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10:05 AM ET, February 23, 2012


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Washington Examiner:
In Arizona, GOP debates end on low point  —  MESA, Ariz. — Rick Santorum suspects something is up between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.  Santorum had a tough night at the 20th, and likely last, Republican debate, held here at the Mesa Arts Center.  He took a lot of attacks from Romney and a few from Paul …
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 …
Roger Simon / Politico:
Will GOP perp walk lead to White House?  —  I am sick to death of the media's scare tactics.  —  Which is why I nearly jumped out of my skin when CNN's John King said during Wednesday night's Republican debate, “One of these men could be president 11 months from now.”  —  It was enough to give one chills.
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Santorum stumbles in Arizona debate  —  None of the candidates really shined in tonight's Republican debate, but Rick Santorum, in his first debate as a co-frontrunner, badly stumbled.  So by default, that helps Mitt Romney.  —  From the get go and throughout the debate …
New York Times:
Romney, Seeking Traction, Duels With Santorum
TPM2012  —  Five Ways Rick Santorum Blew It in Arizona
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
The Influence Industry: Romney's record with small donors shows enthusiasm gap
Chuck Stokes / WXYZ-TV:
EXCLUSIVE POLL: Santorum leads Romney in close Michigan Republican Presidential Primary race
Discussion: Washington Post
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Romney and Paul successfully call Santorum's conservatism into question
GOP fears rise over 2012 tone, message  —  MESA, Ariz. — In 2008, after Republicans were routed in the presidential and congressional elections, there was widespread consensus within elite GOP circles about the party's structural problems: The Republican voter base was too old, too white …
Los Angeles Times:
‘Super PAC’ leaders profit from lack of oversight  —  Leaders of some of the new groups are taking advantage of the mammoth donations and the lack of oversight to write themselves big paychecks or hire their own companies.  —  Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his family have given millions …
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
Luke Rosiak / Washington Times:   Gingrich campaign warned 2nd time for financial dealings
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Newt: Media never asked Obama about ‘infanticide’ - except it did (UPDATE: Or did it?)  —  Surprise!  Newt Gingrich is attacking the press.  —  Coming out of the debate's first break, CNN moderator John King read off a question: What are the candidates' views on contraception?
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Chris Christie: Obama Is Showing ‘Cowardice’ For Trying To Have It ‘Both Ways’ On Marriage Equality  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) accused President Obama of “cowardice” and trying to have it “both ways” on marriage equality during a contentious appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Thursday.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
President Obama as an alien  —  They say that President Obama is a Muslim, but if he isn't, he's a secularist who is waging war on religion.  On some days he's a Nazi, but on most others he's merely a socialist.  His especially creative opponents see him as having a “Kenyan anti-colonial worldview …
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 …
Ari Shavit / Haaretz:
If Israel strikes Iran, it'll be because Obama didn't stop it  —  While our prime minister won't say so out loud, he is deeply scornful of his predecessors for spending so much time on the Palestinian issue while neglecting the Iranian issue.  —  Get Haaretz on iPhone  —  Get Haaretz on Android
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.
James Barron / New York Times:
Recalling Her Determined Daughter, a Journalist Killed in Syria  —  Marie Colvin got into Yale University the way she would later get into foreign countries, with grit and determination.  —  After spending a year in Brazil on a student exchange program, from January of her junior year …
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
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.
The New Republic:
A Time to Act  —  The United States needs to help the Syrian people.  —  Thousands of people have already died in Syria, and it appears likely that thousands more will die in the weeks and months to come.  Bashar Al Assad's forces show no sign of relenting, and the international community shows …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
Sarah Amos / ABCNEWS:
Price Shock: Watch Cost of Gas Jump 10 Cents During ABC's ‘World News’ Broadcast  —  The headlines of major newspapers and TV networks this week have been dominated by rising gas prices.  —  Drivers across the country have shared their stories on the cost - with many already paying more than $4 a gallon at the pump.
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Mediaite
GM's Profits Don't Mean Taxpayers Will Be Off the Hook  —  The company's cash cushion might go to unions, not investors.  —  Three years after being rescued by a taxpayer bailout, General Motors recently announced some rather ambitious profit targets for 2012.
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Newt Gingrich back on his game  —  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
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Peter Finn / Washington Post:
High-value Guantanamo Bay detainee Majid Khan, in first, reaches plea deal
Discussion: emptywheel and New York Times
Mike Riggs / Hit & Run:
Obama Spox Praises Journalism Abroad, Denies That Obama Is Stifling It Here at Home
Discussion: emptywheel and ABCNEWS
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Did Mitt Romney Just Join Occupy Wall Street?
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CBS News:
Santorum opposes civil unions for same-sex couples
The White House:
Statement by the President
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Sale of Philadelphia newspapers raises bias concerns
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and
Leftist caller wishes rape on radio host Dana Loesch
Discussion: protein wisdom
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Do-Over Season
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Gannett Building Paywalls Around All Its Papers Except USA Today
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Scott Ritter's Other War
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner and Hullabaloo
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …: