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Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

* MSNBC’s Mark Murray does a demolition job on Mitt Romney’s (left for dead but now resurrected) claim that Obama made things “worse.”

* The DNC rushes out a new Web video featuring Romney’s ongoing struggle to reconcile the claim that Obama made things “worse” with his acknowledgment that things are getting better:

Note the chart at the end. Obama is still very vulnerable on the economy, and his story is a tough one to tell. But Dems will use visuals such as that one to try to drive home what happened as clearly as possible.

* This is an interesting concession about today’s jobs report, given that it’s coming from Greg Mankiw, an economic adviser to Romney:

“President Obama’s probability of being reelected rose by about 2 percentage points.”

* Steve Benen’s Friday roundup of Romney’s most ostentatious falsehoods of the week.

* Steve Kornacki flags a great Romney quote about doing nothing on the foreclosure crisis, and shows how this illuminates his overall strategy — and why it will run aground if the economy continues to recover:

It’s a simple game plan: Take whatever issue is on the table, connect it to the economy, and blame Obama for not fixing it. Rinse and repeat...But if the president is presiding over an economy that voters believe is improving, the magic vanishes.

* Obama seizes on the good jobs report to prod Congress: “Don’t slow down the economic recovery we’re on. Do not muck it up. Keep it moving in the right direction.”

Key takeaway: Good jobs numbers will only encourage the Obama team to continue running against Congress. The recovery is still fragile, and could very well be undermined by more misguided austerity.

* Republicans are trying to renege on the supercommittee’s triggered defense cuts, and Brian Beutler explains the larger significance — Dems will demand the GOP agree to deficit-reducing tax hikes in exchange:

This will be a huge piece of the defining election year fight on Capitol Hill — one that will test Democrats’ will to break the GOP’s anti-tax absolutism, and thus weigh heavily on the broader fight between the parties over the future of the social safety net.

* AFSCME launches a new “Razing Arizona” Web site to combat Governor Jan Brewer’s newly-launched effort to roll back public employee bargaining rights.

Given how polarizing a national figure she is — and given that labor just suffered a tough loss in Indiana — this one could be epic.

* Eric Schneiderman gears up, filing a lawsuit for mortgage fraud, and Joan McCarter explains why it’s “as strong a shot across the bow of continuing fraudulent foreclosures by big banks as you could hope for.”

* As David Dayen notes, we won’t know whether Komen actually reversed itself until it accepts Planned Parenthood’s grant requests next year, meaning this fight very well may not be over.

* But Planned Parenthood is encouraged, and says it’s taking Komen at its word that it will evaluate future grant requests with no eye towards politics.

* Judd Legum reports that as Komen struggled to respond to the P.R. crisis, it consulted none other than Ari Fleischer.

* And the right’s idea that the bullying and “gangsterism”in this whole affair came from the Planned Parenthood side really is beyond daft.

What else?

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