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5:25 PM ET, February 29, 2012


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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 …
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 …
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.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
G.O.P. Greek Tragedy  —  Rick should scat.  —  Mitt Romney needs to be left alone to limp across the finish line, so he can devote his full time and attention to losing to President Obama.  —  Robo-Romney, who pulled out victories in his home state and in Arizona, and Sanctorum are still in a race to the bottom.
Romney Says He Owns Guns - But Does He?
Discussion: The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Poll finds Santorum up by double-digits in Ohio
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney 2008 Michigan Victory Speech Mentioned Getting Health Care For All Americans
Discussion: BuzzFeed, The Right Scoop and Gawker
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Romney's new Web ad says Obama's ‘Kill Romney’ strategy failed
Discussion: CNN
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Ron Paul calls Romney a ‘flip-flopper’ in new ad
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?
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.
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 …
David Rogers / Politico:
Kerrey's officially in for Nebraska run  —  Climbing down from the fence, Democrat Bob Kerrey said Wednesday that he will run for his old Senate seat from Nebraska, soon to be vacated by retiring Sen. Ben Nelson and a major target for Republicans who hope to win control of the chamber in November.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Josh Lederman / The Hill:   Kerrey makes it official; will run for Nebraska's open Senate seat
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama's Most Dangerous GOP Opponent: Netanyahu  —  This is disturbing news: … What it amounts to is a formal declaration that, if the US attempts at any point to differ seriously with Israel's far right, the alliance is over.  That's after the most serious sanctions ever imposed on Iran …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Balloon Juice
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
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.”
Sacramento Bee:
Support for gay marriage takes dramatic leap in California, new poll shows  —  A new poll shows gay marriage has arrived in California - in public opinion if not in state lawbooks.  —  Golden State registered voters now favor same-sex unions by 59 percent to 34 percent …
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.
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 …
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.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: I'll veto bill that will provide water to California's Central Valley
Discussion: Hit & Run and Ed Driscoll
Stephen Adams / Telegraph:
Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Jason Clayworth / Des Moines Register:
House Democrats to return to Capitol, hold press conference after daylong absence to protest gun bills
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Retiring Sen. Snowe: Washington suffering from ‘political paralysis’
Discussion: Reuters
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Three Percent  —  When you have a candidate few people really like …
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Al-Arabiya: US in talks to swap jihad terror Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman & 49 others for 19 Americans held in Egypt
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Seeking Martini Perfection on the Campaign Trail
Discussion: New York Magazine
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Occupy Idiot Catches on Fire - Suffers Second Degree Burns When He Torches Historic Colorado Town Hall (Video)
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Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
Christian Soldiers Banned from The Quran in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Aliyah Shahid / NY Daily News:
Rick Santorum: I regret saying John F. Kennedy speech on religion made me want to throw up
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
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rules Chairman Dreier announces retirement after 16 House terms
Discussion: Politico
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes to overturn Supreme Court decision on eminent domain
Washington Examiner:
Barone: Puzzling cheers for higher taxes
Discussion: protein wisdom