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9:10 AM ET, February 16, 2012

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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 …
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Kos / Daily Kos:
Announcing Operation Hilarity: Let's keep the GOP clown show going!  —  It's time for us to take an active role in the GOP nomination process.  That's right, it's time for those of us who live in open primary and caucus states—Michigan, North Dakota, Vermont and Tennessee in the next three weeks …
Zeke Miller / Politics:
Is Romney Going To Run Out Of Money?  —  Santorum goes to the small-donor well, but Romney may have to dip into his own pockets to survive the long haul.  Looking “under every stone.”  —  (Getty Images / Eric Thayer)  —  Mitt Romney is running out of rich people.
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 …
Joe Bosso / MusicRadar.com:
Interview: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine talks guitar, politics and today's music
Rick Santorum / CNN:
TRENDING: Ad wars to intensify
Discussion: Politico
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Rasmussen national poll puts Santorum up 12 over Romney
Dan Popkey / Idaho Statesman:
Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum woos Idaho conservatives at Boise gathering
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.
Discussion: Ballot Box and emptywheel
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CNN:
Michigan governor to back Romney  —  Grand Rapids, Michigan (CNN) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder plans to endorse Mitt Romney at a campaign event on Thursday, a GOP source confirmed to CNN.  —  The governor will announce his support in Farmington Hills, Michigan, at a meeting of the area chamber of commerce.
Discussion: Politico and The Reaction
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama approval rating back to 50% mark
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
CNN:
Santorum to North Dakota: Terrorists ‘will bother you’
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: Outside the Beltway
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Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Palin: Obama Is ‘Underestimating the Wisdom of Women’
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: JustOneMinute and Budget Committee
Jim Lakely / Heartland Institute:
Heartland Institute Responds to Stolen and Fake Documents  —  FEBRUARY 15, 2012 - The following statement from The Heartland Institute - a free-market think tank - may be used for attribution.  For more information, contact Communications Director Jim Lakely at jlakely@heartland.org and 312/377-4000.
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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: Pirate's Cove, Politico and RedState
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge:
Farage On Greek Chaos: “You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet”  —  Outspoken and oracular MEP Nigel Farage bombards his fellow unelected officials with 'you can't handle the truth' comments as he points out the total contradiction that is the European Parliament's (and 'Puppet Papademos') …
Patrick Cockburn / The Independent:
Greece spiralling into catastrophic depression  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.  PLEASE READ OUR LEGAL TERMS & POLICIES  —  Greece is expecting to agree the terms of European leaders for a rescue package …
Discussion: US Politics and Via Meadia
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 …
Alice Popovici / Reuters:
Gay marriage bills in New Jersey, Maryland face hurdles  —  (Reuters) - Bills to permit gay marriage in New Jersey and Maryland face key legislative debates and votes on Thursday, highlighting a hot-button social issue gaining prominence in the election year debate.
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 …
Val Prieto / Babalú Blog:
Chimichangamalangarepaorale  —  So, leftist WaPo Columnist Dana Milbank “inadvertently” mocks latinos by stating “The Chimichanga?  It may be the only thing Republicans have left to offer Latinos.”  And subsequently Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina tweets that this is “the line of the day” and the twitterverse is afire.
Discussion: Washington Post and Fausta's Blog
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Lee Stranahan / Big Journalism:
A Point By Point Commentary On Keith Olbermann's “Debunking” Of The Occupy Rape  —  Before I debunk Keith Olbermann's “debunking,” let's remember what Keith Olbermann said.  It's the standard to which Mr. Olbermann needs to be held: … That is Mr. Olbermann's statement and he hasn't backed down from it.
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich: The most disliked politician in America  —  Newt Gingrich hasn't just fallen in the GOP presidential race; he may be the most unpopular person in American politics right now.  —  Two new polls out this week show the former House speaker with an absolutely atrocious favorability rating.
Jeremy Lin / Associated Press:
Colorado civil unions bill advances toward showdown; similar proposal failed last year  —  DENVER — Gay couples waiting for rights similar to those afforded to married couples got closer on Wednesday to a legislative showdown with Colorado Republicans after a Senate committee approved civil unions legislation …
 
 
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Santorum: Birth control ‘harmful to women’