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11:50 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 …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Exclusive: Santorum releases four years of tax returns  —  Rick Santorum said they would come this week, and here are four years worth of his taxes, from years 2007 through 2010.  —  They can be found here, here, here and here.  The returns are the most in number that have been released …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and New York Times
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?
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: Hot Air and Politico
CNN:
Michigan governor to back Romney  —  Grand Rapids, Michigan (CNN) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder plans to endorse Mitt Romney at a campaign event on Thursday, a GOP source confirmed to CNN.  —  The governor will announce his support in Farmington Hills, Michigan, at a meeting of the area chamber of commerce.
Discussion: Politico
Rick Santorum / CNN:
TRENDING: Ad wars to intensify
Discussion: Politico
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Rasmussen national poll puts Santorum up 12 over Romney
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Megadeth frontman backs Rick Santorum
CNN:
Santorum to North Dakota: Terrorists ‘will bother you’
Discussion: The Hill
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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Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
INTERNAL DOCUMENTS: The Secret, Corporate-Funded Plan To Teach Children That Climate Change Is A Hoax
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?
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Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Was Santorum a Senate Spendthrift?
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.
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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
New York Post:
Iran helping al Qaeda plot attack on West, intelligence sources say  —  LONDON — Iran and al Qaeda's core leadership under Ayman al Zawahiri have established an operational relationship amid fears the terror group is planning an attack against the West.  —  There are concerns such an attack …
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New York Times:
Iran Warns 6 Countries in Europe It Will Cut Off Oil
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') …
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: Washington Post and Firedoglake
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Paul Ryan has ‘problem’ with GOP payroll tax cut deal
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Maddow Blog
Rush Limbaugh:
Staggering: Obama to Cut Nukes by 80%  —  RUSH: There are some things happening today that are downright scary.  The regime, led by Barack Hussein Obama, is weighing options for reducing our US nuclear force, including a reduction of up to 80% in the number of deployed warheads, 80%.
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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.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Chris Christie Ignores Gov. Gregoire's Outreach On Marriage Equality, Hopes To Swiftly Veto Measure  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) hopes to put the politically delicate question of same-sex marriage behind him and is prepared to swiftly veto a bill extending marriage rights to gays and lesbians …
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: The Raw Story and US Politics
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.
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 …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Social conservatives press Obama on administration's birth-control mandate  —  A group of social conservative lawmakers on Wednesday intensified its push to overturn President Obama's new birth-control mandate.  —  The lawmakers, representing both parties and both chambers, said the president's recent …
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Jeremy Scahill / The Nation:
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Discussion: emptywheel
Adele Hampton / The Hill:
Santorum: Obama White House full of ‘elite snobs’
Tim Mak / Politico:
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Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Palin: Obama Is ‘Underestimating the Wisdom of Women’
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Discussion: LifeNews.com
Matthew Philips / Business Week:
Rising Gas Prices: Not Demand Driven
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Rick Santorum Wants Your Sex Life to Be ‘Special’
Discussion: American Prospect
Dylan Byers / Politico:
PolitiFact responds to Rachel Maddow
Will Rahn / The Daily Caller:
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