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9:05 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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Beast and The PJ Tatler
Jonathan Martin / Reuters:
Michigan and Arizona primaries 2012: Mitt Romney wins ugly  —  NOVI, Mich. - Mitt Romney may have won ugly in Michigan, but his narrow victory will temper the mounting criticism of his candidacy, even though his resilience is about to be tested again in some of the biggest prizes of Super Tuesday.
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: CNN, Politico and CANNONFIRE
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
Discussion: Verum Serum and New York Times
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Michigan and Arizona primary results 2012: Mitt Romney staves off Rick Santorum
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
5 takeaways from Arizona and Michigan
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
In Ohio, fierce primary fight may hurt GOP's chances for the fall
Rachel Rose Hartman / Reuters:
Romney wins pivotal Michigan primary as well as Arizona
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Exit polls: 1 in 10 voters was a Democrat in Michigan primary
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Michigan: Increase in Conservative Voters, Democrats
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. ...
Matthew Gagnon / Pine Tree Politics:
Snowe Fall(out)  —  Speculation has already begun in the frenzy that was created after Senator Snowe announced she would not be seeking re-election to the United States Senate.  —  What caused this?  Who will run to replace her?  Can anyone do it with the March filing deadline?
Olympia Snowe / CNN:
Maine senator will not seek re-election
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Three-term GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe won't run for reelection
Discussion: CNN
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: BuzzFeed and Firedoglake
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.
Matthew Archbold / The Daily Register:
Ethicists Argue for Post Birth Abortions  —  In the Journal of Medical Ethics, two ethicists argue plainly for the killing of babies post birth.  They're not hedging their bets.  They're saying it plain and simple.  And I, for one, thank them for it.  —  Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva …
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