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11:00 PM ET, February 22, 2012


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Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Team Santorum: U.S. is with Rick on devil belief  —  MESA, Ariz. — Some of Rick Santorum's advisers are frustrated and angry that reporters are focusing more on their candidate's statements about Satan than on his positions on the issues.  Here in Arizona Tuesday, Santorum faced repeated questioning …
Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Recap: The CNN Republican Presidential Debate in Arizona  —  In what could be the final Republican debate, Mitt Romney delivered a sharp performance that could help his odds as he faces closer-than-anticipated contests in Arizona and Michigan on Tuesday. … For Rick Santorum, the debate could hurt his front-runner status.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and PJ Media
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama ties Romney with Arizona  —  Arizona is a great microcosm of how Barack Obama's reelection prospects have improved over the last 3 months.  When we polled there in November his approval numbers were atrocious and his prospects for winning the state in the general election didn't look very good.
Polls indicate Romney on the rise in Arizona  —  Mesa, Arizona (CNN) - Is Mitt Romney starting to surge in Arizona?  —  A new poll released Wednesday, six days before the state's primary, indicates the former Massachusetts governor is holding a 16 point lead over former Sen. Rick Santorum.
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Rick Santorum Faces a Grilling at CNN Debate  —  The GOP's new frontrunner will be under a harsh spotlight in Wednesday's CNN debate after widely covered remarks on explosive social issues like Obama's theology, prenatal care, and home schooling.  —  It doesn't take a crystal ball to predict …
Josh Lederman / The Hill:
GOP Debate: Romney, Santorum square off on spending, earmarks
Discussion: CNN
Chris Christie: Rick Santorum's Satan Comments Are Relevant
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Get Thee Behind Me!  —  Ah, you just gotta love the MSM and its blinders!
Discussion: The Agonist and Eschaton
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Bush Appointee Finds DOMA Unconstitutional  —  Moments ago, Judge Jeffery White of the District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the Constitution's equal protection clause in a case brought by Karen Golinski.
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
BREAKING: DOMA's Federal Definition of Marriage Unconstitutional, Judge Rules in Golinski Case  —  Today, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued its order finding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act — the federal definition of marriage …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Another court finds Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional  —  Another federal judge has found unconstitutional a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law which forbids providing federal government benefits to same-sex spouses.  —  U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
Virginia governor no longer fully supports ultrasounds before abortions  —  RICHMOND — Gov. Robert F. McDonnell is backing off his unconditional support for a bill requiring women to have an ultrasound before an abortion, focusing new attention on one of the most controversial pieces …
Irin Carmon / Salon:
A pro-choice win in Virginia, assisted by “Saturday Night Live”  —  The Virginia governor backs off a forced-ultrasound bill in the face of pro-choice — and pop culture — outrage  —  Something incredible just happened.  Faced with a growing national outcry against a bill forcing an ultrasound …
Discussion: Truthdig
Alexander Burns / Politico:
McDonnell comes out against invasive ultrasound mandate (UPDATED)
Discussion: Feministing and Hullabaloo
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
Virginia Republicans look to amend ultrasound bill
Evaluation shows “Faked” Heartland Climate Strategy Memo is Authentic  —  A line-by-line evaluation of the Climate Strategy memo, which the Heartland Institute has repeatedly denounced as a “fake” shows no “obvious and gross misstatements of fact,” as Heartland has alleged.
Washington Post:
Climate scientist admits duping skeptic group to obtain documents  —  Heartland Institute president Joseph L. Bast, who described one of the documents the DeSmog Blog had posted as a “forged memo,” issued a statement Monday saying his group is considering legal action.  —  “Gleick's crime was a serious one,” Bast wrote.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Some More Thoughts on Heartland
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Do-Over Season  —  Is there really a chance that the Supreme Court might reconsider Citizens United?  —  A week ago, I wouldn't have thought so, and I still think it's an extreme long shot.  But a provocative statement last Friday by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer makes …
Donovan Slack / Politico:
No shovel for Obama  —  It was a rather odd sight: as an array of museum officials, including former first lady Laura Bush, took up shovels at the groundbreaking for the first national museum dedicated exclusively to African-American history and culture, the nation's first black president sat watching, no shovel in hand.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama says African-American museum ‘has been a long time coming’
Discussion: Politico
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez Loses Her Hair Stylist Over Gay Marriage Opposition  —  An openly-gay hair stylist in New Mexico is protesting Gov. Susana Martinez's (R) opposition to same-sex marriage by refusing to style her hair unless she changes her position on the issue.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Joshua Green / Business Week:
Dow 13,000?  Thank Democrats  —  Yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly peaked above 13,000 before dipping at the close.  Like all Dow milestones, this one touched off the usual celebration.  It may be no coincidence that the market is rising under a Democratic president.
