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4:50 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.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Calif. same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Althouse
Jennifer Epstein / Reuters:
California Prop 8 ruling on gay marriage overturned
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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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msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: A ‘Super’ reversal
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
Major Obama Donors Tied to Fugitive Who Fled to Mexico
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.
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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Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Why Missouri Is Holding a ‘Meaningless’ Primary
Rasmussen Reports:
National GOP: Romney 34%, Gingrich 27%, Santorum 18%, Paul 11%
Discussion: GOP 12 and Taegan Goddard's …
Washington Wire:   Snow Could Dampen Turnout for Colorado Vote
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 …
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Kirsten Powers / The Daily Beast:
Obama's Baffling Catholic Decision: Birth Control Trumps Religious Freedom  —  The administration claims its decision to force Catholic institutions to pay for insurance covering contraceptives is 'balanced"—so why, when religious liberty was weighed against access to birth control, did freedom lose?
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Rep. Myrick announces she'll retire this year  —  Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) will not run for reelection in November, the nine-term congresswoman announced Tuesday.  —  First elected in 1994, Myrick was one of the first Republicans to join the Tea Party Caucus in the House …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Lawmakers quarrel over payroll tax
Discussion: The New Republic
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House GOP raises pressure on Democrats in payroll tax fight
Discussion: Politico
Occupy DC:
This Friday and Saturday, Occupy CPAC: Liberate Discourse  —  On February 9th through February 11th, a who's who of dastardly politicians will be holding the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel at 2660 Woodley Road, NW.
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
U.S. Planning to Slash Iraq Embassy Staff by Up to 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.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Newshoggers.com
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:
Roger L Simon / Roger L. Simon:
BREAKING VIDEO: Tim Tebow and Tom Brady Register to Vote in Minnesota  —  On the day of the Minnesota caucus, shocking video from James O'Keefe's Project Veritas - broken here first at PJ Media - shows how easy it is to register NFL stars Tim Tebow, Tom Brady and practically anybody else to vote in that state.
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 …
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 …
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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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Lawmakers say US should consider arming the Syrian opposition
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Rep. Jackson may face new Ethics probe
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Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
Tilting the Budget Process to the G.O.P.
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Steve Kornacki / Salon:
Obama's fear of leading by example
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Liberals and the Constitution
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Bob Kerrey opts out of Nebraska Senate run
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Rose French / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Rabbis oppose Minnesota marriage amendment
Eric Allen Bell / Front Page Magazine:
The High Price of Telling the Truth About Islam
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Israpundit