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Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh Advertiser Sleep Train Pulls Commercials In Wake Of Sandra Fluke ‘Slut’ Firestorm … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Rush Limbaugh, Rush Limbaugh Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh Sandra Fluke Slut, Rush Limbaugh Sleep Train, Sleep Train, Sleep Train Rush Limbaugh, Slidepollajax, Media News
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
John Boehner: Rush Limbaugh ‘slut’ remark ‘inappropriate’  —  Speaker John Boehner on Friday denounced radio host Rush Limbaugh's “slut” remarks aimed at Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke, but the Ohio Republican also jabbed at Democrats who have been fundraising off the fracas.
Michael O'Brien / msnbc.com:
President Obama calls Georgetown student Fluke  —  The Georgetown University law student reacts to Rush Limbaugh's comments and reveals that President Barack Obama called her offering encouragement, support and thanking her for speaking out for women's rights.  —  By Michael O'Brien, msnbc.com
Tim Mak / Politico:
Carly Fiorina: Limbaugh ‘insulting’  —  Carly Fiorina, National Republican Senatorial Committee Vice-Chairman, on Friday condemned Rush Limbaugh for calling college student Sandra Fluke a “slut.”  —  “That language is insulting, in my opinion.  It's incendiary and most of all, it's a distraction.
Mj Lee / Politico:
Obama calls Sandra Fluke, student dissed by Rush Limbaugh  —  President Barack Obama on Friday phoned the Georgetown University law student who was called a “slut” by Rush Limbaugh to find out if she's OK.  —  “He encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns …
Rush Limbaugh:
Left Freaks Out Over My Fluke Remarks  —  RUSH: Oh, yeah, I'm gonna deal with this.  I'm gonna deal with it.  I think this is hilarious.  Absolutely hilarious.  The left has been thrown into an outright conniption fit!  This is “phony soldiers” times ten. Oh, ten times worse than phony soldiers.
Michelle Malkin:
Sandra Fluke is not a “slut.”  She's a femme-agogue tool; DCCC, Emily's list fund-raise off of Rush  —  The Soros monkeys and assorted progressive agitators are using conservative radio giant Rush Limbaugh to raise money again.  —  This just came in my in-box:
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Culture War Update: Obama Joins the Fray Sparked by Rush Limbaugh  —  Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh today mocked President Obama for supporting a Georgetown law student who testified to Congress that birth control should be covered by health insurance, drawing out the culture war …
Just a Grunt / Jammie Wearing Fools:
Sandra Fluke's Appearance Is No Fluke
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
John Boehner / CNN:
TRENDING: First on CNN: Boehner hits Limbaugh's comments as ‘inappropriate’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Obama to Iran and Israel: 'As President of the United States, I Don't Bluff'  —  Dismissing a strategy of “containment” as unworkable, the president tells me it's “unacceptable” for the Islamic Republic of Iran to have a nuclear weapon.  —  At the White House on Monday …
Thomas Schaller / Salon:
Same sex, opposite impact  —  Marriage equality always seemed a losing issue for the left.  That's all changed.  Just ask Ken Mehlman  —  Rep. Anne Kaiser, D-Montgomery, an openly gay member of the Maryland General Assembly, holds Natalie Vincent, 10 months, the daughter of a member …
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Ken Mehlman's Regrets
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Gov. Martin O'Malley / The Huffington Post:
Dignity: Why I Signed Same-Sex Marriage into Maryland Law
Discussion: Washington Blade and LGBT|POV
Quinnipiac University:
Ohio GOP Race Going Down To The Wire, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Santorum At 35% To Romney's 31%  —  The Republican presidential face-off in Ohio is too close to call as former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has 35 percent of likely Republican primary voters to former Massachusetts …
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Bob Dole / CNN:
Santorum lumps McCain, Dole, H.W. Bush into losing clan of GOP moderates
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Four Fiscal Phonies  —  Mitt Romney is very concerned about budget deficits.  Or at least that's what he says; he likes to warn that President Obama's deficits are leading us toward a “Greece-style collapse.”  —  So why is Mr. Romney offering a budget proposal that would lead to much larger debt …
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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Why Obama might raise taxes on the middle class if he's reelected
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
Noam Scheiber / The Daily Beast:
In Second Term, What Will Obama Do About Bush Tax Cuts?
Discussion: Economist's View
Tim Mak / Politico:
George Will: Take Congress, not White House  —  Columnist George Will says the 2012 presidential race looks like it might be a lost cause for Republicans and believes that the primary goal of conservatives should be to retain control of the House and win the Senate so Congress …
Matt Labash / Weekly Standard:
Breitbart's Last Laugh  —  I woke up this morning to about ten emails from journalist friends asking if our mutual friend, Andrew Breitbart, was really dead.  “Really” was the operative word.  Some meant it in the traditional sense: Is it possible for the human inferno that Breitbart resembled …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Jon Huntsman Dropped From RNC Event For “Third Party” Call  —  Will this teach him a lesson?  Or push him toward a third-party bid?  —  Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman departs the stage after announcing the suspension of his 2012 presidential bid in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, January 16, 2012.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Business Insider
ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: In '02 Romney Touted D.C. Connections, Federal Funds  —  In a long-forgotten tape from the 2002 Massachusetts governor's race obtained by ABC News, Mitt Romney is seen touting his Washington connections and his ability to get millions of taxpayer dollars from the federal government.
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Harry Reid hits the trifecta: Hello, Bob Kerrey; farewell, Olympia Snowe; goodbye, Senate GOP war against women  —  It was a banner week for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who is brilliantly leading the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Discussion: CNN
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Mark Stiemann / The Behavioral Economy:
Gallup's Unadjusted Unemployment Data Suggest Increase in BLS Adjusted Figure  —  Gallup finds U.S. unemployment, as measured without seasonal adjustment, to be 9.1% in February, based on almost 30,000 interviews with a random sample of Americans.  When Gallup applies the .5-percentage-point …
Russell Berman / Ballot Box:
Top Dem on House Approps committee announces retirement  —  Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, will retire at the end of 2012, he announced Friday.  —  Dicks, who was in line to chair the powerful appropriations panel if Democrats won control of the House …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The PJ Tatler
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
John Kerry Doesn't Think He's Anything Like Mitt Romney  —  Rejects the premise that he and another wealthy politician from Massachusetts might have had similar difficulties in their presidential bids.  —  (Getty Images / Win McNamee)  —  Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts rejected …
Discussion: GOP 12
Michael Georgy / Reuters:
Anti-U.S. emotions run high at Afghan dogfighting ring  —  (Reuters) - Protests over the burning of Korans at a NATO base may have faded but some Afghans are still venting their rage over the incident — at a bloody Kabul dogfighting ring.  —  If emotions here are any indication …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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