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12:45 PM ET, February 4, 2012


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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Ari Fleischer Secretly Involved In Komen Strategy On Planned Parenthood  —  Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W. Bush and prominent right-wing pundit, was secretly involved in the Komen Foundation's strategy regarding Planned Parenthood.
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 …
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
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
What Does Komen's Latest Statement on Planned Parenthood Really Mean?  —  Breast cancer foundation Susan G. Komen for the Cure has reversed its decision to stop funding cancer screening referrals by Planned Parenthood, according to a letter from founder Nancy Brinker first obtained by Tom Benning …
Simon Maloy / Media Matters for America:
National Review Sees “Gangsterism” Behind Komen's Planned Parenthood Shift
Ben Adler /
Newt Gingrich's New Enemies: Subway Riders  —  Newt Gingrich has taken phony cultural populism to its logical extreme.  Gingrich abandons his supposed free market and small government principles when it comes to federally subsidizing over-consumption of housing.
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Gingrich's Deep Ties to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Romney campaign lets go of new debate coach
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Gingrich: Romney didn't deserve congrats
Discussion: neo-neocon
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge:
Implied Unemployment Rate Rises To 11.5%, Spread To Propaganda Number Surges To 30 Year High  —  Sick of the BLS propaganda?  Then do the following calculation with us: using BLS data, the US civilian non-institutional population was 242,269 in January, an increase of 1.7 million month over month …
Lynn Vavreck / Washington Post:
For 2012, the unemployment rate doesn't matter. The change in it does.
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Why the official 8.3 percent unemployment rate is a phony number—and what it means for Obama's reelection
Discussion: RedState and Weasel Zippers
Washington Post:
Unemployment report: January job gains have economists rethinking outlooks
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
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 …
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.
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.
Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Judge: Obama eligible to be Georgia candidate  —  President Barack Obama's name will remain on the Georgia primary ballot after a state law judge flatly rejected legal challenges that contend he can not be a candidate.  —  In a 10-page order, Judge Michael Malihi dismissed one challenge …
Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
With Mitt in the lead, anti-Romney Republicans weigh their options  —  Mitt Romney is the odds-on favorite to become the GOP presidential nominee following his 14-point victory in the Florida primary Tuesday and heading into the Nevada caucuses with a big lead.  Those conservatives who have long opposed his candidacy are at a loss.
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama pushes plan to help ‘responsible’ homeowners refinance  —  President Obama is pushing Congress to pass his plan to help struggling homeowners refinance their mortgages.  —  “I'm sending Congress a plan that will give every responsible homeowner the chance to save about $3,000 a year …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Orrin Hatch: Obama thinks he's Jesus Christ  —  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is offended that President Barack Obama quoted scripture to make the case for a fairer tax policy.  —  Speaking to a group of mostly-conservative politicians at the annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday …
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Chuck Carroll / CBS Washington:
President Obama Spends Afternoon With Wealthy Donors In DC
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP pushes highway bill opposed by some conservatives
New York Times:
Activists Fight Green Projects, Seeing U.N. Plot
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and Daily Kos
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Retail Limits in Plan for the Upper West Side
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
In Las Vegas, Making Sure the Caucuses Accommodate
Rosie Gray / Politics:
Santorum Unlikely To Make Indiana Ballot
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Hot Air and GOP 12
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Danger Will Robinson . . . or Ann Coulter
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Brian Beutler /
TPMDC  —  Bait And Switch: GOP Leaders Renege On Debt Limit Deal Defense Cuts
Sandra Laville / Guardian:
Anonymous hacks into FBI-Scotland Yard call
Discussion: Hot Air, Mashable! and Washington Post
Neil Genzlinger / New York Times:
Ben Gazzara, a Risk-Taking Actor of Stage and Screen, Dies at 81
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The 2016 Election, Already Upon Us
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Cops Bust Naked Burglar Covered In Chocolate, Peanut Butter
Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
Soaking the Poor, State by State
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kathryn Jean Lopez / National Review:
Army Silenced Chaplains Last Sunday