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Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Georgetown Student Sandra Fluke Responds To Being Called ‘Slut,’ ‘Prostitute’ By Limbaugh  —  On Thursday, MSNBC's Ed Schultz conducted an exclusive interview with Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, the woman whom Rush Limbaugh mocked on his radio show earlier that day.
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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
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.
Discussion: RedState and ECHIDNE of the snakes
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CBS News:
Democrats urge Boehner to “repudiate” comments by Limbaugh on contraception testimony
msnbc.com:
Limbaugh: Contraception advocate should post online sex videos
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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CNN:
Santorum lumps McCain, Dole, H.W. Bush into losing clan of GOP moderates
Discussion: The Hill
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney holds small lead in Washington
Discussion: Ballot Box, Guardian, GOP 12 and Shakesville
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Santorum: We Have a ‘Guerrilla Campaign’
Discussion: GOP 12, Washington Post, CNN and The Page
Nicholas Kamm / Rolling Stone:
Andrew Breitbart: Death of a Douche  —  So Andrew Breitbart is dead.  Here's what I have to say to that, and I'm sure Breitbart himself would have respected this reaction: Good!  F**k him.  I couldn't be happier that he's dead.  —  I say this in the nicest possible way.  I actually kind of liked Andrew Breitbart.
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Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Andrew Breitbart Talked Politics in L.A. Bar an Hour Before Dying (Exclusive)
Washington Examiner:
In politics fight, Breitbart knew culture is key
David Frum / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Breitbart, 1969-2012  —  Conservative activist Andrew …
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 …
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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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Democrat: Letting Bush tax rates expire could stop sequestered cuts
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Noam Scheiber / The Daily Beast:
In Second Term, What Will Obama Do About Bush Tax Cuts?
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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Gov. Martin O'Malley / The Huffington Post:
Dignity: Why I Signed Same-Sex Marriage into Maryland Law
Discussion: Washington Blade and LGBT|POV
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Santorum Loses His Cool During Interview With Cincinnati Radio Station Conversation with host Scott Sloan becomes a shouting match about birth control, before his cell phone drops the call.  —  Share on Facebook More on BuzzFeed Politics  —  YOUR REACTION?  —  MORE GREAT STUFF
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 …
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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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Schumer focuses on battle for the Senate, Scott Brown and contraception
Discussion: American Prospect
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 …
Bryan Marquard / Boston Globe:
James Q. Wilson, 80, co-author of ‘Broken Windows’ community policing strategy, died today  —  James Q. Wilson, a political scientist who coauthored the influential “Broken Windows” article in The Atlantic Monthly in 1982, which became a touchstone for the move toward community policing …
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.
Mj Lee / Reuters:
Sarah Palin rips GOP race: Petty, bickering  —  Sarah Palin says Republican voters are starting to get sick and tired of the “pettiness” and the “bickering” in the GOP presidential primary race.  —  “Alaskans whom I speak with, we're so tired of the pettiness within the GOP process,” …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Breitbart Friend Reveals To Hannity: Obama Harvard Tapes Will Be Out ‘In A Week Or Two’  —  On his program Thursday, Fox News' Sean Hannity spoke with Steve Bannon (producer of The Undefeated, among various other films) about a series of tapes Andrew Breitbart claimed to have about Barack Obama.
Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
Chad Griffin Named President of HRC  —  WASHINGTON — Chad Griffin, the Los Angeles-based political consultant whose central role in the Proposition 8 lawsuit turned him into a national LGBT rights figure, has been named president of the Human Rights Campaign.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Why Can't the Obama Administration Make Its Case Without Disseminating Hate?  —  Have we ever had an administration like Barack Obama's?  An administration that tries to benefit from pitting Americans against one another?  An administration that uses its billion-dollar slush fund …
Discussion: KochFacts.com and Booman Tribune
 
 
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