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9:35 PM ET, March 8, 2012

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Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Rush Limbaugh's show targets jerks, judging from the latest ads  —  Advertisers learned something about Rush Limbaugh's demographic this week.  —  “Here we thought lots of pleasant, upstanding people were listening to and enjoying the rational things Rush had to say,” dozens of companies said.
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Media Matters for America:
Rush Limbaugh Closes First Hour With Dead Air  —  Rush Limbaugh closed the first hour of his radio show on his flagship station, WABC, with 1:03 of dead air Monday.  —  From WABC's online feed of the final commercial break of the first hour:  —  While advertisers have fled Limbaugh's show since …
The Atlantic Wire:
Rush Scrubs ‘Slut’ Comment, Demand for Fluke Sex Tapes  —  RushLimbaugh.com appears to have removed parts of his radio transcripts from February 29 and March 1 in which he called Sandra Fluke a “slut” and demanded a sex tape as a thank you to taxpayers for subsidizing her birth control.
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Charles C. Johnson / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA FORCED HIS STUDENTS TO READ BELL AT UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LAW SCHOOL  —  Barack Obama made his own students at the University of Chicago Law School read some of Derrick Bell's most radical and racially inflammatory writings.  —  In 1994, Barack Obama taught a course at the University …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Would Santorum Do Without Gingrich?  —  One of the reasons to be skeptical that Rick Santorum could win the Republican nomination is that we now have a pretty good idea of how the vote will play out from state to state — and the coalition that he is building seems short of a majority.
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Mitt Romney's media charm offensive
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos, Guardian and Reuters
George Talbot / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
New poll shows Rick Santorum leading in Alabama GOP primary
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Bob Dole: Romney Must Answer for Health Care Mandates
Discussion: Politico
Pinecone / rebelpundit:
Was Soledad O'Brien Bailed Out by Producers on Critical Race Theory Definition?  —  CNN's Soledad O'Brien's venomously sarcastic interview with Breitbart.com editor-in-chief Joel Pollak culminated with her throwing out her definition of “Critical Race Theory” in the heat of her interview over the Obama/Bell Tapes released last night.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: CNN beclowns itself painting Breitbart editor-in-chief as racist  —  Soledad O'Brien and her CNN panel manage to stumble into Contessa Brewer territory in this appearance by attempting to paint Breitbart.com editor-in-chief Joel Pollak as a racist for making a point about Barack Obama's support …
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Pat Robertson Says Marijuana Use Should be Legal  —  Of the many roles Pat Robertson has assumed over his five-decade-long career as an evangelical leader — including presidential candidate and provocative voice of the right wing — his newest guise may perhaps surprise his followers the most: marijuana legalization advocate.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Senate rejects GOP measure to construct Keystone pipeline, 56-42  —  The Senate has rejected a GOP plan to approve construction of the Keystone oil pipeline after President Obama made personal calls to Democrats urging them to oppose it.  —  The 56-42 vote staves of an election-year rebuke of Obama …
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Erica Martinsonand Dan Berman / Politico:
Senate sends message to Obama on Keystone
Discussion: CNN, The PJ Tatler and ThinkProgress
Manu Raju / Politico:
Obama lobbying Dems over Keystone XL pipeline
New York Post:
US offered Israel advanced weaponry in exchange for delaying Iran attack: report  —  WASHINGTON — The US offered to give Israel advanced weaponry — including bunker-busting bombs and refueling planes — in exchange for Israel's agreement not to attack Iranian nuclear sites, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported Thursday.
The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
U.S. Unemployment Up in February  —  Underemployment is 19.1%, up from 18.7% in January  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, increased to 9.1% in February from 8.6% in January and 8.5% in December.  —  The .5-percentage-point increase …
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Rush Limbaugh's Advertisers, March 8  —  At least 50 advertisers have reportedly dropped their ads from Rush Limbaugh's radio show in the wake of his misogynistic attacks on Sandra Fluke.  —  Here are his March 8 advertisers, in the order they appeared on WABC, the flagship station for Limbaugh's show.
