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7:05 AM ET, February 29, 2012


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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.
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 …
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 …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Romney Wins Arizona; Tight Race in Michigan  —  SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Mitt Romney won the Arizona primary on Tuesday, based on surveys of voters leaving polls, but was locked in a tight battle with Rick Santorum in Michigan, where Mr. Santorum hoped to use his strong showing in his rival's native state …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: New York Times and Verum Serum
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
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 …
Discussion: Reuters and
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 …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Politico
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Michigan: Increase in Conservative Voters, Democrats
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
In Ohio, fierce primary fight may hurt GOP's chances for the fall
Discussion: New York Times, Reuters and The Page
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney wins Arizona, Michigan primaries
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Guardian
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Three-term GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe won't run for reelection
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.
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.
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: Firedoglake and BuzzFeed
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’
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