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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.
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.
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CBS News:
Democrats urge Boehner to “repudiate” comments by Limbaugh on contraception testimony
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  —  Pasco, Washington (CNN) - Rick Santorum continued to cast himself as a scrappy fighter against a mighty Republican “establishment” late Thursday - even lumping together former presidents and former presidential hopefuls …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney holds small lead in Washington
Discussion: Ballot Box, GOP 12 and Shakesville
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Santorum: We Have a ‘Guerrilla Campaign’
Discussion: GOP 12, Washington Post, CNN and The Page
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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Gov. Martin O'Malley / The Huffington Post:
Dignity: Why I Signed Same-Sex Marriage into Maryland Law
Discussion: Washington Blade and LGBT|POV
Annie Linskey / Baltimore Sun:
O'Malley signs same-sex marriage bill
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Michigan Liberal
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 …
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Nicholas Kamm / Rolling Stone:
Andrew Breitbart: Death of a Douche
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Andrew Breitbart Talked Politics in L.A. Bar an Hour Before Dying (Exclusive)
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?
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.
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msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: It's good to be the incumbent president
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
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
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 and CNN
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.
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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The Kochs vs. Cato
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Harry Reid hits the trifecta: Hello, Bob Kerrey; farewell, Olympia Snowe; goodbye, Senate GOP war against women
Discussion: CNN
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Sarah Palin rips GOP race: Petty, bickering
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Here are the women  —  By Sandra Fluke, former president …
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