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8:20 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.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Darrell Issa Compares His All-Male Anti-Contraception Panel To Martin Luther King  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has been catching flack for holding a panel today relating to women's access to birth control that featured zero women, but Issa won't let the fact …
Discussion: Guardian
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.
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Catholic Bishops Fight Contraception Rule at House Hearing
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Pelosi blasts dearth of women at contraceptives hearing: ‘Duh’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Daily Kos
Cheyenne Steel / oversight.house.gov:
Chairman Issa Hearing Preview Statement
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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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: Hot Air, Wonkette, msnbc.com and Daily Kos
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Final pre-Super Tuesday debate falls apart
Ron Paul / CNN:
Romney, Paul decline debate invite
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum tops new poll in Michigan
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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Kyle Leighton / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Santorum Funder Friess: ‘Gals’ Used To Put Aspirin Between Their Knees For Contraception  —  This whole contraception debate is just so new-fangled, says billionaire investor and mega-funder to the super PAC supporting former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) for President, Foster Friess.
ABCNEWS:
Santorum Supporter: Women Used Aspirin As Contraception
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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Sam Schechner / Speakeasy:
Stephen Colbert Suspends Production of His Show
MaryAnn Spoto / New Jersey Online:
N.J. Assembly passes gay marriage bill  —  TRENTON — In a historic step forward, the state Assembly this afternoon approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, but also drew the measure closer to a promised “swift” veto by Gov. Chris Christie.  —  It was the first time that the state Assembly had ever voted on the measure.
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Chris Christie set to veto gay marriage bill
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Mj Lee / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh backs Chris Christie's Whitney Houston flag tribute
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh, Hot Air and THEROOT.COM
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
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
How Companies Learn Your Secrets  —  Andrew Pole had just started working as a statistician for Target in 2002, when two colleagues from the marketing department stopped by his desk to ask an odd question: “If we wanted to figure out if a customer is pregnant, even if she didn't want us to know, can you do that? ”
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.
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
To infinity and beyond!  This is the debt chart Obama and Geithner should be ashamed of  —  Testifying before the House Budget Committee today, U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner told Chairman Paul Ryan the following: “We're not coming before you to say we have a definitive solution to that long-term problem.
Discussion: Doug Ross
Michelangelo Signorile / The Huffington Post:
Victoria Jackson At CPAC: Former SNL Star On Gay Marriage, Barack Obama, GOP Candidates … LGBT Rights , Republican Party , Cpac , Gay Rights , Republicans , Video , Cpac 2012 , Victoria Jackson , Gay Voices News  —  “I'm here to save America from communism,” the former “Saturday Night Live” …
Discussion: Truth Wins Out
CNN:
CNN Poll: Half oppose Obama birth control insurance plan  —  Washington (CNN) - Half of all Americans say they oppose the Obama administration's new policy concerning employer-provided health insurance plans and their coverage of contraceptive services for female employees including …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Scottpowers / Orlando Sentinel:
Vinsanity in Windermere: NBA All Star Weekend to feature President Barack Obama fundraising party; tickets: $30K each  —  President Barack Obama plans to be in Orlando next week during the NBA All Star Game weekend for a fundraiser held at the Windermere home of NBA star Vince Carter — with tickets starting at $30,000 a person.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jeremy Lin / Associated Press:
Santorum's federal tax returns show his wealth has risen rapidly since Senate defeat in 2006  —  WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum grew wealthy over his four years working as a corporate consultant and media commentator after leaving the Senate in 2006, his newly released federal tax returns show.
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:
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Paul's Delegate Advantage  —  If you think Rick Santorum won Iowa, Minnesota, and Colorado, you're wrong.  —  Let me explain: Santorum did win the caucus votes in all those states.  But because none of those states have bound delegates, that means the state's delegates to the national convention …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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Politics:
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Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and Fox News
Michael Howard Saul / Metropolis:
Fund-Raiser for Liu Indicted on Fraud Charges
Discussion: Capital New York and Politicker
Bloomberg:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
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Discussion: Algemeiner.com
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Conservative Pundits Concerned With Romney's Distance
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Caucus, GOP 12 and Guardian
Paul A. Rahe / Ricochet Conversations Feed:
More Than a Touch of Malice  —  When Barack Obama first announced …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Braveheart in the 21st century: The U.S. security stakes in Scottish independence
Discussion: The Agonist
Garry Wills / New York Review of Books:
Contraception's Con Men