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12:15 PM ET, February 7, 2012

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Jim Messina / Barack Obama:
We Will Not Play by Two Sets of Rules  —  In 2010, the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case opened the door to a new wave of so-called Super PACs—non-candidate political committees that can receive and spend unlimited money from special interests.
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Mike McIntire / New York Times:
Major Obama Donors Tied to Fugitive Who Fled to Mexico  —  Two American brothers of a Mexican casino magnate who fled drug and fraud charges in the United States and has been seeking a pardon enabling him to return have emerged as major fund-raisers and donors for President Obama's re-election campaign.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Obama embraces the super PAC  —  President Barack Obama — in an act of hypocrisy or necessity, depending on the beholder — has reversed course and is now blessing the efforts of a sputtering super PAC, Priorities USA Action, organized to fight GOP dark-money attacks.
Wall Street Journal:
Designer Gear for Obama Raising a Ruckus  —  Republicans Contend Relatively Low-Cost Items to Be Sold at Fund-Raiser May Amount to Campaign-Finance Violations  —  WASHINGTON—Move over, PACs.  The latest campaign-finance flap is about sacks.  —  At a New York fund-raising event Tuesday called …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: A ‘Super’ reversal
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Obama backs act limiting spending
CNN:
Obama campaign to support super PAC fundraising
Mj Lee / Reuters:
Russell Simmons defends Obama campaign designer goods
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Obama gives blessing to a super PAC
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
Karen Handel resigns from Komen for the Cure  —  Karen Handel, the former GOP candidate for governor, just announced her resignation as a senior vice president for public of Susan G. Komen for the Cure - one week after the breast cancer charity reversed itself on a decision to sever financial ties with Planned Parenthood.
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Rich_Robinson / Associated Press:
Karen Handel, Susan G. Komen official, resigns after Planned Parenthood dispute  —  ATLANTA (AP) — A high-ranking official resigned Tuesday from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity after a dispute over whether the group should give funding to Planned Parenthood, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
Komen's Karen Handel Resigns After Planned Parenthood Dispute
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Big Day for Santorum?  —  Rick Santorum could be headed for a big day in today's contests in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri.  Missouri looks like a probable win for Santorum.  He's at 45% there to 32% for Mitt Romney and 19% for Paul.  Minnesota provides an opportunity for a win as well.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Influential conservative blogger endorses ‘sweet meteor of death’ in GOP primary  —  Influential conservative blogger Erick Erickson said he would endorse the “sweet meteor of death” over any of the current GOP candidates, but would back the party's eventual nominee in the general election against President Obama.
Jessica Lussenhop / The Blotter:
Ron Paul glitterbombed at Minneapolis Convention Center [VIDEO]
CBS New York:
Catholic League Poised To Go To War With Obama Over Mandatory Birth Control Payments  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Catholic leaders upped the ante Monday, threatening to challenge the Obama administration over a provision of the new health care law that would require all employers …
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
White House, Surrogates Push Back on Catholic Bishop Uproar Over Contraception  —  I didn't think we had reached the point in America where providing free contraception would be seen as a risky political maneuver, but here we are.  Last month, the Administration agreed to universal access …
Discussion: National Review and The Hill
Mike Brownfield / The Heritage Foundation:
Morning Bell: Obamacare Awakens a Sleeping Giant
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Marjorie Clifton / The Huffington Post:
Birth Control and Why the Catholic Church Needs to Inform Its Own Conscience
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Sorourke / nation.foxnews.com:
Clint Eastwood: ‘I am Certainly Not Affiliated with Mr. Obama’  —  FoxNation.com  —  Following the fall out over the controversial Chrysler Super Bowl halftime ad, Clint Eastwood spoke exclusively with O'Reilly Factor producer Ron Mitchell...  Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod tweeted his support for the ad last night.
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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Karl Rove ‘offended’ by Clint Eastwood's Chrysler ad
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
This Is So Classy: ‘Yellow Girl’  —  Thanks to TPM for a tip to what you see if you examine the HTML code* of the Pete Hoekstra / Fred Davis “we take your jobs” video.  —  The image of the “Chinese” girl in the video, who speaks American-accented English, is labelled as ... well, see for yourself:
Patrick Temple-West / Reuters:
FBI warns of threat from anti-government extremists  —  (Reuters) - Anti-government extremists opposed to taxes and regulations pose a growing threat to local law enforcement officers in the United States, the FBI warned on Monday.  —  These extremists, sometimes known as “sovereign citizens …
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
DocX Faces Foreclosure Fraud Charges in Missouri  —  One of the largest companies that provided home foreclosure services to lenders across the nation, DocX, has been indicted on forgery charges by a Missouri grand jury — one of the few criminal actions to follow reports of widespread improprieties against homeowners.
Rose French / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Rabbis oppose Minnesota marriage amendment  —  With its signed statement, the Minnesota Rabbinical Association adds to the spirited debate in advance of the November vote.  —  Dozens of Minnesota rabbis have gone on record opposing the proposed marriage amendment, urging …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  Are Republicans About To Commit Medicare Suicide?  —  It's shaping up to be spring 2011 redux.  Just under a year ago, Republicans — euphoric after a midterm election landslide, and overzealous in their interpretation of their mandate — passed a budget that called for phasing …
Washington Post:
Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties  —  (Video by Ben de la Cruz and David S. Fallis/Motion graphic by Sohail al-Jamea/The Washington Post)  —  AU.S. senator from Alabama directed more than $100 million in federal earmarks to renovate downtown Tuscaloosa near …
Prashant Gopal / Bloomberg:
Banks Paying Cash to Homeowners to Avoid Foreclosures  —  Banks, accelerating efforts to move troubled mortgages off their books, are offering as much as $35,000 or more in cash to delinquent homeowners to sell their properties for less than they owe.  —  Lenders have routinely delayed …
Discussion: Eschaton and Calculated Risk
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Why Missouri Is Holding a ‘Meaningless’ Primary  —  Thanks to in-state political disputes and a slow-moving legislature, today's Missouri presidential primary has been reduced to an afterthought.  —  Most presidential candidates have ignored the contest, which will not affect any of the state's 52 GOP delegates.
Discussion: Washington Post and Booman Tribune
Khaled Yacoub Oweis / Reuters:
Lavrov says seeks peace in Syria as forces bombard Homs  —  (Reuters) - Russia's foreign minister said he told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday that Moscow wanted to see peace in the Arab world as Syrian forces resumed a bombardment of Homs, a hub of protest and rebellion against Assad's rule.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, BBC, emptywheel and The Page
 
 
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama to announce $100 million plan to train new educators
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Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
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Reuters:
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