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10:20 AM ET, February 7, 2012

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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Big Day for Santorum?  —  Rick Santorum could be headed for a big day in today's contests in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri.  Missouri looks like a probable win for Santorum.  He's at 45% there to 32% for Mitt Romney and 19% for Paul.  Minnesota provides an opportunity for a win as well.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Influential conservative blogger endorses ‘sweet meteor of death’ in GOP primary  —  Influential conservative blogger Erick Erickson said he would endorse the “sweet meteor of death” over any of the current GOP candidates, but would back the party's eventual nominee in the general election against President Obama.
Politico:
5 things to watch Tuesday  —  Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri all hold contests Tuesday, making it the first day of the 2012 campaign that multiple states deliver a verdict.  —  While Mitt Romney appears to be in solid shape in Colorado, Rick Santorum is gathering momentum in the latter …
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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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Obama embraces the super PAC  —  President Barack Obama — in an act of hypocrisy or necessity, depending on the beholder — has reversed course and is now blessing the efforts of a sputtering super PAC, Priorities USA Action, organized to fight GOP dark-money attacks.
New York Times:
Obama Yields in Marshaling of ‘Super PAC’  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is signaling to wealthy Democratic donors that he wants them to start contributing to an outside group supporting his re-election, reversing a long-held position as he confronts a deep financial disadvantage on a vital front in the campaign.
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.
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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.
CBS New York:
Catholic League Poised To Go To War With Obama Over Mandatory Birth Control Payments  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Catholic leaders upped the ante Monday, threatening to challenge the Obama administration over a provision of the new health care law that would require all employers …
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Marjorie Clifton / The Huffington Post:
Birth Control and Why the Catholic Church Needs to Inform Its Own Conscience  —  I am the product of 14 years of Catholic school and am a practicing Catholic, actively involved in the church all of my life.  As a woman with a career in politics and women's leadership, I have quietly worked within …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
David Frum Eviscerates Charles Murray's Latest Book  —  David Frum begins a withering review for The Daily Beast, “Charles Murray's Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 is an important book that will have large influence.  It is unfortunately not a good book.”
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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David Frum / The Daily Beast:
Is the White Working Class Coming Apart?
Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
A Lightning Rod in the Storm Over America's Class Divide
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
Major Obama Donors Tied to Fugitive Who Fled to Mexico  —  Two American brothers of a Mexican casino magnate who fled drug and fraud charges in the United States and has been seeking a pardon enabling him to return have emerged as major fund-raisers and donors for President Obama's re-election campaign.
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
DocX Faces Foreclosure Fraud Charges in Missouri  —  One of the largest companies that provided home foreclosure services to lenders across the nation, DocX, has been indicted on forgery charges by a Missouri grand jury — one of the few criminal actions to follow reports of widespread improprieties against homeowners.
Patrick Temple-West / Reuters:
FBI warns of threat from anti-government extremists  —  (Reuters) - Anti-government extremists opposed to taxes and regulations pose a growing threat to local law enforcement officers in the United States, the FBI warned on Monday.  —  These extremists, sometimes known as “sovereign citizens …
TBogg:
It's All Over But For The Severance Package and Non-Disclosure Agreement  —  Looks like Karen Handel will be packing up her desk (novelty coffee mug, Jesus riding a dinosaur Precious Moments statue, stolen office supplies emblazoned with pink ribbons) because a job may be opening at the Komen Foundation very soon.
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla and Jezebel
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Washington Post:
Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties  —  (Video by Ben de la Cruz and David S. Fallis/Motion graphic by Sohail al-Jamea/The Washington Post)  —  AU.S. senator from Alabama directed more than $100 million in federal earmarks to renovate downtown Tuscaloosa near …
Reuters:
Court to rule on California gay marriage ban  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court is set to rule on Tuesday whether California's ban on gay marriage is constitutional in a case that is likely to lead to a showdown on the issue in the U.S. Supreme Court.  —  California joined the vast majority …
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Lawrence Hurley / eenews.net:
SUPREME COURT:  —  Judges already citing Wal-Mart ruling in environmental cases
Discussion: Law Blog and SCOTUSblog
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 …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Archbishop to U.S. Troops: Obamacare Reg ‘Is a Blow to a Freedom...for Which You Have Seen Your Buddies Fall in Battle’  —  (CNSNews.com) - Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who leads the Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, wrote a letter to be read at all Sunday Masses …
Prashant Gopal / Bloomberg:
Banks Paying Cash to Homeowners to Avoid Foreclosures  —  Banks, accelerating efforts to move troubled mortgages off their books, are offering as much as $35,000 or more in cash to delinquent homeowners to sell their properties for less than they owe.  —  Lenders have routinely delayed …
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Rachel Van Dongen / Politico:
Mitt Romney wins Facebook fan primary  —  POLITICO has joined forces with Facebook to offer readers an exclusive look at the conversation taking place on the social networking site about the Republican presidential candidates ahead of South Carolina's crucial primary on Jan. 21.
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Groups urge Congress to take it slow on piracy  —  A coalition of about 70 advocacy groups and companies sent a letter to Congress on Monday urging lawmakers to take their time in drafting anti-piracy legislation.  —  “Now is the time for Congress to take a breath, step back …
Discussion: RedState
Kate Taylor / New York Times:
Calls for a New York Parade Honoring Iraq Veterans  —  The New York Giants on Tuesday will be showered with confetti and greeted by throngs as they are feted with the city's most storied honor: a parade through its Canyon of Heroes.  —  But all the fanfare — the parade this week …
David Blair / Telegraph:
Al-Qaeda's hand in Boko Haram's deadly Nigerian attacks  —  Al-Qaeda operatives in North Africa have helped to transform Boko Haram into a terrorist group capable of killing hundreds in sophisticated attacks.  —  A victim of a bomb blast that ripped through the United Nations offices …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
 
 
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