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12:25 PM ET, February 26, 2012


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John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
The Lost Party  —  The strangest primary season in memory reveals a GOP that's tearing itself apart.  —  On a biting, brittle mid-February morning 30 miles north of Detroit, Rick Santorum plants his flag in a patch of turf as politically fertile as exists in these United States.
Kyle Whitmire / Second Front:
Poll: Santorum comes from behind in Alabama three-way  —  With Alabama's March 13 primary looking more and more important, Rick Santorum has pulled even with the Republican field in a poll conducted by Alabama State University.  While former House Speaker Newt Gingrich maintains a small lead …
Jan Brewer / CNN:
Arizona governor endorses Romney  —  (CNN) - Two days before her state's primary, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Sunday endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination.  —  “I'm going to publicly endorse Mitt Romney.  I think he's the man that carried the day,” Brewer said on the NBC program “Meet the Press.”
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
Keach Hagey / Politico:
Mitt Romney's talk-radio blitz  —  In the past 10 days, Ron Jolly, the morning drive-time host on Traverse City, Michigan's conservative talk radio station, has interviewed Mitt Romney twice and his surrogate, Donald Trump, once.  —  It's better access than most national media outlets get.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Ballot Box
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney's Wife Won't Let Him Debate Anymore  —  “He's just going to sit in the audience and watch me.”  —  Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns at the Saginaw County Lincoln Day Breakfast in Saginaw, Mich., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Santorum Unloads On “Occupier” Romney
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Ghastly Outdated Party  —  IT'S finally sinking in.  —  Republicans are getting queasy at the gruesome sight of their party eating itself alive, savaging the brand in ways that will long resonate.  —  “Republicans being against sex is not good,” the G.O.P. strategist Alex Castellanos told me mournfully.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Seven U.S. soldiers wounded after Afghan NATO base attacked  —  KUNDUZ/KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Seven U.S. military trainers were wounded on Sunday when a grenade was thrown at their base in northern Afghanistan, police said, as anti-Western fury deepened over the burning of the Koran at a NATO base.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
2 Americans Killed as Afghan Unrest Enters Fifth Day
Discussion: Rod Dreher and Booman Tribune
Byron Tau / Politico:
Koch brothers fire back at Obama  —  Oil magnates Charles and David Koch are firing back at President Obama's reelection campaign over a fundraising letter tying Mitt Romney to their business interests.  —  In an open letter addressed to campaign manager Jim Messina, president …
Discussion: Power Line, Campaign 2012 and Hot Air
Nigeria unrest: Suicide bomb targets church in Jos  —  A suicide car bomber has killed at least three people at a church in the troubled central Nigerian city of Jos, sparking reprisals by Christian youths.  —  Witnesses said the suicide bomber drove his car into the prominent Church of Christ during morning prayers.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The State Column:
Could global warming shrink humanity?  New study suggests it's possible  —  Humans may be much shorter if global warming continues, according to the latest study.  —  A new study finds that ancient horses shrunk even smaller than their ancestors, a trend scientists say is likely the result of global warming.
Richard Weir / Boston Herald:
Lawyer: Lesbians' assault on gay man can't be hate crime  —  + Recent Articles + Recent Blog Entries + Email + Bio  —  Three women identified by their lawyers as lesbians were arraigned yesterday on a hate crime charge for allegedly beating a gay man at the Forest Hills T station …
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Obama Hires Academy Award Winning Filmmaker To Direct A Movie About . . . Barack Obama...  Even better: The man Obama hired was the director behind Al Gore's fairytale, “An Inconvenient Truth.”  —  Via Politico:
Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Obama Enlists Guggenheim for Campaign Film
Evan McMorris-Santoro /
TPM2012  —  Flashback: In 2006, Rick Santorum Wanted To Send All Pennsylvanians To College  —  TROY, MICHIGAN — At an Americans For Prosperity-sponsored tea party rally here Saturday, Rick Santorum trumpeted his connections to the working class by attacking President Obama's plan to make college more accessible to Americans.
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