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1:00 PM ET, February 7, 2012

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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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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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Designer Gear for Obama Raising a Ruckus
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: A ‘Super’ reversal
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Mj Lee / Reuters:
Russell Simmons defends Obama campaign designer goods
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama backs act limiting spending
Discussion: Law Blog
CNN:
Obama campaign to support super PAC fundraising
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Obama gives blessing to a super PAC
Jgalloway / 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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Rich_Robinson / Associated Press:
Karen Handel, Susan G. Komen official, resigns after Planned Parenthood dispute  —  ATLANTA (AP) — A high-ranking official resigned Tuesday from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity after a dispute over whether the group should give funding to Planned Parenthood, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
Komen's Karen Handel Resigns After Planned Parenthood Dispute  —  Karen Handel, a top Komen official who was said to be instrumental in putting in place the changes in Komen policy that essentially resulted in cutting funding for Planned Parenthood, has resigned her position.
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.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Video of the Day: Gay Rights Protest at Gingrich Event Gets Physical
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Jessica Lussenhop / The Blotter:
Ron Paul glitterbombed at Minneapolis Convention Center [VIDEO]
Discussion: The Raw Story
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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Mike Brownfield / The Heritage Foundation:
Morning Bell: Obamacare Awakens a Sleeping Giant  —  It is a rare moment indeed when faith denominations of all stripes unite together in common cause, and it is rarer still when that cause is a political one, with a sole piece of legislation as its principal target.
Marjorie Clifton / The Huffington Post:
Birth Control and Why the Catholic Church Needs to Inform Its Own Conscience
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
White House, Surrogates Push Back on Catholic Bishop Uproar Over Contraception
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
This Is So Classy: ‘Yellow Girl’  —  Thanks to TPM for a tip to what you see if you examine the HTML code* of the Pete Hoekstra / Fred Davis “we take your jobs” video.  —  The image of the “Chinese” girl in the video, who speaks American-accented English, is labelled as ... well, see for yourself:
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 …
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.
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  Are Republicans About To Commit Medicare Suicide?  —  It's shaping up to be spring 2011 redux.  Just under a year ago, Republicans — euphoric after a midterm election landslide, and overzealous in their interpretation of their mandate — passed a budget that called for phasing …
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 …
Rose French / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Rabbis oppose Minnesota marriage amendment  —  With its signed statement, the Minnesota Rabbinical Association adds to the spirited debate in advance of the November vote.  —  Dozens of Minnesota rabbis have gone on record opposing the proposed marriage amendment, urging …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Tim Arango / New York Times:
U.S. Planning to Slash Iraq Embassy Staff by Half  —  BAGHDAD — Less than two months after American troops left, the State Department is preparing to slash by as much as half the enormous diplomatic presence it had planned for Iraq, a sharp sign of declining American influence in the country.
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: Eschaton and Calculated Risk
Geneva Sands-Sadowitz / The Hill:
Ron Paul: US sanctions against Iran are ‘terrible’  —  Republican presidential contender Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) said Monday that the sanctions put in place against Iran are “terrible” for the United States and its allies.  —  “I voted against them and I think they're terrible and I think it's …
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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David Brooks / New York Times:
Flood the Zone  —  Every once in a while, the Obama administration …
Ben Geman / Ballot Box:
Gingrich says he'd authorize Keystone pipeline on ‘day one’
Discussion: Politico and newt.org
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Bob Kerrey opts out of Nebraska Senate run
Discussion: Politico
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Unemployment drop still leaves low skill workers behind
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
Gary B. Gray / Tennessean.com:
Judge: TN must lower hurdles for third parties
Discussion: Ballot Access News
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
A Fairness Quiz for the President
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
Gingrich interrupted by gay rights protestors
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Why Missouri Is Holding a ‘Meaningless’ Primary
Discussion: Washington Post and Booman Tribune
Eric Allen Bell / Front Page Magazine:
The High Price of Telling the Truth About Islam
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Israpundit
Graeme Wilson / Politics - The Sun:
Al-Qaeda bid for Brit girl bombers
Rachel Van Dongen / Politico:
Mitt Romney wins Facebook fan primary
Reuters:
Court to rule on California gay marriage ban
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
David Frum Eviscerates Charles Murray's Latest Book