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Must Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, February 1, 2012

02/01/12 08:12AM

$5 TRILLION AND CHANGE EDITORIAL WALL STREET JOURNAL About $1.25 trillion ... cuts come from the automatic across-the-board reductions that Congress and Mr. Obama agreed to last year. But wait. More than half of those cuts will come from the military budget and even Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said these reductions could be "devastating" to national security. To sum it all up, CBO's facts plainly show that Mr. Obama has the worst fiscal record of any President in modern times. read more

Winning ugly vs. losing pretty: Living with attack ads

02/01/12 07:22AM

Joe Scarborough: I don’t know know a lot of candidates that wouldn’t rather win ugly than lose pretty. Jon Huntsman lost pretty. Mitt Romney, this past week, won ugly. Barack Obama won ugly in 2008; he ran more negative ads than anybody else in the history of television. He ran so many negative ads that he actually swung ahead of John McCain on the question of ‘Who do you trust more on taxes?’…These negative ads worked. They worked for Barack Obama; now they’re working for Mitt Romney. read more

Halperin: Four reasons Romney took home Florida win

02/01/12 07:10AM

Mark Halperin: This was not inevitable. It’s been an unpredictable year. There’s some laws of political physics. You run a lot of negative ads; you get the momentum back. Romney entered South Carolina with more money and with better organization. He didn’t have the momentum and the message. By the end, he had all four: He had the most money, the best organization, momentum from the debates, and the best message. And that made it a decisive win for him. read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, February 1

02/01/12 05:53AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?So, this happened last night in FloridaHere's what Nate Silver had to say about itGingrich vows to rise againFour confess to plotting bomb attack on London Stock ExchangeBjork was on Colbert last night read more

Louis to South Beach: How do you feel about GOP candidates?

01/31/12 12:53PM

Have you ever wondered what, you know, beach goers in Miami think about Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich?No? Well, are you at least curious?We sent our intrepid man Louis Burgdorf out into the field to get the scoop on what the area's sun-kissed denizens think about everything from open marriage to moon colonies.Oh, and he got a tramp stamp to boot. read more

Mika: RNC chair's comparison of Obama to cruise ship captain is 'gutter politics, despicable'

Mika: RNC chair's comparison of Obama to cruise ship captain is 'gutter politics, despicable'

01/31/12 10:51AM

by Quinn WonderlingRepublican National Committee chair Reince Priebus is facing backlash for his questionable comments on Face the Nation Sunday, comparing President Obama to the captain of the Costa Concordia, the huge cruise liner that crashed in Tuscany killing at least 17 passengers.On Morning Joe Tuesday, Mika Brzezinski expressed contempt at the remarks. Priebus said that by traveling and campaigning, the president is "our own little Captain Schettino," shirking his duties and “abandoning the ship here in the United States.”Mika Brzezinski sounded off: irresponsible and despicable. read more