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10:00 AM ET, February 18, 2012

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Alexander Burnsand Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Rick Santorum: Will women vote for him?  —  Democrats have an unexpected new foil in their effort to label the GOP as hostile to women: Rick Santorum.  —  After hammering away for a year at the message that Republicans are indifferent to women's health and economic well-being …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Mitt runs below-radar contrast ad in Mich.  —  Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is airing a negative ad against Rick Santorum in Michigan that it did not release to the press, targeting the former Pennsylvania senator over his record on earmarks in Congress.
Discussion: Politics
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Romney: Santorum has no fiscal cred
Discussion: The Page
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP candidate says she wants to kick Santorum ‘in the jimmy’
Discussion: CNN, The Raw Story and Politico
MaryAnn Spoto / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie vetoes N.J. gay marriage bill  —  TRENTON — Delivering on his promise of swift action, Gov. Chris Christie this afternoon conditionally vetoed the gay marriage bill and suggested appointing an ombudsman to address complaints of same-sex couples and strengthen New Jersey's civil union law.
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Maryland House Of Delegates Passes Marriage Equality Bill
Fiachra Gibbons / Guardian:
Bruce Springsteen on Wrecking Ball  —  The Boss explains why there is a critical, questioning and angry patriotism at the heart of his new album Wrecking Ball  —  At a Paris press conference on Thursday night, Bruce Springsteen was asked whether he was advocating an armed uprising in America.
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.
McKay Coppins / Politics:
Romney Camp Blindsided By DeWine's Betrayal  —  Nobody saw it coming.  Campaign sources point to felon voting, but it's a big moment for Santorum.  —  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's decision to withdraw his support from Mitt Romney and throw it behind Rick Santorum didn't just come …
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Associated Press:
Ohio AG Mike DeWine switches backing from Romney to Santorum before GOP presidential primary
ABCNEWS:
Mike DeWine Switches Endorsement From Mitt Romney To Rick Santorum
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
Stephen Dean / Click2Houston.com:
Video shows talk show host inside gay bar on night of hit-and-run  —  HOUSTON -  —  New witnesses have stepped forward to say they saw a talk show host behind the wheel after a hit-and-run crash outside a popular gay bar, and Local 2 Investigates has obtained video from inside the bar that is now in the hands of police.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Hounding Of Pat Buchanan  —  There is so much I disagree with Pat Buchanan on - from World War II to marriage equality to immigration to my love of a multi-racial and multi-cultural society - that I could write a book in it.  But let me say something in his defense: however repellent some of his views, he is intellectually honest.
CNN:
Supreme Court blocks Montana ruling against outside group spending  —  (CNN) - The Supreme Court has blocked enforcement of a ruling by Montana's highest court that upholds the state's century-long restrictions on independent political spending by outside groups in election campaigns.
Washington Post:
Federal agents arrest Amine El Khalifi; he allegedly planned to bomb Capitol  —  Federal authorities on Friday arrested a 29-year-old Moroccan man in an alleged plot to carry out a suicide bombing at the U.S. Capitol, the latest in a series of terrorism-related arrests resulting from undercover sting operations.
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New York Times:
For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage  —  LORAIN, Ohio — It used to be called illegitimacy.  Now it is the new normal.  After steadily rising for five decades, the share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage.
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.
Mark Steyn / Investor's Business Daily:
Brokest Nation In History Fusses Instead About Sex  —  Have you seen the official White House version of what the New York Times headline writers call “A Responsible Budget”?  My favorite bit is Chart 5-1 on Page 58 of their 500-page appendix on “Analytical Perspectives.”
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
W.H. Solyndra emails: Summers had qualms in 2010  —  White House emails released Friday added further evidence that concerns about the Energy Department loan guarantee program that benefited Solyndra had reached as high as President Barack Obama's top economic adviser, Larry Summers, by early 2010.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and HotAirPundit
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:   DOJ Won't Defend DOMA, Other Laws Preventing Equal Treatment for Servicemembers With Same-Sex Spouses
 
 
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Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
White House economic report hides sharp drop in number of working Americans
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Liberals, Don't Homeschool Your Kids
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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
 Earlier Items: 
Grace Wyler / Business Insider:
Inside Newt Gingrich's Plan To Steal Back The GOP Race
Walter Shapiro / Yahoo! News:
Rick Santorum's mysterious, paradoxical manifesto, ‘It Takes a Family’: Character Sketch
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Paul Bedard / Campaign 2012:
Record 19 reporters, media execs join Team Obama
Discussion: Wizbang, Weasel Zippers and Don Surber