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7:50 AM ET, February 5, 2012


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New York Times:
Gingrich Patron Adelson Called Open to Aiding Romney  —  LAS VEGAS — Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino executive keeping Newt Gingrich's presidential hopes alive, has relayed assurances to Mitt Romney that he will provide even more generous support to his candidacy if he becomes the Republican nominee …
CNN projects Romney will win Nevada  —  RENO, NV - FEBRUARY 02: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a Grassroots Rally at The Grove on February 2, 2012 in Reno, Nevada.  Romney, who came in first in the Florida primary on January 31 …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Romney wins big in Nevada, Gingrich vows to continue fight  —  Mitt Romney won Nevada's GOP caucuses by a wide margin Saturday, a victory that was long expected and helps further his campaign's argument that he is party's inevitable nominee.  —  Romney held a big lead in early voting results …
Ashley Powers / Los Angeles Times:
'She's a spy!':  Reporter banned from Nevada caucus  —  Nevada caucus voters line up at the Voter Verification Station to register during caucus voting procedures to pick delegates at Chaparral High School, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (EPA/MICHAEL NELSON / February 4, 2012)
Chip Reid / CBS News:
Romney hopes for lopsided win in Nev. caucuses
Discussion: Fox News and Hot Air
Jason Lewis / Telegraph:
Syria releases the 7/7 ‘mastermind’  —  The alleged terrorist mastermind behind the July 7 London bombings is reported to have been freed from a Syrian jail by President Bashar Assad's regime.  —  Abu Musab Al Suri  —  Abu Musab al-Suri had been held in Syria for six years after being captured …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Hill
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 …
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
Russia, China veto U.N. resolution on Syria
Russia and China veto resolution on Syria at UN
Discussion: Firedoglake
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama condemns violence in Syria, can't secure UN Security Council resolution
Discussion: Politico
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Media's Abortion Blinders  —  IN the most recent Gallup poll on abortion, as many Americans described themselves as pro-life as called themselves pro-choice.  A combined 58 percent of Americans stated that abortion should either be “illegal in all circumstances” or “legal in only a few circumstances.”
Pamela Druckerman / Wall Street Journal:
Why French Parents Are Superior  —  While Americans fret over modern parenthood, the French are raising happy, well-behaved children without all the anxiety.  Pamela Druckerman on the Gallic secrets for avoiding tantrums, teaching patience and saying ‘non’ with authority.
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
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.
Tyler Durden /
How Europe Has Evolved From A Democracy To A Bankocracy And Why Austerity Will Lead To Chaos  —  In one of the clearest (and most optically pleasing) discussions of recent months, David McWiliams (of Punk Economics) succinctly explains how Europe has evolved from a democracy to a bankocracy …
New York Times:
Treatment of Grandmother After Fatal Police Shooting Is Criticized  —  After a police officer fatally shot an 18-year-old man in his Bronx apartment on Thursday, the man's grandmother, a witness to the shooting, was taken into custody and held against her will for several hours, a friend of the family said on Saturday.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Agitator
LaborUnionReport / RedState:
Unions Plan Siege On Conservative Political Action Conference [CPAC]  —  Next weekend, political conservatives from all over the nation will be descending on Washington, DC to attend the annual Conservative Political Action Conference—better known as CPAC.  Across town, however …
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