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10:05 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 …
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.
Mary Lu Carnevale / Washington Wire:
Live Blogging the CNN Republican Presidential Debate  —  Tonight's Republican presidential debate in Mesa, Ariz., puts the spotlight on former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who has been holding the lead in national polls, and Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who wants to regain …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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
Polls indicate Romney on the rise in Arizona
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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
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
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Dividend Assault
Daily Mail:
50p tax is ‘not working’: Amount of total income revenue falls as rich make plans to avoid higher rate
Discussion: NetRight Daily and Michelle Malkin
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
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
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 …
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 …
Tim Mak / Politico:
Chris Christie tells Warren Buffett: ‘Shut up’  —  Chris Christie has heard enough about Warren Buffett, and in typical fashion, the New Jersey governor had a certain blunt way of putting it.  —  “He should just write a check and shut up,” Christie said Tuesday on CNN's “Piers Morgan Tonight.”
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A simple solution to inequality: Stop talking about it
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
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.
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 …
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
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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
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Scott Ritter's Other War
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Megan Reust / WANE-TV:
Local lawmaker won't honor Girl Scouts
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Senate, House offices sent mail containing suspicious powder
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Zeke Miller / Politics:
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Harris Meyer / Kaiser Health News:
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Discussion: Balloon Juice
Benjamin J. Dueholm / Washington Monthly:
Rules of Misbehavior  —  Dan Savage, the brilliant …
Discussion: American Prospect
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