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"Where is your heart?" cried Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ). "Have you no heart?"

Despite the congressman's plaintive objections during Wednesday's House debate, his Republican colleagues passed a bill 267-159 to repeal the ill-fated CLASS Act. The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program, championed by the late Ted Kennedy, aimed to provide a long-term care insurance program. Wednesday's party-line vote deepens a partisan stalemate over how to fill that major hole in the U.S. health care system, as the legislation now goes to the Senate where it's expected to perish.

The impasse in a nutshell: The Obama administration conceded last October that it saw no viable path to implement CLASS within its statute, citing financial solvency problems. But the President and his Democratic allies oppose repealing the program and would rather repair it. Republicans, who decry CLASS as costly, unworkable and predicated on a budget gimmick, have no intention of letting that happen. They're insisting on outright repeal and say Congress must start from scratch on the long-term care problem -- although they haven't yet offered an alternative.

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Who is responsible for the Susan G. Komen Foundation's controversial decision to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood? When the Komen Foundation made the announcement Tuesday it pointed to Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL).

Stearns, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, launched an investigation last year into Planned Parenthood's finances, after House Republicans voted to defund the organization that provides a wide range of womens health services, including abortion services.

Stearns' investigation, which Planned Parenthood and its supporters consider an attempt to intimidate and harass the organization, was the basis for the Komen Foundation's decision. In their announcement they said the move was based on a new policy that prevents it granting funds to organizations under investigation.

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Sharron Angle will endorse Rick Santorum, reports Robert Costa of National Review on Twitter. A Tea Party favorite, Angle ran against Sen. Harry Reid in 2010 in Nevada and lost.

The Justice Department just sent reporters excerpts from Attorney General Eric Holder's prepared remarks for his testimony tomorrow at a House Oversight Committee hearing on ATF's flawed Operation Fast And Furious.

Holder's remarks include a slight dig at Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), who has gone as far as to threaten to hold the Holder in contempt over the committee's investigation.

Holder notes that Thursday's hearing will the the sixth time he's testified about the matter before a congressional committee.

Fast and Furious was an operation based our of Arizona in which ATF agents told cooperating gun shop owners to go forward with sales of weapons even if they suspected the person they were selling them to was a "straw purchaser" buying the weapons for someone else. Many of the guns ended up crossing the border into Mexico and two weapons ended up at the scene of the murder of a Border Patrol agent.

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The intensely personal and negative Florida primary took a step towards high school pettiness Tuesday night when it was discovered that Newt Gingrich did not call to congratulate Mitt Romney on his huge win.

When Romney was asked about the situation Wednesday morning, he shrugged it off -- but also used the slight as an opportunity to take one last shot at the former House Speaker he so shellacked among Florida Republican voters.

"I guess Speaker Gingrich doesn't have our phone number," Romney told NBC. If Romney doesn't seem fazed, that could be because he knows a thing or two about not calling the victor of a nasty presidential primary fight.

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Once again, Mitt Romney is on the defensive over his wealth on Wednesday after telling a CNN reporter that "I'm not concerned about the very poor, we have a safety net there." And once again, pundits on the right are smacking their foreheads in amazement the usually controlled candidate can't stop handing Democrats' more "rich guy" gaffes.

"Facepalm," Michelle Malkin wrote of the incident, which she said "could easily have been a Saturday Night Live parody"

Over at the National Review, Jonah Goldberg said the quote raised concerns that Romney is "simply not a good enough politician" to beat Obama.

"There are plenty of things one could say to defend Romney on the merits of what he says here," he wrote. "But great politicians on the morning after a big win, don't force their supporters to go around defending the candidate from the charge that he doesn't care about the poor. They just don't."

"Romney's 'I'm not concerned with the very poor' line may be the most idiotic thing a politician has ever said," The Weekly Standard's John McCormack tweeted.

RedState, whose bloggers have traditionally not been Romney fans, added their voices to the pile. According to co-founder Erick Erickson, Romney "played straight into the liberal caricature that Republicans don't have hearts." He added that "The issue here is not that Romney is right or wrong, but that he is handing choice sound bites to the Democrats to make him as unlikeable as he made Newt Gingrich."

Still others were upset with Romney's apparently sanguine take on the current state of entitlement spending on the poor.

"The subtext of Romney's comment is actually worse - that the safety net is the only answer the poor need," conservative blogger Ben Domenech tweeted.

As Romney moves closer the nomination, there's increasing anxiety on the right that Democrats have found his weak spot by trying to brand him as a callous "Gordon Gekko," fears that are further stoked by Romney's cratering favorability ratings with independents. Could this be Newt's opening to keep up his assault on Romney's Bain Capital days and his tax returns?

Today was supposed to be the day Gov. Mitt Romney basked in the glow of his double digit win in the Florida Primary. Unfortunately, Romney's penchant for telling everyone exactly how he feels about the poor got in the way.

Liberals and conservatives alike were astounded by a comment as tone-deaf as 'I'm not concerned about the very poor', but as Romney would say, 'thats just beanbags'. Er, politics.

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Updated 11:12 am ET, Thursday, February 2

It's not just Google's new privacy policy that has members of the U.S. House of Representatives on edge: Facial recognition technology -- such as that used by Facebook to provide photo-tagging suggestions -- is coming under increased scrutiny in Washington.

Lawmakers said as much in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Tuesday afternoon, calling upon the agency to "look further" into the technology.

"Currently, there are a number of companies that have implemented both facial recognition and facial detection technologies for the stated purpose of enhancing the user experience," wrote Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) and six other members of the House, in a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, "We are deeply concerned about how the use of these technologies impact the level of protection for consumer's [sic] personal information."

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The mayor who responded to a federal investigation into his town's alleged abuse of Latino residents by saying he might eat tacos for dinner is back for seconds.

After a reporter with the New Haven Register observed during a long interview with East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. that the sole minority member of an eight-member committee seeking to improve the police department was Puerto Rican (while most members of the town's growing Latino community are Ecuadorian), Maturo asked why anyone would have to choose "a certain type of Latino."

"If there's a certain type of Latino that I should have picked, well then let somebody write it down on paper," Maturo said, according to the newspaper. "'I want a 5-foot-2, I want a certain sex.' You tell me what you guys want. You want me to order it?"

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