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6:05 PM ET, February 24, 2012

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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Romney speech falls flat in Detroit  —  Mitt Romney spoke to several empty seats Friday in Detroit, in a speech that offered Democrats more fodder for their attacks and failed to deliver the major economic address his campaign promised.  —  Television cameras showed rows of empty chairs …
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Boasts: He Has Not One, But Four, American Cars  —  He also thinks Michigan's trees are “just the right height.”  —  (Original Photo Source: Getty Images)  —  DETROIT, Michigan—Mitt Romney addressed the Detroit Economic Club today and proved once again why he's hard to relate to.
Steven Rattner / New York Times:
Delusions About the Detroit Bailout
Carlos Osorio / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney's Ford Field Fumble?
Discussion: Plutocrap
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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Politico:
The ‘gotcha’ campaign  —  MILFORD, Mich. — Caught in a make-or-break moment, Mitt Romney went to the videotape.  —  To hear him tell it, the GOP front-runner clicked on a classic piece of opposition research for a peek.  The six-day-old Fox News clip summed up the day's attacks on Rick Santorum.
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Santorum Swings Hard At Romney, Says His Team Is ‘All Democrats’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kyle Leighton / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Why Mitt Romney Might Be Even Weaker Than You Think
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Romney Takes Michigan Forecast Lead
Alex Roarty / 2012 Decoded:
Republican Race's Volatility is Historic
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Out of Gas  —  The folly of blaming Obama for higher gas prices.  —  Consumers are paying ever-higher prices for gas  —  Magdalena Jankowska/iStockphoto  —  Several months' worth of strong labor market data have put a crimp in Republican plans to run against Barack Obama as the second coming of Herbert Hoover.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
White House says nothing ‘off the table’ in dealing with gas prices
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Karen Santorum: husband's presidential run is 'God's will'  —  Rick Santorum's wife granted a rare interview Thursday, telling conservative talk show host Glenn Beck that she initially had been against her husband running for president but finally concluded it was “God's will.”
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
The Sharia Court of Pennsylvania — the Transcript  —  I have made a transcript of the Pennsylvania case in which state judge Mark Martin, a Muslim convert and U.S. Army reservist who served in Iraq, relied on a sharia law defense (as well as some evidentiary contortions) …
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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
Byron Tau / Politico:
Gregoire: Obama the ‘inspiration’ on gay marriage  —  Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) defended President Obama's record on gay rights, saying that the president was the “inspiration” for her state's recent same-sex marriage legalization bill.  —  “I think we probably have succeeded as much as we have because of his leadership.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Weasel Zippers
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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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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.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Romney's Stadium Speech Today Dwarfed By Obama Stadium Speech In 2008  —  At this very moment, Mitt Romney is holding an event at Ford Stadium which has failed to attract enough people to come even close to filling it up (in fact, you could fit Romney's 1,200 person crowd in the 65,000-seat stadium 54 times over).
Discussion: Guardian and The Atlantic Online
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Democratic governors discuss bypassing Congress with Obama  —  President Obama met with a group of Democratic governors on Friday and discussed plans to work around Congress toward policy goals.  —  Gov. Jack Markell, the Democratic governor of Delaware and the vice chairman …
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.
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
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.
Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
Taliban's Response to Obama's Apology: ‘Kill Them, Beat Them, Take Them as Prisoners’  —  (CNSNews.com) - In the wake of President Barack Obama sending a three-page letter to Afghan President Hamid Kharzai, apologizing for U.S. forces having mistakenly burned some Qur'ans at a U.S. air base in Afghanistan …
 
 
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
House GOP leaders to appeal latest Defense of Marriage Act ruling
Discussion: Hot Air
Fox News:
7 states sue to block contraception mandate
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Schumer says Republicans ‘overplayed their hand’ in birth control fight
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Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Eleventh Circuit Finds Fifth Amendment Right Against Self Incrimination Protects Against Being Forced …
Gillian Tett / Financial Times:
Pension gap spells trouble for muni bonds
Discussion: Via Meadia
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Athens Told to Change Spending and Taxes
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Joan Biskupic / Reuters:
Analysis: Obama yet to make a mark on key U.S. court
Don Emmert / Rolling Stone:
Arizona Debate: Conservative Chickens Come Home to Roost
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
A message to Mickey Kaus
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