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11:55 AM ET, February 3, 2012


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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 …
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
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Job growth surges, jobless rate drops to 8.3 percent
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
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.
New York Times:
Komen Foundation Urged to Restore Planned Parenthood Funds
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
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  —  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
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.
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]
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
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
Pew Internet:
Why most Facebook users get more than they give  —  Most Facebook users receive more from their Facebook friends than they give, according to a new study that for the first time combines server logs of Facebook activity with survey data to explore the structure of Facebook friendship networks and measures of social well-being.
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CBS Washington:
Va. House Set To Vote On Gay Adoption Bill
Tracy Jan / The Boston Globe:
Romney's contraception stance has changed since 2005
Andy Pierrotti / WBBH-TV:
NBC2 Investigates: Voter fraud
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
U.S. Job Creation Best Since September 2008
Discussion: Firedoglake and 2012 Decoded
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Corporate Taxes Fall to 12.1%
Discussion: ThinkProgress and
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
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Discussion: GOP 12
Byron Tau / Politico:
Michelle Obama: We're driven by family struggles
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Dominique Browning / TIME Ideas:
How Soccer Moms Have Moved On
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Is Israel preparing to attack Iran?