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5:00 PM ET, February 21, 2012


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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Rick Santorum / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: All tied up in Arizona
Discussion: Swampland and Ballot Box
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Santorum leads in Washington
Tackling social issues, Romney hits Obama's ‘secular agenda’
Discussion: Politico
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Santorum seeking immigration hard-liners' support in Arizona
Discussion: The Hill
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Obama campaign takes a swing at Santorum
Discussion: Politico
Mike Littwin / Denver Post:
Santorum's phony theology
Discussion: The Agonist
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 …
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.
Patrick J. Buchanan / The American Conservative:
Is Obama's America God's Country?
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
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.
Peter Spiegel / Agence France Presse:
Greek debt nightmare laid bare  —  A “strictly confidential” report on Greece's debt projections prepared for eurozone finance ministers reveals Athens' rescue programme is way off track and suggests the Greek government may need another bail-out once a second rescue - set to be agreed on Monday night - runs out.
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 …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
In Apologizing for Global Warming Hoax, Peter Gleick Blames His Victims
New York Times:
Activist Says He Lied to Obtain Climate Papers
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 …
Associated Press:
High court to take new look at affirmative action
Discussion: American Prospect and JSOnline
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 …
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
Official: Burned Islamic religious material had ‘extremist inscriptions’  —  Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Religious materials — including Qurans that were burned at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, sparking Afghan protests — were removed from the library of a detainee center …
Samar Zwak / Reuters:
Afghans vent fury over Koran burning, U.S. apologizes
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 …
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.
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.
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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
There Will Be No Saviors for the GOP in 2012
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Bachmann shifts House districts with new Minnesota congressional map
Discussion: Politico
Kevin Naff / Washington Blade:
Arora aide resigns in protest after marriage vote
Discussion: Gay Politics and Good As You
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gallup survey shows ‘sharp deterioration in job market’ in Feburary
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Nadya Labi / The Atlantic Online:
Misfortune Teller  —  A statistics professor says he can predict crime before it occurs.
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and EconLog
Scott Whitlock /
Chris Matthews Sneers: 'If You're Really Anti-Gay, You Become Catholic Now'
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Documents: LightSquared shaping up as the FCC's Solyndra
Discussion: Hot Air
Capital Flows / Opinions That Matter:
The “Robo-Signing” Settlement: Seeds of Recovery, Or Chaos?
Discussion: Daily Pundit