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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said yesterday that voters can trust his judgment on the environment ... and that climate change is baloney.

At the Gulf Coast Energy Summit in Biloxi, Mississippi, Santorum basically said that climate change is a liberal myth - in fact, plants are totally doing well!

"The dangers of carbon dioxide? Go tell that to a plant, how dangerous carbon dioxide is," he said. It's true. Plants eat that stuff up like it's their job!

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"I didn't change as the climate changed," the ex-U.S. Senator added, seemingly likening Mitt Romney to ... the rising global temperatures he denies exist?

"I stood tall. Now the climate has changed and everyone's for drilling now. But please understand that when times were tough, they were not and I was."

In case it wasn't clear, Santorum said he stands alone in the GOP field as the opposite of President Obama on energy, calling global warming a "hoax."

On Saturday, an op-ed penned by Santorum on RedState (dot) com explained:

"The Washington Establishment would rather fight global warming than fight for American jobs ... President Obama and his administration have decided to wage war against global warming and thus against the American worker."

"Those living on or near the Gulf Coast in particular know the impact these extreme environmental positions can have on the region's economy."

What do you think: Is climate change real?

 

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is slamming the new ABC series GCB, arguing it is an example of “anti-Christian bigotry” in show business.

The show, which is based on the 2008 novel Good Christian Bitches, but is called simply GCB (for Good Christian Belles) on TV, has sparked debate of late.

Echoing the views of some conservatives and religious groups, Gingrich criticized the comedy revolving around wealthy women living in Dallas, Texas.

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“Look at the new show that’s on that has the word ‘Christian’ in it, and I want you to take the exact name, drop out Christian and put in ‘Muslim,'" Newt posited.

"Ask yourself is their any network that would have dared to run a show like that and you know the answer is not a one, because this anti-Christian bigotry is just fine in the entertainment industry but they have to be very protective of Islam.”

Several sponsors withdrew from GCB after its premiere this winter.

No word if Gingrich, who is looking to revive his candidacy yet again with wins in today's Alabama and Mississippi primaries, has seen Bravo's Shahs of Sunset.

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The protracted race for the GOP presidential nomination grew a bit tighter today as Rick Santorum won the Kansas caucuses by an overwhelming margin.

With 97 percents of the precincts reporting in the Sunflower State, Santorum earned 51 percent of the vote, with Mitt Romney second with 21 percent.

Newt Gingrich with 14 percent and Ron Paul with 12 percent to finish in third and fourth, respectively. Alabama and Mississippi hold primaries Tuesday.

Santorum stands to gain a substantial number of Kansas' 40 delegates, which he called crucial to competitive in the race for his party's nomination.

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"We have to do well here in Kansas," Santorum said this week in Lenexa, Kan., a suburb of Kansas City. "We have to win here in Kansas, and win big."

Romney and Gingrich largely skipped Kansas in favor of the states voting next week. Santorum and Paul had been the most active campaigners in Kansas.

Romney began the weekend with 339 delegates, with 107 for Gingrich, 95 for Santorum, and 22 for Paul, according to the Republican National Committee.

The RNC totals do not reflect any wins in states where delegates are not bound to the winning candidates, and also differ from various media estimates.

Romney remains the odds-on favorite to win the GOP nod and face off with President Obama in the fall, but his opponents clearly aren't going quietly.

With 1,144 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination, it will take many more weeks for Mitt to reach that total, if he's able to do so at all.

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Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen are currently running a tight and contentious campaign for Virginia's open seat in the U.S. Senate.

They're both political heavyweights, but right on their collective tail is an insurgent, third-party candidate who's surging in grassroots support.

That candidate is Hank the Cat. Bow down, bitches!

Hank the Cat

The official site of the Hank Senate campaign claimed in a press release Friday that the 9-year-old Maine Coon (52 in human years) has pulled ahead of Kaine.

In Facebook fans, anyway.

Despite entering the race just two months ago, Hank’s Facebook page boasts 14,141 “likes” whereas Kaine, the state's former governor, has 13,913.

Kaine also hasn't converted to Timeline yet, BTW. Way to stay in touch with the people.

Campaign manager Matthew O'Leary said Hank initially ran to expose “the farce that is our political system,” until the movement took on a life of its own.

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In HBO's new film Game Change, Sarah Palin is portrayed by Julianne Moore as unstable, unprepared and ill-informed on world affairs and basic world history.

The former GOP V.P. candidate is none too pleased about all this, even though the film is based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s page-turning bestseller.

A non-fiction bestseller.

Of course, Palin will never actually see it, but dag gone it, “Hollywood lies are Hollywood lies,” she says of Game Change and its window into the 2008 election.

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Palin accuses Jay Roach, the director, and his collaborator, Danny Strong, of trying “[To] drum up their money and their machine and their machine happens to be very pro-leftist, pro-Barack Obama ... there at HBO.”

