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3:35 PM ET, February 1, 2012

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Vanscottcnn / CNN:
Mitt Romney: middle income Americans are focus, not very poor  —  After winning the Florida primary, GOP presidential nominee hopeful Mitt Romney explains to CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien that he is focused on a particular portion of the American population in his campaign.
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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Romney, citing safety net, says he's ‘not concerned about the very poor’  —  In an interview with CNN Wednesday morning that should have been a Florida victory lap, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney made a fumble that could give rivals an attack ad sound bite.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Romney Is ‘Not Concerned’ About the Poor  —  For Pete's sake — you're running for office!  —  Mitt Romney has been implying, for a while, that he doesn't really care about the poor.  Last night, he took the unfortunate step of actually saying so:
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Romney: 'I'm Not Concerned With The Very Poor'  —  Coming off his big win in Florida last night, GOP front-runner Mitt Romney told CNN this morning that helping the poor is not his priority, suggesting that Democrats worry enough about the “plight of the poor” already: … Watch it:
Discussion: Harry's Place and Feministing
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum  —  * Romney: “I'm not concerned about the very poor”: Before we get to last night's results, this quote from Mitt Romney on CNN will prove to be important: … Romney seems to have meant that the “very poor” have a safety net while the middle class doesn't, and that the latter will be the focus of his campaign.
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Mitt Romney: 'I'm not concerned about the very poor'
Discussion: CNN and Jared Bernstein
Gerald Herbert / ABCNEWS:
Romney ‘Not Concerned About the Very Poor’
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
Mitt Romney heads to Minnesota amid talk of Michele Bachmann endorsement  —  TAMPA, Fla. - Mitt Romney is carrying a full head of steam after winning the Florida primary, but the Republican presidential contender isn't headed first today for Nevada or Maine, the next two states to vote.
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New York Times:
Romney Wins Big in Florida Primary
ABCNEWS:   Michele Bachmann Calls Mitt Romney Endorsement Rumors ‘Completely False’
Steve Benen / msnbc.com:
The GOP's ongoing turnout problem  —  There can be little doubt that Mitt Romney dominated in Florida's Republican presidential primary, but there were a few tidbits in the exit polls that stood out, including this one:  —  This has to be discouraging for the former governor and his campaign.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Romney Wins, but Turnout Lags  —  In the first three early-voting states, Republican turnout was up from 2008 — just slightly in Iowa and New Hampshire, but significantly in South Carolina, where it jumped by 35 percent.  —  The pattern did not hold in Florida on Tuesday.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
February Republican primary cheat sheet
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Santorum picks up key Colorado endorsements
Discussion: CNN
Talia Buford / The Politico:
Josh Fox led away in handcuffs from hearing  —  Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Josh Fox was led away in handcuffs from a House Science Committee hearing Wednesday morning after refusing to pack up his camera.  —  Fox was led out by Capitol Police shortly after 10 a.m., before the hearing could be gaveled into order.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Taylor Marsh and Grist
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Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
‘Gasland’ Journalists Arrested At Hearing By Order Of House Republicans (UPDATES) … House GOP , Environment , Gop , Politics , Republicans , Video , Brad Miller , First Amendment , Josh Fox , Arrest , Documentary , Fracking , Gasland , Hearing , Journalist , Politics News
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Theodore B. Olson / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Enemies List  —  David and Charles Koch have been the targets of a campaign of vituperation and assault, choreographed from the very top.  —  How would you feel if aides to the president of the United States singled you out by name for attack, and if you were featured prominently …
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
Susan B. Komen's Act of Cowardice … - How Newt Lost Florida: It Wasn't Just His Bad Debating and Moon Base Nonsense  — What Is Causing the Mass Hysteria Afflicting Those Girls in Upstate New York?  — America Has a Huge, Pent-Up Desire—for Getting Divorced
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Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Komen Cuts Planned Parenthood Grants Months After Arrival Of New VP, Who Is Abortion Foe
Nick Paton Walsh / CNN:
Secret NATO Taliban report revives Pakistan fears  —  Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Pakistan continues to support the Taliban in Afghanistan, a secret NATO report says, according to a journalist who has read it, despite years of Pakistani denials and American pressure to stop backing the insurgency
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Paul Bedard / Campaign 2012:
Obama warns of fall Romney ‘smear’ machine  —  The Obama-Biden reelection campaign, which just announced it banked $224 million in 2011, is stepping up fundraising as it steels for an expected fall “smear” machine from GOP front-runner Mitt Romney.  —  In an email to supporters this morning …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
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Washington Post:
Super PACs helping Republican candidates close in on Obama
Wall Street Journal:
Check With Climate Scientists for Views on Climate  —  Do you consult your dentist about your heart condition?  In science, as in any area, reputations are based on knowledge and expertise in a field and on published, peer-reviewed work.  If you need surgery, you want a highly experienced expert …
BBC:
Four men admit London Stock Exchange bomb plot  —  The men planned to terrorise people and to damage the economy and property  —  Four men inspired by al-Qaeda have admitted planning to detonate a bomb at the London Stock Exchange.  —  Mohammed Chowdhury, Shah Rahman …
ifre.com:
Facebook readies to file US$5bn IPO, could grow  —  Facebook is expected to file to raise US$5bn in a preliminary IPO prospectus on Wednesday morning, which while less than anticipated could be increased to satisfy ultimate investor demand, according to sources close to the deal.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Go the F**k Back to Sleep, Silicon Valley: Facebook IPO Likely to File Later Today at Earliest
Alison Gendar / NY Daily News:
Anthony Weiner used campaign money to hire private investigators to chase down his lie about crotch-shot tweet, financial statements reveal  —  Weiner hired T&M while in full spin mode over controversy that eventually led to his resignation  —  Infamous photo that Anthony Weiner tweeted.
Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
Gallup state numbers predict huge Obama loss  —  Gallup released their annual state-by-state presidential approval numbers yesterday, and the results should have 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue very worried.  If President Obama carries only those states where he had a net positive approval rating in 2011 …
Discussion: Hyscience
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Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
‘Soul Train’ creator Don Cornelius dead in apparent suicide  —  “Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius was found dead at his Sherman Oaks on home Wednesday morning.  —  Law enforcement sources said police arrived at Cornelius' home around 4 a.m. He apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound …
Shaun Usher / Letters of Note:
To My Old Master  —  In August of 1865, a Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave, Jourdan Anderson, and requested that he come back to work on his farm.  Jourdan — who, since being emancipated, had moved to Ohio, found paid work, and was now supporting his family …
 
 
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