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9:30 AM ET, February 3, 2012


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New York Times:
A Painful Betrayal  —  With its roster of corporate sponsors and the pink ribbons that lend a halo to almost any kind of product you can think of, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation has a longstanding reputation as a staunch protector of women's health.
Michael Brendan Dougherty / Business Insider:
HOPE KILLS: Susan G Komen Foundation Would Rather Be Associated With A Handgun Than Planned Parenthood  —  Well, here's an interesting weapon!  —  The Susan G. Komen Foundation, which collects and distributes money for Breast Cancer research and prevention is in the news for withdrawing its …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
After cutting ties with Planned Parenthood, Komen donations up 100 percent  —  In the wake of this week's announcement that Susan G. Komen for the Cure will no longer be awarding grants to Planned Parenthood, the breast cancer organization's donations have gone up 100 percent in the last two days.
Steven Ertelt /
Why Did Komen Stop?  Planned Parenthood Doesn't Do Mammograms  —  During a conference call with reporters this afternoon, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure CEO Nancy Brinker and President Elizabeth Thompson revealed the main reason why the Planned Parenthood abortion business lost its funding.
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Komen speaks on Planned Parenthood  —  I just got off a call with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure CEO Nancy Brinker and President Elizabeth Thompson, in which the two officials spoke at length about the group's new policies that would bar the funding of Planned Parenthood.  A few takeaways:
City Room:
Mayor to Give $250,000 to Planned Parenthood
JoNel Aleccia /
Under fire, Komen CEO denies politics in Planned Parenthood cuts
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Political Mojo
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Breaking: Two dozen Senators call on Komen to reverse Planned Parenthood decision
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney up big in Nevada  —  Mitt Romney is headed for a dominant victory in Nevada on Saturday.  PPP finds him polling at 50% to 25% for Newt Gingrich, 15% for Ron Paul, and 8% for Rick Santorum.  —  Certainly in Nevada the Mormon vote will get a lot of attention and Romney leads Paul 78-14 …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney playing with Trump-brand fire?
Discussion: Politics and BuzzFeed
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Gingrich Camp Errs; Trump to Back Romney
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Team Obama shocked to learn Romney wants to win  —  Late Thursday night, as the political world was obsessing over fallout from Mitt Romney's “not concerned about the very poor” remarks, the Obama campaign was scandalized by something else Romney said in the wake of victory in Florida.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Romney gaffes alarm GOP  —  Congressional Republicans are worried Mitt Romney's propensity for verbal gaffes will hurt him in the fall.  —  The former Massachusetts governor has had a series of foot-in-mouth moments that have set off alarm bells for the GOP and brought on gleeful attacks from Democrats.
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CBS News:
Conservative group Club for Growth hits Mitt Romney for minimum wage stance
Discussion: Mark America
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Is Israel preparing to attack Iran?  —  Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has a lot on his mind these days, from cutting the defense budget to managing the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.  But his biggest worry is the growing possibility that Israel will attack Iran militarily over the next few months.
Reuters:   Panetta believes Israel may strike Iran this spring: reports
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Israel Vice PM: Military strike can hit all of Iran's nuclear facilities
The Independent:
Israel's military leaders warn against Iran attack
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Colbert v. the Court  —  Why, in the battle over Citizens United, the Supreme Court never had a chance.  —  The Supreme Court has always had its critics.  Chief Justice John Marshall had to contend with the temper of President Andrew Jackson ("John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it!").
Discussion: CNN
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
S.E.C. Is Avoiding Tough Sanctions for Large Banks  —  WASHINGTON — Even as the Securities and Exchange Commission has stepped up its investigations of Wall Street in the last decade, the agency has repeatedly allowed the biggest firms to avoid punishments specifically meant to apply to fraud cases.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney: We Are The Only People Who Put Their Hand Over Our Hearts During The National Anthem He ran the Olympics, he should know better.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Politics
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Rep. Shuler to retire, faced tough 2012 race  —  Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) will not run for reelection to the House, three sources with knowledge of his plans confirmed to The Hill.  —  One of the last remaining members of the Blue Dog Coalition, Shuler was hit by congressional redistricting …
Alex Isenstadt / Reuters:
Dems outraised GOP majority in 2011
Discussion: The Page
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Romney Isn't Concerned  —  If you're an American down on your luck, Mitt Romney has a message for you: He doesn't feel your pain.  Earlier this week, Mr. Romney told a startled CNN interviewer, “I'm not concerned about the very poor.  We have a safety net there.”
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Balloon Juice
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
The Man Behind Rick Santorum's Money: An Interview with Foster Friess  —  The man fueling Rick Santorum's presidential campaign is a Wyoming cowboy with a special interest in conservative cause who wears a tall, white hat and likes to call himself the “man atop the horse.”  —  He's also a billionaire.
Discussion: GOP 12
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Obama's Magic Number?  150,000 Jobs Per Month  —  The unemployment report on Friday will give us the most tangible read to date on how the economy is performing in 2012.  It might also represent the most important number yet for President Obama's prospects of winning re-election.
Zeke Miller / Politics:
Obama: I Pushed Dodd-Frank And Health Care Reform Because Of Christ  —  At National Prayer Breakfast, Obama grounds his controversial policies in the Bible.  Tax hikes for rich “[coincide] with Jesus's teaching.”  —  Source:  —  President Barack Obama has been taking lumps …
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Romney Is Kerry. Or Maybe Gore.
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The Sierra Club and Natural Gas
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Michelle Obama: We're driven by family struggles
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