally / Daily Mail:
Food police reject preschooler's homemade lunch... in favour of chicken nuggets  —  A preschool girl was told her homemade meal wasn't healthy enough - so a school cafeteria monitor made her eat chicken nuggets instead.  —  The rejected meal consisted of a turkey and cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread …
Discussion: Althouse
 
 
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Adele Hampton / The Hill:
Santorum: Obama White House full of ‘elite snobs’
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Democratic Rep. Waters calls GOP leadership ‘demons’
Discussion: Politico
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Issa wants talk with ex-Countrywide CEO
Discussion: Politico
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
President Obama catches Jeremy Lin fever after watching ‘Lin-sanity’ highlights
Discussion: Colorlines and Connecting.the.Dots
Tobias Barrington Wolff / The Huffington Post:
The Republican War on Women: Invading the Vagina in Virginia
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
Twitter stores full iPhone contact list for 18 months, after scan
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Paul Ryan has ‘problem’ with GOP payroll tax cut deal
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Maddow Blog
 Earlier Items: 
J. Lester Feder / Politico:
Kathleen Sebelius says she didn't talk to bishops
Discussion: LifeNews.com
Charlie Spiering / Campaign 2012:
Boxer: Insurance rights trumps religious rights
Sarah Posner / Salon:
Rep. Issa to air bishops' complaints
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Rick Santorum Wants Your Sex Life to Be ‘Special’
Discussion: American Prospect
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Boehner delays highway bill vote
Investor's Business Daily:
Why Do Democrats Want to Protect Voter Fraud?
Discussion: UrbanGrounds