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1:10 AM ET, February 29, 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 …
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: CNN, Politico and Ballot Box
Rick Santorum / CNN:
TRENDING: 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.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Big Night For Mitt Romney  —  Mitt Romney won easily in Arizona today, and various sources are calling Michigan for him as well.  From my own review of the voting in Michigan, which is reported here, it seems that Romney's lead should increase through the evening, as he is winning big in the heavily populated counties around Detroit.
Discussion: CNN and The PJ Tatler
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 …
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 …
Fox News:
Romney fights to hold lead in Michigan primary after projected Arizona win  —  Mitt Romney was fighting in his home state of Michigan to fend off Rick Santorum Tuesday night, pulling ahead in the Republican presidential primary contest there after scoring a projected victory in Arizona.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Michigan and Arizona primary results 2012: Mitt Romney staves off Rick Santorum  —  Mitt Romney, with his wife Ann, prepares to address supporters in Novi, Mich.  —  Close  —  TOLEDO, Ohio — Mitt Romney took a big step toward setting himself back on a path to the Republican presidential nomination …
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Huckabee Will Host a Presidential Forum on Fox News
Discussion: Politico and GOP 12
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Romney Wins Arizona; Tight Race in Michigan
Discussion: The Caucus and The Page
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney wins Arizona, Michigan primaries
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Michigan: Increase in Conservative Voters, Democrats
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
After Many Momentum Shifts, Michigan Is Too Close to Call
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The Michigan primary: Five counties to watch
Discussion: and GOP 12
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)
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 and Guardian
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 …
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.
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,” …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Backs Away From JFK ‘Throw Up’ Remark: ‘I Wish I Had That Particular Line Back’
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
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Democracy Alliance Dumps Progressive Organizations … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Fox News, Video, Koch Brothers, Media Matters, Robert Greenwald, The Advancement Project, The Democracy Alliance, Third Way, Center For Progressive Leadership, Color Of Change, Crew, Democracy-Alliance, Politics News
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Firedoglake
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 …
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