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6:00 PM ET, February 29, 2012


 Top Items: 
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Odds of a Brokered Convention Are Increasing  —  We're finally close enough to Super Tuesday to get a sense of how the overall delegate count might work out in the GOP primary.  The end result: Assuming that none of the four candidates drops out of the race, it looks increasingly …
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum camp: Michigan's a tie  —  (CNN) - Armed with a new delegate count, a Rick Santorum adviser on Wednesday painted Tuesday's contests as a “disaster” for Mitt Romney.  —  John Brabender said the campaign's count proves Santorum and Romney are tied in delegates won …
Ross Douthat / Campaign Stops:
What Mitt Lost While He Won  —  In the end, Mitt Romney didn't lose the Michigan primary, and he didn't lose his near-lock on the Republican nomination.  Rick Santorum isn't going away, but a solid victory in Michigan and an easy win in Arizona leaves the Romney campaign's basic math more or less intact.
Romney Says He Owns Guns - But Does He?
Discussion: The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
G.O.P. Greek Tragedy
Aliyah Shahid / NY Daily News:
Rick Santorum: I regret saying John F. Kennedy speech on religion made me want to throw up
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Romney's new Web ad says Obama's ‘Kill Romney’ strategy failed
Discussion: CNN
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Poll finds Santorum up by double-digits in Ohio
Max Abelson / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Bonus Drop Means Trading Aspen for Discount Cereal  —  Andrew Schiff was sitting in a traffic jam in California this month after giving a speech at an investment conference about gold.  He turned off the satellite radio, got out of the car and screamed a profanity.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Are the Rich Completely Undeserving of Sympathy?  —  I saw a fair amount of chortling this morning about this Bloomberg piece on wealthy financial-industry types who are having to cut back because of plummeting bonuses.  And to be sure, some of the cuts are in the “Call me a Waaaah-mbulance” category: can't go to Aspen any more?
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Netanyahu will ask Obama to threaten Iran strike  —  Intensive preparations underway to ensure a successful meeting between the two leaders next week in Washington, despite lack of trust between two sides.  —  Get Haaretz on iPhone  —  Get Haaretz on Android
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama's Most Dangerous GOP Opponent: Netanyahu
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Balloon Juice
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
North Korea Agrees to Suspend Nuclear Work  —  WASHINGTON — North Korea agreed to suspend nuclear weapons tests and uranium enrichment and to allow international inspectors to verify and monitor activities at its main reactor, the State Department and the North's official news agency announced on Wednesday …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Democrats' nightmare scenario  —  If Republicans regain the Senate, will they seek to reform the filibuster, sweeping away an obstacle that bedeviled Dems and making it far easier for them to enact their own agenda with a simple Senate majority?  —  Matt Steinglass argues that the GOP …
Religion News Service:
Franklin Graham apologizes for questioning Obama's faith  —  WASHINGTON (RNS) Evangelist Franklin Graham apologized Tuesday (Feb. 28) to President Obama for questioning his Christian faith and said religion has “nothing to do” with Graham's decision not to support Obama's re-election.
Christian Hartsock / Big Journalism:
EXCLUSIVE: O'Keefe Files Suit Against Al Gore's Current TV, Keith Olbermann, David Shuster  —  Conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe filed suit for defamation this morning against Al Gore's CurrentTV, as well as “Countdown” host Keith Olbermann and guest host David Shuster …
Donovan Slack / Reuters:
Obama lunches with Hill leaders  —  President Barack Obama lunched privately with congressional leaders Wednesday to talk about jobs and the economy — the first such meeting since last summer's debt-ceiling negotiations dissolved.  —  The group was limited to only the top congressional leaders …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner describes Obama meeting with bipartisan leaders as constructive
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Three Percent  —  When you have a candidate few people really like, whose support is a mile wide and an inch deep, whose raison d'etre (a 4am fancy word) is fixing an economy that is fixing itself without him, and who only wins his actual, factual home state by three percentage points …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
House subcommittee votes to repeal healthcare reform law's ‘death panel’  —  Bipartisan legislation to repeal the healthcare law's cost-control board sailed through a House panel on Wednesday, raising pressure on the Senate to take up the bill and dealing President Obama a political blow.
