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7:30 PM ET, March 5, 2012

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Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh, AOL Part Ways … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  WASHINGTON — AOL, the parent company of The Huffington Post, has become the eighth advertiser to pull its money from Rush Limbaugh's syndicated radio program since he called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke …
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Nando Di Fino / Mediaite:
Don Imus On Rush Limbaugh: 'He's A Fat, Gutless, Pill-Popping Loser'  —  During Monday's news updates on Fox Business Network's Imus In The Morning, host Don Imus went off on Rush Limbaugh's weekend apology to Sandra Fluke, calling Limbaugh a “fat, gutless, pill-popping loser.”
Rush Limbaugh:
Why I Apologized to Sandra Fluke  —  RUSH: Yeah, I knew it was getting bad.  I was watching the media on Saturday, and I said, “You know what?  I gotta call myself and cancel and suspend the Two If By Tea advertising.”  So I called myself to cancel the advertising.
David Frum / CNN:
Are we being fair to Rush Limbaugh?  —  Editor's note: David Frum, a CNN contributor, is a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast.  He was a special assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002 and is the author of six books, including “Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again.”
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Welcome to total political war  —  And I'm not talking about the attempt to get advertisers to stop advertising on Rush Limbaugh's show, or Fox News, although that would be bad enough.  —  I'm talking about the second-tier of the warfare, the attempt to intimidate those removed …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Limbaugh and Birthers  —  On our Georgia, Ohio, and Tennessee Republican polls in addition to looking at the Presidential race we also polled on some of the issues that have been in the news over the last week: Rush Limbaugh and the reemergence of birtherism.
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Limbaugh Blames His Hate Speech on the Left (Of Course)  —  This is absolutely typical behavior for Rush Limbaugh, and you can now expect all the right wing blogs to start spouting the same talking point in unison: Limbaugh: “I Acted Too Much Like The Leftists Who Despise Me”.  —  Yes, he's blaming the left.
The Kim Komando Show:
A Statement from Kim Komando Regarding Rush Limbaugh
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Hoyer says Fluke should sue Limbaugh over ‘slut’ comments
Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh “Sincerely Apologize[s]” To Fluke For “Using Those Two Words To Describe Her”
Discussion: The Confluence
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Rush Limbaugh Explains His Apology To Sandra Fluke: ‘The Apology Was Heartfelt’
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh To Be Honored With Bust In Missouri Statehouse
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Rush On Degrading Comments About Women: 'I'm Not Going To Apologize.  People In My Position Never Apologize'
John Bresnahan / Politico:
White House to Congress Dems: Expect no money  —  President Barack Obama has a bleak message for House and Senate Democrats this year when it comes to campaign cash: You're on your own.  —  Democratic congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi …
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney In 2008 On Abandoning ‘National’ Mandate For Health Care Insurance: ‘No, No, I Like Mandates.’ … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Mitt Romney, Video, Health Care Mandates, Individual Mandate, National Mandates, Romney Mandate Health Care, Romney Mandates, Romney National Health Care, Politics News
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Quinnipiac University:
Romney Has Momentum In Ohio GOP Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; But Presidential Primary Too Close To Call  —  The Ohio Republican presidential primary remains too close to call, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has the momentum, and 34 percent of likely Republican primary voters …
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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC/WSJ poll: Primary season takes ‘corrosive’ toll on GOP and its candidates
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Ann Romney: 'I Don't Even Consider Myself Wealthy'  —  Apparently “Romneying” — defined as “accidentally bragging about your place high up in the economic stratosphere” — runs in the family.  —  His wife, Ann Romney, inexplicably talked about her wealth this afternoon during an interview on Fox News.
Daily Mail:
INDONESIA'S ‘COMPLEX’ ATTITUDE TO TRANSGENDERS  —  Indonesia's attitude toward transgenders is complex.  —  Nobody knows how many of them live in the sprawling nation of 240million, but activists estimate seven million.  —  Because Indonesia is home to more Muslims than any other country in the world …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
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Niniek Karmini / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Obama's transgender ex-nanny outcast
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Hello, and Goodbye (For Now)  —  This is a very strange post to write.  For the first time in over ten years, I'm taking a break from blogging to work on another project.  —  This is, frankly, terrifying.  I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that blogging has been the biggest influence over my life in the last ten years.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
David Flick / Dallas Morning News:
Barbara Bush bashes 2012 presidential hopefuls in first ladies conference  —  First Lady Laura Bush tells a story during a panel that was part of the conference “America's First Ladies: An Enduring Vision,” at SMU in Dallas, Monday, March 5, 2012.  —  The 2012 presidential campaign …
Andrew O'Reilly / Latino.FoxNews.com:
GOP Hopefuls Losing Ground to Obama Among Latinos, Poll Says  —  NEW YORK - Despite growing disappointment in his handling of immigration issues, Latino voters favor President Barack Obama by six-to-one over any of the Republican presidential hopefuls, showed a Fox News Latino poll conducted under …
Jonathon M. Seidl / TheBlaze.com:
LIBERAL RADIO HOST MOCKS STORM VICTIMS: ‘THEIR GOD...KEEPS SMASHING THEM INTO LITTLE GREASE SPOTS’  —  With all the talk of holding radio talk show hosts accountable lately, it's probably worth bringing you what liberal firebrand Mike Malloy said last week as storms ravaged the South.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
States of Depression  —  The economic news is looking better lately.  But after previous false starts — remember “green shoots”? — it would be foolish to assume that all is well.  And in any case, it's still a very slow economic recovery by historical standards.
Jonathan Riskind / Portland Press-Herald:
Source: King to run for Snowe's seat  —  MaineToday Media Washington Bureau Chief  —  WASHINGTON — Former Independent Gov. Angus King plans to announce tonight at Bowdoin College that he is going to run for the U.S. Senate, says a source familiar with King's plans.
Prashant Gopal / Bloomberg:
Boom-Era Property Speculators to Get Foreclosure Aid  —  The Obama administration will extend mortgage assistance for the first time to investors who bought multiple homes before the market imploded, helping some speculators who drove up prices and inflated the housing bubble.
Dahlia Lithwick / New Yorker:
EXTREME MAKEOVER  — BOOKS - MOVIES - ART - MUSIC - THE BOOK BENCH - PHOTO BOOTH - PETER SCHJELDAHL ON ART - TABLES FOR TWO - TABLE OF CONTENTS
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