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3:35 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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Romney Is ‘Not Concerned’ About the Poor  —  For Pete's sake — you're running for office!  —  Mitt Romney has been implying, for a while, that he doesn't really care about the poor.  Last night, he took the unfortunate step of actually saying so:
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Romney: 'I'm Not Concerned With The Very Poor'  —  Coming off his big win in Florida last night, GOP front-runner Mitt Romney told CNN this morning that helping the poor is not his priority, suggesting that Democrats worry enough about the “plight of the poor” already: … Watch it:
Discussion: Harry's Place and Feministing
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum  —  * Romney: “I'm not concerned about the very poor”: Before we get to last night's results, this quote from Mitt Romney on CNN will prove to be important: … Romney seems to have meant that the “very poor” have a safety net while the middle class doesn't, and that the latter will be the focus of his campaign.
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Mitt Romney: 'I'm not concerned about the very poor'
Discussion: CNN and Jared Bernstein
Gerald Herbert / ABCNEWS:
Romney ‘Not Concerned About the Very Poor’
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.
New York Times:
Romney Wins Big in Florida Primary
ABCNEWS:   Michele Bachmann Calls Mitt Romney Endorsement Rumors ‘Completely False’
Steve Benen /
The GOP's ongoing turnout problem  —  There can be little doubt that Mitt Romney dominated in Florida's Republican presidential primary, but there were a few tidbits in the exit polls that stood out, including this one:  —  This has to be discouraging for the former governor and his campaign.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Romney Wins, but Turnout Lags  —  In the first three early-voting states, Republican turnout was up from 2008 — just slightly in Iowa and New Hampshire, but significantly in South Carolina, where it jumped by 35 percent.  —  The pattern did not hold in Florida on Tuesday.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
February Republican primary cheat sheet
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Santorum picks up key Colorado endorsements
Discussion: CNN
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
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
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 …
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
Susan B. Komen's Act of Cowardice … - How Newt Lost Florida: It Wasn't Just His Bad Debating and Moon Base Nonsense  — What Is Causing the Mass Hysteria Afflicting Those Girls in Upstate New York?  — America Has a Huge, Pent-Up Desire—for Getting Divorced
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Komen Cuts Planned Parenthood Grants Months After Arrival Of New VP, Who Is Abortion Foe
Nick Paton Walsh / CNN:
Secret NATO Taliban report revives Pakistan fears  —  Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Pakistan continues to support the Taliban in Afghanistan, a secret NATO report says, according to a journalist who has read it, despite years of Pakistani denials and American pressure to stop backing the insurgency
Paul Bedard / Campaign 2012:
Obama warns of fall Romney ‘smear’ machine  —  The Obama-Biden reelection campaign, which just announced it banked $224 million in 2011, is stepping up fundraising as it steels for an expected fall “smear” machine from GOP front-runner Mitt Romney.  —  In an email to supporters this morning …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
Washington Post:
Super PACs helping Republican candidates close in on Obama
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 …
Four men admit London Stock Exchange bomb plot  —  The men planned to terrorise people and to damage the economy and property  —  Four men inspired by al-Qaeda have admitted planning to detonate a bomb at the London Stock Exchange.  —  Mohammed Chowdhury, Shah Rahman …
Facebook readies to file US$5bn IPO, could grow  —  Facebook is expected to file to raise US$5bn in a preliminary IPO prospectus on Wednesday morning, which while less than anticipated could be increased to satisfy ultimate investor demand, according to sources close to the deal.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Go the F**k Back to Sleep, Silicon Valley: Facebook IPO Likely to File Later Today at Earliest
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.
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 …
Discussion: Hyscience
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 …
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 …
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gay Activists Glitter Bomb Romney, He Calls It ‘Confetti’ To Celebrate Florida Victory
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
STOCK Act gets Blue Dog support
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama pushes plan to help homeowners with underwater mortgages
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Michael V. Hayden / CNN:
Eric Holder's ‘Fast and Furious’ woe
Discussion: Power Line and emptywheel
Regulate Marijuana Like Wine:
Poll Reveals 62% of California Voters Want Marijuana Regulated Like Wine
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Raw Story
Jeff Mapes / Oregonian:
Bonamici, “humbled by this awesome responsibility,” looks forward to joining Congress
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP leader criticizes Obama for opposing repeal of healthcare act