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6:40 PM ET, February 21, 2012


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Drudge Report:
SANTORUM'S SATAN WARNING  —  “Satan has his sights on the United States of America!”  Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has declared.  —  “Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack …
Wall Street Journal:
Sex, Lies and Rick Santorum  —  The politics of the double standard on social issues.  —  When Barack Obama was campaigning for president in 2008, he declared that marriage is between a man and a woman.  For the most part, his position was treated as a nonissue.  —  Now Rick Santorum is campaigning for president.
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Effrontery of Rick Santorum  —  The media has unleashed the hounds on Rick Santorum.  —  He was last seen a step ahead of the braying pack, trying to explain that he hadn't accused President Barack Obama of being a crypto-Muslim.  The former Pennsylvania senator criticized …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Santorum: “You're Not A Christian”  —  Defenders of Rick Santorum are very angry that anyone would suggest his “phony theology” comments about the president represented an attack on a fellow Christian's beliefs.  Turns out he was a bit more direct about it in an appearance in 2008 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
It's not conservative, It's reactionary  —  A number of social conservatives, sensing that Rick Santorum has hit a trip wire, are complaining that he's being skewered for being a social conservative.  That's demonstrably wrong.  The nonstop flaps (some of which concern past episodes …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Mitt's Friends Open Up New Front on Rick  —  It's been an implicit part of the rules of engagement in the GOP presidential race that no candidate can be criticized for being too conservative, particularly by Mitt Romney.  Thus Rick Perry drew fire not for flirting with secession and nullification theories …
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and Balloon Juice
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
25 Photos Of Mitt Romney Looking Perfectly Normal
Discussion: Gawker, Wonkette, Politics and Balloon Juice
Alex Altman / Swampland:
TIME/CNN Arizona Poll: Romney Holds Narrow Lead over Santorum
Rick Santorum / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: All tied up in Arizona
Discussion: Ballot Box
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 …
James Crugnale / Mediaite:
Watch Franklin Graham Question President Obama's Faith, Explain Why Mormons Aren't Christian On Morning Joe  —  On Tuesday, Franklin Graham appeared on Morning Joe and made some statements that threw the show's panel — which included Alex Wagner, Willie Geist, and John Heilemann — into disarray.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Franklin Graham: Obama May Secretly Be A Muslim, Santorum And Gingrich Are Definitely Christian
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Mr. Right eludes the GOP
Discussion: Democracy in America and Marbury
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Santorum Expands Lead, but Romney Gets Electability Vote
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Santorum leads in Washington
Discussion: Hot Air, Daily Pundit and GOP 12
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Obama campaign takes a swing at Santorum
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Women Prefer Santorum to Romney by 10-Point Margin, Says Gallup
Discussion: protein wisdom
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Affirmative Action Case  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a major case on affirmative action in higher education, adding another potential blockbuster to a docket already studded with them.  —  The court's decision in the new case holds …
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
At the Supreme Court, Odds Lie Against Affirmative Action  —  The justices will hear a case on whether universities can encourage diversity at the classroom level, but court conservatives may use it as an opportunity to set a new precedent.  —  AP Images  —  If you believe in the value …
Discussion: Washington Post and
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Santorum in 95: ‘I Was Basically Pro-Choice All My Life, Until I Ran For Congress’ … 2012 Election , Rick Santorum , Elections 2012 , Video , Politics News , Doug Walgren , Doug Walgren Rick Santorum , Reagan Republican , Rick Santorum 2012 , Rick Santorum Abortion , Rick Santorum Pennsylvania …
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.
Daily Mail:
Didn't get the memo?  Hillary Clinton dons lime green shirt for G20 ‘family photo’ while everyone else wears white  —  It is the fear of every party guest, turning up in an outfit not suited to the dress code.  —  And unfortunately for Hillary Clinton, her slip up was witnessed by top government officials from across the globe.
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
BREAKING: Proposition 8 Proponents to Seek Full Ninth Circuit Review  —  Charles Cooper, the lead attorney for the proponents of Proposition 8, tells Metro Weekly that the proponents of the California marriage amendment will be asking the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit …
Benjy Sarlin /
TPM2012  —  Two Charts That Should Make Romney Gulp  —  It's no secret that, as far as frontrunners go, Mitt Romney's never exactly set the grassroots on fire.  But his latest fundraising numbers drive home just how weak his small donor appeal is compared to his rivals — and especially President Obama.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
In Apologizing for Global Warming Hoax, Peter Gleick Blames His Victims  —  The Heartland Institute was vicitimized by global warming fanatics who published stolen documents and at least one forged document in their attempts to portray the Institute as dishonest.
Sorry Newt: You Can Put A Gun Rack In A Chevy Volt  —  This guy proves Newt Gingrich's jabs at electric cars wrong.  Probably wouldn't have hit his head on a pickup though.
Rasmussen Reports:
29% Favor $10,000 Subsidies for Electric Car Buyers
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Bachmann shifts House districts with new Minnesota congressional map  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) will switch congressional districts after Minnesota's new map placed her in the same district as Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum.  —  The move was expected as Bachmann's district shrunk due …
Discussion: Politico
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger / Hot Dish Politics:
Redistricting puts Bachmann in 4th, but she says she'll run in 6th
Discussion: Wonkette
Larry Kudlow / National Review:
A Bolder Romney Tax-Cut Plan Is Coming  —  Team Romney tells me there will be a bolder tax-cut plan released either at the debate tomorrow night (if Mitt gets it in) or more formally at his Detroit Economic Club speech on Friday.  I'm embargoed from releasing details until tomorrow.
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.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
False Recovery 2.0: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like 2011  —  The US economy is billions of dollars and 1.7 million jobs stronger than we were twelve months ago.  But the same headwinds that doomed last year's recovery are swirling again.  —  Reuters  —  Let's play “Name That Year of the Recovery.”
Discussion: Associated Press and RedState
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
There Will Be No Saviors for the GOP in 2012  —  Prominent Republicans keep hoping for someone to rescue them from its slate of mediocre candidates.  But the party's biggest problem is the ideological bloodlust of its base.  —  The bombshell dropped in Saturday's Playbook …
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Romney: Spending cuts slow economic growth
Bill Wilson / NetRight Daily:
Obama says high oil prices evidence of improving economy
Discussion: protein wisdom and Cold Fury
Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
Lying About Medals a Federal Offense?
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Iran Warns of Pre-emptive Action in Nuclear Dispute
Discussion:, ABCNEWS and Via Meadia
Kevin Naff / Washington Blade:
Arora aide resigns in protest after marriage vote
Discussion: Gay Politics and Good As You
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Chris Matthews Sneers: 'If You're Really Anti-Gay, You Become Catholic Now'
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