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8:50 AM ET, February 6, 2012


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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 …
Anjeanette Damon / Las Vegas Sun:
Vote count in GOP caucus continuing in Nevada's largest county  —  The voting ended half a day ago.  The networks have called the race.  The GOP presidential candidates have delivered their speeches and left the state.  —  And, still, party officials in Nevada's largest county continue to count the vote.
The Columbus Dispatch:
Mitt Romney  —  Experience and wide appeal make him the best GOP presidential nominee
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Dick Armey: Gingrich campaign turned into ‘first-rate vendetta’ against Romney
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Nevada caucuses 2012: 5 takeaways
Discussion: Gothamist and The Atlantic Online
Armey: Gingrich a lost cause for tea party base
Discussion: Politico and The Impolitic
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Gingrich's Speech — How to Make a Bad Night Worse
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.
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Raw Story
David McGrath Schwartz / Las Vegas Sun:
Economic woes, anti-Obama sentiment fail to draw large turnout
Gerald Herbert / ABCNEWS:
Romney's Big Win: Who Turned Out for Romney
Discussion: Politico
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
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.
Discussion: Ballot Box, Prairie Weather and ABCNEWS
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Biographer: Mitt grew up in “series of bubbles”
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: Daily Kos and The Huffington Post
Michael Medved / Wall Street Journal:
Presidential Fathers and Sons  —  For the seventh consecutive election, the next president will either be a privileged son or a man with no relationship with his biological father.  —  Voters this year look set to continue an odd pattern that's prevailed in presidential politics for a quarter century.
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
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.
Discussion: naked capitalism and The Page
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
The budget rematch  —  The bell for Round Two of the fight between President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is about to ring.  —  Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, was bloodied in the first round after his proposal to revamp Medicare became a campaign poster for Democrats.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Syria's most senior defector: Assad's army is close to collapse  —  Bashar al-Assad's army is close to a collapse that could plunge the Middle East into a “nuclear reaction”, its most senior defector has told The Sunday Telegraph.  —  In his first full-length newspaper interview …
Discussion: Guardian and Syria Comment
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egypt Will Try 19 Americans on Criminal Charges  —  CAIRO — Egyptian authorities on Sunday referred 19 Americans and two dozen others to criminal trials as part of a politically charged investigation into the foreign financing of nonprofit groups that has shaken the 30-year alliance between the United States and Egypt.
Discussion: Israel Matzav, The Page and Truthdig
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:   Report: Egypt to put Transportation Secretary LaHood's son on trial
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