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9:15 AM ET, February 20, 2012


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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.
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Slouching toward GOP nomination, Romney needs win in Michigan  —  Michigan was supposed to be an easy victory for Mitt Romney, but just over a week away from primary day it is threatening to turn his campaign into turmoil.  —  Multiple polls last week showed Rick Santorum edging out Romney …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum explains ‘phony theology’ comment, says Obama is ‘a Christian’
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.
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
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
Why Mitt Romney's Presidential Prospects May Not Be Salvageable  —  Business School Case Study: Company R has the financial resources, the professional staff, the marketing know-how, and the business expertise to dominate its competition.  But despite the near-universal familiarity of its signature product …
Fox News:
Domestic production eyed as gas prices head toward record-breaking height  —  President Obama's re-elect team defended White House energy policy on Sunday as gas prices shoot toward the $4 mark and beyond, a level that could devastate voters' pocketbooks as well as Obama's chances for a second term.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and ABCNEWS
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 …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Plouffe, Obama Aide, Lends Firm Hand to Campaign  —  WASHINGTON — David Plouffe is not a hugger, crier or someone who gets all gaga every time he walks into his West Wing office, just a few feet from that of the president.  He disdains doomsayers as “bed-wetters,” press hordes as “jackals” …
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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Candice M. Giove / New York Post:
How ‘Occupy’ went wrong
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Palestinian's Trial Shines Light on Military Justice
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Newt Gingrich on resurrecting his presidential campaign; Eric Cantor talks payroll tax holiday
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Insurance industry could take hit from birth control mandate
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and Hot Air
Adele Stan / Washington Monthly:
BREAKING: Where Abortion is Available, More Abortions Take Place Than Where It's Not
Discussion: The Confluence, TBogg and Hullabaloo
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Payroll tax cut package pushes nation closer to hitting debt ceiling
Discussion: RedState
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Robin McKie / Guardian:
Attacks paid for by big business are ‘driving science into a dark era’
Discussion: The Agonist
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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