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11:05 AM ET, February 4, 2012


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Ethan Klapper /
Gingrich to Hold Post-Caucus Press Conference  —  Instead of the traditional election night party, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will hold a press conference after the Nevada Caucus on Saturday, raising new speculation about his future in the race.  —  An e-mail sent to reporters …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Gingrich's Deep Ties to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac  —  WASHINGTON — On a trip to Ireland in 1998, Speaker Newt Gingrich researched his Irish roots, discussed the prospects for peace in Northern Ireland and entertained speculation about his presidential ambitions.
Romney campaign lets go of new debate coach
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Newt Gingrich / CNN:   Gingrich: Romney didn't deserve congrats
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Ari Fleischer Secretly Involved In Komen Strategy On Planned Parenthood  —  Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W. Bush and prominent right-wing pundit, was secretly involved in the Komen Foundation's strategy regarding Planned Parenthood.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Cancer charity's effort to privately defund Planned Parenthood backfires  —  The push to privately defund Planned Parenthood didn't just fail last week — it backfired into a potentially serious setback for the group's most ardent critics.  —  Abortion rights opponents were thrilled …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
What Does Komen's Latest Statement on Planned Parenthood Really Mean?  —  Breast cancer foundation Susan G. Komen for the Cure has reversed its decision to stop funding cancer screening referrals by Planned Parenthood, according to a letter from founder Nancy Brinker first obtained by Tom Benning …
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge:
Implied Unemployment Rate Rises To 11.5%, Spread To Propaganda Number Surges To 30 Year High  —  Sick of the BLS propaganda?  Then do the following calculation with us: using BLS data, the US civilian non-institutional population was 242,269 in January, an increase of 1.7 million month over month …
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Why the official 8.3 percent unemployment rate is a phony number—and what it means for Obama's reelection
Discussion: RedState and Weasel Zippers
Lynn Vavreck / Washington Post:
For 2012, the unemployment rate doesn't matter. The change in it does.
Washington Post:
Unemployment report: January job gains have economists rethinking outlooks
CBS Las Vegas:
Controversial Artist Depicts Obama Trampling The Constitution  —  Provo, Utah (CBS Las Vegas) - In front of the White House a man is sitting on a park bench in the throes of depression.  He is surrounded by all 43 presidents.  In the forefront, purposefully ignoring the depressed man is President Obama …
John Cook / Gawker:
Anonymous' Latest Release Includes Private Info About Sexual Assault Victims and Guantanamo Lawyers  —  Earlier today, Anonymous announced what sounded like an awesome caper: The group had compromised the email of a law firm that represented Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Anonymous Leaks Huge Cache of Emails From Iraq War Crimes Case  —  Anonymous is on a rampage today.  Just hours after leaking a confidential phone call between the FBI and Scotland yard, members have released a huge archive of emails and documents related to the 2005 Haditha Massacre, which left 24 Iraqi civilians dead.
Peter Berkowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Sex Smears and the Rule of Law at Yale  —  The university has tarnished a student's reputation, and its own.  —  The case of former Yale quarterback Patrick Witt provides additional evidence, as if more were needed, that our leading colleges and universities have lost their way.
Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
With Mitt in the lead, anti-Romney Republicans weigh their options  —  Mitt Romney is the odds-on favorite to become the GOP presidential nominee following his 14-point victory in the Florida primary Tuesday and heading into the Nevada caucuses with a big lead.  Those conservatives who have long opposed his candidacy are at a loss.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP pushes highway bill opposed by some conservatives  —  Republicans used their weekly address on Saturday to push a highway bill that is being opposed on the right by the Club for Growth.  —  Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.) argued that the bill is vital for the economy and highlighted the fact …
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Orrin Hatch: Obama thinks he's Jesus Christ  —  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is offended that President Barack Obama quoted scripture to make the case for a fairer tax policy.  —  Speaking to a group of mostly-conservative politicians at the annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday …
Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Judge: Obama eligible to be Georgia candidate  —  President Barack Obama's name will remain on the Georgia primary ballot after a state law judge flatly rejected legal challenges that contend he can not be a candidate.  —  In a 10-page order, Judge Michael Malihi dismissed one challenge …
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama pushes plan to help ‘responsible’ homeowners refinance  —  President Obama is pushing Congress to pass his plan to help struggling homeowners refinance their mortgages.  —  “I'm sending Congress a plan that will give every responsible homeowner the chance to save about $3,000 a year …
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Activists Fight Green Projects, Seeing U.N. Plot  —  Across the country, activists with ties to the Tea Party are railing against all sorts of local and state efforts to control sprawl and conserve energy.  They brand government action for things like expanding public transportation routes …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and Daily Kos
Eric Berman / Indy's News Center:
Santorum Fails to Qualify for Indiana Ballot  —  Election officials still tallying signatures for Gingrich  —  Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has failed to qualify for the Indiana ballot.  —  Listen:  —  Presidential candidates need 500 signatures in each of Indiana's nine congressional districts.
Rosie Gray / Politics:
Santorum Unlikely To Make Indiana Ballot
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Hot Air and GOP 12
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Chuck Carroll / CBS Washington:
President Obama Spends Afternoon With Wealthy Donors In DC
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Retail Limits in Plan for the Upper West Side
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
In Las Vegas, Making Sure the Caucuses Accommodate
Brian Beutler /
TPMDC  —  Bait And Switch: GOP Leaders Renege On Debt Limit Deal Defense Cuts
Sandra Laville / Guardian:
Anonymous hacks into FBI-Scotland Yard call
Discussion: Hot Air, Mashable! and Washington Post
Neil Genzlinger / New York Times:
Ben Gazzara, a Risk-Taking Actor of Stage and Screen, Dies at 81
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The 2016 Election, Already Upon Us
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Cops Bust Naked Burglar Covered In Chocolate, Peanut Butter
Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
Soaking the Poor, State by State
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kathryn Jean Lopez / National Review:
Army Silenced Chaplains Last Sunday
Anne Gearan / Associated Press:
AP sources: Taliban leader sent letter to Obama
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Santorum To Gay Man: You Don't Deserve ‘Privilege’ Of Marriage Because Gay Unions Don't ‘Benefit Society’