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1:40 PM ET, February 24, 2012

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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Rick Santorum winning more support from Republican women  —  Over the past several weeks, Republicans have watched squeamishly as presidential contender Rick Santorum has waded into multiple controversies that risk alienating half the 2012 electorate: women.
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Steven Rattner / New York Times:
Delusions About the Detroit Bailout  —  WHEN Mitt Romney takes the podium at Ford Field in Detroit today, he's likely to include yet another sharp denunciation of the government's rescue of General Motors and Chrysler.  —  That Mr. Romney would traverse Michigan trashing a program that saved tens …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
What happens if Mitt Romney wins Michigan?  —  DETROIT — For the past week, much of the focus of the Republican presidential race has centered on the consequences Mitt Romney will face if he loses Michigan's primary.  After a debate in Arizona on Wednesday, the question should be: What will happen if he wins his home state?
Tim Mak / Politico:
Arlen Specter: Rick Santorum ‘so far to the right’  —  ‘I intend to watch the campaign.  I intend to make a decision on the merits,’ Specter said.  AP Photo  —  Close  —  Former Sen. Arlen Specter said Friday that he thought fellow Pennsylvanian Rick Santorum was too extreme to be president.
Rosie Gray / Politics:
Ron Paul Fans Outraged At Hearty Post-Debate Handshake  —  “Ron Paul has got arthritis.  That must have hurt him, f**k you Rick!”  —  Follow  —  More from Rosie Gray ›  —  Source: youtube.com  —  Rick Santorum topped off a disappointing debate performance with an oddly enthusiastic handshake with Ron Paul.
Politico:
The ‘gotcha’ campaign  —  MILFORD, Mich. — Caught …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Daily Kos
Arizona Republic:
Romney right for these times
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN, Talking Points Memo and GOP 12
Kyle Leighton / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Why Mitt Romney Might Be Even Weaker Than You Think
Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Recount puts Santorum on Indiana primary ballot
Discussion: The Hill, Rasmussen Reports and GOP 12
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
ARLEN AND RICK  —  In 1996 and 2004, Rick Santorum supported …
Discussion: CNN and Campaign 2012
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Romney's Economic Closet  —  According to Michael Kinsley, a gaffe is when a politician accidently tells the truth.  That's certainly what happened to Mitt Romney on Tuesday, when in a rare moment of candor — and, in his case, such moments are really, really rare — he gave away the game.
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Palin said her divorce was ‘when,’ not ‘if’  —  Sarah Palin, in 2007, indicated she was contemplating a divorce.  —  In a Sept. 26, 2007, email obtained by The Associated Press, Palin wrote to an aide and her husband, Todd Palin: “So speaking of. ..  If we, er, when we get a divorce …
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Associated Press:
Emails show Palin wanted to leave Alaska governor's job months before she resigned
Discussion: Mediaite, Politico and The Jane Dough
Investor's Business Daily:
5 Biggest Whoppers In Obama's Energy Speech  —  Energy: The White House billed President Obama's energy policy speech as a response to mounting criticism of record high gas prices.  What he delivered was a grab bag of excuses and outright falsehoods.  —  Obama's main message to struggling motorists …
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Remarks by the President on Energy
Rebecca Kaplan / NationalJournal.com:
Santorum: Obama College Plan Aimed at ‘Indoctrination’  —  DALLAS, Texas - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Thursday that President Obama wants more young adults to go to college so they can undergo “indoctrination” to a secular world view.
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ABCNEWS:
Romney Campaign Doubles Down On Rick Santorum-Arlen Specter Connection
Tim Mak / Politico:
Reports: Jeb Bush says 2012ers are 'appealing to people's fears'  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said Thursday that he found it “troubling” that the 2012 presidential candidates are “appealing to people's fears and emotion” on the campaign trail, according to reports.
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Jake Gibson / Fox News:
Jeb Bush: 2012 GOP Field “Appealing to People's Fears”
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Death Star is a Surprisingly Cost-Effective Weapons System  —  There's been a lot of loose talk about the Death Star lately.  I want to put it into a bit of perspective.  —  As background, some students at Lehigh University have estimated that it would be a very expensive project.
Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. does not believe Iran is trying to build nuclear bomb  —  The latest U.S. intelligence report indicates Iran is pursuing research that could enable it to build a nuclear weapon, but that it has not sought to do so.  —  Revolutionary Guard personnel watch the launch of a Zelzal missile in June 2011 near Qom, Iran.
Discussion: Guardian and The Agonist
Elizabeth Warren / The Boston Globe:
Denying women coverage under any guise is a big step backward  —  MAYBE YOU saw the pictures.  Five middle-age men seated at a congressional hearing table to discuss freedom of religion and contraception.  And not a single woman was on the panel.  Unbelievable.
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Politico and Daily Kos
Howard Mintz / Mercury News:
Republican group appeals ruling striking down federal gay marriage ban  —  Moving swiftly, gay marriage foes on Friday appealed a San Francisco federal judge's order this week finding the federal government's ban on same-sex marriage benefits unconstitutional.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
Maryland Senate passes same-sex marriage bill  —  Maryland will join seven states and the District in allowing same-sex marriage, ending a year-long drama in Annapolis over the legislation and expanding nationwide momentum for gay rights.  —  The Senate passed the measure by a vote of 25 …
David Pogue / New York Times:
What Cameras Inside Foxconn Found  —  I wrote about the Apple/China/Foxconn controversy in this space a couple of weeks ago, but there have been some developments, some progress and some new revelations.  —  The story so far: Last month, The New York Times published a front-page article …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
A message to Mickey Kaus  —  Yesterday I clicked on an Instapundit link in this one-sentence post: “Mickey Kaus notes a case of eerie prescience.”  Clicking on the link, I was transported to a link-filled post stating: “Eerie Prescience, Esquire Division: A lot of what is written …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
Solyndra abandons efforts to go clean and green  —  Environmental mess left at plant  —  Federal officials hailed Solyndra LLC's plan to create clean energy when they awarded the company more than a half-billion dollars in loans, but the solar-panel maker's abrupt closure now threatens to leave behind an environmental mess.
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Buchanan To Republicans: You're Overeaching On Birth Control  —  Women's health care has dominated political discussions as GOP-controlled state legislatures consider legislation to extremely curtail women's access to abortions and right-wing leaders claim the Obama administration is infringing …
Discussion: Wonkette
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Bill Maher Presents Obama Super PAC With $1 Million Check  —  While performing his “StupidCrazyPolitics” show at the San Jose Center For The Performing Arts in San Jose, CA Thursday night, comedian and HBO host Bill Maher announced he would be donating $1 million to Priorities USA Action, a pro-Barack Obama Super PAC.
JournalGazette.net:
You choose, we deliver … The Scoop  —  A written report from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources: (Rochester) Conservation Officers investigated an off-road vehicle accident that occurred in Fulton County on February 22nd during the early evening hours.Today 7:34 am
Joan Biskupic / Reuters:
Analysis: Obama yet to make a mark on key U.S. court  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Barack Obama is close to becoming the first president in at least half a century to finish a full term without making an appointment to a U.S. appeals court, considered second in importance only to the Supreme Court.
Discussion: American Prospect
 
 
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Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Kansas considers tax cuts for most residents — except poorest
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Catherine Rampell / Economix:
First Thing We Do, Let's Elect All the Lawyers
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
G.O.P. Fund-Raiser Faces Inquiries Into His Races
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and The Caucus
Don Emmert / Rolling Stone:
Arizona Debate: Conservative Chickens Come Home to Roost
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Giuliani: Social issues make GOP 'look like it isn't a modern party'
Discussion: Politico
Hugh Son / Bloomberg:
BofA Squeezes Mortgage Pipeline to Fannie
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Michael A. Cohen / All Foreign Affairs Content:
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Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Romney Taps Bush Hands to Shape Economic Policies
Discussion: The Page
Shikha Dalmia / Hit & Run:
Cheer Up, Liberty Lovers, Schumpeter Was Wrong
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
‘Lunch-In’ Protests Crackdown on Homemade Lunches
Discussion: Wonkette, Occupy News and The PJ Tatler
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Chris Christie Smacks Down WaPo's Capehart: 'I'm Not Going to be Cross-Examined By You'
Discussion: Washington Post and Power Line
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
New York Times Columnist Mocks Romney's ‘Magic Underwear’