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12:45 PM ET, February 3, 2012


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Tom Benning / The Scoop:
Komen apologizes for ‘recent decisions,’ pledges to continue funding Planned Parenthood  —  UPDATE, 10:44 a.m. Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards just released a statement praising Komen for “clarifying” its grant process, saying “we look forward to continuing our partnership with Komen partners, leaders and volunteers.”
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 …
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.
Kate Noceraand David Nather / Politico:
Susan G. Komen fights to contain Planned Parenthood damage  —  If this was supposed to be damage control, Susan G. Komen for the Cure proved Thursday that it has a lot to learn.  —  On a day when the breast cancer charity's top official made the rounds with the national media …
David Nather / Reuters:
Susan G. Komen backs down on Planned Parenthood  —  Susan G. Komen for the Cure is backing off of its decision to cut off grants to Planned Parenthood, announcing in a blog post that the organization will continue to be able to apply for future grants.  —  “We urge everyone who has participated …
Kate Shellnutt / Newswatch:
Komen reverses, says it will keep funding Planned Parenthood
Karen Bleier / ABCNEWS:
Susan G. Komen Apologizes for Cutting off Planned Parenthood Funding
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Victory! Komen Apologizes And Reverses Decision To Cut Planned Parenthood Funding
Tom Benning / Dallas Morning News:
Komen for the Cure reverses decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
New York Times:
Komen Foundation Urged to Restore Planned Parenthood Funds
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Susan G. Komen Top Officials Resign As Backlash Gains Steam
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge:
Record 1.2 Million People Fall Out Of Labor Force In One Month, Labor Force Participation Rate Tumbles To Fresh 30 Year Low  —  A month ago, we joked when we said that for Obama to get the unemployment rate to negative by election time, all he has to do is to crush the labor force participation rate to about 55%.
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Employment Jumps; Rate 8.3%, 243,000 New Jobs Created  —  The pace of job creation surged in January, with the US economy generating 243,000 new positions while the unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent, according to government data released Friday.  —  Both numbers were far better than consensus …
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Added 243,000 Jobs in January; Unemployment Rate Is 8.3%
Discussion: Economix, TalkLeft and Prairie Weather
Bob Willis / Bloomberg:   Unemployment Drops to 8.3%; Payrolls in U.S. Jump 243,000
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Job growth surges, jobless rate drops to 8.3 percent
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama campaign plays Trump card against Romney  —  The Obama campaign is fundraising off of Donald Trump's endorsement of Mitt Romney, calling the New York real estate mogul the “birth certificate conspiracy leader” in an email to supporters.  —  “Yesterday, Mitt Romney said he was ‘humbled’ to accept Donald Trump's endorsement.
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Team Obama shocked to learn Romney wants to win
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
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.
Mitt Romney Was A Democrat  —  It may only have been for a few minutes in 1992.  But this is a little-known, true fact: The likely GOP nominee is a former Democrat.  —  Mitt Romney's 1992 Democratic Primary vote for Paul Tsongas — a technocratic modernizer and reformer, but very much a Democrat …
Discussion: Mediaite and Saint Petersblog
Andy Pierrotti / WBBH-TV:
NBC2 Investigates: Voter fraud  —  Two elections supervisors are taking action after an NBC2 investigation uncovers flawed record keeping and human error allowing people who are not citizens of the United States to vote.  —  No one knows how widespread this problem is …
Discussion: Pat Dollard and UrbanGrounds
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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Chris Christie Doubles Down On Same-Sex Marriage Referendum: ‘This Is The Bargain Of Your Life!’  —  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) argued that he is offering activists of marriage equality “the bargain of your life” by advocating that the legislature pass a bill asking residents …
Attorney General Eric Holder Disgusted by Personal Attacks at Fast and Furious Hearing  —  Attorney General Eric Holder faced attacks on his character and tenure as attorney general at a congressional committee hearing on the gun program known as “Fast and Furious,” which was run by the Bureau of Alcohol …
Washington Examiner:
Holder should walk the plank on ‘Fast and Furious’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Sandra Day O'Connor Hasn't Offended This Many People Since She Upheld Roe V. Wade  —  The former Supreme Court Justice made a comment about Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.  Zing.  —  by JP Moore  · added an hour ago  · 58 responses  —  12 Pets That Hate Their Families
Discussion: Politics and Balloon Juice
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
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker walked out on Obama's speech at National Prayer Breakfast
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
GOP's Hatch: Someone needs to remind Obama he's not Jesus Christ
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
For Romney, the Perils of Protection
Discussion: GOP 12 and New York Times
Amanda Covarrubias / L.A. NOW:
L.A. Unified seeks dismissal of music teacher in abuse case
Discussion: and
Tracy Jan / Boston Globe:
Romney shifted on ‘conscience’ issue
CBS Washington:
Va. House Set To Vote On Gay Adoption Bill
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Corporate Taxes Fall to 12.1%
Discussion: ThinkProgress and
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Cantor: 'We shouldn't settle' on jobless rate above 8 percent
Discussion: Reuters
Mj Lee / Reuters:
Scott Brown pays own daughter Ayla to sing
Discussion: The Boston Globe
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Wall Street Fundraising Evaporates As Donors Flee To Romney
Discussion: American Prospect, Hot Air and Politico
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Sierra Club took $26m from gas industry to fight coal
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Ecocentric and Politico
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
The Man Behind Rick Santorum's Money: An Interview with Foster Friess
Discussion: GOP 12
Byron Tau / Politico:
Michelle Obama: We're driven by family struggles
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney: We Are The Only People Who Put Their Hand Over Our Hearts During The National Anthem …
Discussion: Riehl World View