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7:40 PM ET, February 20, 2012


 Top Items: 
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.
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Michigan GOP race tightens
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, Taylor Marsh and CNN
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
Discussion: CNN
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
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
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
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Beyond Blue 5: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs  —  America's economic structure, the labor market and the American workplace have changed greatly in the last twenty years and will likely change even more in the twenty years to come.  Some of these changes are unpredictable; others look baked into the cake.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and Sense of Events
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Robin Bravender / Politico:
Club for Growth PAC raises $1.5M
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Gingrich archives show his public praise, private criticism of Reagan
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