The one-time Alaska Governor lambasted its “false narrative” also noted that any of the campaign staffers who contributed to revealing behind-the-scenes information for Game Change should feel “shame and… embarrassment.”

Palin’s PAC slammed the film, debuting tomorrow night, as “historical fiction.”

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Under fire for his anti-gay comments on Piers Morgan Tonight, former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron defended himself in a Facebook post Tuesday.

His tone was less combative and his comments much better-worded, but Kirk did not apologize for his beliefs, or the manner in which he voiced them.

In fact, Cameron criticized the media and those contributing to the backlash, defending principles he stands for and the right to express them publicly.

The actor defended his appearance on CNN (below) this way:

"During the CNN interview, I was asked to express my views about homosexuality, gay marriage, and abortion. While that was not the agreed-upon purpose of the interview, I was pleased to answer Piers' questions as honestly as I could.

"To some, my responses were not sufficiently 'loving' toward the gay community. I can only say that it is my life's mission to love all people, and I expressed the same views clearly and emphatically expressed throughout Judeo-Christian scriptures."

"As a Bible believing Christian, I could not have answered any other way."

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Sandra Fluke Slutgate continues to torment Rush Limbaugh.

The talk show host - who apologized this week for referring to a Georgetown student as a prostitute because she wants contraception to be covered by health care providers - has received a cease-and-desist letter from the band Rush because they just discovered Limbaugh has been using their songs during his program.

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"The public performance of Rush’s music is not licensed for political purposes and any such use is in breach of public performance licenses and constitutes copyright infringement," the group wrote, specifically bringing up the playing of "The Spirit of Radio" during Limbaugh's bashing of Fluke.

"Accordingly, we hereby demand that you immediately stop all use of Rush’s music and confirm that you will do so," the band concluded.

Earlier in the week, Peter Gabriel made a similar demand regarding his licensed music after the conservative blowhard played "Sledgehammer" in the background of a rant.

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Former Alaska governor and 2008 Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin threw her weight behind Newt Gingrich as Republican presidential nominee Tuesday.

At the same time, she coyly left open the door for her own White House run.

The GOP firebrand said she voted for Newt in the caucus/primary in Alaska, one of 10 states to cast ballots yesterday (see THG's full Super Tuesday results).

"I will tell you who I voted for... the cheerful one, it's Newt Gingrich," Palin said, referring to the one-word description Newt gave himself in a recent date.

"I have appreciated what he has stood for, stood boldly for," she said. "He has been the underdog in many of these primary races and these caucuses."

"I've respected what he has stood for."

She spoke as as longtime frontrunner Mitt Romney tightened his grip on the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, but failed to deliver a knockout blow.

Romney won six states, including Alaska, with a whole 33 percent of the vote, while Rick Santorum won three and Gingrich cruised in his native Georgia.

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President Obama invoked his daughters, Malia and Sasha, as he described reaching out to now-famous Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke over the phone.

Fluke and Rush Limbaugh have been ensnared in a war of words after Limbaugh called the contraception activist a slut for her testimony before Congress.

Obama elevated the issue even further when he called Fluke personally and the White House condemned Limbaugh's controversial remarks on the subject.

Since then, sponsors have been fleeing the Limbaugh show despite Rush's apology to Fluke and even GOP presidential candidates are distancing themselves.

At a press conference yesterday, Obama said:

"The reason I called Ms. Fluke is because I thought about Malia and Sasha and one of the things that I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about, including ones that I may not agree with the on."

"And I don't want them attacked or called horrible names just because they're being good citizens. One thing that all decent folks can agree that the remarks that were made don't have any place in the public discourse."

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appeared to pull off a narrow win in Ohio on Super Tuesday but lost several other states to challenger Rick Santorum.

The day of 10 primaries and caucuses produced no knockout punch, rather another split verdict that overshadowed Romney’s claim of collecting the most delegates.

Romney remains ahead in the delegate count, and thus the race for the nomination, but any hopes of asserting himself as the inevitable nominee fell short again.

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Far from bringing more clarity to the GOP presidential race as some in the party had hoped, Tuesday’s elections gave every candidate cause to keep driving forward.

Newt Gingrich won a definitive victory in Georgia. Santorum won in Tennessee, North Dakota and Oklahoma. Ron Paul even posted several second-place finishes.

Romney won Massachusetts, where he served as governor; Virginia, where neither Gingrich nor Santorum qualified for the ballot; and Vermont, Idaho and Alaska.

In Ohio, The Associated Press named Romney the winner early this morning, though some news outlets have not called it yet, and Santorum has not conceded.

Regardless of that outcome, Ohio's tight race and his defeats elsewhere show continuing vulnerabilities for Romney on both geographic and ideological grounds.

Even with most people operating under the assumption that he remains the most likely GOP nominee, he has nonetheless lost states across several regions.

Just the same, he's winning. With 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination, Romney has 332 delegates to Santorum’s 139, Gingrich's 73 and Paul's 35.

Super Tuesday results by state after the jump ...

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