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10:45 AM ET, February 28, 2012


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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
After Many Momentum Shifts, Michigan 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.
Evan McMorris-Santoro /
Updated at 5:10 EST with audio of the call.  —  Updated at 6:12pm EST with confirmation that the call did indeed come from the Santorum campaign  —  LANSING, MI — Rick Santorum's campaign is locked in a tight battle with Mitt Romney ahead of Tuesday's Michigan primary.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney also said he voted in Dem primaries to influence the race  —  The Romney campaign has been denouncing Democratic efforts - and now those by Rick Santorum - to get Democrats to vote in Michigan's open primary.  —  Mitt Romney himself called it a “new low” in politics in a round of TV interviews.
Discussion: CNN and The Moderate Voice
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Momentum back toward Santorum in MI?  —  PPP's final poll in Michigan finds Rick Santorum holding on to the smallest of leads with 38% to 37% for Mitt Romney, 14% for Ron Paul, and 9% for Newt Gingrich.  —  It's always good to be cautious with one night poll numbers, but momentum seems to be swinging in Santorum's direction.
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Can Rick Santorum Score A Michigan Upset?  (The Note)  —  DETROIT — Rick Santorum's campaign is already declaring victory in Michigan.  —  Voters are streaming into polling places throughout the state, but we're still many hours away from knowing whether native son Mitt Romney …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …, GOP 12 and Metro
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Election day polls show Michigan further tightening
Discussion: CNN
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Conservatives take dimmer view of Romney ahead of voting
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
Santorum robocall seeks votes from Democrats
Discussion: Politico, ThinkProgress and GOP 12
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Michigan Forecast Update: Romney's Lead Looks More Tenuous
GOP frets over 2012 knife fight  —  National Republican leaders are voicing increasing dismay over the course of the party's presidential primary, which has fallen into such a negative grind that they warn could cost them the White House.  —  At the core of their concern is the atmosphere …
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
Stratfor Is a Joke and So Is Wikileaks for Taking It Seriously  —  The corporate research firm has branded itself as a CIA-like “global intelligence” firm, but only Julian Assange and some over-paying clients are fooled.  —  On June 2, 2009, Anya Alfano of Stratfor, which describes itself as a private …
Sara A. Carter / Washington Examiner:
Secret memo suggests White House ignored SOS from Iranian opposition  —  Iranian supporters of defeated reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi demonstrate on June 18, 2009 in Tehran, Iran.  Thousands of people have continued to protest in the streets of Tehran during a day of mourning …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Hot Air
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
What's the Matter With ‘Nebraska’?  —  A frivolous essay underscores the left's serious prejudices.  —  This column has recently become skeptical of the view—nearly universal on the liberal left but common as well among conservative elites—that Rick Santorum is “unelectable” …
Discussion: Rod Dreher
What Happens if Rick Santorum Wins Michigan?  —  That's the question I asked ABC News contributor Matt Dowd ahead of tonight's primary.  Mitt Romney has been bouncing up and down in the polls of his home state, and is now neck and neck with Rick Santorum.  —  “If Rick Santorum wins tonight it's …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Santorum: Gas Prices Caused The 2008 Recession  —  Dubiously claims gas prices prevented people from paying their mortgages.  —  LANSING, Michigan—Rick Santorum sharpened his attack on President Barack Obama over rising gas prices, saying high energy prices caused the 2008 recession.
Elizabeth Lopatto / Bloomberg:
Wealthy More Likely to Lie, Cheat: Researchers  —  Are society's most noble actors found within society's nobility?  —  That question spurred Paul Piff, a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, to explore whether higher social class is linked to higher ideals, he said in a telephone interview.
