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9:40 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 …
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
Ed Whelan / National Review:
Ninth Circuit Panel Affirms Anti-Prop 8 Ruling  —  As I expected, a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit has affirmed former judge Vaughn Walker's outlandish ruling that California's Proposition 8 violates the federal Constitution.  Arch-liberals Judge Stephen Reinhardt and Judge Michael Hawkins …
American Prospect:
In Prop. 8 Ruling, a Liberal Lion Coos
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Proposition 8 is overturned, and Obama catches a break on gay marriage
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:   How Pop Culture Influenced Today's Proposition 8 Ruling
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Reporters grill Carney on marriage, Prop 8 ruling
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Marriage Ban Violates Constitution, Court Rules
Public Religion Research Institute:
February PRRI Religion and Politics Tracking Poll  —  ▶ Read the news release here.  —  ▶ Read the Topline Questionnaire including the survey methodology here.  —  Majority Support Requirement that Employer Health Care Plans Include Contraception Coverage
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll: Majority of Catholics support contraception coverage
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.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Missouri primary, Minnesota and Colorado caucuses: Rick Santorum may be headed for big night  —  Mitt Romney's campaign sought to downplay the importance of three non-binding presidential contests Tuesday evening, as one of the former Massachusetts governor's underdog challengers aimed to revive …
Discussion: CNN, Opinion L.A., Sky Dancing and ABCNEWS
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
As Three States Vote, Romney Seeks to Lower Expectations
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.
GOP Rivals Pounce on Romney's ‘Assault on Religion’ Line  —  JOHNSTOWN, Colo. - Mitt Romney's Republican rivals pounced today on his accusations that President Obama has an “assault on religion” by forcing Catholic institutions to provide contraceptives and abortion services, suggesting it was a hypocritical statement.
Michelle Obama in Tug of War at White House  —  The normally dignified Blue Room at the White House became a late-night show comedy set last month when first lady Michelle Obama engaged in a friendly game of tug of war with host Jimmy Fallon, according to a photo released by the White House today.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
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.
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.
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.”
Stephanie Jones / Journal Times:
Suspect recall signing could result in felony charges  —  RACINE — What started with a man noticing his friend's signature four times on recall petitions could result in felony charges.  —  The Racine County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate possible fraudulent recall signatures collected …
Discussion: RedState and Campaign 2012
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Bashar Assad emails leaked, tips for ABC interview revealed  —  In part one of the Haaretz expose of emails leaked from the account of the Syrian president's media adviser, Assad is told, ahead of interview with Barbara Walters, that the ‘American psyche can be easily manipulated.’
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.
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Obama Girl Amber Lee Ettinger says she's not sure how she'll vote  —  Sure, she's beautiful.  —  Sure, her videos get millions of views online.  —  And, sure, she certainly looks like she's having fun when she's singing and dancing in revealing outfits.  —  But don't for a second get confused …
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Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
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Adam Snider / Politico:
Jackson Lee: Private screeners risk another 9/11
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael Beckel / iWatch News by The Center …:
Another Bain exec revealed as man behind corporate donor to pro-Romney super PAC
Discussion: The Caucus
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