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February 27th, 2012
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Read and Run: Your must-read links for the morning of Monday, Feb. 27th

Here are the five must-read links for your morning:

1- "My Economic Freedom Agenda" by Rick Santorum. In this op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, the 2012 GOP Presidential candidate outlines 10 of his economic initiatives.

2- "Romney says he has friends who own NASCAR teams" from the National Journal. "It was the second time in three days that Romney, a former CEO and former Massachusetts governor who is worth up to $250 million, stepped on his message with an offhand remark that backfired," reporter Sarah Boxer writes.

3- "WikiLeaks begins disclosing intelligence firm Stratfor's e-mails" from CNN's wire staff. WikiLeaks says the documents will be released through a network of more than 25 news outlets and activist groups in the coming weeks. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, meanwhile, is in Britain battling an extradition request from prosecutors in Sweden who want to question him about unrelated accusations of sexual assault. Assange has not been charged with a crime and denies wrongdoing.

4- "World Bank to China: Free up your economy or bust" from CNNMoney.com's Annalyn Censky. The report has an ominous tone: The World Bank will tell China to "Transition to a freer commercial system, or else face an impending economic crisis."

5- "Violence in wake of Koran incident fuels U.S. doubts about Afghan partners" from the Washington Post. The ongoing violence in the country, Greg Jaffe reports, "has spurred doubts about whether Afghan security forces can be relied upon to provide for the protection of their Western partners. The consequences of that erosion of confidence, former U.S. officials and analysts say, could be devastating."

Watch "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" for more on these top stories this morning at 7am Eastern.


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