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1:45 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.
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.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Pelosi blasts dearth of women at contraceptives hearing: ‘Duh’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Daily Kos
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
House Democrats Walk Out Of One-Sided Hearing On Contraception, Calling It An ‘Autocratic Regime’
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  —  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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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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
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.
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
 
 
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Baltimore Sun:
GOP Del. Kach will vote ‘yes’ on same-sex marriage
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