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11:55 AM ET, March 6, 2012

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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Axelrod: Romney gave ‘cowardly answer’ on Limbaugh controversy  —  Top Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod on Monday blasted Mitt Romney, accusing him of failing to appropriately criticize radio host Rush Limbaugh for his attacks on a college student who testified before Congress.
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Chris Carroll / Stars & Stripes:
Women vets want Limbaugh off of AFN
Nando Di Fino / Mediaite:
Don Imus On Rush Limbaugh: 'He's A Fat, Gutless, Pill-Popping Loser'
Mitt Romney / Washington Post:
How I would check Iran's nuclear ambition  —  Beginning Nov. 4, 1979 , dozens of U.S. diplomats were held hostage by Iranian Islamic revolutionaries for 444 days while America's feckless president, Jimmy Carter, fretted in the White House.  Running for the presidency against Carter the next year …
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Algemeiner.com:
Israel's Channel 2: U.S. Officials Believe Netanyahu Has Already Decided to Strike Iran  —  Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday.  Photo: Israel PM Office.  —  Channel 2 in Israel, sourcing a “senior American official” …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Republican Policies for Iran Differ Little From Obama's
David Giambusso / New Jersey Online:
U.S. Representative Donald Payne dead at 77  —  U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, the dean of New Jersey's congressional delegation, died after a months-long battle with colon cancer today, according to three sources close to the Payne family.  The longtime politician was 77.
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CNN:
New Jersey Rep. Payne dies
Discussion: Politico
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Holder Explains Threat That Would Call for Killing Without Trial  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. asserted on Monday that it is lawful for the government to kill American citizens if officials deem them to be operational leaders of Al Qaeda who are planning attacks …
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Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Holder: Constitution doesn't cover terrorists
The United States Department of Justice:
Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at Northwestern University School of Law
rt.com:
Leaked: Bin Laden not buried at sea, body moved on CIA plane to US  —  Osama bin Laden (Reuters / Stringer) … The body of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was not buried at sea, according to leaked emails of intelligence firm Stratfor, as revealed by WikiLeaks.
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Super Wednesday: GOP establishment lays down the law to the right  —  When the rooster crows on Super Wednesday, the insider establishment that runs the GOP will lay down the law to Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and all true conservatives: It is time to unite behind the candidate …
Discussion: CNN
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Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Infamous international hacking group LulzSec brought down by own leader  —  Hector Xavier Monsegur is “Sabu,” the unemployed, 28-year-old father of two who allegedly commanded the loosely organized international hacker team LulzSec.  —  Hector Xavier Monsegur is “Sabu,” …
Detroit Free Press:
Filmgoer takes stand on costly snacks, sues AMC Livonia theater  —  Rebecca Motley emerges from the AMC Star Southfield after seeing “Good Deeds” on Friday morning — and paying $11 for pop and popcorn on top of the $5 ticket.  “The prices are ridiculous,” she said.  / ERIC SEALS/Detroit Free Press
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Julia O'Malley / The News Tribune:
If Murkowski calls herself moderate, her votes should be too  —  Back from Washington, D.C., for the start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, Sen. Lisa Murkowski learned the hard way not to get between women and birth control.  She said she now regrets her support for a measure …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A Guide to Super Tuesday Possibilities  —  With only 10 states voting on Super Tuesday, it would be easy to dismiss it as a little wimpy compared to past years.  —  But nearly 20 percent of the delegates to the Republican convention will be chosen on Tuesday night — and the outcome …
Josh Putnam / Frontloading HQ:
Santorum Can't Get to 1144  —  ...and neither can Gingrich.  —  FHQ has been saying since our Very Rough Estimate of the delegate counts a couple of weeks ago that Romney is the only candidate who has a chance to get there.  But, of course, I have not yet shown my work.
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA ALLY WON'T RELEASE ALINSKY TAPE  —  Sources inform Breitbart.com today that Pam Dickler, director of the 1998 production of The Love Song of Saul Alinsky in Chicago that included a panel discussion featuring then-State Sen. Barack Obama, has a video tape of the play.  —  And she won't release it.
David Catanese / Politico:
Angus King entrance shakes up Maine Senate race  —  The independent Senate candidacy of former Maine Gov. Angus King is having a chilling effect on the potential bid of Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree.  —  King's Monday entry into the race for GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe's seat dramatically alters …
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CNN:
Angus King steps into Maine Senate race
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NBC's Chuck Todd on the geographic bias  —  In a recent conversation on matters mostly but not altogether unrelated, NBC News political director and White House correspondent Chuck Todd argued that the partisan nature of our national discourse is driven by geographic — rather than ideological — biases:
Discussion: American Prospect
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Why Paul Krugman Doesn't Like Us.  And Vice Versa.  —  Paul Krugman attacked me this morning, more or less out of the blue.  His attack-or attempted attack, anyway-consisted of a quote from a post I wrote in 2005, and a link to another post that I also wrote in 2005.  Mr. Krugman, apparently, is a man with a long memory.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Black Students Face More Discipline, Data Suggests  —  Black students, especially boys, face much harsher discipline in public schools than other students, according to new data from the Department of Education.  —  Although black students made up only 18 percent of those enrolled in the schools sampled …
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.
The College Politico:
Sandra Fluke, Gender Reassignment, and Health Insurance  —  Sandra Fluke is being sold by the left as something she's not.  Namely a random co-ed from Georgetown law who found herself mixed up in the latest front of the culture war who was simply looking to make sure needy women had access to birth control.
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Sandra Fluke Argued for Mandatory Coverage for Sex-Change Surgery
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
Fanning the Flames of Class Warfare  —  Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and served on the staffs of Representatives Jack Kemp and Ron Paul.  He is the author of “The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform - Why We Need It and What It Will Take.”
Bloomberg:
Bernanke Needs Some Bounce in His Tail: Stevenson and Wolfers  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is trying out a new communication strategy that has the potential to dramatically change the outlook for the economy.  The idea: By telling people more about its longer-term plans …
 
 
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Ed Anderson / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Sen. Mary Landrieu says she will seek a fourth term in 2014
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Hayride
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Cato Institute Caught in Rift Over Direction
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Finance:
Spain's sovereign thunderclap and the end of Merkel's Europe
John Bingham / Telegraph:
We must protect true meaning of marriage, says Roman Catholic leader
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman:
Not Again With The Pivot  —  Steve Pearlstein is a good guy …
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Ohio victory could seal the deal for Romney
Discussion: Ballot Box and Booman Tribune
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
AP survey: More optimism about US jobs and economy
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Chevy Volt dubbed Euro car of the year
Josh Lederman / The Hill:
Dem Reps. Kaptur and Kucinich face off in primary under presidential shadow
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Bloomberg:
Stocks Drop for Third Day on Slowing Economy; Copper, Spanish Bonds Fall