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1:25 PM ET, February 16, 2012

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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.
Nate Reens / MLive.com:
Mitt Romney lose to Rick Santorum in Michigan?  'That won't happen,' Romney says  —  KENTWOOD - Jerome Bush, an 81-year-old lifelong Republican, shook GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's hand Wednesday, recalling doing the same with his father, George Romney, during his campaign for governor more than 40 years ago.
Mike Wilkinson / detroitnews.com:
Poll: Rick Santorum leads Mitt Romney in Michigan  —  Rick Santorum visits a school in North Dakota on Wednesday.  Santorum, who has turned the Michigan race into a fight, will be in Detroit and Novi today.  (Will Kincaid / Associated Press)  —  Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum …
Charles Franklin / Polls And Votes:
Polls Networks Dare Not Name
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Todd Fettig / MLive.com:
MLive Q&A with Mitt Romney: From the Tigers, to tuition, to the Great Lakes
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and Campaign 2012
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Romney doesn't rule out Santorum as veep
Discussion: Hot Air
Fox News Insider:   Mitt Romney Responds to Sarah Palin's Criticism That He Isn't Conservative Enough
Jeremy Lin / Associated Press:
Romney makes hometown appeal in new ad, blames Obama for Detroit's economic woes
Discussion: Lippmann's Ghost
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Pro-Santorum super-PAC making big ad buy in Michigan
Discussion: CNN, msnbc.com and GOP 12
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 …
Cheyenne Steel / oversight.house.gov:
Chairman Issa Hearing Preview Statement  —  Americans of all faiths have a right to practice their religion free from the fear of persecution or harassment from their government.  Our nation's founders believed this and enshrined religious freedom into the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
House Democrats Walk Out Of One-Sided Hearing On Contraception, Calling It An ‘Autocratic Regime’
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Ryan urges GOP candidates to ‘prepare the country’ for tax, entitlement reform  —  House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday urged his party's presidential candidates to make the 2012 election a stark choice between policy choices so that massive changes on taxes and entitlements can be enacted quickly next year.
Discussion: Politico
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Lawmakers reach deal on $150 billion economic package
New York Times:
Panel Completes Last Details of Payroll Tax Cut Extension
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.”
Discussion: msnbc.com and National Review
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Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Intermarriage rates soar as stereotypes fall
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
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 …
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: 'We've been slogging through prose'  —  President Obama appeared at two star-studded Los Angeles fundraisers on Wednesday night and, as he spoke to a crowd that included actor George Clooney, acknowledged that governing hasn't been easy.  —  Mentioning former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo's quip …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and RedState
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Los Angeles Times:
President Obama, speaking at L.A. fundraiser, points to positive changes
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and L.A. NOW
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Marco Rubio and Obama duel on diplomacy  —  Sen. Marco Rubio isn't waiting for a vice presidential offer to go after President Barack Obama: He's been locked in a quiet battle with the White House for months, blocking key diplomatic appointments in hopes of getting his say on foreign policy.
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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
OVERNIGHT TECH: Cybersecurity bill headed straight to Senate floor
Discussion: Politico, RedState and Pirate's Cove
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:
Discussion: Datechguy's Blog
Mark Thoma / Economist's View:
“Romer Advised Obama To Push $1.8 Trillion Stimulus”  —  Via Brad DeLong, more details of how the size of the stimulus package was determined, and how the administration's mistaken pivot to deficit reduction came about: … If Obama goes go “big on entitlements,” it will be a mistake.
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
‘The Escape Artist’: Christina Romer Advised Obama To Push $1.8 Trillion Stimulus
Discussion: National Review
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Rep. Upton pushed for loan to now-bankrupt solar company  —  Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich), a leading GOP critic of the Obama administration's loans to Solyndra, pressed the Energy Department in 2009 to back a Michigan solar firm that filed for bankruptcy this week.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Don Surber
Tim Mak / Politico:
Sarah Palin will ‘help’ brokered convention  —  Former Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday that a brokered Republican presidential convention was a possibility and that if it happened she “would do whatever I could to help.”  —  “If one of the nominees, one of the GOPers …
Discussion: TBogg, Wonkette and Outside the Beltway
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.
Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
Consumer agency wants oversight of debt collectors, credit bureaus  —  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday sought to bring debt collectors and credit bureaus under its purview, marking the first time the often controversial industries would be subject to federal supervision.
Discussion: Truthdig
 
 
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Ben Adler / CJR:
The Right-Wing Media's Discipline Machine
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