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1:30 PM ET, February 10, 2012


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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama to Offer ‘Accomodation’ on Contraception Rule  —  With the White House under fire for its new rule requiring employers including religious organizations to offer health insurance that fully covers birth control coverage, ABC News has learned that later today the White House …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Both Catholic Health Assn and Planned Parenthood Say They're Pleased With Contraception Rule Announcement  —  Senior administration officials are pleased with the initial response to President Obama's pending announcement on an “accommodation” for religious organizations regarding …
Planned Parenthood:
Statement by Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, on Obama Administration Announcement on Birth Control Coverage Benefit:  —  “In the face of a misleading and outrageous assault on women's health, the Obama administration has reaffirmed its commitment …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama retreats on birth control  —  The White House will announce a retreat from its controversial rule requiring religious organizations like charities and hospitals to include contraception in their healthcare plans.  —  President Obama has come under heavy criticism from the Catholic Church …
Washington Post:
White House to announce adjustment to birth-control rule  —  Seeking to allay the concerns of Catholic leaders, the White House is planning to announce an adjustment to its health care rule requiring religious employers to provide women access to contraception, a senior administration official said.
President Obama boxed in on birth control  —  It was no secret inside the West Wing that Bill Daley, a Catholic with deep connections to the church hierarchy, vehemently opposed the administration's proposal to require church-run hospitals and universities to give their employees free contraception.
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
The catch in Obama's contraceptives compromise  —  The White House has given reporters the rundown on the “accommodations” that President Obama will announce on the health reform law's requirements for hospitals run by faith-based groups to cover the costs of employees' contraceptives.  Here's how it works.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
I Still Want My Free Lunch
Discussion: ACS Blog
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama to Offer ‘Accommodation’ on Birth Control Rule, Officials Say
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
Birth-control compromise to be announced by White House
Sam Baker / The Hill:
State AGs threaten to sue over birth-control mandate
Discussion: Associated Press
Janet Hook / Washington Wire:
Santorum Gets Spirited Reception at CPAC  —  Rick Santorum got such a positive reception from a meeting of the party's conservative base Friday morning, the former senator almost cut his speech short while he was ahead.  Well, almost. … Halfway through a speech to the Conservative Political …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum blasts Obama for ‘coercion’
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Rep. King predicts critical day for GOP presidential candidates
Discussion: CNN
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Santorum says ‘other types of emotions’ could preclude women in combat  —  For a candidate with virtually no staff and who tends to talk off the cuff, Rick Santorum has been nearly gaffe-free.  However, this evening might have been his first, and it comes at a time when he is trying …
Tina Dupuy / Crooks and Liars:
Santorum Steps In It: Women Shouldn't be in Combat Because of ‘Other Types of Emotions’
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Rep. Spencer Bachus faces insider-trading investigation  —  The Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee over possible violations of insider-trading laws, according to individuals familiar with the case.
Wall Street Journal:
Low Turnout and the Big Tune-Out  —  Voters aren't bothering with the GOP, but Obama has lost their attention too.  —  The Romney campaign is better at dismantling than mantling.  They're better at taking opponents apart than building a compelling candidate of their own.
New York Post:
A ‘deadbeat’ bailout  —  It's hard to imagine a less-deserving group of victims: people who gambled during the housing bubble by purchasing homes with borrowed money that they knew or should have known they couldn't afford, but who are now able to stay in the homes they should have never bought …
Foreclosure Deal to Spur U.S. Home Seizures
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Hot Air
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Is 2012 Slipping Away From the GOP?  —  For a long time, I was confident that Republican voters would oust Barack Obama in 2012, hold the House and, in all likelihood, take the Senate.  Obama is a weak incumbent, who has been chronically unpopular since early in his term.
Paul Krugman vs. the World  —  The escalating battle of ideas between the Nobel Prize-winning economist and his illustrious peers  —  What has been getting the Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist so riled up lately?  In the last few weeks, what began as a semi-civil battle …
Julie Bykowicz / Bloomberg:
Gingrich Seeks to Ease Fundraising Woes as Las Vegas Checks Slowing Down  —  Newt Gingrich was just days away from the Jan. 31 Florida Republican presidential primary when he told reporters that his campaign was down to its last $600,000.  —  Five losing contests later, Gingrich and Winning Our Future …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Obama's Worst Year  —  The inside story of his brush with political disaster.  —  Shortly after four o'clock on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 13, 2011, U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner walked down the hallway near his office toward a large conference room facing the building's interior.
Discussion: Politico and Brad DeLong
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Crowd Pleaser  —  At first glance, President Obama and Mitt Romney share some similar traits.  Both Harvard Law School grads are smart and analytical.  Both are emotionally reserved rather than touchy-feely.  Both are traditionalist in their family and personal lives.
Israeli fans beg PM to hold off Iran attack over Madonna show  —  New Facebook group asks Prime Minister to postpone any plans to a strike of Iran's nuclear facilities until after the Queen of Pop's planned May 29 visit.  —  Get Haaretz on iPhone  —  Get Haaretz on Android
Discussion: Associated Press and Israel Matzav
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Jennifer Fermino / New York Post:
Port Authority failed to include $1 billion in accounting of WTC costs
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and City Room
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Same-Sex Couple Wins Immigration Relief, Despite Defense Of Marriage Act
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Budget Ducks Big Benefit Cuts
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Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say
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Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
Romney ‘glitter bomber’ fired from internship
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Obama Bundler Earmarked Stimulus Money for Donors
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Evangelical group holds firm on ‘pro-life’ link to EPA rule
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Dan Lamothe / Marine Corps Times:
Marine scout snipers used Nazi SS logo
Discussion: Daily Kos, Political Mojo and Politico