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4:35 PM ET, February 16, 2012

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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Democratic Women Boycott House Contraception Hearing After Republicans Prevent Women From Testifying  —  This morning, Democrats tore into House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for preventing women from testifying before a hearing examining the Obama administration's …
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Tom Shine Serena Marshall / ABCNEWS:
All Male Contraception Panel Criticized  —  A Capitol Hill hearing that was supposed to be about religious freedom and a mandate that health insurers cover contraception in the United States began as an argument about whether Democrats could add a woman to the all-male panel.
Rory Sheehan / democrats.oversight.house.gov:
ISSA REJECTS MINORITY WITNESS FOR HEARING ON CONTRACEPTION  —  Cummings Asks Issa to Reconsider and Let Witness Testify on Behalf of Women Across the Country  —  Washington, DC (Feb. 15, 2012)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform …
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Catholic Bishops Fight Contraception Rule at House Hearing
Discussion: alicublog
Cheyenne Steel / oversight.house.gov:
Chairman Issa Hearing Preview Statement
J. Lester Feder / Politico:
Female Dems walk out of House contraceptive panel
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Pelosi blasts dearth of women at contraceptives hearing: ‘Duh’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Daily Kos
Rasmussen Reports:
Ohio GOP Primary: Santorum 42%, Romney 24%  —  Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum continues to ride his polling momentum into Ohio where he leads Mitt Romney by nearly two-to-one in the first Rasmussen Reports survey of Republicans in the state.  —  The new statewide telephone survey …
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Gov. Rick Snyder / detroitnews.com:
Mitt Romney is the best choice  —  A little more than a year ago, Michigan voters put their trust in a businessman to serve as their governor.  They were looking for someone who understands the private sector and has a plan for reversing the economic decline that had befallen our great state.
Mike Wilkinson / detroitnews.com:
Poll: Rick Santorum leads Mitt Romney in Michigan
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum tops new poll in Michigan
Tim Mak / Politico:
The Colbert Report suspended temporarily  —  The late-night comedy program hosted by Stephen Colbert will suspend production for at least two days this week, POLITICO has confirmed.  —  The Colbert Report, the home of relentless parodying of super PACs and the campaign finance system …
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Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Colbert Report Suspends Production For The Week, Reasons Unknown (Updated)  —  Update: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Colbert has suspended his show temporarily due to an emergency in his family.  —  If you just flipped over to Comedy Central to catch Stephen Colbert after a new episode …
Sam Schechner / Speakeasy:
Stephen Colbert Suspends Production of His Show
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Mitt Romney to skip March 1 CNN debate  —  Mitt Romney will skip the CNN Republican debate scheduled for March 1, just days before Super Tuesday.  —  “Gov. Romney will be spending a lot of time campaigning in Georgia and Ohio ahead of Super Tuesday,” Romney press secretary Andrea Saul said in a statement.
Discussion: Hot Air, Wonkette and Daily Kos
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NationalJournal.com:
Romney, Santorum to Skip March 1 Debate  —  The front of the GOP pack will be absent at the March 1 debate in Atlanta sponsored by CNN and the Georgia Republican Party, CBS News/National Journal has learned.  —  Both the Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum campaigns said they have decided to skip the debate …
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
CNN calls off March 1 GOP debate in Atlanta
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Sugar Daddy Foster Friess Gives ‘Gals’ Contraception Advice: Put An Aspirin Between Your Knees  —  Appearing of MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell today, Foster Friess, the main donor to the Super PAC backing Rick Santorum's presidential bid, dismissed the controversy surrounding President Obama's …
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum super-PAC backer: Women ‘used Bayer aspirin for contraception’  —  The top donor behind a pro-Rick Santorum super-PAC said Thursday that contraception doesn't have to be costly because women used to use aspirin for birth control.  —  “This contraceptive thing, my gosh it's so inexpensive.