Bob Drummond / Bloomberg:
Stocks Return More With Dem in White House
Discussion: Liberal Values
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
50p tax rate ‘failing to boost revenues’  —  The amount of income tax paid fell sharply last month in the first formal indication that the new 50p higher rate is not raising the expected amount of revenue.  —  A Treasury source said the relatively poor revenues from self-assessment returns …
William Saletan / Slate:
The Conversion  —  How, when, and why Mitt Romney changed his mind on abortion.  —  To understand Mitt Romney, you have to understand the most difficult passage of his political life: how he changed his position on abortion.  Not the story he tells about it, but the real story.
Tina Korbe / Hot Air:
What I'd love to see at tonight's debate: Ashes  —  It is Ash Wednesday, after all, and, if Joe Biden is willing to sport soot in public, then surely Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum will be, too.  —  Why do I want to see smudged crosses on their foreheads?
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Before Critical Debate, Gingrich Is Urged to Be Himself
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
RESTORE AMERICA'S PROMISE: MORE JOBS, LESS DEBT, SMALLER GOVERNMENT  —  Increasing economic growth, employment, and incomes is a cornerstone of Mitt Romney's policy agenda.  Faster growth creates the jobs and generates the incomes to fund the aspirations of American families …
Contraception coverage fights spread to states  —  The contraception fight is expanding far beyond Washington, with several states eyeing ways of blocking the new Obama administration rule requiring most insurers cover contraception, or considering rolling back rules that the states themselves already had on the books.
Discussion: The Mahablog and The Raw Story
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Scott Ritter's Other War  —  On a February afternoon in 2009, Ryan Venneman, one of only five full-time police officers in tiny Barrett Township, Pa., decided to spend some time hunting for sexual predators online.  Venneman entered a Yahoo chat room, where the minimum legal age is supposed be 18 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Steven Ertelt /
Planned Parenthood Rape Myth Debunked, 99% Do Ultrasounds  —  Abortion advocates in Virginia have come under heavy criticism for equating the ultrasound legislation there would allow women to see before an abortion to rape.  Yet, while abortion backers say having an ultrasound is like getting raped …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Google to Sell Heads-Up Display Glasses by Year's End  —  People who constantly reach into a pocket to check a smartphone for bits of information will soon have another option: a pair of Google-made glasses that will be able to stream information to the wearer's eyeballs in real time.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
EXCLUSIVE: The Memo that Larry Summers Didn't Want Obama to See  —  For the past three years, Washington journalists and politicos have obsessed over a 57-page memo that Barack Obama's incoming economic team prepared for him in late 2008.  The document has achieved such totemic status for good reason …
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LAPD chief backs driver's licenses for illegal immigrants
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Gannett Building Paywalls Around All Its Papers Except USA Today
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Democrat Proposes Naming GOP Pro-Life Bill 'The Ronald Reagan Impose Your Beliefs on a Woman's Womb Act'
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Weasel Zippers
Megan Reust / WANE-TV:
Local lawmaker won't honor Girl Scouts
The WH Loves Aggressive Journalism — Abroad — Today's Q's for O's WH — 2/22/2012
Discussion: Hit & Run
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Tom Miller, HUD Officials Laugh at Schneiderman Publicly
Discussion: Politico
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
Deniergate: Grijalva Calls For Investigation Of Department Of Interior Scientist On Heartland Payroll
Discussion: Greg Laden's Blog
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Benjamin J. Dueholm / Washington Monthly:
Rules of Misbehavior  —  Dan Savage, the brilliant …
Discussion: American Prospect and Mother Jones
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Washington State Poll
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