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Igor Bobic

Igor Bobic is the assistant editor of Talking Points Memo, helping oversee the site's coverage of politics and policy in Washington. While originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor feels best at home on the beaches of Southern California. He can be reached at igor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Washington Post's Erik Wemple reports:

 

On Super Bowl Sunday, Roland Martin of CNN issued some homophobic tweets that got him in trouble with gay organizations and this blog. CNN stayed silent on the matter, until just moments ago, when it issued this statement:

 

“Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive. Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being.”

Following California 9th Circuit Court of Appeals court's decision finding Proposition 8, the ban against same sex marriage, unconstitutional, Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich immediatelly tweeted that the opinion was "another example of an out of control judiciary."

 

 

Michele Bachmann is still lamenting her failed presidential run, saying she was in fact the best person qualified to carry the conservative mantle.

From an interview with Bloomberg TV's Al Hunt:

 

HUNT: You are remaining above the fray. But you sat in, in almost a dozen debates with these people. You have a feel for them. Let me ask you this. Who is the more conservative of these four candidates left?
BACHMANN: I was. I was the perfect candidate.

In a tweet this morning, Romney thanked real estate mogul and prominent birther Donald Trump for his endorsement.

Trump had already claimed credit for Romney's victory in an interview on Fox News Channel.

The endorsement last week came after a day of confusion about whether the reality TV star would endorse Newt Gingrich instead. In the end, he put his clout behind Romney, though Democrats were quick to crow that the support of the increasinly unpopular Trump might actually hurt him in a general election.

The White House has just released a statement containing President Obama's order containing new sanctions upon the government of Iran, blocking Iranian property and Iranian financial institutions. Here's an excerpt from that order:

 

I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of
America, in order to take additional steps with respect to
the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957 of
March 15, 1995, particularly in light of the deceptive
practices of the Central Bank of Iran and other Iranian
banks to conceal transactions of sanctioned parties, the
deficiencies in Iran's anti-money laundering regime and the
weaknesses in its implementation, and the continuing and
unacceptable risk posed to the international financial
system by Iran's activities, hereby order:

Section 1. (a) All property and interests in
property of the Government of Iran, including the Central
Bank of Iran, that are in the United States, that hereafter
come within the United States, or that are or hereafter
come within the possession or control of any United States
person, including any foreign branch, are blocked and may
not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise
dealt in.

The new poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News out this morning has also found that President Obama's approval rating stands at 50% - the highest since the death of Osama bin Laden back in May. His disapproval, on the other hand, is at 46%

 

 

By a more than two to one margin, Americans say that the more they learn about Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, the more they dislike him, per a new Washington Post / ABC poll:

 

Overall, 55 percent of those who are closely following the campaign say they disapprove of what the GOP candidates have been saying. By better than 2 to 1, Americans say the more they learn about Romney, the less they like him. Even among Republicans, as many offer negative as positive assessments of him on this question. Judgments about former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who denounced Romney on Saturday night in Nevada, are about 3 to 1 negative.

Newt Gingrich held a somewhat unusual press conference after the Nevada Caucuses on Saturday night - usually candidates address supporters in a speech. Instead, Gingrich faced reporters, attacking the media for portraying him as finished, and Mitt Romney for being a "Massachussets moderate."

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Coming off a resounding and expected victory in the Nevada Caucuses, Mitt Romney went straight for President Obama in his victory speech on Saturday night.

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