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Rick Santorum is the latest Republican to give Mitt Romney a scare. Can he overcome Romney's huge advantage in money and organization as voters learn more about his record, his stand on issues and his personality? Also, the momentum for Taliban peace talks grows as Afghan President Karzai meets with Pakistani leaders. On Reporter's Notebook, the brother of California's famous Lone Wolf has been killed by a hunter in Idaho as hunting divides the political Red from the Blue.

Banner image: Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum (R-PA) addresses the Detroit Economic Club February 16, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Karen Radziner
Katie Cooper

Reporter's Notebook Wolves, Hunting and the Divide between Red and Blue 7 MIN, 12 SEC

A wolf cub tagged OR-7 in the state of Oregon grew up and found his way to California, captivating animal lovers worldwide. The 'Lone Wolf of California' was the first to be seen in the wild in that state in almost 90 years. In Idaho, it's been a different story. OR-9, another male from the same litter went the other way, to be killed by a hunter. When OR-9's dead body was photographed, Idaho's Governor Butch Otter congratulated the hunter, even though the kill was technically illegal. Rocky Barker is environmental reporter for the Idaho Statesman and author of Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America.

Guests:
Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman (@rockybarker)

Scorched Earth

Rocky Barker

Making News Momentum for Taliban Peace Talks Grows 7 MIN, 25 SEC

The Taliban have said they'll only talk peace with the US, claiming Afghanistan's President Karzai is no more than an American puppet. But Karzai has told the Wall Street Journal that three-way talks have been held in the past month. Laura King is based in Kabul for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Laura King, Los Angeles Times

Main Topic Can Rick Santorum Go the Distance? 36 MIN, 8 SEC

Polls by Gallup, Pew and the New York Times show Rick Santorum virtually tied with Mitt Romney among Republican voters. He has big leads among Tea Partiers and evangelicals in the Midwest, with Romney doing better in the West and the Northeast. As the race moves to Michigan -- a victim of the recession – and Arizona later this month, followed closely by ten states on Super Tuesday (March 6), can Santorum shift from the cultural wars and talk the blue-collar talk about the economy? Can Romney overcome his famous advice to "let Detroit go bankrupt" and swamp Santorum with negative ads? Does Santorum have the resources to maintain his position?

 






 

Guests:
Michael Shear, New York Times (@shearm)
Bill Ballenger, Inside Michigan Politics (@iMIpolitics)
John Baer, Philadelphia Daily News
Richard Land, Southern Baptist Convention (@erlcsbc)

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