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9:25 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.
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 …
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.
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  —  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'
Discussion: Harry's Place and Feministing
Romney supports automatic hikes in minimum wage
Discussion: The Hill, Riehl World View and Hot Air
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Mitt Romney: “I'm not concerned about the very poor.”
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
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Susan G. Komen Loses Support After Planned Parenthood Decision … Video , Susan G. Komen , Susan G. Komen For The Cure , Komen , Komen For The Cure , Komen Planned Parenthood , Planned Parenthood Breast Exams , Planned Parenthood Susan g Komen , Susan g Koman Planned Parenthood , Susan g Komen Planned Parenthood , Politics News
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
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
Watch Mitt Romney's Hair Sparkle After He Is Glittered In Minnesota
Discussion: Politics and GOP 12
Sarah B. Boxer / CBS News:
Mitt Romney glitter bombed, calls it confetti
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: CNN, Saint Petersblog and Ballot Box
Steve Benen /
The GOP's ongoing turnout problem
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: ThinkProgress, Taylor Marsh and Grist
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
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 …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House GOP seeks to bar the use of welfare funds at strip clubs  —  House Republicans don't want Uncle Sam paying for any more lap dances.  —  A bill that GOP leaders are bringing to the House floor Wednesday would require states to prevent welfare recipients from accessing or spending …
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 …
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Don Cornelius, ‘Soul Train’ Creator, Is Dead
New York Times:
Campaign Finance Reports Show ‘Super PAC’ Donors  —  Newt Gingrich reimbursed himself for more than $200,000 in travel expenses.  —  Mitt Romney, his sons and his former colleagues at Bain Capital donated thousands of dollars to help retire Tim Pawlenty's debt after Mr. Pawlenty dropped …
Noreen Malone / New York Magazine:
Now We Know Who's Giving to Super PACs
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.
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Rep. Jim Moran (D): Rep. Allen West ‘Not Representative Of African-American Community’
Ann Coulter:
THREE CHEERS FOR ROMNEYCARE!  —  If only the Democrats had decided to socialize the food industry or housing, Romneycare would probably still be viewed as a massive triumph for conservative free-market principles — as it was at the time.  —  It's not as if we had a beautifully functioning free market …
Benjamin Nugent / New York Times:
I Had Asperger Syndrome.  Briefly.  —  Manchester, N.H.  —  FOR a brief, heady period in the history of autism spectrum diagnosis, in the late '90s, I had Asperger syndrome.  —  There's an educational video from that time, called “Understanding Asperger's,” in which I appear.
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