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Must-Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, February 28, 2012

02/28/12 01:11PM

IT'S A COLLEGE, NOT A CLOISTERBY FRANK BRUNINEW YORK TIMESIs it really good policy for Santorum to fill young adults with suspicions about higher learning, which rightly exists to challenge - in a healthy sense - what parents and maybe pastors have poured into them? If their beliefs survive that, then those beliefs can be seen as genuinely earned and are probably all the stronger for it. Santorum's did. He went not only to college but also to two graduate schools, getting an M.B.A. from one and a law degree from the other. read more

An excerpt from Peter Kiernan's new book "Becoming China's B**ch"

An excerpt from Peter Kiernan's new book "Becoming China's B**ch"

02/28/12 06:00AM

A recent Vermont town hall meeting began with a simple premise: a microphone stand in the front of the room, a gathering of townspeople, and no agenda. One by one, folks approached the open mike. Each began in measured, halting tones. Time and time again, as they warmed to their subject, their voices rose, veins bulged, until person after person wound up bellowing their belligerent position on subjects ranging from the price of cigarillos to global warming. Venting and spewing, they continued until theirenergy was spent. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, Feb. 28

02/28/12 05:46AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Michigan a testing ground for doubt on RomneySantorum takes heat for ‘snob’ commentDozens of bodies found in Syria in one of the worst mass killings of conflictKenseth wins Monday night madness at Daytona 500Gunmen open fire on bus in Pakistan, 18 dieCorporate personhood case forces Supreme Court to hack new pathPolls: Romney, Santorum neck and neck in Michigan read more

Todd: Michigan is known for its great upsets

Todd: Michigan is known for its great upsets

02/27/12 07:00PM

"Michigan is just known for its great upsets," says NBC News' Chuck Todd. "George Wallace in '72, Ted Kennedy defeating Carter here. You had Jesse Jackson winning here, upsetting Michael Dukakis." So what will happen in the state's Tuesday primary?... watch

Washington Post says Santorum 'wrong man to be president'

Washington Post says Santorum 'wrong man to be president'

02/27/12 03:03PM

The Washington Post's editorial board has issued its opinion about Rick Santorum:When he so misreads Mr. Kennedy, when he perceives a war that does not exist, he shows a lack of appreciation for the First Amendment. When he accuses President Obama of harboring a “phony theology” — “Not a theology based on Bible. A different theology” — it seems he does not understand the line between policy and religion. Mr. Santorum later explained that he was not questioning Mr. Obama’s faith, only his environmental policy. read more

An excerpt from Douglas MacKinnon's "Rolling Pennies in the Dark"

An excerpt from Douglas MacKinnon's "Rolling Pennies in the Dark"

02/27/12 12:14PM

A Stabbing Precedes the GunfireIt really does hurt to get stabbed.I had just landed a punch to the side of a rival’s head. As he yelped in pain and fell out of the way, I felt a hand grab me by the right shoulder and spin me completely around. A millisecond after completing the turn, I saw a knife blade arching up toward my midsection. I instinctively turned sideways to shield my stomach and chest. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Monday, February 27, 2012

02/27/12 10:01AM

GHASTLY OUTDATED PARTYBY MAUREEN DOWDNEW YORK TIMESThe contenders in the Hester Prynne primaries are tripping over one another trying to be the most radical, unreasonable and insane candidate they can be. They pounce on any traces of sanity in the other candidates — be it humanity toward women, compassion toward immigrants or the willingness to make the rich pay a nickel more in taxes — and try to destroy them with it... read more

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