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2:20 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  —  Republicans Contend Relatively Low-Cost Items to Be Sold at Fund-Raiser May Amount to Campaign-Finance Violations  —  WASHINGTON—Move over, PACs.  The latest campaign-finance flap is about sacks.  —  At a New York fund-raising event Tuesday called …
msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: A ‘Super’ reversal
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Campaign 2012
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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Associated Press:
Court: CA Gay Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday declared California's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, putting the bitterly contested, voter-approved law on track for likely consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court.
NOM Blog:
NOM Condemns Ninth Circuit Ruling Finding Prop 8 Unconstitutional, Imperiling the Marriage Laws of 43 states  —  CONTACT: Anath Hartmann or Elizabeth Ray (703-683-5004)  —  Group will support efforts to take the issue to the US Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — “As sweeping and wrong-headed …
Discussion: Good As You
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Calif. same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Althouse
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Finds Proposition 8 Unconstitutional
Discussion: Good As You
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.
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney: Susan G. Komen Was Right to Cut Planned Parenthood
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
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Video of the Day: Gay Rights Protest at Gingrich Event Gets Physical
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Politico:
5 things to watch Tuesday
Jessica Lussenhop / The Blotter:
Ron Paul glitterbombed at Minneapolis Convention Center [VIDEO]
Discussion: The Raw Story
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?
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CBS New York:
Catholic League Poised To Go To War With Obama Over Mandatory Birth Control Payments
Marjorie Clifton / The Huffington Post:
Birth Control and Why the Catholic Church Needs to Inform Its Own Conscience
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Pirate's Cove
Mike Brownfield / The Heritage Foundation:
Morning Bell: Obamacare Awakens a Sleeping Giant
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and USA Today
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
White House, Surrogates Push Back on Catholic Bishop Uproar Over Contraception
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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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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 …
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 …
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:
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
Chef Mojo / Daily Pundit:
Civil Rights Victory  —  This was just posted by Beretta USA on Facebook:  —  That's a check from the City of Chicago made out to the Second Amendment Foundation.  Signed by Rahmbo, his own self.  That had to hurt.  —  This is how it's done.  Keep pounding away and hurt 'em in the wallet.
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 …
 
 
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Steve Kornacki / Salon:
Obama's fear of leading by example
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Liberals and the Constitution
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The Most Consequential News From the Middle East Today
Kevin Kiley / Inside Higher Ed:
Taking on Robin Hood
Discussion: ThinkProgress and JSOnline
David Brooks / New York Times:
Flood the Zone  —  Every once in a while, the Obama administration …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Bob Kerrey opts out of Nebraska Senate run
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Geneva Sands-Sadowitz / The Hill:
Ron Paul: US sanctions against Iran are ‘terrible’
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Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
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Rose French / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Rabbis oppose Minnesota marriage amendment
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Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
Gingrich interrupted by gay rights protestors
Eric Allen Bell / Front Page Magazine:
The High Price of Telling the Truth About Islam
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Israpundit
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Clint Eastwood: ‘I am Certainly Not Affiliated with Mr. Obama’
 

 
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