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3:25 AM ET, February 23, 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.
Josh Lederman / The Hill:
Romney, Santorum rip into one another at pivotal GOP debate  —  MESA, Ariz. — Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum ripped into one another at Wednesday night's GOP presidential debate in their last joint appearance before a chain of make-or-break contests.  —  Romney was helped out in his attacks …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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.
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Newt Gingrich is winner for 1 night  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Newt Gingrich didn't have a game-changing moment in Wednesday night's Arizona debate.  —  But the former House speaker's newest approach to the Republican presidential race — staying above the fray, avoiding attacks and focusing on the issues …
Discussion: The Page
Chuck Stokes / WXYZ-TV:   EXCLUSIVE POLL: Santorum leads Romney in close Michigan Republican Presidential Primary race
Roger Simon / Politico:
Will GOP perp walk lead to White House?
Discussion: CNN
Tina Korbe / Hot Air:
What I'd love to see at tonight's debate: Ashes
Discussion: Slate and
Polls indicate Romney on the rise in Arizona
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.
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
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
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
Virginia governor no longer fully supports ultrasounds before abortions
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Virginia House passes controversial anti-abortion bill
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.
Nikki Finke /
SACHA BARON COHEN BANNED FROM OSCARS: EXCLUSIVE  —  BREAKING... EXCLUSIVE: The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has pulled actor Sacha Baron Cohen's tickets from the 84th Academy Awards.  This means he is banned from attending the Oscars even though he is an Academy member …
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.
Haley Barbour Tells ABC News, 'Somebody Else Might Get In"  —  Could the battle for the Republican nomination go all the way to the Republican convention in August?  Could we see an entirely new candidate getting into the race?  —  One long-time Republican leader tells ABC News the answer to both questions is yes.
Discussion: Hot Air and HotAirPundit
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
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Some More Thoughts on Heartland
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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
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
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.
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Sale of Philadelphia newspapers raises bias concerns  —  One group led by ex-governor Rendell  —  Philadelphia's two daily newspapers have long been accused of liberal bias, but critics say a group of potential buyers led by former Gov. Ed Rendell would turn the papers into mere mouthpieces …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and
NOH8 Campaign:
CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT: #NOH8OnTheHill  —  Last week, we announced NOH8 Co-Founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley would be hosting a special photo shoot in Washington, D.C. for any and all Members of Congress in the US Senate and House of Representatives who were willing to show their support …
Discussion: Advocate and ABCNEWS
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller has obtained documents, emails and communications showing how President Barack Obama's Federal Communications Commission demolished wireless broadband company LightSquared's competition through a pattern of regulatory decisions apparently aimed at establishing an “open-access” Internet in the United States.
Lisa Daftari / Fox News:
Iran court convicts Christian pastor convert to death  —  A trial court in Iran has issued its final verdict, ordering a Christian pastor to be put to death for leaving Islam and converting to Christianity, according to sources close to the pastor and his legal team.
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.
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Benjamin J. Dueholm / Washington Monthly:
Rules of Misbehavior  —  Dan Savage, the brilliant …
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