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9:15 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 …
Rush Limbaugh:
Santorum Will Have to Answer on Satan  —  RUSH: I mentioned earlier in the program that Santorum, people have dug deep and they found a speech that he gave back in 2008 in Ave Maria, Florida, at Ave Maria University.  Drudge has this plastered up.  The Democrats have found it.  It's all over the place.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Rick Santorum / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: All tied up in Arizona  —  Mesa, Arizona (CNN) - On the eve of the final Republican presidential debate before primaries in Arizona and Michigan, as well as the 10 Super Tuesday states, a new survey indicates that Rick Santorum may be closing the gap with Mitt Romney in the Grand Canyon State.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Mitt's Friends Open Up New Front on Rick
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh on Santorum and Satan
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Truthdig
Eric Gay / ABCNEWS:
God Wars: Santorum Saw Satan vs. US; Graham Not Sure of Obama Religion
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 …
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
25 Photos Of Mitt Romney Looking Perfectly Normal  —  Turns out the Republican frontrunner isn't always so buttoned-down.  The candidate's daughter-in-law has maintained a mommy blog for years, and it's a treasure trove of candid Romney shots.  Allow me to introduce you to Casual Mitt.  —  McKay Coppins
Discussion: Gawker, Wonkette, Politics and Balloon Juice
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Latest poll shows Santorum leading in see-sawing Michigan race
Discussion: CNN
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Women Prefer Santorum to Romney by 10-Point Margin, Says Gallup
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Mr. Right eludes the GOP
Discussion: Democracy in America and Marbury
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
Discussion: Gothamist
Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Franklin Graham Calls Obama's Religious Beliefs Into Question
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Affirmative Action Case  —  WASHINGTON — In a 2003 decision that the majority said it expected would last for 25 years, the Supreme Court allowed public colleges and universities to take account of race in admission decisions.  On Tuesday, the court signaled …
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
At the Supreme Court, Odds Lie Against Affirmative Action
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 …
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
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.
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 …
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
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 to review …
Robert Wright / The Atlantic Online:
AIPAC's Push Toward War  —  Late last week, amid little fanfare, Senators Joseph Lieberman, Lindsey Graham, and Robert Casey introduced a resolution that would move America further down the path toward war with Iran.  —  The good news is that the resolution hasn't been universally embraced in the Senate.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Carney: Obama Didn't Turn Down The Keystone Pipeline  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney first says Republicans “forced” President Obama to deny the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.  Later in his press briefing, Carney says Obama didn't turn down the pipeline.
Mark Byrne / GQ:
A Senator Without Constituents  —  Remember Russ Feingold?  Lone vote against PATRIOT Act?  The half of McCain-Feingold that didn't totally buckle?  The progressive hero who lost his Senate seat during the Tea Party wave?  GQ shared a few drinks with Feingold the Citizen and talked …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Fox News:
Hugo Chavez Needs Surgery after Finding New Lesion during Trip to Cuba  —  Hugo Chávez speaks to supporters on Feb. 17, his last public appearance.FOTOS PRENSA PRESIDENCIAL  —  Hugo Chávez confirmed Tuesday that he traveled to Cuba for medical tests, where doctors found a new lesion that will require surgery to remove.
Discussion: HotAirPundit
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.
Michael O'Brien /
Romney: Spending cuts slow economic growth  —  Mitt Romney said Tuesday that cutting spending slows growth in the economy — a rhetorical slip more akin to an argument a Democrat might make than a Republican.  —  Speaking in Shelby Township, MI, the former Massachusetts governor took …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Official: Administration to unveil corporate tax framework on Wednesday  —  The Obama administration will unveil its long-awaited framework on corporate tax reform on Wednesday, according to a senior administration official.  —  President Obama has worked to make economic fairness …
Discussion: Politico
Nadya Labi / The Atlantic Online:
Misfortune Teller  —  A statistics professor says he can predict crime before it occurs.  —  RICHARD BERK LIKES to think he knows what criminals will do—even before they know.  The statistics professor, who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, was recently willing to show off his skills.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gallup survey shows ‘sharp deterioration in job market’ in Feburary  —  Unemployment could rise back to 9 percent of the U.S. population in Feburary according to a Gallup survey released Tuesday, painting a grim picture for the Obama Administration that had been temporarily buoyed by promising jobs figures at the end of January.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Trump May Reconsider Presidential Bid  —  Donald Trump told CNBC he would “seriously, seriously” consider jumping into the White House race if Rick Santorum wins the GOP presidential nomination.  —  Said Trump: “Honestly, if Santorum got it, I would seriously, seriously consider it.
Discussion: The Reaction
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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Tax Code Not Aligned With Basic Principles
Discussion: Political Mojo
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Romney's Money Problems
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Discussion: Wonkette and Hotline On Call
Bill Wilson / NetRight Daily:
Obama says high oil prices evidence of improving economy
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Larry Kudlow / National Review:
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
False Recovery 2.0: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like 2011
Discussion: Associated Press and RedState
Karl Smith / Modeled Behavior:
Beyond Industrialization  —  I predict this graph will make the rounds