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10:30 PM ET, January 31, 2012


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Fox News:
Romney wins Florida GOP primary, Fox News projects  —  Mitt Romney has won the Florida Republican presidential primary, Fox News projects.  —  The victory, in the GOP contest's biggest state to date, is likely to give the former Massachusetts governor a burst of momentum as he and Newt Gingrich battle …
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
‘Everyone step on his toes!’  Gingrich security harasses Ron Paul supporter  —  WINDERMERE, Fla.—Next time, Eddie Dillard won't wear flip-flops.  —  Dillard, a 29-year-old Ron Paul supporter from this suburb near Orlando, arrived to vote at his precinct at Winderemere Baptist Church early Tuesday morning.
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich Robocall: Mitt Romney Forced Holocaust Survivors To Eat Non-Kosher Food … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  2012 Election, Newt Gingrich 2012, Elections 2012, Video, FL Election, FL Election 2012, FL Primary, FL Primary 2012, FL Primary Election 2012, Florida Primary, Florida Election …
Alana Goodman / Commentary Magazine:
Did Romney Eliminate Kosher Nursing Home Food as Governor?  —  During the weekend, the New York Post reported that Mitt Romney vetoed a bill to help fund kosher food at Massachusetts nursing homes in 2003.  Newt Gingrich, who happens to be courting Jewish and elderly voters in Florida …
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Romney wins Florida  —  Mitt Romney will win Florida's Republican presidential primary, the Associated Press and TV networks project.  —  Mitt Romney will win Florida's Republican presidential primary, the Associated Press and TV networks project.  —  Romney's success in Florida signaled viability …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Florida Primary Overview and Forecast  —  The shift away from Newt Gingrich in the Florida polls has been as significant as the one toward him in South Carolina.  The first two polls released after South Carolina showed Mr. Gingrich with a lead of 8 and 9 points, respectively.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
What Google can tell us about the Florida Republican primary  —  What did Floridians want to know about former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in the runup to the Sunshine State's primary?  —  Thanks to the folks at a perky Internet startup called Google, we have answers.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Reaction
Florida primary ‘the most negative campaign ever,’ says media group
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Hot Air and Wake up America
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Santorum up in Colorado, Nevada with anti-Gingrich commercial
Joe Raedle / ABCNEWS:   Romney Ran Just 1 Positive Fla. Ad
Mhigginscbs / CBS Tampa:
Rubio: Florida Primary Winner ‘To Be Nominee Of Our Party’
Discussion: The Reaction
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Amid abortion debate, Komen cancer charity halting grants to Planned Parenthood  —  NEW YORK — The nation's leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is halting its partnerships with Planned Parenthood affiliates — creating a bitter rift, linked to the abortion debate …
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Why Komen defunded Planned Parenthood  —  The Associated Press reports that Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the nation's leading breast-cancer charity, will cut off its funding to Planned Parenthood affiliates, where the foundation has traditionally paid for preventive screening services.
CBO's Latest 10 Documents:
THE BUDGET AND ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: FISCAL YEARS 2012 TO 2022  —  Each January, CBO prepares “baseline” budget projections spanning the next 10 years.  Those projections are not a forecast of future events; rather, they are intended to provide a benchmark against which potential policy changes can be measured.
Guy Benson /
White House Panic: Gruesome 2012 Economic Forecast Could Doom Obama
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
CBO: Taxes Will ‘Shoot Up by More Than 30 Percent’ Over Next 2 Years
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Michael Linden / Center for American Progress:
What Caused This Year's Deficit?
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Weasel Zippers
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Great Divorce  —  I'll be shocked if there's another book this year as important as Charles Murray's “Coming Apart.”  I'll be shocked if there's another book that so compellingly describes the most important trends in American society.  —  Murray's basic argument is not new, that America is dividing into a two-caste society.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Our Mr. Brooks Finds Another Very Important Thinker  —  Occasionally, Moral Hazard, the Irish setter belonging to David Brooks, goes wandering out of the clubroom of the Young Fogies Club and down the hall into the library.  It is more peaceful there.  Nobody is quoting Edmund Burke.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Darrell Issa threatens Eric Holder with contempt  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) threatened Tuesday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress if the Justice Department did not provide certain documents in response to the committee's subpoena.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mike Levine / Fox News:
In new ‘Fast and Furious’ report, Democrats clear Justice appointees of wrongdoing
Jordy Yager / The Hill:   Issa threatens Holder with contempt over ‘Fast and Furious’
The Shark Tank:
Breaking News- Allen West to Run for Re-Election in Different Congressional District  —  The Shark Tank has learned that Congressman Tom Rooney has announced that he is running for re-election to Congress in one of Florida's two newly created congressional districts, and that Congressman Allen West …
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Shakeup: Adam Hasner to run for West's CD seat; Mack could walk in U.S. Senate primary
Discussion: Big Government and The Daily Pulp
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rep. Allen West will switch districts
Discussion: The Politico
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Above 50% in 10 States and D.C. in 2011  —  District of Columbia, Hawaii most approving; Utah, Idaho, least  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In 10 states plus the District of Columbia, a majority of residents approved of the job Barack Obama was doing as president last year, according to aggregated data from 2011.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
14-Year-Old Asks Maryland Lawmakers To Vote Down Same-Sex Marriage For Her Birthday  —  A 14-year-old girl celebrated her birthday with the Maryland's Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee this afternoon and told lawmakers that it “would be the best birthday present ever if you would vote no on gay marriage.”
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Md. House Speaker Michael Busch speaks out on same-sex marriage
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jill Tucker / San Francisco Chronicle:
Ranger zaps off-leash dog walker with shock weapon  —  A Montara man walking two lapdogs off leash was hit with an electric-shock gun by a National Park Service ranger after allegedly giving a false name and trying to walk away, authorities said Monday.  —  The park ranger encountered Gary Hesterberg …
Rick Perlstein / Rolling Stone:
Why Mitt Romney's Mormonism Doesn't Matter  —  I've never been impressed with the argument that Mitt Romney makes for a weak Republican nominee because conservatives don't like him.  That's not how that party works.  Like they say, “Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line.”  Don't believe me?
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Iran, perceiving threat from West, willing to attack on U.S. soil, U.S. intelligence report finds  —  U.S. intelligence agencies believe that Iran is prepared to launch terrorist attacks inside the United States in response to perceived threats from America and its allies, the U.S. spy chief said Tuesday.
Kevin Yamamura / Capitol Alert:
Controller: State to run out of cash in March without action  —  California will run out of cash by early March if the state does not take swift action to find $3.3 billion through payment delays and borrowing, according to a letter state Controller John Chiang sent to state lawmakers today.
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President Obama, First Lady and VP Biden to Net $5.3M in One-Day Haul
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Gingrich and Romney Are “Unelectable”? So Is Obama.
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Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Allen West Tries To Walk Back Telling Obama To ‘Get The Hell Out’: ‘I Did Not Refer To Any Person Leaving’
Nancy Scola / The Atlantic Online:
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