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9:30 AM ET, March 8, 2012

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Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
THE VETTING: BEN SMITH RELEASES SELECTIVELY EDITED OBAMA RACE VIDEO  —  Earlier today, Buzzfeed's Ben Smith announced on Twitter that video researcher Andrew Kaczynski had released “the mysterious Harvard/Obama/race video that the Breitbart folks have been talking about.”
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Brett Smiley / New York Magazine:
Breitbart's Obama Video Is a Total Dud  —  That movie stunk.  —  Breitbart.com's explosive, blockbuster video that would expose Barack Obama as a radical commie who wasn't vetted by the media was almost entirely hype.  —  Breitbart.com's Editor-in-Chief Joel Pollak and Editor …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and TBogg
Andrew Golis / PBS:
The Story Behind the Obama Law School Speech Video  —  The web is abuzz today about video of a speech Barack Obama gave in 1990 (some reports have incorrectly identified the speech as occurring in 1991) at Harvard Law School defending the actions of Professor Derrick Bell.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
At Harvard, Obama Dived Into Diversity Fight
The Daily:
Obama adviser slams Romney for Limbaugh while planning to go on Maher  —  CHICAGO — While slamming Mitt Romney for not standing up to the “strident voices” on his side, a top Obama advisor is planning to spend some quality time with one on his own, The Daily has learned.
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Armed Forces Chairman Levin wants Limbaugh dropped from military radio  —  The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Wednesday that he would “love” to see controversial conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh dropped from the Armed Forces Network.
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The ‘Respectable’ Punditocracy Joins The Rush Party
Eric Kleefeld / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Bachmann: ‘Health Care Dictator’ Could Decide How Many Babies You Can Have  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is warning that the Obama administration's contraception insurance mandate could put America on a slippery slope — to a totalitarian one-child policy.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Bachmann warns healthcare reform law could be used to limit family birth rates
Manu Raju / Politico:
Obama lobbying Dems over Keystone XL pipeline  —  President Barack Obama is intervening in a Senate fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline and personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction, according to several sources familiar with the talks.
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Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Obama makes southern truck stop and pushes for $1bn green tax credits
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Zandar / Angry Black Lady Chronicles:
Won't Be Long Now, Folks!  —  And the odds that we'll get to somebody dropping the ni-CLANG word on President Obama took a really big step forward today, along with bonus misogyny to boot.  They say a picture's worth a thousands words, and judging from the latest Mike Lester political cartoon from the Rome …
Mj Lee / Politico:
Joe the Plumber blows a gasket on CNN  —  Samuel Wurzelbacher, who on Thursday morning accused CNN of being like TMZ and trying to trap him with “gotcha questions,” explained to POLITICO immediately following the tense interview that he is “sick of the gossip and drama.”
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Party of Hate  —  Millions of Americans voted for Barack Obama in the hope that he would be a trailblazer who would conduct the presidency in a new way.  Well, he has: Obama has been the most divisive president in our modern history, unabashedly stirring up hate against not only his political enemies …
Discussion: The Mahablog and Whiskey Fire
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
The Influence Industry: Obama gives administration jobs to some big fundraisers  —  Big donors considering whether to work the phones raising money for President Obama's reelection campaign might consider the fate of his 2008 bundlers.  Many of them, it turns out, won plum jobs in his administration.
Associated Press:
Satellite images show Iran cleaning secret nuclear activity, sources say  —  Diplomat tells Associated Press alleged testing at site could indicate attempt to develop nuclear arms; other sources say images show vehicles at site, indicating crews trying to clean it of radioactive traces.
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Warns Apple, Publishers  —  Justice Department Threatens Lawsuits, Alleging Collusion Over E-Book Pricing  —  The Justice Department has warned Apple Inc. and five of the biggest U.S. publishers that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books, according to people familiar with the matter.
David Batty / Guardian:
Massive solar storm heading for Earth  —  Airlines and energy suppliers are on alert as the largest solar storm in five years threatens to disrupt flights and power lines  —  Airlines and energy suppliers are on alert as the largest solar storm in five years heads toward Earth, threatening to disrupt flights and power lines.
Discussion: The Last Tradition and Boing Boing
Jessica Winter / TIME Ideas:
Subject for Debate: Are Women People?  —  I've always assumed that women are fully autonomous human citizens—who vote, even!—but now I'm not so certain  —  From left: Catholic Bishop William Lori, the Rev. Matthew Harrison, Dr. Ben Mitchell, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik and Craig Mitchell …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hullabaloo
Blogger Bob / The TSA Blog:
Viral Video About Body Scanners  —  A video is making its way around the interwebs this morning from some guy claiming he figured out a way to beat our body scanners (imaging technology).  —  I watched the video and it is a crude attempt to allegedly show how to circumvent TSA screening procedures.
Discussion: Hot Air, Guardian and Campaign 2012
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New York Times:
Obama Campaign's Vast Effort to Re-Enlist '08 Supporters  —  CHICAGO — With a “chief scientist” specializing in consumer behavior, an “analytics department” monitoring voter trends, and a squad of dozens huddled at computer screens editing video or writing code, the sprawling office complex inside …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
msnbc.com:
Romney campaign says losing nomination would take ‘act of God’  —  By NBC's Garrett Haake and Jamie Novogrod  —  BOSTON — Mitt Romney's campaign gathered the national press corps in their campaign war room this morning to deliver a simple message: It would take an “act of God” …
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
One super PAC takes aim at incumbents of any party
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Charles Murray / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Reforms for the New Upper Class
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Gingrich Cancels Travel to Kansas, Zeros In on Alabama, Mississippi
Financial Times:
Asia defence spending to overtake Europe
Discussion: FP Passport and Via Meadia
Bloomberg:
Greece Readies Record Debt Swap With 60% Commitments
Discussion: Guardian
Karl / Hot Air:
Remedial constitutional education for Kos
 Earlier Items: 
National Review:
Conspiracy, Again  —  As Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio …
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and The Right Sphere
Elaine C. Kamarck / Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Not to Blame for the GOP's Primary Slog
Discussion: CNN
Adam Kealoha Causey / Florida Times Union:
Clay clerk accuses U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns of trying to buy him out of race
UltimaRatioReg / USNI Blog:
A Remarkable Man Has Stepped Into the Clearing; Captain Carroll LeFon USN (Ret.) 1960-2012
David Corn / MoJo Articles:
Mitt Romney's Zombie Problem
Discussion: Mother Jones, BuzzFeed and Slate