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11:10 PM ET, February 28, 2012


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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Open thread: Michigeddon; Update: Romney wins Arizona; Update: Michigan exit poll added; Update: Santorum loses Catholics?  Update: Romney wins Michigan; Update: Romney exceeds 2008 vote total  —  The polls close in most of the state at 8 p.m. ET but a few precincts in the upper peninsula …
Santorum flips on Dems voting in GOP primaries  —  Washington (CNN) - As voters headed to the polls in Michigan on Tuesday, Rick Santorum defended a robo call his campaign used in the state urging Democrats to support its candidate as a vote against Mitt Romney.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum regrets ‘throw up’ response to Kennedy speech  —  Rick Santorum regrets saying that he wanted to “throw up” in response to watching a video clip of President John F. Kennedy's 1960 speech about the separation of church and state.  —  “I wish I had that particular line back,” …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Possum Republicans  —  Politicians do what they must to get re-elected.  So it's not unexpected that Republican senators like Richard Lugar and Orrin Hatch would swing sharply to the right to fend off primary challengers.  —  As Jonathan Weisman reported in The Times on Sunday …
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
John McCain: Close curtain on GOP ‘Greek tragedy’  —  Believes ‘negative’ campaign will take a toll in November  —  Former GOP presidential candidate John McCain said yesterday he fears Republicans will be stuck with a bloodied nominee so sapped by months of campaign attacks …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney Wins Primaries in Michigan and Arizona  —  Mitt Romney pulled off a win in the Michigan primary tonight, though the race was close and underscored his struggles as the GOP establishment candidate seeking the party's nomination.  —  The former Massachusetts governor also won …
Josh Lederman / The Hill:
After tough race, Romney beats Santorum in Michigan primary  —  Mitt Romney re-established himself as the Republican front-runner Tuesday night with his win in Michigan's pivotal primary, fending off what would have been a crushing defeat by rival Rick Santorum.
Discussion: Politico, Ballot Box and The Hill
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
After Many Momentum Shifts, Michigan Is Too Close to Call  —  People sometimes apply the term “tossup” a bit too broadly, using it to refer to anything close enough that they don't want to render a prediction about it.  —  In Michigan, however, the term is appropriate.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Mitt wins Ariz., close race in Michigan
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney wins Arizona, Michigan primaries
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Althouse
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Backs Away From JFK ‘Throw Up’ Remark: ‘I Wish I Had That Particular Line Back’
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The Michigan primary: Five counties to watch
Discussion: and GOP 12
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney also said he voted in Dem primaries to influence the race
Emily Friedman / Associated Press:
Secret meeting leads to Kid Rock jam session at Romney rally
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe to retire in blow to GOP  —  Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe will not seek reelection in 2012, she announced Tuesday.  —  Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) on Dec. 17, 2011, after leaving the floor of the Senate.  (J. Scott Applewhite - AP)
Portland Press-Herald:
Sen. Snowe won't seek re-election  —  Citing bitter and unbreakable partisanship in Congress, Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, announced this afternoon that she has decided not to run for re-election after 33 years in Congress.  —  In a statement issued by her campaign, Snowe said that both she and her husband …
Matthew Gagnon / Pine Tree Politics:
Snowe Fall(out)  —  Speculation has already begun in the frenzy that was created after Senator Snowe announced she would not be seeking re-election to the United States Senate.  —  What caused this?  Who will run to replace her?  Can anyone do it with the March filing deadline?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Three-term GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe won't run for reelection
Discussion: CNN
Olympia Snowe / CNN:
Maine senator will not seek re-election
Craig Bannister / CNSNews:
Sex-Crazed Co-Eds Going Broke Buying Birth Control, Student Tells Pelosi Hearing Touting Freebie Mandate  —  A Georgetown co-ed told Rep. Nancy Pelosi's hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex that they're going broke, so you and I should pay for their birth control.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Obama hits Romney with withering mockery as he makes case for reelection  —  In a speech to the United Auto Workers just now, Obama defended his decision to bail out the auto industry, lacing into Mitt Romney with withering derision.  But this speech was about more than the auto-bailout.
The White House:
Remarks by the President to UAW Conference  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: How's it going, UAW?  (Applause.)  It is good to be with some autoworkers today!  (Applause.)  All right.  Everybody have a seat, get comfortable.  Go ahead and get comfortable.  I'm going to talk for a little bit.
Discussion: Opinion L.A., Wheels and Smartypants
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Suggests Romney Shoveling ‘A Load of You-Know-What’
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Huckabee Will Host a Presidential Forum on Fox News  —  The Republican presidential candidates may have grown tired of debating one another.  But there's still one television invitation they won't turn down: Mike Huckabee's.  —  Mr. Huckabee will host his third presidential forum on Saturday …
Discussion: Politico and GOP 12
James Delingpole /
Why I am so rude to Warmists  —  Sharing a car back from the BBC Big Question debate in Cardiff on Sunday I had a tremendous bust-up with one of my fellow panelists which I think many of you would have enjoyed hugely.  (Our driver could barely keep a straight face).
Discussion: EU Referendum and Pirate's Cove
Paul Chesser / National Legal and Policy Center:
Obama-Supporting Law Firm Advised on Failed Fisker Loan  —  An international law firm, which gave substantial political donations to President Obama and fellow Democrats over the last three campaign cycles, received its own significant stimulus award to advise on a controversial Department …
Local Developing Blender:
Gay Marine and boyfriend in homecoming kiss photo speak out  —  A Marines homecoming photo from a Hawaii base has gained worldwide attention — two men kissing, just months after “Don't Ask Don't Tell” was repealed.  —  The picture has gone viral from Kaneohe, home of Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
Liz Klimas /
ETHICISTS ARGUE IN FAVOR OF ‘AFTER-BIRTH ABORTIONS’ AS NEWBORNS ‘ARE NOT PERSONS’  —  Two ethicists working with Australian universities argue in the latest online edition of the Journal of Medical Ethics that if abortion of a fetus is allowable, so to should be the termination of a newborn.
Rachel Dissell / Plain Dealer:
Parents of teen accused of shootings faced charges  —  CHARDON, Ohio — It appears that T.J. Lane had violence in his life from the beginning.  —  Geauga County court records show the father of the teen who authorities say shot five students at Chardon High School on Monday had been arrested …
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