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5:05 PM ET, February 4, 2012


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Obama asks Assad to ‘step aside,’ condemns mass murder in Homs  —  President Barack Obama on Saturday accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government of murdering civilians in an “unspeakable assault” in the city of Homs, and demanded that Assad step down, a day after more than 400 civilians across the country.
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
Russia, China veto U.N. resolution on Syria  —  UNITED NATIONS — Russia and China on Saturday vetoed a Western and Arab-sponsored U.N. resolution condemning Syria's violent repression of anti-government demonstrators, throwing their prestige and power behind President Bashar al-Assad …
New York Times:
Russia and China Block U.N. Action on Syrian Crisis  —  UNITED NATIONS — A United Nations Security Council effort to end the violence in Syria collapsed in acrimony and a veto by Russia and China on Saturday, hours after the Syrian military attacked the ravaged city of Homs …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama condemns Syria violence, can't secure UN resolution
Discussion: Politico and Verum Serum
Russia and China veto resolution on Syria at UN
Discussion: Firedoglake
Nonny Mouse / Crooks and Liars:
What Cancer Is, and What It's Not  —  (h/t ABL WARNING: Graphic images and language)  —  My mother died of breast cancer.  I'm sure the vast majority of people reading this can point to an aunt, a cousin, a sister, a best friend who has had the disease.  So far, the estimated new cases …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Big Sister Is Watching You  —  Totalitarian feminism and the smearing of Susan G. Komen.  —  The smear campaign against the breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure appears to have had its desired effect, although this may turn out to be a case in which appearances are deceiving.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Cancer charity's effort to privately defund Planned Parenthood backfires  —  The push to privately defund Planned Parenthood didn't just fail last week — it backfired into a potentially serious setback for the group's most ardent critics.  —  Abortion rights opponents were thrilled …
Discussion: Reuters, Politico and The Hill
Ethan Klapper /
Gingrich to Hold Post-Caucus Press Conference  —  Instead of the traditional election night party, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will hold a press conference after the Nevada Caucus on Saturday, raising new speculation about his future in the race.  —  An e-mail sent to reporters …
Chip Reid / CBS News:
Romney hopes for lopsided win in Nev. caucuses
Discussion: Hot Air
Indianapolis Star:
Jury finds Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White guilty on 6 of 7 felony charges … Purchase Image  —  Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White and his wife, Michelle, enter the Hamilton County Government and Judicial Center on Friday in Noblesville.  / D. Kevin Elliott / For the Star
Peter Berkowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Sex Smears and the Rule of Law at Yale  —  The university has tarnished a student's reputation, and its own.  —  The case of former Yale quarterback Patrick Witt provides additional evidence, as if more were needed, that our leading colleges and universities have lost their way.
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Maher Turns on Occupiers, Denounces Them as D-bags That Should ‘Get a Job’  —  The Occupy movement lost one of its most ardent supporters in the media Friday night.  —  On HBO's Real Time, host Bill Maher surprisingly said of the protesters, “As I watch them on the news now I find myself almost agreeing with Newt Gingrich.
CBS Las Vegas:
Controversial Artist Depicts Obama Trampling The Constitution  —  Provo, Utah (CBS Las Vegas) - In front of the White House a man is sitting on a park bench in the throes of depression.  He is surrounded by all 43 presidents.  In the forefront, purposefully ignoring the depressed man is President Obama …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
GOP puts oversight of Obama into high gear  —  Republicans are putting congressional oversight of the Obama administration into high gear ahead of the 2012 elections.  —  Following a recent promise by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) “to do a better job of holding [President Obama] …
Obama's NH Approval Rises With Economy  —  Poll Shows Obama Beating Republican Contenders  —  DURHAM, N.H. — A new poll shows that the improving economy has also raised President Barack Obama's standing in New Hampshire.  —  The WMUR Granite State Poll shows that 38 percent of New Hampshire adults …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Anonymous Leaks Huge Cache of Emails From Iraq War Crimes Case  —  Anonymous is on a rampage today.  Just hours after leaking a confidential phone call between the FBI and Scotland yard, members have released a huge archive of emails and documents related to the 2005 Haditha Massacre, which left 24 Iraqi civilians dead.
Romney campaign lets go of new debate coach  —  (CNN) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has parted ways with debate coach Brett O'Donnell, a Romney campaign source confirmed Friday.  —  O'Donnell, a former Michele Bachmann adviser who also did debate prep sessions with John McCain …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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