ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf (@zbyronwolf) reports:
The Detes – Results from the primary in Missouri and the caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota start rolling in at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. ET. And there are rumblings that Mitt Romney, even though he won two of the three in 2008, could have some difficulty tonight.
Counter Programming – On a day when he’d probably prefer we were paying attention to Mitt Romney’s difficulties, President Obama’s White House has us poring over his campaign policy toward superPACs and his administration policy toward the Catholic Church.
superFLIP – On superPACs, the guy did a textbook about face. Lets call it a definition flip flop. The president okayed the decision to go, in the space of two days, from not supporting a Democratic superPAC to supporting a Democratic superPAC. (Perchance because it wasn’t raising enough money?)
So while he doesn’t personally support superPACs he’s okay with the superPAC that supports him raising money. http://abcn.ws/zgdbYA
“Contraception” or “Abortive Pills” – And then there’s the issue of the Catholic Church. On the HHS rule that religious hospitals provide access to the morning after pill – what Mitt Romney now calls “abortive pills” on the campaign trail – there are some signs that the administration will seek some sort of compromise.
Carney and Tapper today:
TAPPER: We’re talking about people who think that some methods of birth control are murder, are a sin and the Obama administration is forcing them to be party to that.
CARNEY: That’s why the process going forward includes a transition period where this discussion will continue to see if there can be ways found that ensure that women get access to this — these preventive services and that those services are covered as they will be for all other women, and it also takes into account these religious concerns. http://abcn.ws/z1zWde
War on Religion: Romney Edition - Even Romney has taken to calling the contraception rule Obama’s “War on Religion.” Rivals Suggest Romney is a Johnny-Come-Lately on that particular issue. He enforced a contraception mandate on the Catholic Church in Massachusetts – http://abcn.ws/zLnZKi
Santorum – Romney “Trounced” on Religion as Guv - http://abcn.ws/yDS91b
Democrats, meanwhile, are re-circulating Romney’s 1994 attendance at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser – http://abcn.ws/xnLARt
Fluff Cannon – It did look like Obama had fun at the White House science fair, where the President launched a Marshmallow across an ornate room. http://abcn.ws/yDebUf
Prop 8: Court Rules California Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional
Times Square Vendor Who Alerted on Terrorist Runs for Congress – http://abcn.ws/zuyvsI
Navy SEAL Commander Advised to ‘Get the Hell Out of the Media’http://abcn.ws/yA2ulE
Conservative Leaves Komen – Karen Handel, the Susan G. Komen Official Blamed for Ending Planned Parenthood Funding, Resigns – http://abcn.ws/zTobzR
Kerrey Not Running in Nebraska – With Bob Kerrey Declining to Run, Democrats Face Tough Senate Map – http://abcn.ws/z71l3x
Spies Who Became Famous -http://abcn.ws/wur85a
Payroll Tax Conferees Limp to Deadline - Another short-term extension? – http://abcn.ws/wXi03N
Obama, Campaign Manager to Appear at Senate Dem Retreat - http://abcn.ws/wgdyw5