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10:25 AM 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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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?
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.
Arizona Republic:
Romney right for these times  —  Republicans long ago identified the qualities required of a presidential candidate who could pose a legitimate challenge to President Barack Obama.  —  The list of attributes was short.  —  Above all else, that candidate must exude an adult …
Discussion: CNN, GOP 12 and ABCNEWS
Politico:
Democrats: Is Rick Santorum for real?  —  Last week, the Obama campaign made what seemed, on its surface, like a startling announcement: They were steering some of their opposition researchers, who had been mostly trained on Mitt Romney, to a rocketing Rick Santorum.
Discussion: CNN and Political Insider
Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Recount puts Santorum on Indiana primary ballot
Discussion: The Hill, GOP 12 and Rasmussen Reports
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Santorum Surge and Its Larger Meaning
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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama: Why, these Republicans are licking their chops over higher gas prices
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.
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 …
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James Hohmann / Politico:
Morning Score: Romney on economy
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN and detroitnews.com
Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Romney Taps Bush Hands to Shape Economic Policies
Discussion: The Page
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.
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
ARLEN AND RICK  —  In 1996 and 2004, Rick Santorum supported Arlen Specter over conservative candidates.  Arlen Specter was a liberal, pro-choice Republican who became a Democrat and was the deciding vote on Obamacare.  Specter and Santorum voted together in favor of Judge Sotomayor and together against right-to-work legislation.
Discussion: CNN and Campaign 2012
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ABCNEWS:
Romney Campaign Doubles Down On Rick Santorum-Arlen Specter Connection
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.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
New York Times Columnist Mocks Romney's ‘Magic Underwear’  —  I hope you're proud.  —  Mr. Blow may attempt to delete that Tweet, but it can, for now, be found here.  Of course, this is the Internet.  Nothing ever goes away completely.  —  One of your columnists responds to a comment he does not like …
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
Discussion: Politico, WANE-TV and 89.3 WFPL News
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Females on Campaign Trail Go For Sexpot Look  —  Forget about SexyTwitPics.  Washington has its own crop of would-be sexy females on the loose.  And an unusual trend is developing among campaign and White House reporters of the XX persuasion.  They're using provocative …
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Chris Christie Smacks Down WaPo's Capehart: 'I'm Not Going to be Cross-Examined By You'  —  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart got into quite a heated debate about same sex marriage on MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday.
Discussion: Washington Post and Power Line
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.
Michael A. Cohen / All Foreign Affairs Content:
The United States Is More Secure Than Washington Thinks  —  Last August, the Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney performed what has become a quadrennial rite of passage in American presidential politics: he delivered a speech to the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
‘Lunch-In’ Protests Crackdown on Homemade Lunches  —  The National Center for Public Policy Research hosted a “lunch-in” today at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. The target of the protest?  “[F]ederal school nutrition guidelines that allegedly forced at least one student to forgo …
Discussion: Wonkette, Occupy News and The PJ Tatler
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
Shikha Dalmia / Hit & Run:
Cheer Up, Liberty Lovers, Schumpeter Was Wrong  —  Sometimes, when you are despairing that Joseph Schumpeter was right that capitalism is doomed because its very success inspires the Paul Krugmans and Robert Reichs of the world to spew venom against it, the universe randomly whacks you over the head …
Boston Catholic Insider:
Fact-Check: Did Romney Lie About Cardinal and Contraception During Wednesday Debate?  —  As readers know, if there is one thing that gets under our skin here at BCI, it is deception.  This one by former Gov. Romney about a situation here in Massachusetts affects how the country perceives values important …
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Susan G. Komen Hires Consulting Firm To Assess Damage To Reputation … Komen Planned Parenthood , Politics News  —  After Susan G. Komen for the Cure's controversial decision several weeks ago to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, and the subsequent reversal of that decision …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Firedoglake
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
Same-sex marriage bill approved by Maryland Senate  —  A bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland was approved by the state Senate, which advanced a measure that narrowly cleared the House of Delegates last week.  —  The final vote by the state Senate ended a yearlong drama …
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Annie Linskey / Baltimore Sun:
Maryland Senate passes gay marriage bill
Discussion: msnbc.com, Daily Kos and Shakesville
My Budget 360:
The compression of generations - 25 million adults live at home with parents because they're unemployed or underemployed.  The crushing cost of a college education today.  —  The thought of moving out on your own and making your individual way in the world is very much an American trait.
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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New York Times:
Donors With Agendas  —  The presidential primary season …
Hugh Son / Bloomberg:
BofA Squeezes Mortgage Pipeline to Fannie
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Auto Bailout Now Backed, Stimulus Divisive
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
Republicans, Democrats Differ Over U.S. Automaker Bailout
Discussion: Swampland and Politico
Associated Press:
To close tax loopholes, Obama would open new ones
Discussion: Hot Air
Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Super PAC Republishes 2007 Romney Ad, Violating Finance Laws, Watchdog Says
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Shapiro / Big Government:
Romney Goes Occupy: The ‘1%’ Need to Pay ‘Fair Share’
Discussion: Occupy News and The Other McCain
Ross Andersen / The Atlantic Online:
Project Icarus: Laying the Plans for Interstellar Travel
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Marco Rubio is Sort of Mormon
Discussion: Discourse.net
Jim R. Bounds / ABCNEWS:
John Edwards Sex Tape Suit Settled, Tapes to Be Destroyed
Mj Lee / Politico:
Allen West fills Hummer, blames Obama
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Maddow Blog
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Female Witness Hits Back At Issa: 'I'm A Woman Who Uses Contraception, That Makes Me Qualified' To Testify