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12:05 AM ET, February 20, 2012


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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 …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Paul Ryan: Obama contraception ruling reveals ‘paternalistic, arrogant’ attitude  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Sunday blasted the Obama administration's moves to mandate religious affiliated groups to provide contraception coverage as “paternalistic” and “arrogant.”
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
Senior Obama Advisor: Rick Santorum's ‘Phony Theology’ Comment ‘Well Over the Line’
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and US Politics
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum explains ‘phony theology’ comment, says Obama is ‘a Christian’
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
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
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 …
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: RedState and Hot Air
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 …
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Newt Gingrich on resurrecting his presidential campaign; Eric Cantor talks payroll tax holiday  —  Special Guests: Newt Gingrich, Rep. Eric Cantor … CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: Republican presidential candidates prepare for the most important stretch of the 2012 race.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gingrich: Romney will be ‘badly weakened’ if he loses Michigan
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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, Weasel Zippers and Rod Dreher
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
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 …
Adele Stan / Washington Monthly:
BREAKING: Where Abortion is Available, More Abortions Take Place Than Where It's Not  —  Ross Douthat, the New York Times' conservative columnist, this morning brings us this startling revelation: In states where there are few restrictions on abortion, more abortions take place.  Herewith:
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The ‘Safe, Legal, Rare’ Illusion
Discussion: TBogg and Rod Dreher
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Voting Rights Act under siege  —  In a political system where even the most trivial issues trigger partisan rancor, the Voting Rights Act has stood for several decades as a rare point of bipartisan consensus.  —  Until now.  —  An intensifying conservative legal assault on the Voting Rights Act …
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
John Fairfax, Who Rowed Across Oceans, Dies at 74  —  He crossed the Atlantic because it was there, and the Pacific because it was also there.  —  He made both crossings in a rowboat because it, too, was there, and because the lure of sea, spray and sinew, and the history-making chance …
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Poll shows Obama trailing three GOP challengers in Iowa  —  A new poll shows President Barack Obama trailing three of the four GOP presidential candidates in the key swing state of Iowa.  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads Obama by 46 percent support to 44 percent among likely Hawkeye state voters in the latest Iowa poll.
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Ron Paul gains votes in delayed Maine caucus, but Romney keeps lead
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
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Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Palestinian's Trial Shines Light on Military Justice
Discussion: TalkLeft and
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Insurance industry could take hit from birth control mandate
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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Michael D. Tanner / New York Post:
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 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
Paul Krugman:
Austerity and Growth
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
For Space Mess, Scientists Seek Celestial Broom
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
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