Here are the top 10 stories you should read on your lunch break:
(1) President Obama absolutely skewers Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Republicans during a speech to the United Auto Workers in Detroit. "Watch some of these folks completely try to re-write history," he says.
(2) Ohio will be the big prize on Super Tuesday (March 6). Four years ago, John McCain pulled away for the nomination on Super Tuesday, but a knockout punch for Mitt Romney appears unlikely and the most likely scenario will be a divided outcome next week. The campaigns have already spent over $4 milion in Ohio. The Romney campaign and its Super PACs have spent $3.39 million in Ohio, compared to $527,000 for Santorum.
(3) New leaks suggest Pakistani officers knew all along where Bin Laden was hiding. Leaked emails from U.S. intelligence firm Stratfor (published by WikiLeaks) suggest that up to 12 Pakistani military agents may have had knowledge of Bin Laden's whereabouts. One Stratfor employee is quoted as saying: "Mid to senior level ISI and Pak Mil with one retired Pak Mil General that had knowledge of the OBL arrangements and safe house."
(4) The fight over the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline has created unusual allies: Occupiers, Tea Partiers, and environmentalists. In one portion of the pipeline that would link Nebraska to Texas, TransCanada has threatened to use eminent domain to take over privately held land, which has ignited a curious alliance to protect water supplies and people's property rights.
(5) In a surprise, Maine Senator Olympia Snowe has announced she's retiring from Congress this year and will not run for reelection. The move represents a pleasant surprise for President Obama and the Democrats, who are nearly guaranteed to pick up a Democratic Senate seat in 2012. As a moderate Republican, Snowe may have been the Republican party's only chance to hold a seat in such a solidly blue state.
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(6) Want to stop the slide of U.S. dominance? Make more babies. Average U.S. income growth for the last two decades was just 1.5 percent. Over the last two decades, China's income per capita grew at an average rate of 9.3 percent. Foreign Policy's Charles Kenny writes: "If the United States can't keep up its output lead by more rapid growth of GDP per capita, then perhaps it should just find some more capita." Go forth and multiply, he says.
(7) Democrats have a problem with young voters. It's more and more the case that young people who identify with Democrats on the issues shy away from labeling themselves Democrats. In 2008, millennials identified as Democrats rather than Republicans by 60 to 32 percent. Now, those figures are 47 and 43 percent. According to Rolling Stone, a growing number of young people feel more attached to a politics of hope and optimism than to the Democratic Party.
(8) South Carolina wants to ban "sexting." S.C. lawmakers gave initial approval today to a bill that would ban teens from sending sexually explicit text messages. The anti-sexting bill that was passed by a House Judiciary subcommittee would make it illegal for young people ages 12 through 17 to knowingly text sexually explicit photos.
(9) Rolling Stone's Michael Hastings reports that Homeland Security kept tabs on Occupy Wall Street. A five-page internal Department report (leak revealed by WikiLeaks) called "SPECIAL COVERAGE: Occupy Wall Street" notes that 'mass gatherings associated with public protest movements can have disruptive effects on transportation, commercial, and government services, especially when staged in major metropolitan areas.' The document assess OWS' 'impact' on financial services and government facilities.
(10) Arizona voters went to the polls Tuesday a year after the tragic Tucson shooting. It's impossible to talk about politics in Arizona without talking about Tucson. According to this fantastic piece in GQ, "the biggest lesson lesson to be drawn here is that even in the face of a preventable tragedy, gun laws are near impossible to change, no matter how many feel-good speeches and earnest Facebook posts pop up on the anniversary." According to one survivor, "There are hardly any restrictions at all on [guns]. That's just a little too much like the Wild West."
Extra: Watch as this guy uses BuzzFeed to propose to his girlfriend, and the hilarious memes below.
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