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12:10 AM ET, February 2, 2012


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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 …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The National Review's Candidate Won't Stop Digging  —  It is days like today that make me thankful I think they all suck.  At least I'm thankful I'm in the firmly not Romney camp.  —  Having told us only Romney was viable (with half-nods to Huntsman and Santorum) and having trotted …
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’
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Mitt Romney: 'I'm not concerned about the very poor'
Discussion: Jared Bernstein
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Romney: 'I'm Not Concerned With The Very Poor'
Discussion: Harry's Place and Feministing
Romney supports automatic hikes in minimum wage
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and Riehl World View
KLAS-TV 8 News Now:
BREAKING NEWS: Trump to Endorse Newt Gingrich Tomorrow  —  LAS VEGAS — An advisor to Donald Trump says he will make a major announcement in Las Vegas tomorrow.  Sources tell the 8 News NOW I-Team Trump will endorse Newt Gingrich.  —  According to Trump advisor Michael Cohen …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Trump to make ‘major announcement’ on presidential race  —  Real estate mogul Donald Trump plans to make a big announcement related to the presidential race, he announced Wednesday.  —  “I will be making a major announcement tomorrow (Thursday, February 2) at 12:30 pm at Trump International Hotel & Tower …
Discussion: Mediaite
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Sources: Trump to endorse Newt  —  Word started leaking out in Las Vegas earlier that Donald Trump's “major announcement” is to back Newt Gingrich, and sources are confirming it to POLITICO.  —  The announcement is expected to come at an 11:30 a.m. press conference tomorrow that The Donald is holding.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Carl Cameron / Fox News:
Florida primary might not be a done deal  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Florida's primary might not be over just yet.  —  The Newt Gingrich campaign is gearing up to challenge the results of the Florida Republican presidential primary based on the Republican National Committee's own rules which state …
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: Saint Petersblog, CNN and Ballot Box
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
RNC memo discusses Fla. delegates
Discussion: Frontloading HQ
Michael P. McDonald / The Huffington Post:
They're Just Not That Into You, Mitt
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.
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.
Sarah B. Boxer / CBS News:
Mitt Romney glitter bombed, calls it confetti
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Romney glitter-bombed in Minnesota, calls it ‘confetti’
Discussion: CNN and Althouse
Watch Mitt Romney's Hair Sparkle After He Is Glittered In Minnesota
Discussion: Politics and GOP 12
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
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Grist and ThinkProgress
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 and Weasel Zippers
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 …
Rod Dreher:
Actually, it won't be 1972  —  Noah Millman says George Packer has it wrong, that the GOP is not, in fact, going to have a McGovern moment anytime soon.  I think these are good observations: … This is an underappreciated point.  Can you find a single significant point on which Romney …
Discussion: Eunomia and The Daily Dish
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
GOP: Ban welfare cash at strip clubs  —  The Republican-led House is going after strip clubs - again.  —  Up for a vote Wednesday evening is a bill that would ban welfare recipients from using their benefits at strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos.  It's the same measure that was included …
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Accused teacher's behavior was reported decades ago, students say  —  Two former students of a teacher accused of bizarre acts of lewd conduct in his classroom said school officials were informed about his questionable behavior two decades ago.  —  School officials and Sheriff's Department investigators …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Dem Congressman: West “Not Representative Of African-American Community”  —  “People like Mr. [Allen] West, and Governor Brewer and so on, particularly Mr. West, is not only not representative of the African-American community or of the Republican Party, let alone of the American public.
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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
NO SEX PLEASE, WE'RE JAPANESE: Japan Population Decline …
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Althouse
Ryan Jaslow / CBS News:
Sugar should be regulated like alcohol, tobacco, commentary says
Discussion: Hot Air, Bookworm Room and Guardian
Benjamin Nugent / New York Times:
I Had Asperger Syndrome. Briefly.
Alexis Stevens / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Florida crash | Church pleads for help after tragedy
Discussion: CNN and Crooks and Liars
Emmanuel Touhey / Energy & Environment:
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McCaskill numbers down  —  PPP's newest Missouri poll finds …
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Noreen Malone / New York Magazine:
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Michael V. Hayden / CNN:
Eric Holder's ‘Fast and Furious’ woe
Discussion: emptywheel and Power Line