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Monica Alonzo / Phoenix New Times:
Paul Babeu's Mexican Ex-Lover Says Sheriff's Attorney Threatened Him With Deportation  —  Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu — who became the face of Arizona border security nationally after he started stridently opposing illegal immigration — threatened his Mexican ex-lover with deportation …
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.”
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Two justices suggest Citizens United ruling should be reconsidered in Montana case  —  Two Supreme Court justices suggested Friday that the court reconsider its controversial 2010 decision that allowed unlimited corporate and union spending in elections.  —  The suggestion came as the court blocked …
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Supreme Court blocks Montana ruling against outside group spending
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Michelle Obama Decides to Ski Aspen  —  Michelle Obama has embarked on a skiing vacation with her daughters in Aspen, Colorado, according to the Aspen Daily News.  —  The first lady, who just returned last month from 17 days of relaxation in Hawaii, is skiing in Colorado on Presidents' Day Weekend for the second year in a row.
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Carolyn Sackariason / Aspen Daily News:
Michelle Obama in Aspen for ski vacation  —  First Lady Michelle Obama arrived in Aspen on Friday afternoon and is here with her daughters for a ski vacation.  —  Few details about her trip were available.  Sources said she is staying at the home of Jim and Paula Crown …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Mitt runs below-radar contrast ad in Mich.
Discussion: Wake up America, Politics and ABCNEWS
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.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Same-sex marriage bill passes Maryland House of Delegates  —  A bill to legalize same-sex marriage won approval in the Maryland House of Delegates on Friday night, capping a dramatic turnaround from a year ago and all but assuring the measure will be sent to Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) for his promised signature.
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Dana Goldstein / Slate:
Liberals, Don't Homeschool Your Kids  —  Why teaching children at home violates progressive values.  —  As a child growing up in Arizona and Georgia college towns during the 1980s and 1990s, the filmmaker Astra Taylor was “unschooled” by her lefty, countercultural parents.
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
White House economic report hides sharp drop in number of working Americans  —  White House officials are trying to downplay the growing political damage caused by a shrinking federal statistic: the percentage of working-age Americans who actually have jobs.
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Payroll Tax Cut: Tom Harkin Slams President, Democrats For Risking Social Security (VIDEO) … Barack Obama , Social Security , Payroll Tax , President Obama Payroll Tax , Tom Harkin , Obama Payroll Tax Cut Extension , Payroll Tax Cut , Payroll Tax Cut Democrats , Payroll Tax Cut Bill , Payroll Tax Social Security , Politics News
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Crooks and Liars
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Judge Reagan, Clinton Best of Recent Presidents  —  Public split on whether Obama will be judged positively or negatively  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans believe history will judge Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton as the best among recent U.S. presidents, with at least 6 in 10 saying each …
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
Dolan Among 22 New Cardinals Named by Pope  —  VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI created 22 new cardinals on Saturday, including Timothy M. Dolan of New York, in a ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica rich in pageantry and resonant with ancient tradition.  —  From his throne under …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
 
 
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Alan Krueger / White House.gov Blog:
A Preview of the 2012 Economic Report of the President
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Shiv Malik / Guardian:
Tesco asks government to change flagship jobless scheme
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