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4:35 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, 12:32 p.m.Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, said during a Friday conference call that her understanding of Komen's announcement is that it's a complete reversal of the decision to bar funding to her group.
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.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure:
Statement from Susan G. Komen Board of Directors and Founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker  —  We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives.  The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters …
Daniel Foster / National Review:
You Should Find the Anti-Komen Backlash Disgusting, Even If You're Pro-Choice  —  It's official.  The Komen Foundation has “apologized” for its Planned Parenthood decision and appears set to reinstate the funding, thus making our editorial this morning both premature and, in a more profound sense, too late.
Simon Maloy / Media Matters for America:
National Review Sees “Gangsterism” Behind Komen's Planned Parenthood Shift  —  Earlier today the Susan G. Komen Foundation released a statement “apologizing” for their decision earlier this week to cease grants to Planned Parenthood to pay for breast cancer screenings.
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Komen drops decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding
Steven Ertelt /
Komen Board Member: Haven't Caved on Planned Parenthood Funding
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Victory! Komen Apologizes And Reverses Decision To Cut Planned Parenthood Funding
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Susan G. Komen Reverses Course, Will Allow Planned Parenthood Funding
Jill Lepore / New Yorker:
DAILY COMMENT  —  [Update: On Friday, Susan G. Komen …
Discussion: Mediaite and Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
Komen Foundation revises funding policy
New York Times:
A Painful Betrayal  —  With its roster of corporate sponsors …
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%
Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Newt Gingrich's Nevada campaign unraveling  —  LAS VEGAS — Newt Gingrich is not on TV here.  His daily events have slowed to a trickle.  He's got a barebones staff working in a tiny space rented just 2 weeks ago.  —  The most attention he's received since arriving in Nevada came with his snub of the state's popular governor.
Discussion: CNN, The New Republic and Politico
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama campaign plays Trump card against Romney
Discussion: Guardian
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, Ron Paul and the ‘Hope America Fails’ Republicans have a problem: Jobs
Discussion: Politico, PERRspectives and Daily Kos
2012: Rolling the dice  —  GINGRICH: “The Newt Gingrich campaign …
Discussion: Guardian
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Gingrich, Romney, Trump Monopolize Media; Santorum Keeps Campaigning
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Faced with good news about economy, Romney dissolves into incoherence  —  Since Mitt Romney announced his candidacy last June, he has continually made two core claims about Obama's economic record, each of which contradicts the other.  Depending on the moment, Romney has said either:
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
After strong jobs report, Obama tells Congress 'don't muck it up'
Discussion: Politico and GOP 12
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Economic Pessimism Is Still Romney's Best Bet
David Dayen / Firedoglake:   Schneiderman Sues Three Big Banks, MERS for Deceptive Practices, Illegal Foreclosures
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker walked out on Obama's speech at National Prayer Breakfast  —  Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey (Ga.) walked out of President Obama's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, his spokesman confirmed to The Hill.  —  Jen Talaber said the five-term lawmaker “left quietly” in the middle of the president's remarks.
Dave Levinthal / Politico:
What super PAC filings left out  —  About the only thing more notable than the donor information super PACs this week revealed is the information they didn't.  —  Super PACs filed reports with the Federal Election Commission that outlined what they raised — and from whom — in the last six months of 2011.
Discussion: CNN and United Republic
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Colbert v. the Court
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and CNN
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, RedState and Saint Petersblog
Wall Street Journal:
Reimagining Speaker Pelosi  —  John Boehner realizes, if many Republicans don't, that retaining the House is no sure thing.  —  Conservatives are by nature optimists.  They are intensely focused on retaking the White House and the Senate.  But what if, in that optimism, they are missing a growing threat?
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
Shelby Steele / Time:
Q: What does a conservative believe?  —  I believe that freedom of the individual — as opposed to good works or “social justice” — is by far the highest goal any society can strive for.  I became a conservative precisely to deal with my fate as a black American born into a segregated society.
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.
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.
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A Battle the President Can't Win
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How Would Roseanne Barr's Presidential Run Affect Her NBC Sitcom?
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Mediaite
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Senate Republicans to challenge recess appointments in court
Discussion: Politico
John Blake / CNN:
Bishop Eddie Long crowned ‘king’
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For Romney, the Perils of Protection
Mj Lee / Reuters:
Scott Brown pays own daughter Ayla to sing
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Sandra Day O'Connor Hasn't Offended This Many People Since She Upheld Roe V. Wade
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