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8:55 PM ET, February 6, 2012

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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.
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Sorourke / nation.foxnews.com:
Clint Eastwood: ‘I am Certainly Not Affiliated with Mr. Obama’  —  FoxNation.com  —  Following the fall out over the controversial Chrysler Super Bowl halftime ad, Clint Eastwood spoke exclusively with O'Reilly Factor producer Ron Mitchell...  Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod tweeted his support for the ad last night.
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.
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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
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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David Frum / The Daily Beast:
Is the White Working Class Coming Apart?  —  Charles Murray's new book does not provide an adequate explanation for the collapse of the white working class.  —  Charles Murray's Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 is an important book that will have large influence.
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Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
A Lightning Rod in the Storm Over America's Class Divide
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 …
Byron Tau / Politico:
Clean energy loan recipient lays off staff  —  In another setback for President Obama's clean energy loan programs, the recipient of more than a half-billion dollars in federal loans is laying off workers at their Delaware and California operations.  —  Delaware's News Journal reports …
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Rep. Issa threatens Chu with subpoena
Discussion: CNN
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: The Hill, Politico, The Reaction and GOP 12
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
My choice: Rick Santorum
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.
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.
Eric Lichtblau / The Caucus:
Jack Abramoff Hints at Untold Scandals  —  WASHINGTON — Jack Abramoff hinted Monday that he knows of still more skeletons that are buried on Capitol Hill, but he's not saying where.  —  The disgraced lobbyist said he wouldn't want to make anyone else go through the experience …
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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Bachmann: ‘I was the perfect candidate’  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann thinks that America missed its opportunity with “the perfect candidate.”  —  The Minnesota congresswoman was asked by Bloomberg TV's Al Hunt which of the remaining candidates was the most conservative during an interview Friday …
Discussion: Washington Post
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Senate sends FAA bill to Obama's desk  —  The Senate on Monday approved a bill to fund the Federal Aviation Administration through 2015, ending a years-long battle on Capitol Hill.  —  The House previously approved the measure, which will now go to President Obama's desk.  The president supports the legislation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
John D. McKinnon / Washington Wire:
Taxing Gifts to Super PACs?  —  Super PACs have become dominant forces in the GOP presidential nominating process, sponsoring millions of dollars' of TV ads in places like Florida.  Now a Democratic lawmaker is taking the first steps toward reining them in, at least indirectly, via the tax system.
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.
McKay Coppins / Politics:
Bloomberg Report Takes Aim At Mormon Church For Online Gun Sales  —  “One would think that a church would feel a special obligation to make sure that they weren't fueling a black market for a particularly deadly form of commerce,” a source involved in the report says.  —  (Reuters / ANDREW BURTON)
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Longs For Good Old Days Of ‘Shadow Abortions’ When Women Obtained Back-Alley Procedures  —  On the campaign trail, Republican Rick Santorum has made attacking the Affordable Care Act a cornerstone of his stump speech.  During an event on Friday, the former Pennsylvania senator supported a …
Reuters:
Russia, China lose credit in Arab world: League chief  —  (Reuters) - The Arab League chief said on Monday that Russia and China had lost diplomatic credit in the Arab world by vetoing a U.N. resolution on Syria and may have sent a message to Damascus that it had a free hand to crack down on protests.
Discussion: New York Times and ThinkProgress
Nick Baumann / Political Mojo:
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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CNN:
Bishop Eddie Long apologizes to Jewish group after Torah ceremony
Discussion: Mediaite and The Atlantic Online
Tom LoBianco / Associated Press:
Marion Co. says Santorum still off Ind. ballot
Discussion: Politics and The Hill
Christine Vestal / Stateline.org:
Maine Governor LePage backs nation's toughest Medicaid cuts
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Lee Drutman / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Turnover in the House: Who keeps - and who loses - the most staff
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Politicker
Reuters:
Aww, man! Bart Simpson joins Barbie in Iran ban
Discussion: ArtsBeat and The Daily Caller
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Newt Gingrich drops quest for Virginia ballot
Discussion: Ballot Access News
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
Discussion: Swampland and Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Michael McNutt / Daily Oklahoman:
Sen. Tom Coburn defends relationship with Obama at Edmond town hall meeting
Discussion: The Hill
Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Court strikes down Georgia's assisted-suicide law
Discussion: The Raw Story
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama criticized for walking out on Jeb Bush
Discussion: Bloomberg and Weasel Zippers
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