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9:11 am
Tue February 14, 2012

New Republic: Can the Santorum Surge Last?

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks to the media Feb. 13, 2012 at the state capitol in Olympia, Washington. Santorum is rising in national polls against his rivals.
Stephen Brashear Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 7:09 am

Ed Kilgore is a special correspondent for The New Republic, a blogger for The Washington Monthly, and managing editor of The Democratic Strategist.

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It's All Politics
9:11 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Can Congress Ever Restore Payroll Taxes To Their Usual Levels?

House Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner (right) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (left), said Monday they would vote to extend the payroll tax cut.
Zhang Jun Xinhua /Landov

Republicans rarely meet a tax cut that they don't like. Now that they have found one, they are finding it politically impossible to stop it.

On Tuesday, President Obama called on Congress to extend a 2 percentage point reduction in payroll taxes, which fund Social Security. The cut, enacted last year, is otherwise set to expire at the end of the month.

The current cut means a savings of about $20 a week to a worker who earns $50,000 a year and about $2,000 a year to someone making $100,000.

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Opinion
9:10 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Weekly Standard: Ten Things From China's New Leader

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden listen to the U.S. national anthem during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People on August 18, 2011 in Beijing, China. Xi Jinping is the designated successor to president Hu Jintao.
Lintao Zhang Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 7:04 am

Joseph A. Bosco served in the office of the Secretary of Defense as a China country desk officer and is now a national security consultant.

Chinese leaders announced that Vice President Xi Jinping, the Communist Party's designated successor to Chinese president Hu Jintao, will try to correct "the trust deficit" when he visits Washington this week. Xi told a gathering of Chinese and U.S. officials commemorating the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon's opening to China that he hoped his visit "can play a positive role in advancing the Sino-U.S. cooperative partnership."

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Deceptive Cadence
9:10 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Classical Lost And Found: Ernesto Cordero's Caribbean-Flavored Concertos

Composer Ernesto Cordero's concertos glow with the warmth of his native Puerto Rico.
Luz E. Acevedo

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 6:00 am

An all-star cast, including guitarist Pepe Romero and the legendary I Solisti di Zagreb, heads up these performances of three concertos by Ernesto Cordero. Born in New York in 1946, Cordero was raised in Puerto Rico where he teaches guitar and composition at the University of Puerto Rico. Each of these works is an appealing musical paella with Caribbean seasoning.

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Monkey See
9:09 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day: Every Love Song Is A Parenthetical Away From Despair

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Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 8:35 am

Today is February 14 — that means that whether you are ready or not, it is Valentine's Day. And what is most wonderful about Valentine's Day is not its straightforward appreciation of romance and warmth and other similar nonsense, but its tremendous adaptability.

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