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4:45 AM ET, February 27, 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.
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?
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?
Tim Mak / Politico:
Santorum: JFK speech ‘makes me want to throw up’
Discussion: Digital Journal and Firedoglake
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney takes small Michigan lead  —  Mitt Romney's taken a small lead over Rick Santorum in PPP's newest Michigan poll.  He's at 39% to 37% for Santorum, 13% for Ron Paul, and 9% for Newt Gingrich.  Compared to a week ago Romney's gained 6 points, while Santorum's just stayed in place.
Chris Jenkins / Associated Press:
Romney takes campaign detour to Daytona  —  DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two days away from a critical primary in Michigan, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney detoured to Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.  —  Romney visited the track for a few hours before the scheduled start of the Daytona 500.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, PERRspectives, Politico and CNN
Daytona 500: Rick Santorum sponsors car
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Sarah B. Boxer / CBS News:
Romney: Not a NASCAR fan, but friends are owners  —  Mitt Romney went to the races today, and instead of putting his pedal to the metal, seems to have put his foot in his mouth.  —  Asked by a reporter from the Associated Press about whether or not he follows NASCAR, Romney reportedly responded …
Roy Blunt / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Guest commentary: Lift the contraception rules preserve liberty  —  Image  —  This weekend, millions of church-going Catholics in St. Louis and across America will hear or read a letter from their bishop making clear that the Obama Administration's Feb. 10 announcement does nothing to change …
Discussion: Firedoglake
David Catanese / Politico:
Democratic governors: Republicans returning to ‘dark ages’  —  The nation's Democratic governors are gleeful at the heavy play social issues are suddenly getting in the Republican presidential primary.  —  In Washington, D.C., for the annual National Governors Association meeting … is the website for KDVR Television …:
Protestors throw urine bombs at Denver police  —  DENVER — Several protesters were arrested Saturday evening during a disruptive anti-police protest in downtown Denver.  —  According to Lt. Matt Murray of the Denver Police Department, at 7:30 p.m. close to 60-70 anarchist protesters started marching on 16th Street Mall.
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: The Moderate Voice
Syria says referendum results coming Monday; vote punctuated by new violence  —  (CNN) — Syria says results will be available Monday from its referendum on changes to the country's constitution, a vote taken as government troops continued pounding the opposition stronghold of Homs and other cities.
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John Celock / The Huffington Post:
Jan Brewer To Skip Governors Dinner At White House On Sunday
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Weasel Zippers
Rasmussen Reports:
55% Oppose Affirmative Action Policies for College Admissions
Discussion: Althouse and The Other McCain
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The G.O.P.'s Fuzzy Delegate Math
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Nigeria unrest: Suicide bomb targets church in Jos
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Keach Hagey / Politico:
Mitt Romney's talk-radio blitz
Discussion: CNN, Riehl World View and Ballot Box