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5:15 AM ET, February 20, 2012


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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Ron Paul: 'I Think It's A Losing Position' For Republicans To Focus On Social Issues  —  Ron Paul appeared on CNN's State of the Union today, and in addition to boosting his own candidacy, Candy Crowley asked him about latest frontrunner Rick Santorum and whether or not a candidate like him …
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
Santorum attacks Obama on prenatal screening  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio - Campaigning in Ohio on Saturday, Rick Santorum displayed his culture-warrior side in full force, as he harshly attacked President Obama by suggesting the president wanted to see more disabled babies aborted and accusing …
Senior Obama Advisor: Rick Santorum's ‘Phony Theology’ Comment ‘Well Over the Line’
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Paul Ryan: Obama contraception ruling reveals ‘paternalistic, arrogant’ attitude
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum explains ‘phony theology’ comment, says Obama is ‘a Christian’
Discussion: Politico
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Michigan GOP race tightens  —  The Republican race for President in Michigan has tightened considerably over the last week, with what was a 15 point lead for Rick Santorum down to 4.  He leads with 37% to 33% for Mitt Romney, 15% for Ron Paul, and 10% for Newt Gingrich.
Donald Trump Hitting The Michigan Airwaves For Mitt Romney  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  With just over a week to go before Michigan voters head to the polls, Mitt Romney is enlisting the help of one of his highest-wattage surrogates: Donald Trump.
Discussion: Thoughts and Rantings and Politico
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Newt Gingrich on resurrecting his presidential campaign; Eric Cantor talks payroll tax holiday
Stacey Singer / Palm Beach Post:
David Koch intends to cure cancer in his lifetime and remake American politics  —  PALM BEACH — David Koch has become the face of conservative America's obsession with weakening organized labor, and for that, he believes, there have been death threats - 100 credible threats last year alone, he says.
Discussion: Politico
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Pain Without Gain  —  Last week the European Commission confirmed what everyone suspected: the economies it surveys are shrinking, not growing.  It's not an official recession yet, but the only real question is how deep the downturn will be.  —  And this downturn is hitting nations that have never recovered from the last recession.
Candice M. Giove / New York Post:
How ‘Occupy’ went wrong  —  A trashed house in Brooklyn has become a symbol of a movement that failed to capitalize on popular anger  —  On Dec. 6, nearly 300 members of the Occupy Wall Street movement flooded into East New York to begin what they considered phase two of their efforts.
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Notes on an Unfinished Letter of Apology (Or, Does Ed Morrissey Torture Cats?) … When the draft of the e-mail passed the 3,000-word mark, and was still clearly not half-finished, I gave it up.  What had begun as a mea culpa had metamorphosed into a treatise explaining the entire history …
Discussion: Thoughts and Rantings
Chris Greenwood / Daily Mail:
Jihad from jail: Islamic terrorists using network website to preach hatred from behind bars  —  Britain's most dangerous Islamic terrorists are exploiting a security loophole to spread their message of hate from behind bars.  —  Not only have they been able to radicalise fellow inmates …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
McCain and Graham Plan U.S. Help to Syria Rebels  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — With the Syrian government continuing its deadly crackdown on its citizens, two senior American senators who were on their way to the Middle East spoke out strongly on Sunday in favor of arming the Syrian opposition forces.
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Iran stops oil sales to British and French firms  —  (Reuters) - Iran has stopped selling crude to British and French companies, the oil ministry said on Sunday, in a retaliatory measure against fresh EU sanctions on the Islamic state's lifeblood, oil.  —  “Exporting crude to British …
Greg Laden / Greg Laden's Blog:
I just got an email from the Heartland Institute about the “HeartlandGate” documents  —  I just got this email.  I have no way of telling if it is authentic:  —  By e-mail to:  —  By Federal Express to:  —  Mr. Greg T. Laden  —  44788 265th Lane  —  Aitkin, MN 56431-4807
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Third Voice for 2012  —  EVENTUALLY the “circular firing squad” that is the Republican primary will be over and the last man standing will be the party's nominee for president.  If that candidate is Rick Santorum, I think there is a good chance a Third Party will try to fill the space between the really …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Insurance industry could take hit from birth control mandate  —  The insurance industry is concerned it will take a hit from the Obama administration's mandate that they provide birth control in health plans for employees of religious organizations that object to the coverage.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Chris Hawley / Associated Press:
NYPD monitored Muslim students all over Northeast
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Palestinian's Trial Shines Light on Military Justice
Discussion: TalkLeft and Speakeasy
Adele Stan / Washington Monthly:
BREAKING: Where Abortion is Available, More Abortions Take Place Than Where It's Not
Discussion: TBogg and Hullabaloo
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Maryland House almost didn't pass gay marriage bill
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Payroll tax cut package pushes nation closer to hitting debt ceiling
Robin McKie / Guardian:
Attacks paid for by big business are ‘driving science into a dark era’
Discussion: The Agonist
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Lives Forever Linked Through Kidney Transplant Chain 124
 Earlier Items: 
Dave Levinthal / Politico:
Michele Bachmann: Republicans not anti-women
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Cantor sees ‘window of opportunity’ to pass additional jobs growth measures
Discussion: Don Surber and Politico
Tim Eaton / Austin American-Statesman:
Protesters in Austin try to clog pipeline proposal, support North Texas landowner
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Voting Rights Act under siege
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
John Fairfax, Who Rowed Across Oceans, Dies at 74
Paul Krugman:
Austerity and Growth
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Poll shows Obama trailing three GOP challengers in Iowa
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and HotAirPundit