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10:55 AM ET, February 6, 2012


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Washington Post:
Obama holds edge over Romney in general election matchup, poll finds  —  Boosted by improved public confidence in his economic stewardship, President Obama for the first time holds a clear edge over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a hypothetical general-election matchup, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Romney tops 50% in final Nevada tally  —  (CNN) - Mitt Romney won Saturday's Nevada caucuses with his highest portion of a state's vote yet, just over 50%, according to certified results released Monday by the Nevada Republican Party.  —  Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who also won …
Mj Lee / Politico:
Poll: Obama over 50% vs. Mitt Romney  —  President Barack Obama holds a clear lead over Mitt Romney in a hypothetical general election match-up, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.  —  Among all Americans, Obama leads Romney 52 to 43 percent, whereas among registered voters …
Discussion: Balloon Juice, CNN and National Review
Washington Post:
Voters split on second term for Obama, but he has edge on rivals
Discussion: Jay Bookman and The Page
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Religious Caucus Causes Protest in Las Vegas  —  LAS VEGAS — A special Saturday night Republican caucus here intended to accommodate Orthodox Jews who could not vote before sundown became the scene of controversy and confrontation after caucusgoers were told that to be admitted they had to sign …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Things Are Not O.K.  —  In a better world — specifically, a world with a better policy elite — a good jobs report would be cause for unalloyed celebration.  In the world we actually inhabit, however, every silver lining comes with a cloud.  Friday's report was, in fact, much better than expected …
Financial Times:
Greece takes step closer to default  —  By Kerin Hope in Athens, Alex Barker in Brussels and Quentin Peel in Munich  —  Lucas Papademos, the Greek premier, failed to make party leaders accept harsh terms in return for a second €130bn bail-out, pushing Athens closer to a disorderly default as early as next month.
Discussion: Tim Duy's Fed Watch
Andrew Stuttaford / National Review:
Rocks, Hard Places
Discussion: Right Wing News and Reuters
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:   Greeks Inch Closer to Default
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Hill Poll: Voters willing to see US attack Iran over nuclear weapons  —  Nearly half of likely voters think the United States should be willing to use military force to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, according to this week's The Hill Poll.  —  Forty-nine percent said military force …
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
The Columbus Dispatch:
Mitt Romney  —  Experience and wide appeal make him the best GOP presidential nominee
Discussion: Campaign 2012, CNN and Ballot Box
New York Times:
Deal Is Closer for a U.S. Plan on Mortgage Relief  —  With a deadline looming on Monday for state officials to sign onto a landmark multibillion-dollar settlement to address foreclosure abuses, the Obama administration is close to winning support from a crucial state that would significantly expand the breadth of the deal.
Tim Mak / Politico:
Super Bowl ads: Pete Hoekstra's hits a nerve  —  The campaign of former Rep. Peter Hoekstra for U.S. Senate explained a racially charged Super Bowl advertisement they developed - complete with an Asian actress speaking in broken English - as a reflection of China's increasingly competitive education system.
Syria crisis: Army steps up Homs shelling  —  The BBC's Paul Wood reporting from inside Homs: “There's been pretty constant shelling”  —  Heavy artillery fire has been rocking Homs, as Syrian troops step up an assault on the restive city.  —  A BBC correspondent there describes almost constant blasts …
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Syria's most senior defector: Assad's army is close to collapse
Kathleen Sebelius / USA Today:
Contraception rule respects religion  —  One of the key benefits of the 2010 health care law is that many preventive services are now free for most Americans with insurance.  Vaccinations for children, cancer screenings for adults and wellness visits for seniors are all now covered in most plans …
Discussion: Politico and Power Line
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Citizens United catastrophe  —  We have seen the world created by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, and it doesn't work.  Oh, yes, it works nicely for the wealthiest and most powerful people in the country, especially if they want to shroud their efforts to influence politics behind shell corporations.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Economic Gains, Questions on Romney Boost Obama's Prospects for November  —  Mitt Romney has solidified his position for the Republican nomination but lost ground in the main event, with improved economic indicators and questions about Romney's wealth and taxes lifting Barack Obama to a head …
Glenn Thrushand Donovan Slack / Politico:
The race issue rises again  —  The issue of race and American politics, never far beneath the surface during Barack Obama's historic 2008 campaign, is making a loud, overt and surprisingly early appearance in the 2012 presidential race.  —  And no one knows — least of all Obama himself …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Ben Tracy / CBS News:
Josh Powell, kids die in alleged murder-suicide  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  The case of missing Utah mother Susan Powell took a horrific turn Sunday in Washington State.  —  Officials say her husband, who was a person of interest in that case, killed their two children and himself.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and The Raw Story
Baird Helgeson / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
GOP hopefuls sprint to Minnesota  —  In a bid to clip Mitt Romney's break-away national momentum, the remaining Republican presidential candidates are scrambling to Minnesota to woo voters in the closing hours before Tuesday's precinct caucuses.  —  With the path to victory narrowing …
Discussion: Politico
‘World News’ Political Insights: Romney Rises, but No End in Sight for GOP Race
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: I'm getting ‘better as time goes on’ at being president  —  President Obama said that he gets “better as time goes on” at his job and that he believes the grassroots movement that propelled him to victory in 2008 will help him win a second term during an interview that aired Monday on NBC's “Today Show.”
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Egypt to prosecute Americans, including Sam LaHood, in NGO probe  —  View Photo Gallery — The Associated Press reported that as many as 19 Americans would stand trial alongside Egyptian colleagues.  View photos of turbulence in the new Egypt.  —  CAIRO — The Egyptian government intends …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egypt Will Try 19 Americans on Criminal Charges
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Sahil Kapur /
TPMDC  —  Gingrich: Austerity Is Wrong For America, We Need Pro-Growth Policies Instead
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Impolitic
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Bob McDonnell: Republican Governors, Not Obama, Deserve Credit For Rising Economy
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The End of Wall Street As They Knew It
Discussion: The Big Picture
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Communism Collapsed: Who Cares?
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Political Memo: Obama Campaign on Lookout for Romney Flubs
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Jonathan Strong / Roll Call:
Records Show Ron Paul Trips Paid Twice
Discussion: Business Insider
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Congress Appears to Be Trying to Get Around Earmark Ban
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama, Ryan in budget rematch
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Michael Medved / Wall Street Journal:
Presidential Fathers and Sons
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page