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12:25 PM 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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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 …
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
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Pro-Santorum super-PAC making big ad buy in Michigan
Discussion: CNN, msnbc.com and GOP 12
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Romney doesn't rule out Santorum as veep
Discussion: Hot Air
Charles Franklin / Polls And Votes:
Polls Networks Dare Not Name
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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
Kos / Daily Kos:
Announcing Operation Hilarity: Let's keep the GOP clown show going!
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 …
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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 …
Tom Shine Serena Marshall / ABCNEWS:
All Male Contraception Panel Criticized
Discussion: oversight.house.gov and Daily Kos
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
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.
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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
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
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.
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:
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
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
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 …
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
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 and Swampland
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Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Lawmakers reach deal to extend payroll tax cut
Discussion: The CFO Report
Ben Adler / CJR:
The Right-Wing Media's Discipline Machine  —  Talk radio and Fox News bully the GOP candidates into line—and, in the process, offer a narrow vision of conservatism  —  When Mitt Romney was asked at a New Hampshire town hall in June 2011 about climate change, he probably did not think he was taking …
Discussion: American Prospect and Hullabaloo
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.
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
Donald Trump / CNN:
Trump dials donors for Romney  —  (CNN) - Donald Trump lent some star power to Mitt Romney on Wednesday by opening his Rolodex and placing fundraising calls with Romney.  —  “Very successful fund raising for @MittRomney yesterday,” the business tycoon Tweeted.  —  Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker
Discussion: GOP 12
 
 
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rep. West: Democratic handouts an ‘insidious form of slavery’
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Unemployment applications drop to a 4-year low
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