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6:00 PM 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.
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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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
WaPo/ABC ends sample transparency in national polling  —  The Washington Post and ABC News has a new national poll out today.  It purports to show that Barack Obama has a 50% approval rating and that he would beat Mitt Romney in a head-to-head matchup.  And heck, that might even be true, except for a couple of problems.
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Romney Campaign Spins Low Turn Out: Voters Staying At Home Secretly Support Romney  —  With just 33,000 voters showing up to the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, Republicans may be quietly concerned about a lack of enthusiasm for their candidates — and especially front-runner Mitt Romney …
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum: Romney ‘unqualified’ and ‘dead wrong’ on healthcare  —  Rochester, Minnesota (CNN) - Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, hoping for some much needed momentum heading into the next round of primaries and caucuses, leveled some of his harshest criticisms yet at Mitt Romney over the issue …
Discussion: Politico and GOP 12
CNN:
Romney tops 50% in final Nevada tally
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
My choice: Rick Santorum
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.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Guardian
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Lee Drutman / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Turnover in the House: Who keeps - and who loses - the most staff  —  House members depend on their staff to run their offices, to help them draft and pass legislation, and to advise them on how to vote.  But some members do a much better job of holding onto staff than others.
Discussion: Politicker
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Rachel Leven / The Hill:
Study: House Dems edge out GOP at retaining staff
Discussion: Politico
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama criticized for walking out on Jeb Bush  —  Bloomberg's Al Hunt has a long list of examples of what he calls the Obama team's ‘hubris’ — including a recent anecdote where Obama left a fancy black tie dinner before former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush spoke:
Discussion: Bloomberg and Weasel Zippers
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.”
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Congressman Sources An Onion Article As Fact On Facebook  —  Partner Buzz  —  Hot Buzz  —  This is my sister's beagle and weenie, dressed up as a dragonborn...  The Single Most Awkward Photo Of Madonna During Her Halftime Show  —  She's really concentrating here.  —  In Your Inbox
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
“Hidden” mortgage fee paying for payroll tax cut  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  Just before Christmas, American workers got a rare gift from Washington politicians - the current payroll tax cut would be extended for two more months.  —  At the time, both President Barack Obama …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
‘We the People’ Loses Appeal With People Around the World  —  WASHINGTON — The Constitution has seen better days.  —  Sure, it is the nation's founding document and sacred text.  And it is the oldest written constitution still in force anywhere in the world.  But its influence is waning.
Michael McNutt / Daily Oklahoman:
Sen. Tom Coburn defends relationship with Obama at Edmond town hall meeting  —  EDMOND — U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn on Saturday defended his cordial relationship with President Barack Obama and said American farmers should be allowed to plant more crops to regain America's economic dominance and “run the Chinese into the ground.”
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Hill
Josh Lederman / The Hill:
Ethics Committee investigating Rep. Buchanan over financial disclosures  —  The House Ethics Committee is investigating whether Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) violated federal law and House rules by failing in his financial disclosures to report his positions in 17 entities.
Discussion: Politico
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / The Daily Beast:
Ayaan Hirsi Ali:The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World  —  From one end of the muslim world to the other, Christians are being murdered for their faith.  —  We hear so often about Muslims as victims of abuse in the West and combatants in the Arab Spring's fight against tyranny.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Rod Dreher
Washington Examiner:
Coming soon: Individual mandate to buy Chevy Volts  —  President Obama spent more than $85 billion bailing out General Motors and Chrysler three years ago.  Now he claims credit for saving the industry, noting GM's recent return to the top sales spot among automakers worldwide, Ford's record profits …
Joel Greenberg / Washington Post:
Fatah, Hamas choose Abbas to head new joint government  —  JERUSALEM — The rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have agreed that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will head a joint government that will prepare for new elections, ending a prolonged stalemate over how to mend their bitter split.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Swampland
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Greece Asked to Destroy Itself In Exchange for Bailout  —  Greek economy being crushed by Troika austerity conditions (photo: Aragorn Bang)  —  Greek bailout talks have deadlocked again, but at the moment the culprit is not the hedge funds seeking a higher payout on the distressed debt they bought …
Discussion: Paul Krugman, Reuters, BBC and Eschaton
The Independent:
Prominent Tory disowns ‘religious right’ and supports gay marriage  —  ConservativeHome editor tells party that changing the law would strengthen a valuable institution  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.
 
 
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Reuters:
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Philip Delves Broughton / Reuters:
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Newt Gingrich drops quest for Virginia ballot
Discussion: Ballot Access News
Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Court strikes down Georgia's assisted-suicide law
Discussion: The Raw Story
G-A-Y / Good As You:
Video: Evan Wolfson unplugs Brian Brown's talking point machine
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Santorum camp finds extra signatures for Indiana ballot
Discussion: CNN and The Caucus
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Kathleen Sebelius / USA Today:
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Glenn Thrushand Donovan Slack / Politico:
The race issue rises again
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Citizens United catastrophe