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11:25 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 …
Ashley Perks / Ballot Box:
Ohio is next battlefield for the GOP
Discussion: CNN
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Odds of a Brokered Convention Are Increasing
New York Post:
Mitt wins the base
Discussion: Washington Post and Hot Air
Matt Vasilogambros /
Gingrich Super PAC Rep: Santorum Could Win ‘If He Could Speak English’
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
Ross Douthat / Campaign Stops:
What Mitt Lost While He Won
Michael Barone / Campaign 2012:
Romney appeal in affluent suburbs could change map
Discussion: Moe Lane
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
G.O.P. Greek Tragedy
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 …
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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sen. Manchin will vote for Blunt amendment on contraceptive care  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will vote for Sen. Roy Blunt's (R-Mo.) amendment on the Obama administration's contraception mandate.  —  “While I would have preferred that both sides would have come together around a solution …
Discussion: Power Line, CNN, The Hill and Sky Dancing
Sahil Kapur /
TPM2012  —  Romney Comes Out In Support Of Controversial Birth Control Bill
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?
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
Jerusalem Post:
‘19% of Israelis support non-US-backed Iran strike’
Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV:
One Million Homophobic Moms Target Archie Comics And Toys R Us (UPDATED)  —  UPDATE: John Goldwater, c0-CEO of Archie Comics has responded to the story below.  He writes; … Despite a few Fox News commentators, the introduction of gay characters and gay marriage into Archie Comics had gone down rather smoothly.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
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 …
Jim O'Sullivan / Hotline On Call:
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 …
Discussion: Library Grape
John S. Adams / Great Falls Tribune:
Chief U.S. District Judge sends racially charged email about president  —  HELENA — Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull on Wednesday admitted to sending a racially charged email about President Barack Obama from his courthouse chambers.  —  Cebull, of Billings, was nominated …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
U.S. Business Activity Improves in Sign Demand to Sustain Growth: Economy
Discussion: Daily Kos and US Politics
New York Times:
North Korea Agrees to Curb Nuclear Work; U.S. Offers Aid  —  WASHINGTON — North Korea announced on Wednesday that it would suspend its nuclear weapons tests and uranium enrichment and allow international inspectors to monitor activities at its main nuclear complex.
Adam Mann / Wired:
1 in 8 Chance of Catastrophic Solar Megastorm by 2020  —  The Earth has a roughly 12 percent chance of experiencing an enormous megaflare erupting from the sun in the next decade.  This event could potentially cause trillions of dollars' worth of damage and take up to a decade to recover from.
Discussion: Gawker
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: I'll veto bill that will provide water to California's Central Valley  —  I've called the judicially-imposed drought in California's Central Valley “the Dust Bowl Congress created” through its creation of the Endangered Species Act, invoked in this case by the Delta smelt, a fish that's not suitable for eating.
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 …
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.
Romney Says He Owns Guns - But Does He?  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio - At a town hall here, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said, in response to a question about gun control, “I have guns myself.”  —  “I believe in the second amendment, I'll protect the second amendment, I have guns myself,” …
Discussion: The Hill
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.”
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Darius Dixonand Dan Berman / Politico:
Bill Clinton on Keystone XL pipeline: ‘Embrace’ it
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Muslim Fascists' Virulent Jew-Hatred At The University of California-Davis Last Night
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obamas host dinner to honor troops and mark end of Iraq war
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
Michael Levenson / The Boston Globe:
Mormons baptized slain reporter Daniel Pearl
Gavon Laessig / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney, Blue Collar Comedian
Jason Clayworth / Des Moines Register:
House Democrats to return to Capitol, hold press conference after daylong absence to protest gun bills
 Earlier Items: 
JeeYeon Park / CNBC:
S&P 500 Logs Best Start to Year Since 1991
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
My Contraceptive Haul
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
House subcommittee votes to repeal healthcare reform law's ‘death panel’
E.J. Graff / American Prospect:
Do Women Count?  —  Yesterday, after I made some snarky comment …
Discussion: Mother Jones