Here are the six must-read links for your morning:
1- “How I would check Iran’s nuclear ambition” by Mitt Romney. In this op-ed for The Washington Post, Romney outlines the “rubric” for his “peace through strength” approach to foreign policy withIran. Among the various approaches he outlines, Romney asserts that he will “buttress [his] diplomacy with a military option” and restore the “regular presence of aircraft carrier groups in the Eastern Mediterranean and thePersian Gulf.”
2- “Rivals jostle to stymie Romney, gain momentum on Super Tuesday” by the CNN wire staff. The article notes that the momentum heading into Super Tuesday is clearly with Mitt Romney, but Ohio and Tennessee are sure to be tight races, according to recent polling.
3- Want a brief overview of each of the Super Tuesday contests? Check out “Super Tuesday, State by State” by Michael Shear from The New York Times. Shear outlines the delegates at stake in each contest and discusses who is favored in each state, emphasizing that Tuesday’s results could “dramatically shape the direction” of the GOP campaign as it moves into the spring.
4- “UN officials to visit Syria this week; Colvin’s body to return to U.S.” by the CNN wire staff. The article details the UN official Valerie Amos’s trip to Damascus this week, as well as Senator John McCain’s speech to the Senate yesterday, in which he called for the United States to conduct piloted airstrikes against the Syrian regime.
5- “Obama Presses Netanyahu to Resist Strikes on Iran by Mark Landler of the New York Times. In this piece, Landler quotes a White House official as describing the meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama as “friendly, straightforward, and serious.” Nevertheless, he writes that the meeting “did not resolve basic differences between the two leaders over how to deal with the Iranian threat.”
6- “Gregg Williams meets with NFL on bounty payments, as Greg Blache says Joe Gibbs was unaware of the Redskins’ program” by Mark Maske with The Washington Post. Maske offers the latest details about the NFL controversy over the New Orleans Saints’ alleged bounty payments.
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