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11:00 AM ET, February 29, 2012


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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 …
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Poll finds Santorum up by double-digits in Ohio  —  Fresh off his victories in Michigan and Arizona, Mitt Romney will need to pull another come-from-behind effort to take Ohio on Super Tuesday, a new poll shows.  —  Romney trails Rick Santorum by 11 points in the latest Ohio Poll from the University of Cincinnati.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
5 takeaways from Arizona and Michigan  —  Mitt did it.  —  After a brutal and nail-biting build-up, Mitt Romney emerged from two primary contests Tuesday night with important victories under his belt, and Rick Santorum's momentum was stalled.  —  Below are POLITICO's five takeaways from Arizona and Michigan:
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
First Thoughts: Winning ugly  —  Romney wins ugly in Michigan... But that win silences the talk about a white knight riding to the GOP's rescue... February took a toll on Romney... Did Santorum lose Michigan more than Romney winning it?... On to Super Tuesday... And Snowe's retirement gives Democrats …
Discussion: GOP 12
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 …
Geneva Sands-Sadowitz / The Hill:
RNC chairman: Not a ‘fan’ of Santorum robocall tactic
Discussion: CNN
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
G.O.P. Greek Tragedy
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Daily Kos
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
John McCain: Close curtain on GOP ‘Greek tragedy’
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Odds of a Brokered Convention Are Increasing
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
In Ohio, fierce primary fight may hurt GOP's chances for the fall
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Romney Camp Will Haunt Santorum With Robocall Story
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Big Night For Mitt Romney
Discussion: The Daily Beast, CNN and The PJ Tatler
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney Wins Primaries in Michigan and Arizona
Discussion: CNN, Politico and CANNONFIRE
Fox News:
Romney fights to hold lead in Michigan primary after projected Arizona win
Discussion: Verum Serum and New York Times
Rachel Rose Hartman / Reuters:
Romney wins pivotal Michigan primary as well as Arizona
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Michigan and Arizona primary results 2012: Mitt Romney staves off Rick Santorum
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Will Olympia Snowe Join Americans Elect?  —  Olympia Snowe's retirement statement seemed like it dropped a huge hint, and I'm surprised it hasn't received any attention: … This sounds exactly like the kind of rhetoric emanating from Americans Elect, the third-party group that believes …
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)
Mike Allen / Politico:
Playbook: Leap Day edition  —  TO TELL THE KIDS -USA Today 1A, “What if there were no leap years? ...  [T]he calendar would be ‘scrambled,’” by Dan Vergano: “[T]he Earth doesn't circle the sun in exactly 365 days [but] 365.2425 days ... Those extra digits add up to almost a full day, but not quite, every four years. ...
Sacramento Bee:
Support for gay marriage takes dramatic leap in California, new poll shows  —  A new poll shows gay marriage has arrived in California - in public opinion if not in state lawbooks.  —  Golden State registered voters now favor same-sex unions by 59 percent to 34 percent …
Steven Shepard /
Despite Detroit Comeback, Public Opposes Bailout  —  A majority of Americans think the federal government should not have helped out U.S. automakers that were in financial trouble, but rather should have allowed them to go it alone, according to a new United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll.
Washington Examiner:
Barone: Puzzling cheers for higher taxes  —  Copies of the president's FY2013 budget request are seen after they were delivered to the Senate Budget Committee on Feb. 13, 2012.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)  —  I have long been puzzled by the enthusiasm with which many young liberal bloggers cheer …
Lawrence B. Lindsey / Wall Street Journal:
Geithner and the ‘Privilege’ of Being American  —  The Founders argued that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness were rights that preceded government—not things to be granted by it.  —  Last week Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said that the “most fortunate Americans” …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Matthew Pennington / Associated Press:
US: NK agrees to suspend nuclear activities  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States says North Korea has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment and agree to a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests.  —  State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland also said Wednesday the North …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Reuters
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rules Chairman Dreier announces retirement after 16 House terms  —  House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.) on Wednesday morning announced from the House floor that he would not seek reelection this year.  —  “We all know that this institution has an abysmally low approval rating …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Religion News Service:
Franklin Graham apologizes for questioning Obama's faith
Discussion: Politico and USA Today
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes to overturn Supreme Court decision on eminent domain
Elizabethe Holland / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Catholic school fires gay teacher planning wedding
Discussion: The Raw Story
Associated Press:
Obama administration plan would kill rival bird to save spotted owl
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Worried Dems pressing Obama on gas prices
Discussion: ThinkProgress and
Michael Schuman / Time:
Why China Will Have an Economic Crisis
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James Hohmann / Politico:
Ron Paul ‘movement’ comes to Virginia
Discussion: The Page
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Democracy Alliance Dumps Progressive Organizations
Discussion: Campaign 2012, Firedoglake and BuzzFeed
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Gay Marine and boyfriend in homecoming kiss photo speak out
Craig Bannister / CNSNews:
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