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8:50 AM ET, February 4, 2012

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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.
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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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Komen caved.  Or did it?  —  As you may have heard, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation just announced that it was reversing its decision to ban Planned Parenthood from applying for grants to cover breast cancer screenings — after a massive outcry that spread from women's groups to social media to Capitol Hill.
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 …
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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  —  The January jobs report is out and it seems pretty strong, at least superficially.  The unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent from 8.5 percent, the lowest rate since February 2009.
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
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Gingrich sharpens attacks against Romney's wealth  —  Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - Newt Gingrich, intensifying his efforts to frame the Republican presidential race as a showdown between his populist insurgency and Mitt Romney's establishment-backed campaign, sharpened his criticisms Friday of Romney's wealth and corporate resume.
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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.
Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Newt Gingrich's Nevada campaign unraveling
Newt Gingrich / CNN:   Gingrich: Romney didn't deserve congrats
Politico:
Mitt Romney splits with Brett O'Donnell  —  A GOP operative who won plaudits for bolstering Mitt Romney's recent debate performances is not being retained by the frontrunner's campaign, an apparent victim of internal tensions over staff receiving too much credit for the candidate's comeback, POLITICO has learned.
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CNN:
Romney campaign lets go of new debate coach  —  (CNN) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has parted ways with debate coach Brett O'Donnell, a Romney campaign source confirmed Friday.  —  O'Donnell, a former Michele Bachmann adviser who also did debate prep sessions with John McCain …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
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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.
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
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 …
Rosie Gray / Politics:
Santorum Unlikely To Make Indiana Ballot  —  Santorum fails to pass a low bar, coming some thirty votes short in Marion County.  Campaign waiting on a recount.  —  (AP / Ed Andrieski)  —  Rick Santorum is on the verge of being left off the ballot in the the Indiana primary, three sources told BuzzFeed Friday.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Hot Air, GOP 12 and Guardian
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Eric Berman / Indy's News Center:
Santorum Fails to Qualify for Indiana Ballot
OFFICE OF THE NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL:
A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES MAJOR LAWSUIT AGAINST NATION'S LARGEST BANKS FOR DECEPTIVE & FRAUDULENT USE OF ELECTRONIC MORTGAGE REGISTRY  —  Complaint Charges Use Of MERS By Bank Of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, And Wells Fargo Resulted In Fraudulent Foreclosure Filings
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Schneiderman Sues Three Big Banks, MERS for Deceptive Practices, Illegal Foreclosures
Discussion: Politics and Suburban Guerrilla
Neil Genzlinger / New York Times:
Ben Gazzara, a Risk-Taking Actor of Stage and Screen, Dies at 81  —  Ben Gazzara, an intense actor whose long career included playing Brick in the original “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” on Broadway, roles in influential films by John Cassavetes and work with several generations of top Hollywood directors …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Koch Brothers, Allies Pledge $100 Million At Private Meeting To Beat Obama … Barack Obama , Newt Gingrich 2012 , Barack Obama 2012 , Newt Gingrich , Obama , President Obama , Video , Charles Koch , David Koch , Koch Brothers , Sheldon Adelson , Winning Our Future , Ken Griffin …
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
Kathryn Jean Lopez / National Review:
Army Silenced Chaplains Last Sunday  —  In Catholic Churches across the country, parishioners were read letters from the pulpit this weekend from bishops in their diocese about the mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services giving Catholics a year before they'll be required …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Danger Will Robinson . . . or Ann Coulter  —  This week is a career milestone for me.  I appear in Time magazine writing about the state of the conservative movement.  As a kid living overseas, my American history teacher subscribed us all to Time and U.S. News and World Report.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Santorum To Gay Man: You Don't Deserve ‘Privilege’ Of Marriage Because Gay Unions Don't ‘Benefit Society’  —  Rick Santorum told a gay man in Fulton, Missouri Friday afternoon that he didn't deserve the “privilege” of marriage because his same-sex relationship does not “benefit” society in the same way that opposite-sex marriage does.
 
 
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Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
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Sandra Laville / Guardian:
Anonymous hacks into FBI-Scotland Yard call
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
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Susan Roylance / Deseret News:
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Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
Soaking the Poor, State by State
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Anne Gearan / Associated Press:
AP sources: Taliban leader sent letter to Obama
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
Michael Tomasky / New York Review of Books:
Willard Mitt Romney
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
GOPers challenge recess picks
Discussion: Hot Air, Daily Kos and The Hill
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Worried India Shifts Defense Focus To China
Wall Street Journal:
A Battle the President Can't Win
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker walked out on Obama's speech at National Prayer Breakfast