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11:15 AM ET, February 15, 2012

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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.
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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 …
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: The Hill and ABCNEWS
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 …
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
VIDEO: Romney watches Santorum new attack ad
Discussion: Weekly Standard
CNN:
CNN Poll: Gender and income gaps in GOP nomination battle
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney faces major test in Michigan primary, once thought an easy win
Jim Brunner / Boston Herald:
Rick Santorum meets with gay-marriage foes in Washington state
Sara Burrows / Carolina Journal Online:
Preschooler's Homemade Lunch Replaced with Cafeteria “Nuggets”  —  State agent inspects sack lunches, forces preschoolers to purchase cafeteria food instead  —  RAEFORD — A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told …
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Nanny state report: NC school officials confiscate preschooler's homemade lunch
Matt Willoughby / nccivitas.org:
State Inspectors Searching Children's Lunch Boxes: “This Isn't China, Is It?”
Discussion: Wizbang and Hot Air
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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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 …
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
TheDC top ten: Interesting nuggets from Media Matters' 2010 tax records
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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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
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: Politico and 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
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
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Prairie Weather
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 …
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
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.
Stephen Pollard / Telegraph:
For once, Richard Dawkins is lost for words  —  Atheists' arrogance is their Achilles' heel, as a cringemaking radio performance has proved.  —  Lord Sacks, the Chief Rabbi, has made an exceptional contribution to public life  —  Which of us hasn't groaned when the Rev Giles Fraser …
Discussion: Guardian and Vox Popoli
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 …
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
NYT reporter James Risen asks court to protect sources  —  Prosecutors pursuing a criminal case against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling for allegedly leaking top-secret information about the program to Risen are appealing U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema's rulings that sharply limited Risen's testimony.
Discussion: Secrecy News
 
 
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