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11:15 AM ET, February 3, 2012


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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%  —  The United States economy gained momentum in January, adding 243,000 jobs, the second straight month of better-than-expected gains.  —  The unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent, giving a cause for optimism …
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Job growth surges, jobless rate drops to 8.3 percent  —  (Reuters) - The economy created jobs at the fastest pace in nine months in January and the unemployment rate dropped to a near three-year low of 8.3 percent, providing some measure of comfort for President Barack Obama who faces re-election in November.
Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
Unemployment Drops to 8.3%; Payrolls in U.S. Jump 243,000  —  Employment climbed more than forecast in January and the U.S. jobless rate unexpectedly fell to the lowest in three years, casting doubt on the Federal Reserve's pledge to keep interest rates low until late 2014.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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%.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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
Steven Ertelt /
Why Did Komen Stop? Planned Parenthood Doesn't Do Mammograms
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Komen speaks on Planned Parenthood
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Susan G. Komen Top Officials Resign As Backlash Gains Steam
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
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Sierra Club took $26m from gas industry to fight coal  —  The Sierra Club disclosed Thursday that it received over $26 million from natural gas giant Chesapeake Energy Corp. between 2007 and 2010 to help the group's campaign against coal-fired power plants.  —  Sierra Club Executive Director …
Michael Brune / Coming Clean:
The Sierra Club and Natural Gas
Bryan Walsh / Ecocentric:   Exclusive: How the Sierra Club Took Millions From the Natural Gas Industry—and Why They Stopped [UPDATE]
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.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Chris Christie Doubles Down 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 to vote …
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.
Washington Examiner:
Holder should walk the plank on ‘Fast and Furious’  —  A petulant, angry, and defiant Attorney General Eric Holder refused yesterday to take any responsibility for the growing scandal surrounding Operation Fast and Furious, the ill-conceived and incompetently managed program …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Attorney General Eric Holder Disgusted by Personal Attacks at Fast and Furious Hearing
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
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 …
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
Mj Lee / Reuters:
Scott Brown pays own daughter Ayla to sing  —  Sen. Scott Brown's daughter, Ayla Brown, likes to use her musical talent to help boost her father's reelection bid, but the former “America Idol” contestant and her band's services aren't free — the Brown campaign has spent $9,500 …
Discussion: The Boston Globe
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: CNN and The Page
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: UrbanGrounds
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
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Judy Harrison / Bangor Daily News:
Catholic bishop starts same-sex-attraction ministry
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The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
U.S. Job Creation Best Since September 2008
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Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Corporate Taxes Fall to 12.1%
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Cantor: 'We shouldn't settle' on jobless rate above 8 percent
Discussion: Reuters
Maria Abi-Habib / Wall Street Journal:
Pakistan Foreign Minister Supports Kabul's Place in Taliban Negotiations
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Wall Street Fundraising Evaporates As Donors Flee To Romney
Discussion: American Prospect, Hot Air and Politico
Fox News:
Gunmen kidnap 2 Americans, Egyptian in Sinai Peninsula
J.E. Dyer / Hot Air:
Why Sarah Palin is right about having a competitive primary season
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Obama to unveil new jobs initiative for veterans
Discussion: Right Wing News
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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
Dominique Browning / TIME Ideas:
How Soccer Moms Have Moved On
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Is Israel preparing to attack Iran?