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6:35 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.
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
Jason Millman / Politico:
Santorum hits health reform
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Romney tops 50% in final Nevada tally
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
On campaign trail, Romney skips questions in taking up mantle of likely GOP nominee
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 …
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.
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: Politico, 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
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.”
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 …
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.
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
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Rep. Issa threatens Chu with subpoena  —  Energy Secretary Steven Chu could face a subpoena if he does not testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the next 60 days on his department's loan program, the panel's chairman said Monday.
Discussion: CNN
The Smoking Gun:
Atlanta Street Gang Members Videotaped Brutal Hate Crime Attack On “Faggot”  —  Buster  —  Members of an Atlanta street gang were filmed beating a man who was brutally assaulted because “faggots” were not allowed in their neighborhood, according to a videotape of the apparent hate crime.
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: The Hill
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
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
Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
House GOP Memo: “Abortion Is the Leading Cause of Death in the Black Community”  —  A House GOP memo obtained by Mother Jones argues for a controversial “prenatal discrimination bill” by referring to “black abortions” as distinct from abortions in general and claiming that “abortion is the leading cause of death in the black community.”
 
 
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Valerie Jarrett / The Huffington Post:
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Reuters:
Aww, man! Bart Simpson joins Barbie in Iran ban
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Philip Delves Broughton / Reuters:
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The Independent:
Prominent Tory disowns ‘religious right’ and supports gay marriage
Josh Lederman / The Hill:
Ethics Committee investigating Rep. Buchanan over financial disclosures
Discussion: Politico
Joel Greenberg / Washington Post:
Fatah, Hamas choose Abbas to head new joint government
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Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Court strikes down Georgia's assisted-suicide law
Discussion: The Raw Story
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Greece Asked to Destroy Itself In Exchange for Bailout
Discussion: Paul Krugman, Reuters, BBC and Eschaton
Washington Examiner:
Coming soon: Individual mandate to buy Chevy Volts
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Fathers and Schools: Presidential Parallels
Kathleen Sebelius / USA Today:
Contraception rule respects religion
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Citizens United catastrophe