Discussion: Hot Air, and The PJ Tatler
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 …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Bernanke warns lawmakers nation headed for ‘massive fiscal cliff’  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned Congress Wednesday it risked taking the nation over a “massive fiscal cliff” at the end of the year.  —  The central bank's boss warned expiring tax cuts and spending cuts set …
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Stephen Galloway / Hollywood Reporter:
Whatever Happened to Ted Turner?  —  The “Mouth of the South” is no longer as he devotes his time (and $1 billion) to the U.N., jets between 28 homes and four girlfriends, misses Jane Fonda and opens up to THR about Rupert, Jerry and his abuse as a child.  Says a friend: “He's definitely changed.”
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Reid to promote David Brock's ‘Fox Effect’  —  My colleague Ken Vogel sends over the following comments from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, which he made at last night's Media Matters For America party, held in honor of the new anti-Fox News book by MMFA founder David Brock.
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
D.C. archdiocese: Denying Communion to lesbian at funeral was against ‘policy’  —  Deep in grief, Barbara Johnson stood first in the line for Communion at her mother's funeral Saturday morning.  But the priest in front of her immediately made it clear that she would not receive the sacramental bread and wine.
E.J. Graff / American Prospect:
Do Women Count?  —  Yesterday, after I made some snarky comment, a friend asked me if I was Eeyore.  The truth is, I'm a mash-up of Eeyore and Tigger.  Tigger bounces up and down gleefully whenever I talk about gay rights.  But today I'm talking about the ladies again, so get ready for Eeyore.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jim O'Sullivan / Hotline On Call:
New Poll Shows Brown Leading Warren by 10  —  Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., leads Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren by 10 points in a private Massachusetts Senate race poll.  —  The poll, conducted by Opinion Dynamics for Boston-based consulting firm Mass Insight Global Partnerships …
Jason Clayworth / Des Moines Register:
House Democrats to return to Capitol, hold press conference after daylong absence to protest gun bills  —  Update: House Democrats will hold a press conference at the Capitol at 4:15 p.m.  —  Update: House Speaker Kraig Paulsen met with reporters at about 3 p.m. to say he had spoken by phone …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Romney comes out against ‘Blunt-Rubio’  —  Jim Heath, a reporter for ONN-TV in Ohio, just Tweeted a remarkable piece of news: Mitt Romney told him he does not support the Blunt amendment, which would empower employers and insurers to deny health coverage they find morally objectionable.
Stephen Adams / Telegraph:
Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say  —  Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant” and ending their lives is no different to abortion, a group of medical ethicists linked to Oxford University has argued.
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Limbaugh Calls Student Denied Spot At Contraception Hearing A ‘Slut’  —  Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown student whom House Republicans wouldn't let testify at a contraception hearing last week, a “slut” and a “prostitute” today, because …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
GOP divided on birth control?
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: I'll veto bill that will provide water to California's Central Valley
Discussion: Hit & Run and Ed Driscoll
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Retiring Sen. Snowe: Washington suffering from ‘political paralysis’
Discussion: Reuters and Hot Air
David Rogers / Politico:
Kerrey's officially in for Nebraska run
Discussion: The Hill and Hullabaloo
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Utilities announce closure of 10 aging power plants in Midwest, East
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Occupy Idiot Catches on Fire - Suffers Second Degree Burns When He Torches Historic Colorado Town Hall (Video)
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
My Contraceptive Haul
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
Christian Soldiers Banned from The Quran in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
 Earlier Items: 
Scott McLemee / Inside Higher Ed:
Interview with scholar who applauds the Tea Party
Discussion: protein wisdom
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Obama makes a play for Scalia
Wall Street Journal:
The Other GM Bailout  —  The $18 billion tax gift Obama didn't mention.
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
Washington Examiner:
Barone: Puzzling cheers for higher taxes
Discussion: protein wisdom