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Jeb Bush sounds the alarm: The former Florida governor - and son of one president and brother to another - is voicing concerns about the 2012 Republican field. Bush says he finds it “troubling” that the candidates are “appealing to people’s fears and emotion” on the campaign trail. Is this an early trial balloon towards a possible Bush entry? The Republican convention, after all, will be held in Tampa. If the GOP is in chaos without a clear nominee, could Bush be the guy to save the day?

 

The Santorum Paradox: Politico reports on a big question vexing Democrats these days – is Rick Santorum for real? About the surging Santorum, Politico writes: “He’s too dangerous to ignore — yet impossible to take seriously.” And check out the predictions by James Carville and Ed Rendell about how many states Obama would carry against Santorum in November.

 

Paul Krugman caught this little sugarplum from Mitt Romney this week: Romney admitted he’s a closet Keynesian when he said “If you just cut, if all you’re thinking about doing is cutting spending, as you cut spending you’ll slow down the economy.” Romney’s advisers walked back the comment after conservatives called him out on it, but as Krugman points out, this is typical Romney – he’s running as something he’s almost surely not.

 

Comedian Bill Maher just gave $1 million to a pro-Obama Super PAC.

 

And finally, Maryland is about to become the eighth state to legalize same-sex marriage. The state’s senate passed a marriage equality measure last night and Gov. Martin O’Malley vows to sign it into law.

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