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7:10 PM ET, February 20, 2012


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Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
UT/TT Poll: Santorum Crushing GOP Hopefuls in Texas … Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania has a commanding lead among Republican presidential candidates in Texas, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.  —  Santorum would get the votes of 45 percent of the respondents …
Maggie Habermanand Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Worry over Mitt Romney sparks talk of Tampa  —  There are growing calls for an alternative to Mitt Romney as the Republican standard-bearer, with the names of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie again being seen as the most likely saviors.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Republican voters oppose a ‘brokered’ convention  —  WASHINGTON - While most Republicans wish they had different choices in the party's presidential field, a nationwide USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds overwhelming resistance to the idea of an old-styled brokered convention that would pick some new contender as the nominee.
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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In Michigan, Momentum for Romney?  —  A new Public Policy Polling survey of Michigan ahead of the Republican primary there shows Rick Santorum with 37 percent to Mitt Romney's 33 percent, essentially tied, since the poll had a four-percentage-point margin of error.
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
Why Mitt Romney's Presidential Prospects May Not Be Salvageable
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney lead small in Arizona
Nicholas Confessore / The Caucus:
Pro-Romney ‘Super PAC’ Spent $14 Million in January
Discussion: Daily Kos and Truthdig
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Slouching toward nomination, Romney needs win in Michigan
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Prairie Weather
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum denies Hitler-Obama comparison  —  (CNN) - Rick Santorum on Monday denied he was comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler while using a World War II analogy the previous day.  —  During a speech at a Georgia church on Sunday, Santorum paralleled the election to America's slow response …
Juana Summers / Politico:
Rick Santorum defends attacks on Obama ‘theology’  —  STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Rick Santorum continued to play defense Monday, working to explain a handful of controversial statements that appear to draw links between President Barack Obama and Adolf Hitler, and seem to question the president's Christianity.
Discussion: Gothamist, ABCNEWS, CNN and Taylor Marsh
Sheriff's former boyfriend speaks out  —  (CNN) - The man accusing Mitt Romney's former Arizona campaign co-chair of threatening to deport him if he made their relationship public stood by his claim Monday in an interview with CNN.  —  A Mexican national (whose attorney requested that he be identified as …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Santorum draws World War II parallel in describing threat facing the nation
Donald Trump / CNN:
TRENDING: Trump takes hatchet to Santorum
Discussion: Mediaite
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Romney adviser says Michigan not a ‘must-win’ for campaign
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Protest of Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound Bill in Virginia Leads to Delay  —  Hundreds join silent protest against Virginia bill to legalize forced trans-vaginal examinations (Photo via The Shad Plank)  —  The Virginia abortion bill, which would mandate that the women seeking an abortion …
Olympia Meola / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Poll finds most Virginians oppose changes in abortion, gun laws  —  Virginia voters, by wide margins, want to retain the state's landmark one-handgun-a-month law and oppose mandating that a woman receive an ultrasound before having an abortion, according to a new poll.
Wesley P. Hester / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Hundreds at Capitol for women's rights rally
Discussion: Daily Kos
NY Daily News:
Jeremy Lin headline slur was ‘honest mistake,’ fired ESPN editor Anthony Federico claims  —  EXCLUSIVE: ‘This had nothing to do with me being cute or punny’  —  Jeremy Lin looks on during Knicks' victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.  —  The ESPN editor fired Sunday for using …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Santorum aide ties Obama to Islam  —  Rick Santorum's spokeswoman Alice Stewart said in a TV interview on Monday that Santorum was referring to President Barack Obama's “radical Islamic policies” when he said the president's agenda was driven by “phony theology” — but then quickly called …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Truthdig
Simone Sebastian / Houston Chronicle:
U.S. oil gusher blows out projections  —  The United States' rapidly declining crude oil supply has made a stunning about-face, shredding federal oil projections and putting energy independence in sight of some analyst forecasts.  —  After declining to levels not seen since the 1940s, U.S. crude production began rising again in 2009.
Discussion: and Balloon Juice
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Santorum: Liberals ‘are the anti-science ones’  —  Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum charged on Monday that President Barack Obama and Democrats were “anti-science” because they refused to exploit the Earth's natural resources to the limits of technology.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Agonist
Damian Carrington / Guardian:
Canada threatens trade war with EU  —  The row over the EU's plan to label tar sands oil as highly polluting escalates as Canada says it ‘will not hesitate to defend its interests’  —  Canada has threatened a trade war with European Union over the bloc's plan to label oil from Alberta's vast tar sands …
Discussion: US Politics and InsideClimate News
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Campaign against Canadian Keystone XL pipeline driven by US foundation millions
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
New York Post:
H'wood snubs Muslim Stone  —  Sean Stone, son of controversial director Oliver Stone, converted to Islam in Iran last week and says he's already experiencing a Hollywood backlash.  —  The ceremony was held in Isfahan, where he is researching a documentary.  He now goes by the name of Sean Christopher Ali Stone.
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Robin Bravender / Politico:
Club for Growth PAC raises $1.5M
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Beyond Blue 5: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Nick Collins / Telegraph:
Test tube hamburgers to be served this year
Dave Levinthal / Politico:
Tim Pawlenty pays down 2012 race debt
Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
Chart of the Day: The Surprisingly Stable Cost of Presidential Elections
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Hullabaloo
CBS News:
Rising gas prices and the 2012 election
Discussion: CBS Dallas
Geneva Sands-Sadowitz / The Hill:
Sen. Conrad: GOP suffers from ‘convenient amnesia’ on budget matters
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Still Rate Iran Top U.S. Enemy
Discussion: Wonkette, Weasel Zippers and Politico
New York Times:
Questions for and About Congressman Grimm
Discussion: The Hill, Runnin' Scared and Gothamist
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Iran Raid Seen as a Huge Task for Israeli Jets
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Pakistan Can't Seem to Figure Out Why Bin Laden Was Hiding There
Discussion: The Jawa Report