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Santorum lacks soapbox specialist; Michael Douglas’s advice might cost you; and Washington’s birthday debated (read-this roundup)


Mitt Romney has a dedicated soapbox -placement specialist. (Justin Sullivan/GETTY IMAGES)

Here’s one metric: Rival Mitt Romney “has an aide whose job is to place a wooden soapbox at just the right spot in a crowd for the candidate to stand on, Santorum’s campaign relies heavily on volunteers,” our colleagues Nia-Malika Henderson and Sandhya Somashekhar report.

Wonder how they phrased that in the help wanted ad--”must have excellent wooden-soapbox-handling skills”?

Elsewhere, Michael Douglas’ famous line in the movie “Wall Street,” in which he played the iconic moneyman Gordon Gekko was “Greed is good.” But Douglas’s new ad for the FBI encouraging tipsters to report financial fraud might mean there’s nothing in it for those who drop a dime on the bad guys.

Our colleague David Hilzenrath reports that people who follow Douglas’s instructions to contact the FBI “could miss out on cash rewards that the government is willing to pay.”

First, Mitt Romney said he didn’t want to “go there” on contraception. Now, it seems he went there. The former Massachusetts governor’s campaign says he supports a GOP amendment in the Senate that sponsors say would “reverse the national health-care law’s requirement that all employers, including religious-affiliated institutions, provide health coverage that includes contraceptive care at no co-pay cost to employees.”

And lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week heard the case for giving George Washington his birthday back. His natal day is actually Feb. 22, but the government in 1968 moved its celebration to a Monday to give workers a three-day weekend.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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