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3:00 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:
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Obama holds edge over Romney in general election matchup, poll finds
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 …
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 …
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.”
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
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.
Discussion: The Big Picture and The Impolitic
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: Reuters, National Review, BBC and Eschaton
Jonathan Strong / Roll Call:
Records Show Ron Paul Trips Paid Twice  —  House Appears to Have Reimbursed Congressman for Trips That Were Also Paid for by Other Groups  —  Rep. Ron Paul appears to have been paid twice for flights between Washington, D.C., and his Congressional district, receiving reimbursement from taxpayers …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Hot Air and Business Insider
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 …
Rachel Leven / The Hill:
Study: House Dems edge out GOP at retaining staff  —  House Democrats are slightly better than their Republican colleagues at retaining staff, according to a study from the Sunlight Foundation.  —  Sunlight compared records from 2009 and 2011 to calculate staff-retention rates for every member of the House.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
My choice: Rick Santorum  —  As I wrote earlier, decision time has come to Minnesota, where I live.  Unfortunately, I can't officially participate in that choice, since we have a caucus system rather than a primary — and one cannot cast an absentee vote in a caucus system.
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
BREAKING: Ninth Circuit Prop 8 Ruling on Tuesday — and 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
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
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.
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: JustOneMinute, Politico and Power Line
James Crugnale / Mediaite:
Donald Trump Takes Credit For Mitt Romney's Big Win In Nevada  —  Appearing on Fox and Friends Monday, Donald Trump wasted no time in giving himself credit for Mitt Romney's landslide victory in the Nevada caucus.  —  “There was a lot riding on that particular race in Nevada and it was interesting …
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.
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 …
Reza Kahlili / WND:
AYATOLLAH: KILL ALL JEWS, ANNIHILATE ISRAEL  —  Iran lays out legal case for genocidal attack against ‘cancerous tumor’  —  The Iranian government, through a website proxy, has laid out the legal and religious justification for the destruction of Israel and the slaughter of its people.
 
 
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Michael McNutt / Daily Oklahoman:
Sen. Tom Coburn defends relationship with Obama at Edmond town hall meeting
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Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Court strikes down Georgia's assisted-suicide law
Discussion: The Raw Story
Alan Travis / Guardian:
Internet biggest breeding ground for violent extremism, ministers warn
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
G-A-Y / Good As You:
Video: Evan Wolfson unplugs Brian Brown's talking point machine
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
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Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Fathers and Schools: Presidential Parallels
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Karen Handel, Susan G. Komen's Anti-Abortion VP, Drove Decision To Defund Planned Parenthood
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Congress Appears to Be Trying to Get Around Earmark Ban
Discussion: Open Congress