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5:45 PM ET, February 23, 2012

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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Specter scoffs at Santorum's endorsement claim  —  Former Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter said Thursday that Rick Santorum got his facts wrong when he said that he endorsed Specter only after securing a promise that Specter would support GOP Supreme Court nominees.
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Detroit Free Press:
Poll graphic: Who would you vote for in Republican primary?  |  Poll graphic: What do you think of Romney, Santorum TV ads?  |  Poll graphic: How satisfied are you with the choices?  —  After jumping out to an improbable lead in Michigan a week ago following a sweep in three western states …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Ballot Box and Marist Poll
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 …
CNN:
Molinari to join Google  —  (CNN) - Susan Molinari, at one point the highest ranking woman in the House of Representatives, is joining Google, the tech giant announced Thursday.  —  Molinari will serve as Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations for the Americas.
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Romney: ‘I wonder which team Santorum was taking it for’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, The Hill and Swampland
Gene J. Puskar / ABCNEWS:
Arlen Specter: ‘Leave Me Out of It’
Discussion: Mediaite
Zeke Miller / Politics:
Romney Goes In For The Kill On Santorum
Discussion: Daily Kos
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Five things we learned from Wednesday's debate
Discussion: ABCNEWS
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: Marco Rubio's Mormon Roots  —  As a child, he was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Ticket balancing is a great tradition, and this could affect Romney's Vice Presidential calculation.  —  Do Rubio's Mormon roots complicate the Republican's electable dream ticket?
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Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Three things you didn't know about Marco Rubio  —  From vice-presidential shortlister to auto-biographer, Marco Rubio is gaining the type of nationwide attention that most freshmen U.S. Senators only dream of.  —  Late last year, Rubio announced he inked a book deal with Sentinel …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama tells Univision he'll be in White House ‘another five years’  —  President Obama declared Monday that his presidency “is not over” and that he'll be occupying the White House for another five years.  —  In an interview with Univision, a seemingly confident Obama said he'll …
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Sorourke / nation.foxnews.com:
President Obama: 'My Presidency Is Not Over. I've Got Another Five Years'
Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:
Obama to Hispanics: 'I've Got Another 5 Years' to Fix Immigration
Ben Smith / Politico:
A secret history of the 2008 campaign  —  Modern political conventions are notoriously stage-managed events, scripted, vetted and produced for television.  But on Aug. 27, 2008, the climactic scene nearly went horribly awry.  —  According to a careful plan negotiated between the Clinton …
Discussion: Don Surber and Sky Dancing
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Joel Gehrke / Campaign 2012:
Obama: Use ‘algae’ as substitute for oil
UPI:
Afghan soldier kills two U.S. soldiers  —  KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 23 (UPI) — U.S. President  —  Barack Obama apologized to Afghan President Hamid Karzai Thursday for NATO troops' burning of Korans, which has led to violent protests.  —  An Afghan soldier, apparently angry over the burning …
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Politico Sends In The Clowns  —  In the course of thumping Gingrich Alexander Burns of Politico delivers a howler:  —  Newt: Media never asked Obama about ‘infanticide’ - except it did (UPDATE: Or did it?)  —  That is quite an UPDATE.  As if to illustrate Newt's point that the Elite Media turned …
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Scott Lamb / BuzzFeed:
Romney Misquotes George Costanza  —  In his opening remarks at the Arizona debate, Mitt Romney stepped on his own applause and tried to throw in a Seinfeld reference for cover.  Unfortunately, he got the quote and the speaker wrong.  —  Source: youtube.com  —  Romney, tonight at the Arizona debate (one he's used before:
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Dave Stopera / BuzzFeed:   Jason Alexander Responds To Mitt Romney's George Costanza Misquote
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Heck: Romney wrong on foreclosures  —  GOP Rep. Joe Heck, an early endorser of Mitt Romney for president, said this week that the presidential hopeful is wrong on the housing market in Nevada, a sharp break from the man he has embraced and a shift from where the congressman was last year.
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Romney Endorser Corrects Mitt On Auto Rescue: ‘No One Could Have’ Saved The Industry Except The Government
Mj Lee / Politico:
Allen West fills Hummer, blames Obama  —  Rep. Allen West says he is not happy that he had to spend $70 this week to fill up the gas tank of his Hummer, and he's directing his anger at President Barack Obama.  —  “People have asked me before is there any area where I could praise President Obama?
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Maddow Blog
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Huntsman calls for third party, says GOP '12 field lacks big ideas  —  Jon Huntsman called for the rise of a third party on Thursday as he argued the remaining GOP presidential candidates lack big ideas.  —  The comments from the former Utah governor, who dropped out of the race in January …
Politico:
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Wonkette
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Unplanned Parenthood  —  Illegitimacy and the liberal elite.  —  (Best of the tube tonight: We'll appear on Fox Business's “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”  The program starts at 7 p.m. ET, with our panel around 7:40.)  —  Social issues are so fascinating for the same reason debates over them are so often dull …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  GOP Rep: I'd Have To Personally Kill Some Senators To Get The Ryan Budget Passed (AUDIO)  —  Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK) sent TPM a public apology Thursday after we obtained audio of the five-term Republican telling constituents at a town hall this week that he'd have to personally shoot members …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Female Witness Hits Back At Issa: 'I'm A Woman Who Uses Contraception, That Makes Me Qualified' To Testify  —  Democrats on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee held a special hearing Thursday morning in response to the GOP's decision to prevent women from testifying in support …
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Raw Story
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Leaker of Stimulus Memo Uncovered?  —  The New Republic senior editor Noam Scheiber has created some buzz with his new book The Escape Artists: How Obama's Team Fumbled the Economic Recovery.  —  One of the juiciest nuggets Scheiber uncovered deals with a December 2008 memo written by Christie Romer …
Discussion: Brad DeLong
 
 
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Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Mutated Trout Raise New Concerns Near Mine Sites
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and BuzzFeed
Jack Ewing / New York Times:
In Germany, a Limp Domestic Economy Stifled by Regulation
Discussion: Via Meadia
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
TX GOP Senate Candidate Craig James Claims That Being Gay Is A Choice That Will Be Punished By God
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Pro-Romney group's new ad says he saved a teen girl
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Galupo / US News:
Rick Santorum Didn't Restart the Culture War—It Never Stopped
Ted Nesi / WPRI.com Blogs:
Cicilline, Chafee approval ratings now worse than Nixon in 1974
Purna Nemani / Courthouse News Service:
Governor Gives Up in Gay Marriage Case
James Kwak / The Atlantic Online:
Mitt Romney's Tax Plan Is a Mathematical Disaster
Bill Clark / ABCNEWS:
Will Supreme Court Reconsider Citizens United? Two Justices Hope So
Rob Koebel / Local:
Rep. Joel Kleefisch allegedly caught voting for absent member
Discussion: The Raw Story
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Chris Christie: Obama Is Showing ‘Cowardice’ For Trying To Have It ‘Both Ways’ On Marriage Equality
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
President Obama as an alien
Discussion: The Mahablog