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9:25 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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Economy Lifts Obama in New York Times/CBS News Poll
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Romney Surrogate Attacks Santorum for Voting the Same Way He Did
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Poll: Obama's ratings rise as economic outlook improves
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Page
Patrick Caldwell / American Prospect:   The George Washington Candidate
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney's electability argument weakening?
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Surrogates for Romney paint Rick Santorum as liberal on fiscal issues
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
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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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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Washington Post:
Congressional negotiators reach tentative deal on payroll tax, unemployment benefits
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?
Michelangelo Signorile / The Huffington Post:
Andrew Breitbart At CPAC: Conservative Activist Calls Liberal Tactics ‘Outrageous, Dehumanizing’ While Defending Larry Craig … Gay Republicans , Republican Party , Cpac , Gay Rights , Gop , Republicans , Video , Conservative Political Action Conference , Andrew Breitbart …
Discussion: Big Journalism and Gay Politics
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.
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
CPAC: Not Quite Like the Media Matters Communications Room.  But Still, Grow Up.  —  UPDATE: Melissa Clouthier has taken on the task of writing the same point about the young women, too many of whom were even more scantily clad than some of Fox News hosts.  —  Stephen Glass was a fabulist.
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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.
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.
Eric Russell / Bangor Daily News:
Pressure mounting for GOP caucus reconsideration  —  AUGUSTA, Maine — Pressure is on the Maine Republican Party to reconsider its weekend declaration that Mitt Romney won the state's caucuses.  —  The Maine GOP announced Saturday that Romney narrowly edged Ron Paul, 39 percent to 36 percent …
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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Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
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Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Mitt Romney plays up Michigan ties in ‘Growing Up’ ad for metro Detroit airwaves
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
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Megan Ruyle / The Hill:
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