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Must-Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, February 14, 2012

02/14/12 08:55AM

THE DO-OVER DERBYBY FRANKS BRUNINEW YORK TIMESGiven all of Santorum's regressive bluster, why should he suddenly evince alarm over seeming to be out of touch with the aspirations, emotions and rights of women? What's changed? The polls, for one: two new Michigan surveys show him ahead of Mitt Romney there. And his tally of victories rose last week from one (Iowa) to four (if you count Missouri). Once preposterous, his candidacy is newly plausible, giving him fresh motive to blunt some of his divisive edges. read more

An excerpt from Tim Weiner's book "Enemies: A History of the FBI"

An excerpt from Tim Weiner's book "Enemies: A History of the FBI"

02/14/12 07:31AM

“IF WE DON’T DO THIS, PEOPLE WILL DIE”On the day after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt gave J. Edgar Hoover the power to monitor all telecommunications traffic in and out of the United States. Three weeks after 9/11, President Bush handedRobert Mueller an authority almost as strong. For twenty- nine months following Bush’s order, the FBI had tracked thousands of telephones and Internet addresses in the United States under the aegis of the National Security Agency. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, Feb. 14

02/14/12 05:46AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Obama plan: Debt will be $1 trillion higher in a decade than forecastThe WSJ's take on the president's budgetGOP relents on payroll tax, averting fightSantorum supporters tell Occupy protesters at rally: 'Get a job'NJ senate votes for gay marriage in face of vetoNate Silver on what's happening in MichiganSantorum ahead of Romney in Michigan: pollsKate Upton on SI swimsuit issue coverIndia minister in TA: Delhi bombers will face justiceApple's stock powers past $500 read more

Morning Headlines: Monday, Feb. 13

02/13/12 01:57PM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Romney survives over the weekend by winning Maine caucuses and CPAC straw pollWhat you need to know about Obama's budget proposalSantorum surges into the lead in new PPP pollMitch McConnell: President’s budget will fail in SenateViolent protests sweep across GreeceThe Grammys happened. Kind of a big dealEzra Klein takes a look at the president's budget and Mitt Romney's budgetIsrael: Iran tried to assassinate our diplomats read more

Go West(minster): Morning Joe on dogs and 'Best in Show'

02/13/12 01:17PM

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show begins tonight at Madison Square Garden, and today we had on David Frei, the Director Communications for the Westminster Kennel Club to give us a preview of the show.But talk quickly turned to Christopher Guest's 2000 canine classic, "Best in Show," and Frei was a good sport about it.Take a look:  read more

National Review calls on Newt Gingrich to quit

National Review calls on Newt Gingrich to quit

02/13/12 12:50PM

The National Review Online called on Newt Gingrich to exit the Republican presidential race and endorse Rick Santorum.The editors of the magazine said it would be a mistake for Republican voters to nominate someone with "such poor judgment and persistent unpopularity."They said Mr. Santorum had been "conducting himself rather impressively" after his recent victories in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. read more