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2:20 PM ET, February 4, 2012


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Nonny Mouse / Crooks and Liars:
What Cancer Is, and What It's Not  —  (h/t ABL WARNING: Graphic images and language)  —  My mother died of breast cancer.  I'm sure the vast majority of people reading this can point to an aunt, a cousin, a sister, a best friend who has had the disease.  So far, the estimated new cases …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Big Sister Is Watching You  —  Totalitarian feminism and the smearing of Susan G. Komen.  —  The smear campaign against the breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure appears to have had its desired effect, although this may turn out to be a case in which appearances are deceiving.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Cancer charity's effort to privately defund Planned Parenthood backfires  —  The push to privately defund Planned Parenthood didn't just fail last week — it backfired into a potentially serious setback for the group's most ardent critics.  —  Abortion rights opponents were thrilled …
Discussion: Reuters, Politico and The Hill
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
What Does Komen's Latest Statement on Planned Parenthood Really Mean?  —  Breast cancer foundation Susan G. Komen for the Cure has reversed its decision to stop funding cancer screening referrals by Planned Parenthood, according to a letter from founder Nancy Brinker first obtained by Tom Benning …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Ari Fleischer Secretly Involved In Komen Strategy On Planned Parenthood  —  Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W. Bush and prominent right-wing pundit, was secretly involved in the Komen Foundation's strategy regarding Planned Parenthood.
Ethan Klapper /
Gingrich to Hold Post-Caucus Press Conference  —  Instead of the traditional election night party, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will hold a press conference after the Nevada Caucus on Saturday, raising new speculation about his future in the race.  —  An e-mail sent to reporters …
Ben Adler /
Newt Gingrich's New Enemies: Subway Riders  —  Newt Gingrich has taken phony cultural populism to its logical extreme.  Gingrich abandons his supposed free market and small government principles when it comes to federally subsidizing over-consumption of housing.
Romney campaign lets go of new debate coach
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
CBS Las Vegas:
Controversial Artist Depicts Obama Trampling The Constitution  —  Provo, Utah (CBS Las Vegas) - In front of the White House a man is sitting on a park bench in the throes of depression.  He is surrounded by all 43 presidents.  In the forefront, purposefully ignoring the depressed man is President Obama …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Peter Berkowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Sex Smears and the Rule of Law at Yale  —  The university has tarnished a student's reputation, and its own.  —  The case of former Yale quarterback Patrick Witt provides additional evidence, as if more were needed, that our leading colleges and universities have lost their way.
U.N. Security Council fails to pass resolution on Syria  —  United Nations (CNN) — As international anger grows over reports of mass carnage at the hands of the Syrian regime, a U.N. Security Council draft resolution condemning Syria failed to be adopted Saturday after veto-wielding members Russia and China voted against it.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama condemns Syria violence, can't secure UN resolution
Discussion: Verum Serum
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge:
Implied Unemployment Rate Rises To 11.5%, Spread To Propaganda Number Surges To 30 Year High  —  Sick of the BLS propaganda?  Then do the following calculation with us: using BLS data, the US civilian non-institutional population was 242,269 in January, an increase of 1.7 million month over month …
Lynn Vavreck / Washington Post:
For 2012, the unemployment rate doesn't matter. The change in it does.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
Unemployment report: January job gains have economists rethinking outlooks
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Why the official 8.3 percent unemployment rate is a phony number—and what it means for Obama's reelection
Discussion: RedState and Weasel Zippers
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Anonymous Leaks Huge Cache of Emails From Iraq War Crimes Case  —  Anonymous is on a rampage today.  Just hours after leaking a confidential phone call between the FBI and Scotland yard, members have released a huge archive of emails and documents related to the 2005 Haditha Massacre, which left 24 Iraqi civilians dead.
Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
With Mitt in the lead, anti-Romney Republicans weigh their options  —  Mitt Romney is the odds-on favorite to become the GOP presidential nominee following his 14-point victory in the Florida primary Tuesday and heading into the Nevada caucuses with a big lead.  Those conservatives who have long opposed his candidacy are at a loss.
Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Judge: Obama eligible to be Georgia candidate  —  President Barack Obama's name will remain on the Georgia primary ballot after a state law judge flatly rejected legal challenges that contend he can not be a candidate.  —  In a 10-page order, Judge Michael Malihi dismissed one challenge …
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
Occupy D.C. camp raided by police  —  Dozens of U.S. Park Police descended on horseback and foot upon the Occupy D.C. camp in McPherson Square before dawn on Saturday to continue an enforcement of its no- camping rules launched earlier this week.  —  At least three protestors who refused …
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama pushes plan to help ‘responsible’ homeowners refinance  —  President Obama is pushing Congress to pass his plan to help struggling homeowners refinance their mortgages.  —  “I'm sending Congress a plan that will give every responsible homeowner the chance to save about $3,000 a year …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
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Chuck Carroll / CBS Washington:
President Obama Spends Afternoon With Wealthy Donors In DC
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP pushes highway bill opposed by some conservatives
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Orrin Hatch: Obama thinks he's Jesus Christ
New York Times:
Activists Fight Green Projects, Seeing U.N. Plot
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Retail Limits in Plan for the Upper West Side
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
In Las Vegas, Making Sure the Caucuses Accommodate
Rosie Gray / Politics:
Santorum Unlikely To Make Indiana Ballot
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Hot Air and GOP 12
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Gingrich's Deep Ties to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Danger Will Robinson . . . or Ann Coulter
Brian Beutler /
TPMDC  —  Bait And Switch: GOP Leaders Renege On Debt Limit Deal Defense Cuts
Neil Genzlinger / New York Times:
Ben Gazzara, a Risk-Taking Actor of Stage and Screen, Dies at 81
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The 2016 Election, Already Upon Us
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
Soaking the Poor, State by State