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3:45 PM ET, February 17, 2012

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Foster Friess / Campfire Blog:
For those who misunderstood my joke today, here's my quest for forgiveness...  Last week my joke at the Conservative Political Action Conference generated laughter and media attention.  Today on Andrea Mitchell's show, my aspirin joke bombed as many didn't recognize it as a joke but thought …
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Foster Friess Doubles Down  —  So on his “Campfire Blog,” which is apparently how he communicates with the world when he's not on our television screens, Santorum Super-PAC heavy and all-purpose spokesman Foster Friess apologized to the poor dumb humorless people who didn't get his “joke” …
Discussion: msnbc.com, Mediaite and Balloon Juice
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP candidate says she wants to kick Santorum ‘in the jimmy’  —  Republican congressional hopeful Martha McSally, who is running for the House seat recently vacated by Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), said Rick Santorum's remarks about women in combat made her want to “kick him in the jimmy.”
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum accuses media of double standard on Obama and Jeremiah Wright
Discussion: Politico
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Foster Friess: In my day, women “used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives”
Discussion: Mediaite, Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Mike Levine / Fox News:
Exclusive: Feds arrest man allegedly heading to U.S. Capitol for suicide mission after sting investigation  —  Authorities have arrested a man allegedly on his way to the U.S. Capitol for what he thought would be a suicide attack on one of the nation's most symbolic landmarks, Fox News has learned exclusively.
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Washington Post:
Federal agents arrest man who allegedly planned suicide bombing on U.S. Capitol  —  The FBI and the U.S. Capitol Police arrested a man Friday after a lengthy investigation into an alleged plot to carry out a suicide attack on the Capitol.  —  In a cryptic news release …
Mj Lee / Politico:   Reports: Man planned Capitol attack
ABCNEWS:
Top GOP Senator Says ‘If Romney Loses Michigan, We Need a New Candidate’  —  A prominent Republican senator just told me that if Romney can't win in Michigan, the Republican Party needs to go back to the drawing board and convince somebody new to get into the race.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and GOP 12
Laura Strickler / CBS News:
Gingrich to get another $10 million from casino backer - sources  —  Sheldon Adelson, left, and Newt Gingrich, right  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's faltering campaign is about to get another shot in the arm, CBS News has learned.  —  Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson plans …
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ABCNEWS:
Mike DeWine Switches Endorsement From Mitt Romney To Rick Santorum  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone and Shushannah Walshe report:  —  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has had a change of heart.  —  The prominent Buckeye State Republican threw his support behind presidential candidate Rick Santorum …
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Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Romney: Rombo ad is “most negative ad I've seen”
Discussion: National Review
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Jeremy Lin Problem  —  Jeremy Lin is anomalous in all sorts of ways.  He's a Harvard grad in the N.B.A., an Asian-American man in professional sports.  But we shouldn't neglect the biggest anomaly.  He's a religious person in professional sports.  —  We've become accustomed …
Tim Mak / Politico:
Maine GOP: Results went to spam  —  Maine Republican Party chairman Charlie Webster has admitted that the state party made numerous clerical errors in counting the state's caucus results — even omitting some votes because emails reporting tallies “went to spam” in an email account.
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Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Romney's Victory in the Maine Caucuses Is at Risk
Patrick J. Buchanan / The American Conservative:
Blacklisted, But Not Beaten  —  My days as a political analyst at MSNBC have come to an end.  —  After 10 enjoyable years, I am departing, after an incessant clamor from the left that to permit me continued access to the microphones of MSNBC would be an outrage against decency, and dangerous.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
A Syllabus for the ‘Occupy’ Movement  —  Conservatives are wrong to deride college courses on the anti-Wall Street protests.  Here's a lesson plan and possible reading list.  —  Schools from New York's Columbia to Chicago's Roosevelt University are offering courses on the “Occupy” movement.
J.D. Kleinke / Wall Street Journal:
The Myth of Runaway Health Spending  —  The growth rate of national health expenditures has been declining for a decade, driven by better medical care and consumer choice.  —  New data show that health spending over the past several years has been normalizing toward the rate of general inflation …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Jeffrey Sachs / The Huffington Post:
Entitlements Hysteria  —  Wall Street Journal , Federal Budget …
Discussion: Economist's View
Washington Post:
Congress passes extension of payroll tax cut  —  Congress passed a $150 billion economic package Friday, extending for the rest of the year a payroll tax holiday for 160 million workers and unemployment benefits for millions of others.  —  On a 293-132 vote, a bipartisan House coalition supported …
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Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  House Passes Payroll Tax Cut Compromise
New York Post:
Al Sharpton's SUV impounded at La Guardia Airport  —  Can I get a witness?  —  The Rev. Al Sharpton tried to move heaven and earth yesterday to keep his SUV from being towed at La Guardia Airport — but no amount of preaching could stop Port Authority cops from impounding the vehicle.
The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
U.S. Unemployment Increases in Mid-February  —  Underemployment also up, to 19.0%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The U.S. unemployment rate, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, is 9.0% in mid-February, up from 8.6% for January.  The mid-month reading normally reflects …
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
At Work in Syria, Times Correspondent Dies  —  Anthony Shadid, a prize-winning newspaper correspondent whose graceful dispatches for both The New York Times and The Washington Post covered nearly two decades of Middle East conflict and turmoil, died, apparently of an asthma attack …
Roy Wenzl / Wichita Eagle:
Charles Koch, employees reveal e-mailed threats from past year  —  Charles Koch, his brother and employees have in recent months been getting death threats, hundreds of obscenity-laced hate messages, and harassment from some far left-wing groups, Koch said on Thursday.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and ThinkProgress
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Ethics panel members recused in Maxine Waters case  —  Six members of the House Ethics Committee - including all five Republicans on the secretive panel - have recused themselves from the long-running case involving Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.), an unprecedented move that raises …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Economist:
Over-regulated America  —  The home of laissez-faire is being suffocated by excessive and badly written regulation  —  AMERICANS love to laugh at ridiculous regulations.  A Florida law requires vending-machine labels to urge the public to file a report if the label is not there.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Is birth control fight a Terri Schiavo moment?  —  The respected Dem firm Democracy Corps has just published an important polling memo that gets right to the heart of why the birth control battle could matter so much in this year's elections.  —  The firm's poll finds that one of the most …
 
 
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John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
The GOP's Chaotic Primary Calendar Makes Early Nomination Clinch Tough
Paul Bedard / Campaign 2012:
Record 19 reporters, media execs join Team Obama
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Troy, Michigan's Anti-Gay Mayor Laughs It Up With Santorum
Discussion: Advocate
Neil Steinberg / Chicago Sun Times:
Everything old is new again, alas
ABCNEWS:
Bruce Springsteen Sitting Out 2012 but Backs Obama
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Santorum: Satan is Systematically Destroying America
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Local News Investigates The ‘Hidden Crisis’: Kids Put Out ‘Like Trash’ Just For Being Gay
New York Times:
Religious Groups Equate Some Contraceptives With Abortion
Discussion: Hit & Run and Guardian
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
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