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11:50 PM ET, February 6, 2012

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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  —  A Chrysler ad aired during the Super Bowl Sunday night has inspired ire among some Republicans and admiration among some Democrats — with both sides seeing a political message that boosts President Obama.
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.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Nicholas Riccardi / PolitiCal:
Mitt Romney touts endorsement by former Gov. Pete Wilson  —  Mitt Romney on Monday announced his endorsement by former California Gov. Pete Wilson, who became both honorary chairman of Romney's campaign in California and a quick target of immigrant rights groups.
Tom LoBianco / Associated Press:
Marion Co. says Santorum still off Ind. ballot
Discussion: Politics and The Hill
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum: Romney ‘unqualified’ and ‘dead wrong’ on healthcare
Discussion: The Reaction, Politico, The Hill and GOP 12
Jason Millman / Politico:
Santorum hits health reform
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
David Frum / The Daily Beast:
Is the White Working Class Coming Apart?  —  Charles Murray's new book does not provide an adequate explanation for the collapse of the white working class.  —  Charles Murray's Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 is an important book that will have large influence.
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James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
David Frum Eviscerates Charles Murray's Latest Book  —  David Frum begins a withering review for The Daily Beast, “Charles Murray's Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 is an important book that will have large influence.  It is unfortunately not a good book.”
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
A Lightning Rod in the Storm Over America's Class Divide  —  WASHINGTON — When Charles Murray and Richard J. Herrnstein's book “The Bell Curve” appeared in 1994, it was denounced by social scientists, liberal pundits and a little-known Chicago civil-rights lawyer named Barack Obama …
Dino Grandoni / The Atlantic Wire:
Congressman Falls for The Onion's Planned Parenthood ‘Abortionplex’ Story  —  Meet John Fleming, the unfortunate Republican U.S. Representative from Louisiana who made that wonderful and all-too-common mistake of thinking that an Onion article was real and telling his Facebook followers to read it.
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Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Congressman Sources An Onion Article As Fact On Facebook
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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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Bachmann: ‘I was the perfect candidate’  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann thinks that America missed its opportunity with “the perfect candidate.”  —  The Minnesota congresswoman was asked by Bloomberg TV's Al Hunt which of the remaining candidates was the most conservative during an interview Friday …
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
Byron Tau / Politico:
Clean energy loan recipient lays off staff  —  In another setback for President Obama's clean energy loan programs, the recipient of more than a half-billion dollars in federal loans is laying off workers at their Delaware and California operations.  —  Delaware's News Journal reports …
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Rep. Issa threatens Chu with subpoena
Discussion: CNN
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.
Niall Ferguson / The Daily Beast:
Israel and Iran on the Eve of Destruction in a New Six-Day War  —  There are plenty of arguments against an Israeli attack on Iran.  And all of them are bad.  —  Jerusalem—It probably felt a bit like this in the months before the Six-Day War of 1967, when Israel launched …
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
BREAKING: Ninth Circuit Prop 8 Ruling on Tuesday — A Guide to Understanding What's Happening  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit's public information office expects a ruling on Tuesday, Feb. 7 by 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern Time in the Perry v. Brown case challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8.
David Catron / American Spectator:
Who Castrated Ann Coulter?  —  There is no conservative writer that I admire more than Ann Coulter.  She's smart as hell and, more importantly, she is courageous.  She has always been willing to write what other conservatives believe but don't have the guts to say in print.
Eric Lichtblau / The Caucus:
Jack Abramoff Hints at Untold Scandals  —  WASHINGTON — Jack Abramoff hinted Monday that he knows of still more skeletons that are buried on Capitol Hill, but he's not saying where.  —  The disgraced lobbyist said he wouldn't want to make anyone else go through the experience …
David Freddoso / Campaign 2012:
Occupy mudbowl: What's left of McPherson Square  —  With the partial eviction of Occupiers over the weekend, McPherson Square is no longer full to the point that the local community cannot enjoy it.  Instead, it is a mud-bowl that no one can really enjoy.  Occupiers managed to undo …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Archbishop to U.S. Troops: Obamacare Reg ‘Is a Blow to a Freedom...for Which You Have Seen Your Buddies Fall in Battle’  —  (CNSNews.com) - Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who leads the Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, wrote a letter to be read at all Sunday Masses …
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Weasel Zippers
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Civilian drones to fill the skies after law shake-up  —  Law changes mean uncrewed aerial vehicles aren't just for the military any more - civilian uses are taking off, too  —  Editorial: “High time to welcome the friendly drones”  —  THE hobbyist was testing the camera on board …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
CNN:
Gingrich spokesman defends Wikipedia edits  —  (CNN) - As recently as last week, Newt Gingrich's communications director has been criticized by editors on Wikipedia for dozens of edits he has made and requested in defense of his candidate.  —  While some of the changes were minor …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Longs For Good Old Days Of ‘Shadow Abortions’ When Women Obtained Back-Alley Procedures  —  On the campaign trail, Republican Rick Santorum has made attacking the Affordable Care Act a cornerstone of his stump speech.  During an event on Friday, the former Pennsylvania senator supported a …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
In the Pocket of the Gas Lobby?  —  Liberals (and, to be fair, some non-liberals) often assume that any organization or politician who gets donations from a company, organization or industry must be in the pocket of the donor.  In general, that assumption is unfair: what actually happens …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Ari Fleischer and Komen  —  On Friday, Think Progress reported that former Bushie Ari Fleischer had “secretly” been helping to guide Susan G. Komen Center for the Cure's media response to the Planned Parenthood public relations disaster that has engulfed the organization.
McKay Coppins / Politics:
Bloomberg Report Takes Aim At Mormon Church For Online Gun Sales  —  “One would think that a church would feel a special obligation to make sure that they weren't fueling a black market for a particularly deadly form of commerce,” a source involved in the report says.  —  (Reuters / ANDREW BURTON)
John D. McKinnon / Washington Wire:
Taxing Gifts to Super PACs?  —  Super PACs have become dominant forces in the GOP presidential nominating process, sponsoring millions of dollars' of TV ads in places like Florida.  Now a Democratic lawmaker is taking the first steps toward reining them in, at least indirectly, via the tax system.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The End of Wall Street As They Knew It  —  After surprisingly successful financial reform, public vilification, and politics that have turned against them, the Masters of the Universe are masters no longer.  —  On Wall Street, bonus season is a sacred ritual.
 
 
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CNN:
Bishop Eddie Long apologizes to Jewish group after Torah ceremony
Discussion: Mediaite and The Atlantic Online
Reuters:
Russia, China lose credit in Arab world: League chief
Discussion: New York Times and ThinkProgress
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Senate sends FAA bill to Obama's desk
Lee Drutman / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Turnover in the House: Who keeps - and who loses - the most staff
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Politicker
The Smoking Gun:
Atlanta Street Gang Members Videotaped Brutal Hate Crime Attack On “Faggot”
Philip Delves Broughton / Reuters:
Berlusconi in Winter  —  In his most extensive interview since …
 Earlier Items: 
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / The Daily Beast:
Ayaan Hirsi Ali:The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Rod Dreher
The Independent:
Prominent Tory disowns ‘religious right’ and supports gay marriage
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Newt Gingrich drops quest for Virginia ballot
Discussion: Ballot Access News
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
‘We the People’ Loses Appeal With People Around the World
Michael McNutt / Daily Oklahoman:
Sen. Tom Coburn defends relationship with Obama at Edmond town hall meeting
Discussion: The Hill
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama criticized for walking out on Jeb Bush
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Bloomberg