What everyone’s talking about:
After Rick Sanatorum’s three-state sweep on Tuesday in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, the GOP presidential candidate told CNN: “We definitely are the campaign right now with the momentum" and have the "enthusiasm on the ground.” Santorum’s wins meant a big loss for Mitt Romney. Our political producer Rebecca Sinderbrand breaks down his bad night on Tuesday, and explains why he wasn’t the biggest loser.
Also in election news, President Obama seems to be flip-flopping when it comes to his opposition of Super PACs. The president who once said the organizations are “a threat to our democracy,” is now encouraging donations to a super PAC supporting his re-election. We’re Keeping him Honest.
A federal appeals court in California ruled against Prop 8, California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. And a little further north in Washington state, legislators voted 55-43 in the House and 38-21 in the Senate (last week) in favor of a bill that legalizes same-sex marriage. Dem. Governor Chris Gregoire commented: “With today's vote, we tell the nation that Washington state will no longer deny our citizens the opportunity to marry the person they love...We tell every child of same-sex couples that their family is every bit as equal and important as all other families in our state.” The law will go into effect in June, unless it’s put on the November 2012 ballot.
The bloodshed continues in Syria. An opposition group reports at least 137 people were killed on Thursday. We’ve been covering this story all week and have been trying our best to speak with people inside Syria, even though lines of communications are hard to come by. We spoke with BBC Correspondent Paul Wood who snuck out of Homs on Wednesday and sums the situation up in one word: “despair.” His words are echoed by Zaidoun, a Syrian activist, who said “it’s too much” and that children are hungry. We also talked to Abu Abdo, a Syrian activist in Homs, who said: “We will all die in Syria.” Anderson will speak with Abu Abdo tonight as he’s trying to smuggle medical supplies into Homs from Aleppo. Tune in at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET.
The Mississippi Supreme Court heard arguments today about the legality of former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour’s pardons. Attorney General Jim Hood challenged Barbour’s pardons, saying they are unconstitutional because a majority of the individuals didn’t give the required notice to the public. Tune in tonight for details about the case. Anderson is talking again with a victim’s family members; they are outraged that the pardons freed convicted murderers.
A look ahead:
For real-time coverage of the Maine caucus on Saturday, watch the political team on CNN.
Valentine’s Day is coming up next week, and what better way to romance the object of your affection than with three of the weirdest Valentine’s apps?
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