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11:40 AM ET, February 15, 2012

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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.
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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 …
Politics:
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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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.
Discussion: American Spectator
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
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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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell staying at arm's length
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Prairie Weather
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 …
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
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Boehner delays highway bill vote  —  Speaker John Boehner is delaying a vote on the $260 billion transportation bill that was scheduled this week.  —  Boehner (R-Ohio) told his conference Wednesday morning that it was “more important that we do it right than that we do it fast” …
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 …
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Obama Shift on Providing Contraception Splits Critics  —  The near-unified front led by the nation's Roman Catholic bishops to oppose a mandate for employers to cover birth control has now crumbled amid the compromise plan that the Obama administration offered last week to accommodate religious institutions.
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Marjorie Connelly / New York Times:
Poll Finds Support for Contraceptive Policy and Gay Couples
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
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 …
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
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.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obama On Failed Promise To Cut Deficit In Half: “Recession Turned Out To Be A Lot Deeper”  —  In an interview with Atlanta's local Fox affiliate WAGA-TV President Obama explains why he was unable to cut the deficit in half in his first term, a promise he made as a candidate.
Discussion: Don Surber
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Obama Returns to NYC for First Wall Street Fundraiser of Year
Bruce Riedel / The Daily Beast:
Pakistan's Musharraf Has Been Accused of Knowing Osama bin Laden's Hideout
Chelsea Whyte / New Scientist:
Hurricanes deliver fatal blows to wind turbines
Discussion: Power Line
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Violence Against Women Act Becomes Partisan Issue
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Maddow Blog
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
NYT reporter James Risen asks court to protect sources
Discussion: Secrecy News
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
U.S. media takes the lead on Iran
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Malachy, a Pekingese, Wins Westminster's Best in Show
 Earlier Items: 
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
State Senate GOP rejects request to honor Whitney Houston
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Issa takes step toward holding Holder in contempt of Congress
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