Discussion: CNN
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Who Wants to See Tina Korbe's Thighs?  —  The title of this post is not a hypothetical question, because last week the aforesaid Miss Korbe joined her Hot Air colleague Ed Morrissey for a video interview with Rick Santorum, which I didn't see until somebody brought it to my attention yesterday:
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Supreme Court should take on New York City's rent control laws  —  James and Jeanne Harmon reside in and supposedly own a five-story brownstone on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a building that has been in their family since 1949.  But they have, so to speak, houseguests who have overstayed their welcome by …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Tim Mak / Politico:
Maine GOP recounting caucus votes  —  The Maine Republican Party, under fire from Ron Paul supporters for its mishandling of the state's recent caucuses, is now re-canvassing counties and municipalities to recount vote totals.  —  POLITICO obtained an email from the State Republican Party …
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Senators pledge to back Obama if he attacks Iran to halt nuclear program  —  Sens. Graham and Lieberman introduced a resolution calling on the US to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.  —  A group of bipartisan senators said Thursday they would stand by President Obama if he decided …
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Garry Wills / New York Review of Books:
Contraception's Con Men  —  By a revolting combination of con men and fanatics, the current primary race has become a demonstration that the Republican party does not deserve serious consideration for public office.  Take the controversy over contraceptives.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
The War on Lady Parts Continues in Congress, States  —  That all-male hearing on birth control access over at the House Oversight Committee provoked Democratic women on the committee to walk out of the hearing room.  And Nancy Pelosi responded to the hearing this way:
Tennessean.com:
'Don't Say Gay' bill advances  —  As students protest, House subcommittee reignites debate  —  “Don't Say Gay” Bill Provokes Protest: HB229, or the so-called “Don't Say Gay” Bill, passes subcommittee.  —  A bill to restrict teaching about homosexuality before high school cleared …
Wendy Wang / Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
The Rise of Intermarriage  —  Rates, Characteristics Vary by Race and Gender  —  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  —  This report analyzes the demographic and economic characteristics of newlyweds who marry spouses of a different race or ethnicity, and compares the traits of those who “marry out” with those who “marry in.”
Paul A. Rahe / Ricochet Conversations Feed:
More Than a Touch of Malice  —  When Barack Obama first announced that he intended to force all employers, including Catholic institutions, to provide contraception and abortifacients as part of the healthcare package they offer their employees, my friend Michael Barone observed …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Leaked Docs From Heartland Institute Cause a Stir—but Is One a Fake?  —  The climate blogs have been swept by quite a scoop in the past few days.  An anonymous leaker identified only as “Heartland Insider” has dumped a cache of documents on climate blogs purporting to reveal the inner workings …
Charles Franklin / Polls And Votes:
Polls Networks Dare Not Name  —  Just possibly you've heard of a surge Rick Santorum is enjoying in Michigan.  A surge that has now put him ahead of Mitt Romney in Romney's childhood home state.  And quite possibly you've seen the chart above from TPM, or one like it at HuffPost/Pollster or RealClearPolitics.
Mitt Romney / Wall Street Journal:
How I'll Respond to China's Rising Power  —  The character of the Chinese government—one that marries aspects of the free market with suppression of freedom—shouldn't become the norm.  —  Should the 21st century be an American century?  To answer, it is only necessary to contemplate the alternatives.
RSC:
A Graphic Question: Where Are the Jobs?  —  Tomorrow, February 17, 2012, will be exactly 3 years since President Obama signed his infamous stimulus package into law.  It was a plan designed to create jobs by growing the size of government, and its record has not been good.
Shmuel Rosner / Jewish Journal:
Jodi Rudoren of the New York Times, I hope I'm wrong  —  A couple of days ago, I had a conversation with a Jewish official who bitterly complained about the New York Times' choice for its new Jerusalem correspondent.  He didn't even mentioned the name, as far as I remember …
Politico:
New global deal on climate change  —  Action now on these gases can have relatively fast benefits.  A study in Science last month by an international team of 24 scientists, led by NASA climate modeler Drew Shindell, estimated the effects of initiating 14 methane and black carbon control measures.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 
 
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Ben Adler / CJR:
The Right-Wing Media's Discipline Machine
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
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Discussion: Don Surber and ThinkProgress
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Marco Rubio and Obama duel on diplomacy
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: 'We've been slogging through prose'
Discussion: ABCNEWS and RedState
Tim Mak / Politico:
Sarah Palin will ‘help’ brokered convention
Discussion: TBogg, Wonkette and Outside the Beltway