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8:05 PM ET, February 15, 2012

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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.
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Kos / Daily Kos:
Announcing Operation Hilarity: Let's keep the GOP clown show going!  —  It's time for us to take an active role in the GOP nomination process.  That's right, it's time for those of us who live in open primary and caucus states—Michigan, North Dakota, Vermont and Tennessee in the next three weeks …
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?
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.
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Megadeth frontman backs Rick Santorum
Dan Popkey / Idaho Statesman:
Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum woos Idaho conservatives at Boise gathering
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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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 …
Val Prieto / Babalú Blog:   Chimichangamalangarepaorale  —  So, leftist WaPo Columnist …
Jim Lakely / Heartland Institute:
Heartland Institute Responds to Stolen and Fake Documents  —  FEBRUARY 15, 2012 - The following statement from The Heartland Institute - a free-market think tank - may be used for attribution.  For more information, contact Communications Director Jim Lakely at jlakely@heartland.org and 312/377-4000.
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Newt Gingrich / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama approval rating back to 50% mark  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's approval rating is back to 50% for the first time in more than eight months, and he currently holds an edge against all the remaining Republican presidential candidates in hypothetical head-to-head match-ups …
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
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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 …
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
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Top Dem Warns of New Menace in Obamacare Fight: Christian Scientist Shoe Salesmen
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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?
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
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Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
OMB director undercuts legal case for Obamacare  —  Testifying before Congress this morning, President Obama's acting budget director Jeffrey Zients directly undercut one of the administration's key legal defenses of its national health care law as it nears a hearing before the Supreme Court.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Payroll tax deal would take first real bite from Obama's health law  —  The payroll tax cut package under discussion in Congress would take the first real bite out of President Obama's healthcare reform law, according to congressional aides and lobbyists.  —  A tentative deal struck late …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Post
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Paul Ryan has ‘problem’ with GOP payroll tax cut deal
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Maddow Blog
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.
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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Can money stop Rick Santorum?
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Santorum aide: Romney's money focus ‘deeply offensive’
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and The Daily Caller
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
Sam Kiley / Sky News:
Fears Iran Is Helping Al Qaeda Plot Atrocity  —  Iran and al Qaeda's core leadership under Ayman al Zawahiri have established an “operational relationship” amid fears the terror group is planning a spectacular attack against the West.  —  There are concerns such an attack, possibly targeting Europe …
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New York Times:
Iran Warns 6 Countries in Europe It Will Cut Off Oil
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 …
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge:
Farage On Greek Chaos: “You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet”  —  Outspoken and oracular MEP Nigel Farage bombards his fellow unelected officials with 'you can't handle the truth' comments as he points out the total contradiction that is the European Parliament's (and 'Puppet Papademos') …
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:
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
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
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 …
 
 
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Rush Limbaugh:
Staggering: Obama to Cut Nukes by 80%
Pam Key / Breitbart.tv:
Maxine Waters: Don't Let GOP ‘Demons’ In ‘Our Hall’
Lee Fang / Republic Report:
Exclusive: PowerPoint Shows Drone Industry's Lobbying Plan To Expand Over Domestic, Law Enforcement Markets
Discussion: Hullabaloo and emptywheel
Lesley Wroughton / Reuters:
World Bank's Zoellick to step down, U.S. eyes spot
Discussion: Guardian and Big Government
Adele Hampton / The Hill:
Santorum: Obama White House full of ‘elite snobs’
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Palin: Obama Is ‘Underestimating the Wisdom of Women’
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Chris Christie Ignores Gov. Gregoire's Outreach On Marriage Equality, Hopes To Swiftly Veto Measure
Discussion: Poliglot and BuzzFeed
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
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Rick Santorum Wants Your Sex Life to Be ‘Special’
Discussion: American Prospect
Seth Freed Wessler / Colorlines:
Deported Dad Begs North Carolina To Give Him Back His Children
Discussion: Hit & Run and Balloon Juice
Meghan Keneally / Daily Mail:
Food police reject preschooler's homemade lunch... in favour of chicken nuggets
Discussion: Althouse