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1:50 AM ET, February 7, 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.
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 …
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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Tom LoBianco / Associated Press:
Marion Co. says Santorum still off Ind. ballot
Discussion: The Hill and Politics
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
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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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
John Fleming links to Onion story on Facebook  —  Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) has deleted his Facebook post linking to an article in The Onion about a fictional Planned Parenthood “Abortionplex.”  —  In a Facebook status on Friday, Fleming alerted his followers to The Onion's May 18 …
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Congressman Sources An Onion Article As Fact On Facebook
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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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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Obama prods donors for super PAC
Discussion: CNN
John D. McKinnon / Washington Wire:   Taxing Gifts to Super PACs?
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.
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
Erin Gloria Ryan / Jezebel:
Komen Posts Job Listing for Position That Looks Suspiciously Like Karen Handel's [Disgrace For The Cure]  —  In the middle of the firestormy crap tornado that engulfed Susan G. Komen for the Cure last week, a little job listing was quietly posted in a DC paper's classified section.
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: Politico and CNN
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
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.
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 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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: Wonkette and 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 …
 
 
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Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
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McKay Coppins / Politics:
Bloomberg Report Takes Aim At Mormon Church For Online Gun Sales
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Senate sends FAA bill to Obama's desk
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Civilian drones to fill the skies after law shake-up
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali / The Daily Beast:
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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