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6:45 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.
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.
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
What is Wrong With This Guy?  —  Congratulations to Mitt Romney for his big win last night.  It was a win that, Romney supporters hoped, would help bury concerns about his ability to seal the deal to do what it takes.  But I'm not so sure.  If you're a straight-laced grown-up with money to burn …
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Mitt Romney: 'I'm not concerned about the very poor'  —  Mitt Romney said Wednesday he's “not concerned about the very poor.”  —  Romney told CNN's Soledad O'Brien during a morning interview after his Florida primary win that his focus is on the middle class — and not on the “very poor.”
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Romney Is ‘Not Concerned’ About the Poor
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Romney: 'I'm Not Concerned With The Very Poor'
Discussion: Harry's Place and Feministing
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Mitt Romney: “I'm not concerned about the very poor.”
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Romney says ‘poor’ comment needs context
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Romney Now Leads Gingrich, 31% to 26%  —  Santorum in third place, ahead of Paul  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mitt Romney has moved ahead of Newt Gingrich in national Republican registered voters' preferences for the 2012 GOP nomination, 31% to 26%, according to Gallup Daily tracking from Jan. 27-31.
Discussion: CNN, Ballot Box and Saint Petersblog
Steve Benen /
The GOP's ongoing turnout problem
Peter Hamby / CNN:
February Republican primary cheat sheet
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Dem abandons Susan G. Komen after Planned Parenthood decision  —  Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on Wednesday morning said she would no longer support the Susan G. Komen Foundation because of that organization's decision to no longer provide funding to Planned Parenthood.
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
Susan B. Komen's Act of Cowardice
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
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
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.
Noreen Malone / New York Magazine:
Now We Know Who's Giving to Super PACs
ABCNEWS:   Michele Bachmann Calls Mitt Romney Endorsement Rumors ‘Completely False’
New York Times:
Romney Wins Big in Florida Primary
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gay Activists Glitter Bomb Romney, He Calls It ‘Confetti’ To Celebrate Florida Victory  —  Mitt Romney was “glitter bombed” by an advocate protesting the former governor's flimsy record on equality for gay and lesbian Americans as he took the stage at a campaign event in Eagan, Minnesota this afternoon.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Romney glitter-bombed in Minnesota, calls it ‘confetti’
Discussion: CNN and Althouse
Paul Bedard / Campaign 2012:
Obama warns of fall Romney ‘smear’ machine
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
Watch Mitt Romney's Hair Sparkle After He Is Glittered In Minnesota
Discussion: The Hill, GOP 12 and Hot Air
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 …
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama money advantage disappearing
Discussion: 2012 Decoded
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Panetta Sets End to Afghan Combat Role for U.S. in '13  —  BRUSSELS — In a major milestone toward ending a decade of war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said on Wednesday that American forces would step back from a combat role there as early as mid-2013 …
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.
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 …
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Facebook Files for an I.P.O.  —  It sure pays to have friends.  —  Facebook, the vast online social network, took its first step toward becoming a publicly traded company on Wednesday as it filed to sell shares on the stock market.  The service, hatched in a Harvard dormitory room nearly eight years ago …
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 …
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Judy L. Randall / Staten Island Advance:
After allegations of illegal fund-raising, let Staten Island's Rep. Michael Grimm explain himself …
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Ed Kilgore / The New Republic:
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