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6:50 PM ET, February 3, 2012


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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.
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.
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.
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.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Ari Fleischer Secretly Helped Guide Komen Strategy On Planned Parenthood
Jill Lepore / New Yorker:
DAILY COMMENT  —  [Update: On Friday, Susan G. Komen …
Discussion:, Mediaite and Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
Komen Foundation revises funding policy
Steven Ertelt /
Komen Board Member: Haven't Caved on Planned Parenthood Funding
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%.
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.
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Gingrich: Romney didn't deserve congrats  —  Pointing to Romney's post-South Carolina campaign strategy, which turned noticeably negative against the former House speaker, Gingrich said Romney didn't earn any kudos.  —  Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker
Discussion: Washington Wire
Newt Gingrich / CNN:   Gingrich sharpens attacks against Romney's wealth
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:
Bolstered by 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.
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Reid: This year's budget is done  —  Senate Democratic leaders said they don't expect a fiscal 2013 budget to reach the floor this year because spending levels were set last summer under the debt-ceiling agreement.  —  “We do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year — it's done …
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and The Daily Caller
Tina Korbe / Hot Air:
Reid: No, I don't plan to bring a budget to the floor this year
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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: Hit & Run, Outside the Beltway and CNN
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Senate Republicans to challenge recess appointments in court  —  Republican senators announced Friday that they plan to challenge President Obama's recent controversial appointments in court.  —  Thirty-nine GOP senators have signed onto a letter announcing their intention to file …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
GOPers challenge recess picks
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Discussion: Guardian
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, Ron Paul and the ‘Hope America Fails’ Republicans have a problem: Jobs
Discussion: Politico, Daily Kos and PERRspectives
Kathryn Jean Lopez / National Review:
Army Silenced Chaplains Last Sunday  —  In Catholic Churches across the country, parishioners were read letters from the pulpit this weekend from bishops in their diocese about the mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services giving Catholics a year before they'll be required …
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
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Santorum To Gay Man: You Don't Deserve ‘Privilege’ Of Marriage Because Gay Unions Don't ‘Benefit Society’  —  Rick Santorum told a gay man in Fulton, Missouri Friday afternoon that he didn't deserve the “privilege” of marriage because his same-sex relationship does not “benefit” society in the same way that opposite-sex marriage does.
Eric Berman / Indy's News Center:
Santorum Fails to Qualify for Indiana Ballot  —  Election officials still tallying signatures for Gingrich  —  Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has failed to qualify for the Indiana ballot.  —  Listen:  —  Presidential candidates need 500 signatures in each of Indiana's nine congressional districts.
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, The Caucus and HotAirPundit
Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
Soaking the Poor, State by State  —  You have heard, perhaps, that rich people in America are egregiously overtaxed.  And the poor?  They're the lucky duckies!  Why, 47 percent of Americans pay no taxes at all!  —  (This is not true, of course.  Many poor and elderly Americans pay …
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