Discussion: Wired, Guardian and Suburban Guerrilla
JOBS Act just what Obama ordered  —  America has always offered immense opportunity because innovators have had the ability to take risks, work hard and be rewarded for it.  Innovators, entrepreneurs and small-business people built the framework for American success, creating legacies lasting generations.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats target likely veep pick Sen. Rubio  —  Democrats have started to wage a political assault against Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and the intensity of their attacks will intensify in the coming weeks.  —  Senior officials in the Democratic Party anticipate that Mitt Romney will win …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Trashing Tricare  —  The Obama administration's proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers' benefits untouched.  The proposal is causing a major rift within the Pentagon, according to U.S. officials.
Henry C. Jackson / Associated Press:
Kerrey reconsiders after turning down Senate bid  —  OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Democrats might yet have a lifeline in their quest to hold on to Nebraska's open U.S. Senate seat this year, and once again it's former Sen. Bob Kerrey giving them hope.  —  The popular two-term U.S. senator …
Discussion: The Reaction
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Republican Party started out anti-Mormon  —  • The founders of the Republican Party saw Mormons as their enemies.  —  And the first Mormon leaders didn't have much nice to say about the GOP, either.  —  You would never know it now — one recent poll showed three-quarters …
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Will the EPA's new climate rules get killed in court?  —  Congress isn't planning to tackle climate change anytime soon, which means the Environmental Protection Agency is now the last line of defense.  But could the EPA's new rules on carbon pollution get tossed out by the courts?  We're about to find out.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Unbearable Gleickness of Being: An Omnibus Climate Update  —  The Gleickgate hits just keep coming.  (Or is it Fakegate, as Heartland is calling it, or Gleick-Out, as I've called it?  Doesn't matter.)  First, Gleick has taken a leave of absence from his post as president of the Pacific Institute …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Democratic lobbyists giving cold shoulder to Obama super-PAC  —  Democratic lobbyists who have been barred from fundraising for President Obama's campaign are showing little interest in donating instead to a super-PAC that supports him.  —  Unlike Obama's official campaign …
Mary Pilon / New York Times:
Jewish School's Team, Refusing to Play During Sabbath, Loses Trip to State Semifinals  —  The Robert M. Beren Academy, an Orthodox Jewish day school in Houston, won its regional championship to advance to the boys basketball state semifinals this weekend in Dallas.  But the team will not make the trip.
Discussion: Rod Dreher
Byron Tau / Politico:
ACLU, CAIR call for probe into W.H. funding for Muslim surveillance  —  The American Civil Liberties Union and the Council on American-Islamic Relations are separately calling for investigations into White House funding of a domestic spying program launched by the New York Police Department against Muslim-Americans.
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 …
Washington Post:
Co­lo­ni­al­ ism in Africa helped launch the HIV epidemic a century ago  —  We are unlikely to ever know all the details of the birth of the AIDS epidemic.  But a series of recent genetic discoveries have shed new light on it, starting with the moment when a connection from chimp to human changed the course of history.
Discussion: News Desk and Joe. My. God.
Paul Revoir / Daily Mail:
Christianity gets less sensitive treatment than other religions admits BBC chief  — But added that religion as a whole should never receive the same ‘protection and sensitivity’ in the law as race  —  BBC director-general Mark Thompson has claimed Christianity is treated with far less sensitivity …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Romneycare is working — and Obamacare might be, too  —  Mitt Romney has been very clear, and very confusing: His health-care reforms are working in Massachusetts, but they're not a good model for the rest of the nation.  New numbers out from Massachusetts — and from the rest of the nation — suggest he's only half right.
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Discussion: Washington Wire
Agence France Presse:
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Discussion: Jihad Watch
Andrew Frye / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Althouse
Frank Rich / New York Magazine:
Whitewashing Gay History
Drew Harwell / St. Petersburg Times:
Controversy over Scientology influence clouds future of Pinellas charter school
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Issa Concedes His All-Male Anti-Contraception Hearing Was Not ‘My Greatest Success’
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Newt: We can't fix Afghanistan
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Alabama Bill Could Require Women To Undergo Invasive Ultrasound To Convince Them ‘To Keep The Child’