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8:25 PM ET, February 28, 2012


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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.
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.
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:
Michigan, Arizona primaries: Mitt Romney faces important test
Discussion: The Reaction, Guardian and Althouse
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney also said he voted in Dem primaries to influence the race
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)
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 …
Olympia Snowe / CNN:
Maine senator will not seek re-election
Discussion: Politico and Pine Tree Politics
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Three-term GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe won't run for reelection
Discussion: CNN
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.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Suggests Romney Shoveling ‘A Load of You-Know-What’
Discussion: Campaign 2012
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.
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’
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
Local Developing Blender:
Gay Marine and boyfriend in homecoming kiss photo speak out  —  A Marines homecoming photo from a Hawaii base has gained worldwide attention — two men kissing, just months after “Don't Ask Don't Tell” was repealed.  —  The picture has gone viral from Kaneohe, home of Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
Rachel Dissell / Plain Dealer:
Parents of teen accused of shootings faced charges  —  CHARDON, Ohio — It appears that T.J. Lane had violence in his life from the beginning.  —  Geauga County court records show the father of the teen who authorities say shot five students at Chardon High School on Monday had been arrested …
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Another Death Row Debacle: The Case Against Thomas Arthur  —  In Alabama, a death row prisoner could be exonerated by a DNA test.  Why are the courts preventing this from happening — especially when another man has already confessed to the crime?  —  AP Images
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Will Mitt Go Quietly?  —  I've addressed this a few times.  But it's probably worth doing again.  —  This morning I got this email from TPM Reader SL ...  SL's question, I think, all but answers itself.  And this is basically why the whole White Knight fantasy is so preposterous.  Go quietly.
Wall Street Journal:
For the Costliest Homes, Foreclosure Comes Slowly  —  Michael Underwood hasn't made a full mortgage payment on his four-bedroom house in San Francisco's East Bay area since early 2008.  But he has yet to be evicted from the home, which includes a lagoon-style pool carved into the property's natural sandstone.
Liz Klimas /
ETHICISTS ARGUE IN FAVOR OF ‘AFTER-BIRTH ABORTIONS’ AS NEWBORNS ‘ARE NOT PERSONS’  —  Two ethicists working with Australian universities argue in the latest online edition of the Journal of Medical Ethics that if abortion of a fetus is allowable, so to should be the termination of a newborn.
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.
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
Guantanamo detainees get new $750G soccer field  —  At a time of record deficits, a new soccer field for detainees at Camp 6 in Guantanamo Bay is just getting the finishing touches — at a cost of $750,000 to taxpayers.  —  The project was the highlight of a tour Tuesday of the detention camp …
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 …
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
M. Alex Johnson /
Pentagon admits it dumped some 9/11 remains in a landfill  —  Updated at 2:35 p.m ET: For the first time, the Defense Department acknowledged Tuesday that some cremated remains of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were dumped in a landfill.  —  Retired Army Gen. John Abizaid …
Hibah Yousuf /
Dow closes above 13,000  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — U.S. stocks closed at multi-year highs, as investors weighed a small pullback in oil prices and improving consumer confidence against a worse-than-expected drop in durable goods orders.  —  The Dow Jones industrial average ( INDU) …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Liu's Campaign Treasurer Arrested on Fraud Charges  —  The campaign treasurer for City Comptroller John C. Liu was arrested on Tuesday as a part of a widening investigation into Mr. Liu's fund-raising practices.  —  The treasurer, Jia Hou, faces charges of fraud and obstruction of justice …
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