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5:35 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.
J. Lester Feder / Politico:
Female Dems walk out of House contraceptive panel  —  Two female Democrats walked out of a House oversight committee hearing on the contraceptive coverage rule Thursday morning, accusing Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of manipulating committee rules to block female witnesses from testifying.
Rory Sheehan / democrats.oversight.house.gov:
ISSA REJECTS MINORITY WITNESS FOR HEARING ON CONTRACEPTION
Cheyenne Steel / oversight.house.gov:
Chairman Issa Hearing Preview Statement
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Catholic Bishops Fight Contraception Rule at House Hearing
Discussion: alicublog
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Pelosi blasts dearth of women at contraceptives hearing: ‘Duh’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Daily Kos
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: msnbc.com, Hot Air, Wonkette and Daily Kos
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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
Ron Paul / CNN:
Romney, Paul decline debate invite  —  (CNN) - Mitt Romney and Ron Paul told the Georgia Republican Party, Ohio Republican Party and CNN Thursday that they will not participate in the March 1 Republican presidential primary debate.  —  “Mitt Romney and Ron Paul told the Georgia Republican Party …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Final pre-Super Tuesday debate falls apart
Discussion: Big Government and Mediaite
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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Mike Wilkinson / detroitnews.com:
Poll: Rick Santorum leads Mitt Romney in Michigan
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Red White & Blue blitz in Michigan (UPDATED)
Discussion: Politics and The Daily Dish
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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ABCNEWS:
Santorum Supporter: Women Used Aspirin As Contraception  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  The single largest donor to the super PAC supporting Rick Santorum's presidential bid shocked MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell in an interview on Thursday when he suggested a novel approach to contraception on Thursday.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum super-PAC backer: Women ‘used Bayer aspirin for contraception’
Discussion: CNN
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
Politics:
Marco Rubio “Is Supposedly Representing Hispanic Issues,” Harry Reid Says  —  A nonplused Rubio spokesman responds: “Rubio represents Florida.  —  Rubio at CPAC.  —  (Reuters / JONATHAN ERNST)  —  Majority Leader Harry Reid's suggestion that the job of Florida Senator Marco Rubio …
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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:
Democracy Corps:
New Phase and Shifting Balance  —  The latest national survey by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for Democracy Corps and Women's Voices.  Women Vote Action Fund shows a Republican Party in deepening trouble and emerging underlying trends that may have shifted the balance for 2012.
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
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
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 …
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.
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
THE NON-PROCREATIVE FUNCTIONS OF SEX: “If you're interested in the stability of families, then you should also be a fan of non-procreative sex (which, let's face it, is going to be a majority of sex any couple engages in, even if they're choosing to forgo birth control).
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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