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10:00 AM ET, February 15, 2012

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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Obama holds edge over GOP hopefuls  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  President Obama holds a significant lead over each of his potential Republican opponents in the general election …
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Here's Romney's Plan To Take Out Santorum  —  A brutal, two-front attack from the campaign and the SuperPAC.  “The expectation is that Santorum, just given his personality, is going to whine like crazy,” said a Romney advisor  —  Santorum at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week.
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Rick Santorum Wants to Fight ‘The Dangers Of Contraception’  —  Candidates often say things when polling in the single digits that come back to haunt them when they start leading the polls.  Last October, Rick Santorum gave an interview with an Evangelical blog called Caffeinated Thoughts …
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Poll: Most back mandating contraception coverage  —  Amid continued controversy surrounding an Obama administration policy mandating that women working at religiously-affiliated institutions be provided with free access to contraceptive health care, a new CBS News/New York Times poll shows …
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Romney Surrogate Attacks Santorum for Voting the Same Way He Did
Patrick Caldwell / American Prospect:   The George Washington Candidate
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Poll: Obama's ratings rise as economic outlook improves
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Page
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Nanny state report: NC school officials confiscate preschooler's homemade lunch  —  A North Carolina elementary school forced a preschool student to eat cafeteria chicken nuggets for lunch on Jan. 30 after officials reportedly determined that her homemade meal wasn't up to the U.S. Department …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Matt Willoughby / nccivitas.org:
State Inspectors Searching Children's Lunch Boxes: “This Isn't China, Is It?”
Discussion: Wizbang and Hot Air
Meredith Dake / Breitbart.tv:
Dershowitz: I Won't Vote For Obama If Associated With ‘Stalinist Bigots’ Media Matters  —  Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz told BreitbartTV Editor Larry O'Connor on the Governor Paterson Show on WOR that the Media Matters organization is full of “radical Stalinists” and says the White House …
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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 …
Maggie Fox / NationalJournal.com:
Reid to Allow Vote on Rescinding Contraception Rule  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., relented on Tuesday and now says he'll allow a Senate vote on an amendment that would reverse the White House's controversial requirement that all insurers provide birth control free of charge to women.
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Hot Air
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Reid will allow vote on repeal of administration's birth control mandate
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Tentative Deal Reached to Preserve Cut in Payroll Tax  —  WASHINGTON — Members of a House-Senate committee charged with writing a measure to extend a payroll tax reduction and provide added unemployment benefits reached a tentative agreement Tuesday evening, with Republicans and Democrats claiming …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell staying at arm's length
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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Megan Ruyle / The Hill:
Facing objections from left and right, Boehner splits up transportation bill
Discussion: Politico and Connecting.the.Dots
Investor's Business Daily:
Why Do Democrats Want to Protect Voter Fraud?  —  Suffrage: A new study finds that nearly 2 million dead people remain on voter registration rolls.  So tell us again why Democrats oppose voter ID laws that would help prevent these errant registrations from being exploited?
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
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 …
Brendan DeMelle / DeSmogBlog:
Heartland Institute Exposed: Internal Documents Unmask Heart of Climate Denial Machine  —  Internal Heartland Institute strategy and funding documents obtained by DeSmogBlog expose the heart of the climate denial machine - its current plans, many of its funders, and details that confirm …
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Richard Littlemore / DeSmogBlog:
Heartland Insider Exposes Institute's Budget and Strategy
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
FCC moves to kill LightSquared over GPS interference concerns  —  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moved to reject LightSquared's planned wireless network on Tuesday after the president's top adviser on telecom issues said there is “no practical way” to prevent the network from disrupting GPS devices.
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
EXCLUSIVE: Nancy Pelosi Supports 2012 Democratic Party Platform Including Marriage Equality  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) supports the 2012 Democratic Party platform including, for the first time, language in full support of marriage equality, her spokesman told Metro Weekly on Tuesday evening, Feb. 14.
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.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
 
 
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Stephen Pollard / Telegraph:
For once, Richard Dawkins is lost for words
Discussion: Guardian and Vox Popoli
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Issa takes step toward holding Holder in contempt of Congress
msnbc.com:
Chavez allies attack new opponent Capriles as Jewish, gay
BBC:
Colombia priests ‘hired own killers’ in suicide pact
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Michelangelo Signorile / The Huffington Post:
Andrew Breitbart At CPAC: Conservative Activist Calls Liberal Tactics 'Outrageous, Dehumanizing …
Discussion: Big Journalism and Gay Politics
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Portugal's Debt Efforts May Be a Warning for Greece
Discussion: Political Mojo
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Mitt Romney plays up Michigan ties in ‘Growing Up’ ad for metro Detroit airwaves
Discussion: Politics and americanthinker.com
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Republicans Send Valentine's Day Cards To Obama And Democrats
Discussion: Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
When STDs Are Untreatable
Discussion: Shakesville and US News
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
CPAC: Not Quite Like the Media Matters Communications Room. But Still, Grow Up.
Paul Krugman:
People Are Human  —  David Brooks is unhappy with the turn …
Dan Walters / Capitol Alert:
California's high-income taxpayers dropped sharply