Cincinnati.com:
William Smith, the invisible candidate  —  William R. Smith is the invisible candidate.  —  No one has seen him; no one has heard him speak.  Outside of his home county of Pike, there is probably no Democrat who could recognize him on sight.  —  Tuesday, the Waverly resident won …
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Deirdre Shesgreen / Politics Extra:
Mystery group made calls for mystery candidate in 2nd District
Discussion: Wonkette
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mitt: Pay for Your Own Damn College!  —  And get off my lawn while you're at it.  —  Earlier this week, a pretty interesting and telling exchange took place at a Mitt Romney town hall meeting.  A student asked Romney what he would do to make college more affordable for students who struggle to pay for it.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Firedoglake
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.”
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
‘Joe the Plumber’: Homophobia questions are ‘gotcha’
Ezra Klein:
How a $1,000 test could destroy the health-insurance industry  —  The New York Times reports that the cost of sequencing an individual genome will soon be less than $1,000.  That's not nothing, but given what most health care costs, it's not much.  And it means that an individual mandate — or something much like it — is inevitable.
Bill Bumpas / OneNewsNow.com:
OMM done with JC Penney  —  The leader of a pro-family advocacy group says only time will tell whether JC Penney's decision to have a high-profile homosexual entertainer as its spokesperson was a good business decision.  —  Despite opposition from the American Family Association's advocacy …
Ann Friedman / Ann Friedman's RSS:
International Slutty Women's Day: A Story in GIFs  —  The year was 2012.  Women were basically just hanging out.  —  You know, doing lady stuff.  —  We'd gotten used to the fact that, for decades, people have been trying to tell us what to do.  —  That we should pay attention …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Dogging Mitt Romney  —  I don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but Mitt Romney once drove to Canada with the family Irish setter on the roof of the car.  —  Seamus, the dog-on-the-roof, has become a kind of political icon.  You cannot go anywhere without running into him.
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Middle School Teacher Is Placed On Leave After Students Discover Her Porn Past  —  A California middle school teacher has been placed on leave after administrators learned from students that the educator appears in porn videos available online.  —  Stacie Halas, a 31-year-old science teacher …
Ezra Klein / New York Review of Books:
Our Corrupt Politics: It's Not All Money  —  Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption from America's Most Notorious Lobbyist  —  WND, 303 pp., $25.95  —  Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It  —  Twelve, 317 pp., $26.99
Stephen D. Foster Jr / Addicting Info:
Arizona Senate Passes Bill Allowing Doctors To Not Inform Women Of Prenatal Issues To Prevent Abortions  —  It's called a “wrongful birth” bill and it's all about preventing women from having an abortion, even if it kills them.  The Arizona Senate passed a bill this week that gives doctors …
Dan Springer / Fox News:
Wind farms in Pacific Northwest paid to not produce  —  Wind farms in the Pacific Northwest — built with government subsidies and maintained with tax credits for every megawatt produced — are now getting paid to shut down as the federal agency charged with managing the region's electricity grid …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Did Health-Care Reform Cost Democrats the House?  —  House Democrats march to their doom.  —  Some of my favorite bloggy political scientists have a new paper out about the political effects of health-care reform.  The paper argues, “health care reform may have cost Democrats their House majority.”
Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Baby's Death Renews Debate Over a Circumcision Ritual  —  Prosecutors are investigating the death of a newborn boy who died in September after contracting herpes through a controversial practice of ritual circumcision, reviving a debate in New York over safety and religious freedom.
Discussion: Gothamist
CBS Minnesota:
Gas Prices Now A Big Factor In Presidential Election  —  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It might be one of the biggest issues in the upcoming presidential election.  Last night, CBS News exit polls found 77 percent of those voting in seven Super Tuesday states say rising gas prices were an important factor in their vote.
 
 
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Joe Sudbay / The Huffington Post:
Mr. President, It's Been 500 Days... Evolve Already!
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Poll Finds Americans Reject Republican Assault On Unions
Jonathan Weisman / The Caucus:
Senate Democrats Ask I.R.S. for More Scrutiny of Nonprofit Political Groups
Discussion: New York Times
George Bennett / Post on Politics:
From Penthouse publisher to U.S. House candidate? Boca's Marc Bell considers campaign
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Sarah Devlin / Mediaite:
Bill O'Reilly Talks Viagra, Gas Prices And Mitt Romney's Hair On The View
Emily Heinz / The Huffington Post:
Richard Codey, Former N.J. Governor, Disguises Self As Homeless To Expose System Shortcomings
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Reuters:
Four more generals defect from Syrian army: rebels
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Govt. sets record deficit in February
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