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10:50 AM ET, February 21, 2012


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Steven Bertoni / Money Talks:
Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Says He Might Give $100M To Newt Gingrich Or Other Republican  —  Sheldon Adelson: The GOP's $25 billion man … Sheldon Adelson plays as stubbornly in politics as he does in business.  So the criticisms that he's trying to personally buy the presidential election …
Mitt Romney's burn rate a boon for Barack Obama  —  Mitt Romney is burning through cash more than twice as fast as he's raising it, new reports filed Monday show — a clear sign that a protracted GOP primary fight could leave the front-runner limping into a general election fight with President Barack Obama.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Santorum Expands Lead, but Romney Gets Electability Vote  —  Fifty-eight percent of Republicans say Romney has best chance to beat Obama  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Rick Santorum now holds a 10-percentage-point lead in Gallup's Daily tracking of national Republicans registered voters' preferences for the 2012 GOP nomination.
Peter Overby / NPR:
Romney Benefits From Campaign, SuperPAC Funds … The financial battle for the Republican nomination is tightening.  Candidates spent a lot of cash in January — what with contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida.  Also spending a lot of money, as it turns out …
Discussion: Prairie Weather, Daily Kos and Guardian
Mike Littwin / Denver Post:
Santorum's phony theology
Discussion: The Agonist
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Republican voters oppose a ‘brokered’ convention
Santorum's controversial comments meet criticism
Discussion: The Raw Story and CNN
Peter H. Gleick / The Huffington Post:
The Origin of the Heartland Documents  —  Climate Change , Global Warming , Heartland Institute , Heartland Institute Leaked Documents , Green News  —  Since the release in mid-February of a series of documents related to the internal strategy of the Heartland Institute to cast doubt on climate science …
Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
Peter Gleick Admits to Deception in Obtaining Heartland Climate Files  —  Peter H. Gleick, a water and climate analyst who has been studying aspects of global warming for more than two decades, in recent years became an aggressive critic of organizations and individuals casting doubt …
Felix Salmon:
The improbable Greece plan  —  Greece is now officially a ward of the international community.  It has no real independence when it comes to fiscal policy any more, and if everything goes according to plan, it's not going to have any independence for many, many years to come.
Discussion: National Review and Paul Krugman
Wall Street Journal:
Europe Reaches a Greek Deal  —  BRUSSELS—Euro-zone finance ministers early Tuesday agreed to an ambitious €130 billion ($172.1 billion) rescue deal that will see Greece's private creditors take an even larger loss in order to put the debt-laden country on a sustainable footing and avert a catastrophic default.
Europe seals new Greek bailout to avert default
Stephen Castle / New York Times:
Europe Agrees on New Bailout to Help Greece Avoid Default
Pro-Rick Santorum PAC picks up another mega-donor  —  The super PAC supporting Rick Santorum's presidential campaign pulled in $2.1 million in January - half of which came from a relatively low-profile Louisiana energy executive, according to a report filed Monday evening with the Federal Election Commission.
Saul Loeb / ABCNEWS:   January Fundraising: Campaigns and Super PACs, Side by Side
Capital Flows / Opinions That Matter:
The “Robo-Signing” Settlement: Seeds of Recovery, Or Chaos?  —  George Mason law professor Todd J. Zywicki fears that the “robo-signing” agreement will lead to further efforts to bleed the banks, all the while delaying the necessary clearing of the housing market.
Discussion: EconLog
David Weigel / Slate:
My Candidate Ate Here  —  There are so many serious factoids to pull out of the four remaining Republicans' FEC reports.  Here's an unserious one.  Below, the restaurants or food-selling establishments patronized by the campaigns in January.  We can break them down into two neat categories.
You choose, we deliver … Indiana  —  Authorities are searching for an Indianapolis man who fled on foot, accused of shooting at a state trooper near a southern Indiana highway.Today 9:03 am  —  Rep. Bob Morris said he did some Web-based research and found allegations that the Girl Scouts …
Lugar Defends Himself On Residency Question  —  Longtime Senator Says He Meets Requirements  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Richard Lugar defended himself during an appearance in Indianapolis on Monday that came days after opponents claimed that he isn't qualified to run for office because he doesn't live in the state.
Jonathan Strong / Roll Call:
Associate Confronted Rep. Ron Paul About Flights  —  In March 2005, David James called Rep. Ron Paul's (R-Texas) Congressional office for some documentation.  —  James's nonprofit group, the Liberty Committee, had paid for one of Paul's flights, and James needed a receipt or boarding pass to document the expense.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Newt Gingrich says defeating President Obama is a matter of ‘national security’  —  Newt Gingrich doubled-down on his weekend claim that defeating President Obama is a matter of national security, ripping the president for what described as policies of appeasement.
Discussion: Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell risks political capital to show solidarity with Boehner in payroll fight  —  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) risked some political capital last week to make a high-profile show of solidarity with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), allaying scrutiny of their relationship.
McKay Coppins / Politics:
Why Romney Is So Confident About Winning Michigan  —  A campaign advisor dismisses the polls and the media's doomsday narrative.  “Once a message and resources are concentrated in a state... the numbers tend to move,” he says.  —  (AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Parisa Hafezi / Reuters:
Iran says would act against enemies if endangered
Discussion: Fox News
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
House GOP hopes ‘Solyndra economy’ becomes Obama's political epitaph
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court to decide on right to lie about military honors
Joan Biskupic / USA Today:
Court action could prolong health care fight
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Sidebar: Sidebar: Gay Marriage's Slow Stroll to the Supreme Court
Discussion: The Snitch
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge:
Bob Janjuah: “Markets Are So Rigged By Policy Makers That I Have No Meaningful Insights To Offer”
Discussion: Hot Air
Joe Murphy / This Is London:
Codswallop! Pensioner handbags health minister outside No 10
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Glenn Beck / Washington Post:
Why we are all Catholics now  —  Beck meets the newly elevated …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Illegitimacy becoming the norm
Sahil Kapur /
TPMDC  —  How Republicans Could Still Succeed At Privatizing Medicare
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Monthly
Simone Sebastian / Houston Chronicle:
U.S. oil gusher blows out projections
Sheriff's former boyfriend speaks out
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay