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6:35 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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Robert Costa / National Review:
Santorum: Friess Controversy ‘Crap,’ Focuses on Issues  —  As the furor over Foster Friess's comments about contraception escalates, and the press obsesses over Rick Santorum's wealthy backer, the former Pennsylvania senator tells National Review Online that he is “not going to put up with it.”
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, CNN 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: CNN, The Raw Story and Politico
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Romney: Santorum has no fiscal cred
Discussion: The Page
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Foster Friess: In my day, women “used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives”
Discussion: Mediaite, Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
ABCNEWS:
Mike DeWine Switches Endorsement From Mitt Romney To Rick Santorum
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Santorum dodges Friess ‘bad joke’
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Romney: Rombo ad is “most negative ad I've seen”
Discussion: National Review
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:   Man charged with plot to blow up Capitol
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.
Grace Wyler / Business Insider:
Inside Newt Gingrich's Plan To Steal Back The GOP Race  —  Newt Gingrich has been laying low this month, slipping in the polls and public opinion but gearing up for yet another comeback in the rollercoaster Republican primary.  —  Gingrich was never expected to do well in February's nominating contests.
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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 …
Ryan J. Reilly / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  Obama Administration Wouldn't Defend Blocking Military Benefits From Same-Sex Couples  —  The Obama Justice Department has concluded that legislation banning same-sex couples from receiving military and veterans benefits violates the equal protection component of the Fifth Amendment …
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Chris Geidner / Poliglot:   BREAKING: DOJ Won't Defend Laws Preventing Equal Treatment for Servicemembers With Same-Sex Spouses
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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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Heartland Memo Looking Faker By the Minute  —  After yesterday's post on why I thought that one of the documents in the Heartland leak was a fake, I discovered that David Appell had been investigating along the same lines.  Appell, however, looked at one thing that hadn't occurred to me: where the PDF was created.
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 …
Annie Linskey / Baltimore Sun:
Maryland lawmakers under national pressure on marriage bill  —  New York's mayor, cardinal-elect make phone calls  —  As a handful of undecided Maryland delegates wrestle over their position on same-sex marriage, they've received calls from national leaders trying to move them one way or another on the bill.
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John Aravosis / Gay Politics:
Dick Cheney is lobbying for gay marriage in Maryland?
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
Wall Street Journal:
Google's iPhone Tracking  —  Web Giant, Others Bypassed Apple Browser Settings for Guarding Privacy  —  Google Inc. and other advertising companies have been bypassing the privacy settings of millions of people using Apple Inc.'s Web browser on their iPhones and computers …
Paul Bedard / Campaign 2012:
Record 19 reporters, media execs join Team Obama  —  For some Washington reporters and media execs, cheering their team from the sidelines just isn't good enough: Tugging on a red, white and blue Team Obama jersey is the answer.  —  That's the case for a whopping 19 journalists and media executives …
Discussion: Don Surber and Weasel Zippers
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.
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.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Six recused in Waters ethics 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 new questions on whether the Waters case can be finished.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Santorum to Mainline Protestants: You Are Satan's Spawn  —  Kyle Mantyla of People for the American Way's indispensable Right Wing Watch has come up with an audiotape of a Rick Santorum address to the students of the conservative Catholic Ave Maria University in Florida, delivered in 2008.
 
 
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Stephen Lacey / ThinkProgress:
Senate Climate Hawks Deliver Speech Calling for U.S. Action on the “Planetary Crisis of Global Warming”
Discussion: Vermont and The Agonist
Walter Shapiro / Yahoo! News:
Rick Santorum's mysterious, paradoxical manifesto, ‘It Takes a Family’: Character Sketch
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Henry I. Miller / Hoover Institution:
The Father of the Green Revolution
Discussion: Hit & Run
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
The GOP's Chaotic Primary Calendar Makes Early Nomination Clinch Tough
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
 Earlier Items: 
ABCNEWS:
Bruce Springsteen Sitting Out 2012 but Backs Obama
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: Guardian and Hit & Run
Sasha Issenberg / Slate:
Obama's White Whale
Roy Wenzl / Wichita Eagle:
Charles Koch, employees reveal e-mailed threats from past year
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and ThinkProgress
Patrick J. Buchanan / The American Conservative:
Blacklisted, But Not Beaten  —  My days as a political analyst …