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1:20 PM ET, February 28, 2012


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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.
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.
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.
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid slams Romney for opposing auto industry bailout
Discussion: Politico
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Conservatives take dimmer view of Romney ahead of voting
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
How Mitt Romney booked Kid Rock
Discussion: Dependable Renegade
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Romney Advocate Says “Christian Right” is Key to Santorum's Successes
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Can Rick Santorum Score A Michigan Upset? (The Note)
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and GOP 12
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Election day polls show Michigan further tightening
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Romney: Santorum robocalls to Michigan Dem voters ‘disgusting’
Discussion: The Hill and The Right Scoop
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 …
Michael S. Greve / Online Library of Law and Liberty:
Climate Change, Part I: Catastrophe  —  Tomorrow and the day after, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (Judges Rogers, Sentelle, and Tatel) will hear oral arguments in a raft of cases challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's rules on the regulation of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHG).
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Will the EPA's new climate rules get killed in court?
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 …
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 …
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Sorry, The Restaurant Receipt Left By That Nasty, Rich Banker Is A Photoshop Hoax  —  The restaurant receipt that a California banker purportedly used to denigrate a waitress—while also leaving her a one percent tip—was wildly “altered and exaggerated,” according to a spokesperson …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
David White /
Senator plans to rewrite bill in Alabama Legislature that would require ultrasounds before abortions  —  State Sen. Clay Scofield, R-Guntersville, today said he plans to rewrite an abortion bill he sponsored so that it could not require a woman seeking an abortion to first undergo an ultrasound …
William J. Broad / New York Times:
Yoga Fans Sexual Flames and, Predictably, Plenty of Scandal  —  The wholesome image of yoga took a hit in the past few weeks as a rising star of the discipline came tumbling back to earth.  After accusations of sexual impropriety with female students, John Friend, the founder of Anusara …
Discussion: Althouse
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,” …
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
New Hampshire May Revoke Its Gay Marriage Law  —  As same-sex marriage supporters celebrate victories in Washington and Maryland this month, they are keeping a wary eye on New Hampshire, where lawmakers may soon vote to repeal the state's two-year-old law allowing gay couples to wed.
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
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.
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 …
Jessica Firger / Wall Street Journal:
Occupy Groups Get Funding  —  A group of business leaders—including Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's ice cream and former Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg—are planning to pour substantial funds into the Occupy Wall Street movement in hopes of sustaining the protests and fostering political change.
Discussion: Gothamist
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