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February 8, 2012
3) Former Michigan Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra's controversial TV ad continues to stoke controversy. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, sharply criticized the spot on Tuesday, saying in a statement that "Pete Hoekstra's advertisement is outrageous. America should expect much more from a candidate for a high federal position. His racist thoughts are not welcome in the United States Senate." Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow has launched a money bomb with a goal of raising more than the $144,000 that was spent on the ad. As of 11:30 Tuesday night, she had raised $68,220. What's clear is that this is an issue that has reached well beyond the bounds of Michigan. 2) Priorities USA might get a boost from a wealthy former Hillary Clinton backer who hasn't embraced all that President Obama warmly in the past. The Wall Street Journal:

Obama supporters are soliciting help from Haim Saban, an Israeli-American music and media executive who owns the rights to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. Saban wrote his first check to Mr. Obama only recently, according to campaign-finance records, and now is considering donating to the pro-Obama super PAC... While he backed Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, Mr. Saban closed his wallet when Mr. Obama secured the Democratic party nomination in 2008 and has been a critic of his actions regarding Israel.

1) Rick Santorum completed an unlikely sweep of Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado on Tuesday. There were no delegates at stake in Missouri, but his three-state win marked the first time since Iowa that the former senator could claim victory. So what now? It's a temporary setback for Mitt Romney, who this month's calendar still favors for a rebound (Arizona and Michigan, two states Romney is expected to win, are coming up). For Newt Gingrich, it means having to once again contend with another candidate for the anti-Romney conservative mantle. Most importantly, for Santorum, it's an opportunity -- he has to prove he can parlay his surprise wins into more money, more high profile support and more momentum. If he can't do that. it will be all for naught. -- Steven Shepard contributed
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