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11:45 AM ET, February 16, 2012

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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.
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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.
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Page
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 …
Fox News Insider:
Mitt Romney Responds to Sarah Palin's Criticism That He Isn't Conservative Enough  —  Gov. Romney joined the curvy couch this morning to discuss his strategy for the Michigan primary on February 28.  So what is it going to take to get him back on top in the state where he grew up?
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Romney doesn't rule out Santorum as veep
Discussion: Hot Air
Jeremy Lin / Associated Press:
Romney makes hometown appeal in new ad, blames Obama for Detroit's economic woes
Discussion: Lippmann's Ghost
Kos / Daily Kos:
Announcing Operation Hilarity: Let's keep the GOP clown show going!
CNN:
Michigan governor to back Romney
Discussion: Politico and The Reaction
CNN:
Santorum to North Dakota: Terrorists ‘will bother you’
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
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  —  THE LEDE: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to bring a cybersecurity bill straight to the Senate floor in the coming weeks, skipping any committee markups, according to Democratic aides.
Discussion: Politico, RedState and Pirate's Cove
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.
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Intermarriage rates soar as stereotypes fall  —  Virginia leads the nation in the percentage of marriages between blacks and whites, a new study by the Pew Research Center shows, barely four decades after state laws criminalizing interracial marriage were struck down by the Supreme Court.
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:
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: Wonkette and Outside the Beltway
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Negotiators reach deal; vote expected soon on $150B economic package  —  Congressional negotiators gave final approval early Thursday to an economic plan worth more than $150 billion that would extend a payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits.  —  A key roadblock was overcome …
Discussion: Politico
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Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Lawmakers reach deal to extend payroll tax cut
Discussion: The CFO Report
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Payroll tax deal would take first real bite from Obama's health law
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Firedoglake
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 …
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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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: RedState and ABCNEWS
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.
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
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?
Discussion: TalkLeft and Budget Committee
Buzz Bissinger / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Philadelphia Newspapers Are a Target  —  I LIVE in Philadelphia.  I have for nearly 40 of my 57 years.  It is a wonderful city but also a corrupt one.  Power is concentrated in the hands of a select few, who sometimes act in the public interest but too often act …
 
 
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Mark Thoma / Economist's View:
“Romer Advised Obama To Push $1.8 Trillion Stimulus”
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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
How Republicans can win even if the economy keeps improving
Discussion: Swampland and Via Meadia
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
CNN poll: Obama's job approval back to 50%; Update: Obama leads all GOP candidates in swing states
Joel Gehrke / Campaign 2012:
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Royal Family / Telegraph:
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rep. West: Democratic handouts an ‘insidious form of slavery’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Weasel Zippers
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Unemployment applications drop to a 4-year low
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Gay marriage bills in New Jersey, Maryland face hurdles
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Jim Lakely / Heartland Institute:
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