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9:10 PM ET, February 26, 2012


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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Santorum says he ‘almost threw up’ after reading JFK speech on separation of church and state  —  Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) on Sunday defended a statement he made last October in which he said that he “almost threw up” when he read John F. Kennedy's 1960 Houston address on the role of religion in public life.
Rick Santorum: JFK's 1960 Speech Made Me Want to Throw Up  —  GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said today that watching John F. Kennedy's speech to the Baptist ministers in Houston in 1960 made him want to “throw up.”  —  “To say that people of faith have no role in the public square?
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Sick Man: Santorum makes it explicit  —  Sick man  —  So John F Kennedy's seminal speech on the separation of church and state made Rick Santorum sick: … So is the idea that the first Catholic president was sickening a big seller among Catholics these days?  Who knew?
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:
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.
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Ghastly Outdated Party  —  IT'S finally sinking in.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.
Adam Winkler / The Daily Beast:
Clarence Thomas Is a Long Shot for President, But His Candidacy Makes a Lot of Sense  —  Call it a longshot if you like, but in this anything-can-happen political year, the Supreme Court justice has qualities to recommend him to a broad spectrum of voters.  —  With the Republican presidential …
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Seven U.S. soldiers wounded after Afghan NATO base attacked  —  (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.
New York Times:
2 Americans Killed as Afghan Unrest Enters Fifth Day
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: CNN, Riehl World View and Ballot Box
Jan Brewer / CNN:
Arizona governor endorses Romney
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The G.O.P.'s Fuzzy Delegate Math  —  If Rick Santorum wins in Michigan on Tuesday but loses Arizona, he may get the better spin out of the evening while winding up with fewer delegates.  That is because Arizona is a winner-take-all state whereas Michigan is not.
Daytona 500: Rick Santorum sponsors car  —  If Tony Raines prevails at Sunday's Daytona 500, one will also be able to count that as a victory for GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum.  —  The Santorum campaign is one of the sponsors for Raines's No. 26 Ford Fusion in the race …
Discussion: CNN
Rasmussen Reports:
55% Oppose Affirmative Action Policies for College Admissions  —  The U.S. Supreme Court last week agreed to hear a case involving the use of race as a factor in college admissions.  Most voters oppose the use of so-called affirmative action policies at colleges and universities and continue …
Discussion: Althouse and The Other McCain
Lee Siegel / The Daily Beast:
Mitt Romney Is a Canny Politician Doing What's Necessary to Survive the Primaries  —  The candidate is no fool.  He knows the far right controls the GOP primaries, and he'll say and do whatever it takes to get to the nomination.  —  Here's an outrageous proposition.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Moderate Voice
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