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8:10 PM ET, February 7, 2012

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Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
Prop.  8: Gay-marriage ban unconstitutional, court rules  —  A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down California's ban on same-sex marriage, clearing the way for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage as early as next year.  —  The 2-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court …
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Maggie Gallagher / National Review:
Ninth Circuit to 7 Million California Voters: You Are Irrational Bigots  —  In a breathtaking exercise in ill-natured illogic, a divided Ninth Circuit ruled 2-1 that because Prop 8 does not take away civil-union benefits for same-sex couples, it's an unconstitutional exercise in irrational animus towards gay people.
Discussion: NOM Blog
American Prospect:
In Prop.  8 Ruling, a Liberal Lion Coos  —  Senior Circuit Judge Michael Daly Hawkins, left, Circuit Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt, center, and Circuit Judge N. Randy Smith hear arguments during a hearing in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Reporters grill Carney on marriage, Prop 8 ruling
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:   How Pop Culture Influenced Today's Proposition 8 Ruling
Ed Whelan / National Review:
Ninth Circuit Panel Affirms Anti-Prop 8 Ruling
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Proposition 8 is overturned, and Obama catches a break on gay marriage
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Calif. same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
White House May Look to Compromise on Contraception Decision  —  The White House may be open to compromising on a new rule that requires religious schools and hospitals to provide employees with access to free birth control, a senior strategist for President Obama said on Tuesday morning.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Santorum: Romney contraceptive decision ‘trumped employees’ religious consciences'  —  Rick Santorum has written an op-ed that firmly tethers Mitt Romney to President Obama on the issue of contraception, using a quote he attributes to the former governor from December 2005 about a requirement …
ABCNEWS:
GOP Rivals Pounce on Romney's ‘Assault on Religion’ Line
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll: Majority of Catholics support contraception coverage
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Political Mojo
Mike Brownfield / The Heritage Foundation:
Morning Bell: Obamacare Awakens a Sleeping Giant
Jim Galloway / Political Insider:
Karen Handel resigns from Komen for the Cure  —  Karen Handel, the former GOP candidate for governor, just announced her resignation as a senior vice president for public of Susan G. Komen for the Cure - one week after the breast cancer charity reversed itself on a decision to sever financial ties with Planned Parenthood.
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Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Romney's lead dips despite wins: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Despite his strong showing in early state contests in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney's support nationwide has dipped slightly during the past month, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Big Day for Santorum?  —  Rick Santorum could be headed for a big …
Jim Messina / Barack Obama:
We Will Not Play by Two Sets of Rules  —  In 2010, the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case opened the door to a new wave of so-called Super PACs—non-candidate political committees that can receive and spend unlimited money from special interests.
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Feingold: Obama super-PAC decision is ‘dancing with the devil’
Discussion: Big Government and Weasel Zippers
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Lachlan Markay / The Heritage Foundation:
Exclusive: Occupy DC Plans Mayhem for Major Conservative Conference  —  The “Occupy DC” protest group is planning to disrupt the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference using a range of potentially illegal tactics that could even include violence against participants, Scribe has learned.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Photo of the Day: Shock and Awe at the White House  —  President Obama gets a thrill after inviting young scientists and inventors to his home.  —  Playing with your food?  Shooting things at the White House?  It seems like a recipe for disaster and/or arrest, but somehow Joey Hudy managed …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Daily What
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ABCNEWS:
Michelle Obama in Tug of War at White House
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Dem Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper: I Wouldn't Have Voted for Obamacare If I'd Known About HHS Regulation  —  Former Democratic congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper, a Catholic from Erie, Pennsylvania, cast a crucial vote in favor of Obamacare in 2010.  She lost her seat that November in part because of her controversial support of Obamacare.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Just Gets Better  —  What's the latest on the Pete Hoekstra “Chinese” ad that's been generating all the controversy?  A follower on Twitter points out that in the html code on Hoekstra's site the woman in the ad is identified as “yellowgirl.”  I checked and sure enough he's right.
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
This Is So Classy: ‘Yellow Girl’
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Administration names official advocate for illegal immigrants  —  The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a new “public advocate” charged with listening to immigrants' concerns about its law enforcement policies — but Republicans said the position amounts to an official mouthpiece for illegal immigrants being deported.
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
Tilting the Budget Process to the G.O.P.  —  Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and served on the staffs of Representatives Jack Kemp and Ron Paul.  He is the author of “The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform - Why We Need It and What It Will Take.”
 
 
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Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
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Reuters:
Facebook governance a concern for California pension fund
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Sky News clamps down on Twitter use
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Jackson: Asking fundraiser to buy plane ticket for woman did not violate ethics rules
Bloomberg:
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Rep. Myrick announces she'll retire this year
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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