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9:55 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 …
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.
Washington Examiner:
Why Romney won — Why Gingrich lost  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Coming off a decisive loss to Newt Gingrich in South Carolina, Mitt Romney needed to do three things to win the Florida primary: 1) attack Gingrich with a level of ferocity not yet seen in the already-contentious Republican presidential campaign …
New York Times:
Romney Wins Big in Florida Primary  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney rolled to victory in the Florida primary on Tuesday evening, according to early returns and exit polls, dispatching an insurgent threat from Newt Gingrich and reclaiming his dominant position in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
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.
Top Line: Can Mitt Maintain the Mo?  —  Mitt Romney's win in the Florida primary decisively puts wind in the former Massachusetts governor's sails.  But will it be enough to float him toward a speedy wrap up of the nomination?  The Top Line team says... not so fast.
Jamie Klatell / Ballot Box:
Fresh off Florida victory, Romney pushes on to next primary fight
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Claiming victory in Florida primary, Romney takes aim at President Obama
Discussion: CNN
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
What Google can tell us about the Florida Republican primary
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 …
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Komen Cuts Planned Parenthood Grants Months After Arrival Of New VP, Who Is Abortion Foe … Komen Planned Parenthood , Politics News  —  Breast cancer charity giant Susan G. Komen for the Cure on Tuesday did not renew a grant to Planned Parenthood to fund breast exams.
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.
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.
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 …
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Five Reasons Why Newt Gingrich Should Keep Running, Forever … - Debates: With much less ad money than Romney, and fewer surrogates, Gingrich has relied on debates to get his message out and make an impression on voters.  Unfortunately for Gingrich, no debates are scheduled, for some reason, until February 22.
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich Robocall: Mitt Romney Forced Holocaust Survivors To Eat Non-Kosher Food
Alana Goodman / Commentary Magazine:
Did Romney Eliminate Kosher Nursing Home Food as Governor?
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO projects $1.08 trillion deficit, 8.9 percent jobless rate in 2012  —  The Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday predicted the deficit will rise to $1.08 trillion in 2012.  —  The office also projected the jobless rate would rise to 8.9 percent by the end of 2012, and to 9.2 percent in 2013.
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
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.
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Gingrich and Romney Are “Unelectable”? So Is Obama.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
First lady Michelle Obama cites ‘remarkable progress’ on the economy  —  First Lady Michelle Obama cited “remarkable progress” on the economy during a speech for a small crowd of high-profile Hollywood names in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening.  —  “In the last 3 years, we've worked hard …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
William Thomas Cain / ABCNEWS:
President Obama, First Lady and VP Biden to Net $5.3M in One-Day Haul
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Rep. Allen West to seek reelection in new district  —  Updated at 6:52 p.m. with news that Hasner will run in West's district  —  Tea party firebrand Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) announced Tuesday that he will switch districts and run for reelection in Florida's new 18th district.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
David Sharp / Associated Press:
Anti-gay-marriage group loses Maine list appeal  —  PORTLAND, Maine—An appeals court on Tuesday upheld the state's campaign disclosure law that requires a national anti-gay-marriage group to release its donor list, but the group plans to take the fight to shield the list to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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