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8:15 AM ET, February 21, 2012


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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 …
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.
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
Study: Negative campaign ads much more frequent, vicious than in primaries past
Mary Beth Schneider / IndyStar Bloggers:
Gov. Daniels Says Won't Reconsider Presidential Run
Discussion: Politico
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney lead small in Arizona
Discussion:, Politico and Hot Air
Nicholas Confessore / The Caucus:
Pro-Romney ‘Super PAC’ Spent $14 Million in January
Discussion: New York Times, Daily Kos and Truthdig
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
Santorum's controversial comments meet criticism
Discussion: The Raw Story
Donald Trump / CNN:
Trump takes hatchet to Santorum
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Mediaite
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Santorum draws World War II parallel in describing threat facing the nation
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.
Discussion: The Big Picture
Europe seals new Greek bailout to avert default  —  (Reuters) - Euro zone finance ministers sealed a 130-billion-euro ($172 billion) bailout for Greece on Tuesday to avert a chaotic default next month after forcing Athens to commit to unpopular cuts and private bondholders to accept deeper losses.
Wesley P. Hester / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Hundreds at Capitol for women's rights rally
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
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.
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.
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
First family is front and center in campaign ad  —  A new Internet ad by the president's reelection campaign features a portrait of the first family asking supporters to “help the Obamas stand up for working Americans.”  The appeal, a departure from the typical Obama messaging …
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 …
Glenn Beck / Washington Post:
Why we are all Catholics now  —  Beck meets the newly elevated Cardinal Timothy Dolan in the Vatican.I am a proud member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but today, I call myself a Catholic.  Why?  Because the state is telling the Catholic Church to violate its principles and teachings.
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court to decide on right to lie about military honors  —  Justices will take up the case of Xavier Alvarez, who falsely told a California water board meeting that he had received the Medal of Honor.  —  Mary and Chuck Schantag stand in front of a banner listing the names of people …
Joan Biskupic / USA Today:
Court action could prolong health care fight  —  WASHINGTON - Next month's challenge to the Obama-sponsored health care law could affect the care available to most Americans, alter the balance of power between Washington and the states and remain a flash point through this presidential campaign.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Damian Carrington / Guardian:
Canada threatens trade war with EU over tar sands  —  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 …
Discussion: US Politics
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Campaign against Canadian Keystone XL pipeline driven by US foundation millions
Discussion: Hot Air, Ed Driscoll and The PJ Tatler
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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
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Illegitimacy becoming the norm
 Earlier Items: 
Sahil Kapur /
TPMDC  —  How Republicans Could Still Succeed At Privatizing Medicare
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Monthly
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Beyond Blue 5: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and Sense of Events
NY Daily News:
Jeremy Lin headline slur was ‘honest mistake,’ fired ESPN editor Anthony Federico claims