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Greetings,    Today’s is an early-evening edition. Hope you had a wonderful Florida primary. We did!

    We just want to emphasise that though there may be fun news-cycles left in the GOP primary race, the contest is over. Romney can only screw up his inevitable nomination by being caught in a massive scandal. Somehow this seems unlikely. Otherwise, Romney proved he could win every key GOP demographic last night. He proved he didn’t have a low ceiling among Republicans. And his chief rival, Gingrich, will be deprived of media oxygen as we enter a month of caucus contests and no debates for three weeks. 

    Meanwhile, Obama is raising a mountain of cash

News You May Need:

NYT: Panetta announced the end of American combat missions in Afghanistan for 2013

WP: Romney glitter-bombed by pro-gay marriage activist.  

WP: SuperPACs helping Republicans keep up with Obama’s fundraising.  


The Day’s Reads:

Andrew Ferguson, on why the press wept so much for Christopher Hitchens (a truly funny must read)

E.J. Dionne on how Romney won Florida, and what he lost along the way.  

Nate Silver on what Florida’s low turnout might mean for the GOP. 

Jonah Goldberg wondering what the heck is wrong with Romney. 


This Day In Politics

On February 1st,  1999  Monica Lewinsky gave a deposition on videotape for senators considering impeachment charges against U.S. President Clinton.

Tweet Of The Day:

From former Governor Buddy Roemer, still the greatest wit of this presidential contest, while observing Newt’s speech last night. 

Buddy Roemer Tweet


What’s Next

 What follows is a month of caucus states in the Republican primary process. Expect ROn Paul to surge back into public consciousness when Nevada’s pops. Otherwise all the Republicans and Barack Obama will be spending February raising tons of cash. 


Michael Brendan Dougherty  Politics Editor BusinessInsider.com [email protected]  

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