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2:40 PM ET, February 5, 2012


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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Dick Armey: Gingrich campaign turned into ‘first-rate vendetta’ against Romney  —  Freedom Works chairman and former Rep. Dick Armey (R-Texas) blasted Newt Gingrich for his continued tough attacks on Mitt Romney saying Gingrich was carrying out a vendetta against the Republican frontrunner.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney up in Colorado, close race in Minnesota  —  Last night's results in Nevada were bad news for Newt Gingrich and PPP's first day of polling in Colorado and Minnesota indicates things may only get worse for him in the coming days.  —  In Colorado Mitt Romney looks primed for another big Western win to match his one in Nevada.
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 …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Gingrich: Goal is to get to Super Tuesday
Discussion: Politico
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Gingrich's Speech — How to Make a Bad Night Worse
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney wins overwhelming victory in Nevada caucuses
David McGrath Schwartz / Las Vegas Sun:
Economic woes, anti-Obama sentiment fail to draw large turnout  —  Votes are counted for Precinct 7405 during the Republican presidential caucus at Green Valley High School in Henderson on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012.  Ron Paul won the precinct with 16 votes.  Mitt Romney came in second with 10 votes.
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Facebook/POLITICO poll: Trump endorsement a net negative for Romney
Discussion: AlterNet and Mediaite
Ashley Powers / Los Angeles Times:
'She's a spy!': Reporter banned from Nevada caucus
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Mitt Romney cruises to victory in Nevada caucuses
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney wins big in Nevada
Julian Pecquet / Ballot Box:
Santorum looking to next round of contests after Nevada drubbing
Discussion: Politico
Cynthia R. Fagen / New York Post:
Teen mistress addresses relationship, pol's Cold War fears in memoir  —  It was a chilling insight.  —  When the president wasn't keeping the world from descending into war, there was plenty of wild partying.  One instance was a raucous Hollywood bash at Bing Crosby's desert ranch.
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Watch the five most politically controversial Super Bowl ads of all time  —  Super Bowl advertisements have a long history of attracting political controversies, and this year is no different.  —  While the match-up between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants will be country's focus on Sunday …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Bloomberg: 'You'd Think That If A Congresswoman Got Shot In The Head,' That Would Change Congress' Views On Guns  —  Appearing on Meet the Press this morning, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressed bewilderment at the many lawmakers in Washington who continue sabotage existing gun laws:
Washington Examiner:
Barone:Obama's isolation leads to skewed decisions  —  It's unusual when a reporter sympathetic to a politician writes a story that makes his subject look bad.  But Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker has now done this twice.  —  The first time was in an article last April on Obama's foreign policy …
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
A Mortgage Tornado Warning, Unheeded  —  After his own experience dealing with a mortgage mess, Nye Lavalle set out to learn all he could about the mortgage industry, traveling nationwide to dig into records.  In 2003, he compiled a dossier of practices at Fannie Mae.
Christina D. Romer / New York Times:
Do Manufacturers Need Special Treatment?  —  EVERYONE seems to be talking about a crisis in manufacturing.  Workers, business leaders and politicians lament the decline of this traditionally central part of the American economy.  President Obama, in his State of the Union address …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
It's takers versus makers and these days the takers are winning  —  “Fifty thousand for what you didn't plant, for what didn't grow.  That's modern farming — reap what you don't sow.”  —  That's a line from a song about farm subsidies, “Farming The Government,” by the Nebraska Guitar Militia.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Komen confirms continued involvement of Ari Fleischer on Planned Parenthood strategy  —  Yesterday, ThinkProgress exclusively reported Ari Fleischer's involvement — dating back at least to December — with the Komen Foundation, including issues related to Planned Parenthood.
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
The Perversion of the Words of Our Lord Jesus Christ by the Sinner Barack H. Obama  —  I'm afraid we need a little Sunday morning theology.  Hopefully someone at the White House will read this and realize just how ill advised the President was to do what he did this week and we should be praying hard …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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