Brown defends contraception stance with Kennedy quote – Tsongas in Cambodia – Nonprof furious SEUI would actually try to have members – B. Hill store lives to become a bank another day

DOWNTOWN: Sen. Scott Brown is latching on to a phrase from a letter Ted Kennedy wrote to the Pope in 2009 to justify his support of health care mandate exepmtions for religiously affiliated institutions when it comes to contraception. (AP)

STORES: Beacon Hill continues the fight to keep open at least one place to buy cigarettes. (Globe)

HOW DARE THEY: A Rhode Island non-profit is up in arms that a local SEIU chapter would, you know, act like a labor union. (CCO)

THE LOWELL OF INDOCHINA: What’s Niki Tsongas doing this school vacation week? Oh, she’s in Cambodia. (Sun)

DEVAL DIGEST:

Watchdog group blasts gov on cellphone records – BostonHerald.com:www.bostonherald.com

Gov. Deval Patrick talks Black History Month at Dunbar Y Family and Community Center | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Gov. Deval Patrick helps Dunbar Community Center celebrate partnership with YMCA of Greater Springfield | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Gov. Patrick backs decision to deny phone records – AP: www.boston.com

MITT MONITOR:

Mitt Romney emphasizes Michigan roots and reaches out to Tea Party – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Santorum uses Romney’s own words against him in ad – AP: www.boston.com

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HE FEDS:

Kerry, Brown call for extension of wind energy tax credits – Business – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Kerry, Brown to speak at fishing rally » Local News » GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA: www.gloucestertimes.com

Keating visits Weymouth to announce anti-drug-abuse legislation – – WickedLocal.com: www.wickedlocal.com

In Mass., GOP’s US Sen. Brown invoking Kennedy – AP: www.boston.com

STATE HEADLINES:

Powerful state rep.’s business linked to brother, allegedly stolen money: www.myfoxboston.com

Probation promotions are invalid, judge says – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Senator Wolf calls for Pilgrim nuclear plant shutdown – – WickedLocal.com: www.wickedlocal.com

A push for tamper-resistant drugs | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com

Lawmakers push to boost school aid to districts below minimum funding – The Boston Globe:www.boston.com

CAMPAIGNS:

Weaver announces congressional run » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

Brown, Warren reveal ads on contraception issue » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

Brown, Warren go toe-to-toe on birth control – The Sun Chronicle Online – News:www.thesunchronicle.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Kuros planning to seek re-election:www.telegram.com

State Sen. James Welch of West Springfield launches re-election campaign | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Elizabeth Warren defends Hollywood act – BostonHerald.com:www.bostonherald.com

MISC:

Hundreds Of Doctors Who Settle Malpractice Claims In Mass. Are Not Held Accountable « CBS Boston:boston.cbslocal.com

City should get more money from Red Sox, watchdog says – Metro – The Boston Globe:www.bostonglobe.com

Hanscom base cuts draw concern – Sentinel & Enterprise: www.sentinelandenterprise.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Signatures certified for casino on warrant:www.telegram.com

Springfield employees and union officials urge City Council to ease residency crackdown | masslive.com:www.masslive.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

CT – General Assembly: House Passes Medicare Fix, FOI Changes – Courant.com:www.courant.com

CT – House Approves Solid Waste Bill; GOP Blasts Process – Courant.com:www.courant.com

CT – Democratic Senate Candidates Forum: Bysiewicz, Tong, Murphy, Work To Set Themselves Apart – Courant.com: www.courant.com

CT – Is Racial Profiling Playing A Role In Traffic Stops? – Courant.com:www.courant.com

ME – Maine first lady hosts joint chiefs’ assistant – AP: www.pressherald.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Red Mass Group:: MassGOP Region 5 Meeting – Allegations of Possible Voter Disenfranchisement:www.redmassgroup.com

Massachusetts Liberal: Channeling Teddy: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

Massachusetts Liberal: Desperately seeking Beacon Hill: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

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