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Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum head-to-head, the cost of culture wars and more [AM Briefing]

Rick Santorum vs. Mitt Romney: “Both the ‘Santorum’s stronger’ and ‘Romney’s stronger’ theories seem plausible to me now; neither seems proven. I’ll keep them in mind as the race continues,” writes AEI’s Michael Barone. (National Review)

“So, yes, it’s worrisome that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the major federal food-stamp program, has doubled in cost since 2008. But that’s just the tip of the entitlement iceberg threatening the very fabric of American society, even as it imperils our fiscal future,” writes Heritage’s William C. Beach. (New York Post)

Brookings’ E.J. Dionne: “Politicized culture wars are debilitating because they almost always require partisans to denigrate the moral legitimacy of their opponents, and sometimes to deny their very humanity. It’s often not enough to defeat a foe. Satisfaction only comes from an adversary’s humiliation.” (Washington Post)

AEI’s Mackenzie Eaglen makes the case for canceling the $500 billion in Pentagon cuts, saying services face a readiness crisis. (Arizona Daily Star)

Regarding the imprisonment of Alan Gross, USAID contractor, in Cuba: “The relevant question is: Do we expect aid programs to be effective in undemocratic countries?” said John Norris, a former USAID disaster expert and an analyst at the Washington-based Center for American Progress think tank. “And we know pretty well that they won’t work.” (Washington Post)

Room for Debate asks: With more and more of us living alone, are we losing our ability to be intimate, or are we simply evolving into creatures with different needs? (New York Times)

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