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12:35 PM ET, February 27, 2012


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Susan Page / USA Today:
Swing states poll: Health care law hurts Obama in 2012  —  WASHINGTON - The health care overhaul that President Obama intended to be the signature achievement of his first term instead has become a significant problem in his bid for a second one, uniting Republicans in opposition and eroding his standing among independents.
Rick Santorum / Wall Street Journal:
My Economic Freedom Agenda  —  We need bold tax reform, but Mitt Romney wants to tinker at the margins.  —  America's budget process is broken.  Our economy and American families are struggling, and the country needs bold reforms and major restructuring, not tinkering at the margins.
James Hohmann / Politico:
Battleground Poll: GOP president's race takes toll, Obama inches up  —  A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll reveals the prolonged nominating battle is taking a toll on the GOP candidates and finds the president's standing significantly improved from late last year.
Quinnipiac University:
Men, Conservatives Push Santorm To 7-Pt. Ohio Lead, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; 45% Of GOP Voters Might Change Their Mind  —  With strong support from men and conservatives, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum leads the Ohio GOP presidential field with 36 percent of likely Republican primary voters …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Divided on Repeal of 2010 Healthcare Law  —  Majority of Republicans strongly favor repeal if a Republican is elected president  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans divide evenly when asked if they favor (47%) or oppose (44%) a Republican president's repealing the 2010 healthcare law if elected this November.
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum adviser on Michigan: ‘We have already won’  —  Detroit (CNN) - A senior adviser to Rick Santorum is downplaying the latest trend in Michigan polling, which shows Mitt Romney creeping back to a narrow lead ahead of Tuesday's closely watched Republican primary.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney headed for an Arizona rout  —  Mitt Romney is headed for an overwhelming victory in Arizona's primary on Tuesday.  He's at 43% to 26% for Rick Santorum, 18% for Newt Gingrich, and 11% for Ron Paul.  —  You can make a fair argument that Romney's already won the Arizona primary.
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Warren Buffett: ‘It Is A Myth’ That U.S. Corporate Taxes Are High
GOP voters split over Romney, Santorum, new poll shows
Discussion: Politico and The Agonist
First Thoughts: High stakes
Gerald Herbert / ABCNEWS:
‘World News’ Political Insights: What Mitt Romney Has Already Lost
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and New York Times
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 …
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Santorum Makes Case for Religion in Public Sphere  —  TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — With two days left before the high-stakes Republican primaries in Arizona and Michigan, Rick Santorum delivered a full-throated defense of religion in public life on Sunday, appealing to the social conservatives who have revived his presidential campaign.
Nia-Malika Henderson / Washington Post:
Rick Santorum presses culture wars attack
Connor Kiesel / WEWS-TV:
Police: 1 dead, 4 injured, gunman in custody in Chardon High School shooting  —  CHARDON, Ohio - Chardon Police Chief Timothy McKenna said at noon that one student had died following a shooting at Chardon High School Monday morning.  —  Four other students were injured and a student gunman was in custody.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Los Angeles Times
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Will Bush v. Gore make an election-year return?  —  Tracie Hunter is a Democrat whose still-unsettled 2010 election contest with her Republican opponent will be decided by a legal battle over a batch of disputed and uncounted votes.  —  Irony alert: One of her legal lifelines is the decision …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
EPA Air Rules Head to Court
Sandra Tsing Loh / The Atlantic Online:
Daddy Issues  —  Why caring for my aging father has me wishing he would die  —  To my surprise, in a motion as automatic as the reflex of a mussel being poked, my body bent double and I heard myself screaming:  —  “I WAAAAAAAANT MY FATHERRRRRR TO DIEEEEE!!!”
Dan Hinkel / Chicago Tribune:
Louis Farrakhan warns of racial hatred that could lead to attempts to kill President Obama  —  Nation of Islam leader in Chicago to speak at annual event  —  In a fiery lecture to thousands of followers of the Nation of Islam on Sunday in Chicago, Minister Louis Farrakhan warned that racial hatred …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
2012 or Never  —  Republicans are worried this election could be their last chance to stop history.  This is fear talking.  But not paranoia.  —  Of the various expressions of right-wing hysteria that have flowered over the past three years—goldbuggery, birtherism, death panels at home …
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Juan Williams / The Hill:
Partisans ignoring stimulus's success
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Alan Dershowitz / NY Daily News:
The odious ‘Israel first’ libel
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
AFSCME unveils anti-Romney auto bailout ad
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Debt ceiling limit looms months sooner than expected, during fall campaign
Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Iran state TV says Oscar win victory over Israel
Oren Kessler / Jerusalem Post:
Islamists win 80% of Egypt's upper parliament vote
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Roy Blunt / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
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