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1:20 PM ET, February 26, 2012


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Tim Mak / Politico:
Santorum: JFK speech ‘makes me want to throw up’  —  Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the notion of religion not playing role in politics “makes me want to throw up.”  —  “To say that people of faith have no role in the public square?  You bet that makes me want to throw up.
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
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
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney's Wife Won't Let Him Debate Anymore
Discussion: The Impolitic and 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Ghastly Outdated Party  —  IT'S finally sinking in.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
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.
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Santorum: 'I Don't Believe In An America Where The Separation Between Church And State Is Absolute'  —  Rick Santorum took issue with President John F. Kennedy's famous speech on the separation of church and state on Sunday, telling This Week's George Stephanopoulos that he does not believe the separation is absolute:
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 …
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.
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
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
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Wyoming House advances doomsday bill
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Krauthammer: When Will Islamic Nations Apologize To Us...
Discussion: American Thinker and Israel Matzav
Michael Ledeen / Wall Street Journal:
Santorum Was Right About Iran—When It Was Unpopular