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2:50 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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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: Right Wing Watch and Good As You
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Calif. same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional  —  A federal appeals panel in San Francisco ruled Tuesday that California's ban on same-sex marriage violates the constitutional right to equal protection.  —  The panel overturned Proposition 8, which was approved by 52 percent …
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Althouse
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Finds Proposition 8 Unconstitutional
Discussion: Guardian and Good As You
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Federal appeals court rules against California ban on gay marriage
Discussion: Reuters
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.
msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: A ‘Super’ reversal
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.
Karen Handel:
Karen Handel Susan G. Komen Resignation Letter
Discussion: Feministing and TBogg
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
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: The Daily Caller and Pirate's Cove
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CBS New York:
Catholic League Poised To Go To War With Obama Over Mandatory Birth Control Payments
Mike Brownfield / The Heritage Foundation:
Morning Bell: Obamacare Awakens a Sleeping Giant
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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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
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 …
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 …
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.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The Most Consequential News From the Middle East Today  —  The most important news out of the Middle East is not the Hamas-PA Agreement 4.0 (or 5.0 or 6.0, who can remember?).  For various reasons, it doesn't seem likely to work (you can read Robert Danin here on some of the difficulties).
 
 
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