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7:45 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.
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
Discussion: alicublog
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
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
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, msnbc.com, Wonkette and Daily Kos
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Final pre-Super Tuesday debate falls apart
Tim Mak / Politico:   Maine GOP recounting caucus votes
Ron Paul / CNN:
Romney, Paul decline debate invite
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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Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum tops new poll in Michigan
Gov. Rick Snyder / detroitnews.com:
Mitt Romney is the best choice
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
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.
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
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
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
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:
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
Paul A. Rahe / Ricochet Conversations Feed:
More Than a Touch of Malice  —  When Barack Obama first announced that he intended to force all employers, including Catholic institutions, to provide contraception and abortifacients as part of the healthcare package they offer their employees, my friend Michael Barone observed …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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.
 
 
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
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Conservative Pundits Concerned With Romney's Distance
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Garry Wills / New York Review of Books:
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