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10:05 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.
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:
Court Strikes Down Ban on Gay Marriage in California
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.
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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
ABCNEWS:
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.
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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.
Sarah Huisenga / CBS News:
Contraception issue heats up as Santorum makes headway
Discussion: Truthdig, Politicker and The Mahablog
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Santorum: Romney contraceptive decision ‘trumped employees’ religious consciences'
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll: Majority of Catholics support contraception coverage
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.
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ABCNEWS:
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
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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
Washington Post:
White House seeks to soothe concerns over contraception rule  —  The White House sought Tuesday to soothe concerns over a controversial birth control rule that has led to Republican attacks and tension among close allies of the administration.  —  The efforts followed mounting criticism …
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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.
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 …
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Feingold: Obama super-PAC decision is ‘dancing with the devil’
Discussion: Big Government and Weasel Zippers
Jim Messina / Barack Obama:
We Will Not Play by Two Sets of Rules
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
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.”
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Fighting Gay Marriage, Minnesota Group May Have Skirted Law  —  Secret donations, through the National Organization for Marriage, Minnesota Family Council, and Catholic Church.  “What NOM and its allies are doing in Minnesota is shockingly bold,” charges Human Rights Campaign's Nix.  —  (AP / Jim Mone)
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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.’
Adam Martin / The Atlantic Wire:
The Very Last World War I Veteran Has Died  —  A British woman who served with the Royal Air Force for the last two months of World War I was the last known veteran of the war when she died in her sleep Saturday night.  Florence Green joined the RAF at the age of 17 and died just before her 111th birthday …
 
 
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Telegraph:
BBC tells its staff: don't call Qatada extremist
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Adam Snider / Politico:
Jackson Lee: Private screeners risk another 9/11
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Michael Beckel / iWatch News by The Center …:
Another Bain exec revealed as man behind corporate donor to pro-Romney super PAC
Discussion: The Caucus
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Staples Co-Founder Complains That Allowing Women To Breastfeed At Work Will Cost Jobs
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Reuters:
Facebook governance a concern for California pension fund
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Sky News clamps down on Twitter use
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Jackson: Asking fundraiser to buy plane ticket for woman did not violate ethics rules
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