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12:55 AM ET, February 1, 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.
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Palin: Romney's $17 million in ads bought ‘some false narrative’ in Florida  —  Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said that Mitt Romney's aggressive campaign spending allowed him to buy a “false narrative” that propelled him to victory in Florida's pivotal primary.
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 …
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.
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Claiming victory in Florida primary, Romney takes aim at President Obama
Discussion: CNN
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Florida Primary Overview and Forecast
Mhigginscbs / CBS Tampa:
Rubio: Florida Primary Winner ‘To Be Nominee Of Our Party’
Discussion: The Reaction
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 …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Florida primary ‘the most negative campaign ever,’ says media group
Wallacegw / CNN:
Democratic groups rake in $19 million in 2011
Discussion: Reuters
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Gingrich: ‘No idea’ about robocall on Romney, Holocaust survivors
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Politico
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
Discussion: Power Line and Doug Ross
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO projects $1.08 trillion deficit, 8.9 percent jobless rate in 2012
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
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
Emmanuel Dunand / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Mitt Romney to Receive Secret Service Protection  —  TAMPA - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has been informed that it will start receiving Secret Service protection on Thursday, two campaign sources and a senior Republican tell ABC News.  —  Secret Service protection …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and The Page
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
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Great Divorce  —  I'll be shocked if there's another book …
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.
Mike Levine / Fox News:
In new ‘Fast and Furious’ report, Democrats clear Justice appointees of wrongdoing  —  Democrats investigating the failed gun-running probe known as “Operation Fast and Furious” are laying the blame at the feet of officials in Arizona, saying in a new report that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have …
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
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
Jeff Mapes / Oregonian:
Suzanne Bonamici wins special election for Oregon's 1st Congressional District  —  Democrat Suzanne Bonamici swept to victory Tuesday in Oregon's 1st Congressional District as her party continued its nearly four-decade-long hold on the seat covering the northwestern corner of the state.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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?
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.
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.
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William Thomas Cain / ABCNEWS:
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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Elizabeth Weise / USA Today:
Pythons have stranglehold on Florida Everglades ecosystem
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Discussion: The Loyal Opposition
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