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1:50 PM ET, March 9, 2012

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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
The real unemployment rate?  It sure isn't 8.3%  —  Even if it were a legit number, the 8.3% February unemployment rate, released today by the Labor Department, would be simply terrible - and unacceptable.  It would still extend the longest streak of 8%-plus unemployment since the Great Depression.
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Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Gains Another 227,000 Jobs  —  In yet another sign of a strengthening recovery, the United States added 227,000 net jobs in February, the third consecutive month of gains over 200,000.  The unemployment rate was unchanged from 8.3 percent in January, the Labor Department reported Friday …
Felix Salmon:
The employment recovery is real  —  I can't remember the last time there was this much excitement and anticipation surrounding a payrolls number — and it's another solid report.  There were 227,000 new jobs created in March, and the already-excellent numbers from the previous two months …
Ed Carson / Investor's Business Daily:
Jobs Recession Now 49 Months: Longest Since WWII
Calculated Risk:
February Employment Report: 227,000 Jobs, 8.3% Unemployment Rate
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Reaching Critical Mass  —  In one of the funnier, or scarier, videos I have seen recently, Breitbart.com's Editor-In-Chief Joel Pollak acquits himself well in a heated discussion with Soledad O'Brien of CNN about critical race theory.  A major point of contention revolved around the description of CRT:
Discussion: National Review, Mediaite and Hot Air
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Race-Baiting Continues  —  I've been holding off on writing something about the bizarre spectacle of the Derrick Bell “exposé” that has consumed the nuttier corners of the right in the last couple of days, simply because it's so weird and pathetic that I wasn't sure exactly how to talk about it beyond simple ridicule.
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
Derrick Bell in 1994: ‘Jewish Neoconservative Racists’
Jonathon M. Seidl / TheBlaze.com:
LIMBAUGH REJECTS COMPANY THAT SUSPENDED ADS FROM SHOW OVER FLUKE REMARKS  —  Rush Limbaugh has rejected an advertiser's apparent attempt to reunite with his show after the company initially dropped its ads from the program following his remarks about contraception advocate Sandra Fluke.
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Jenna Portnoy / New Jersey Online:
Former Navy SEAL booted from Gov. Christie town hall after heated exchange  —  FLORENCE TOWNSHIP — The most-heated town hall clash of the year started today with a shouting match, drove Gov. Chris Christie to call a vocal opponent to the proposed Rutgers Camden-Rowan merger an “idiot,” and ended with a stern talking-to by police.
Discussion: The Raw Story and BuzzFeed
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Washington Free Beacon:
Chris Christie Gets in Shouting Match With ‘Idiot’  —  WILLIAM BROWN: My question for you, governor, is please consider veteran students and [unclear] ike myself, here in South Jersey.  —  GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE: Here's what's going to happen.  Rutgers is going to merge with Rowan, and here's why …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Mediaite
Rasmussen Reports:
Alabama GOP Primary: Gingrich 30%, Santorum 29%, Romney 28%, Paul 7%  —  Alabama Republicans are up to bat next, and right now it's a near three-way tie going into next Tuesday's primary.  —  The first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters …
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Media Decoder:
New Republic Gets an Owner Steeped in New Media  —  The newest owner of The New Republic magazine is Chris Hughes, a new-media guru who co-founded Facebook and helped to run the online organizing machine for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.  —  Mr. Hughes's purchase of a majority stake …
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The New Republic:
Home News: A Letter to TNR Readers from Chris Hughes
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Ignorance Is Strength  —  One way in which Americans have always been exceptional has been in our support for education.  First we took the lead in universal primary education; then the “high school movement” made us the first nation to embrace widespread secondary education.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   With Wishes Of ‘Good Luck’ from Paul Krugman...
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Unchained Woman  —  What used to be a normal family life is now available only to the affluent.  —  Susanna Mancini, a 27-year-old lawyer, sent her boyfriend a photo of herself wearing a swimsuit and sunglasses.  “Too bad you can't see my eyes,” she wrote him.  “I am so proud of my tough yuppie stare!”
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Government-subsidized green light bulb carries costly price tag  —  The U.S. government last year announced a $10 million award, dubbed the “L Prize,” for any manufacturer that could create a “green” but affordable light bulb.  —  Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the prize would spur industry …
ABCNEWS:
An American Auto Bailout for France?  —  Attention U.S. taxpayers: You now own a piece of a French car company that is drowning in red ink.  —  That's right.  In a move little noticed outside of the business pages, General Motors last week bought more than $400 million in shares of PSA Peugeot Citroen …
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
I refuse to go to the Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner - no one should go  —  Another pig....and a media association has hired the pig, Louis C.K., to be their headliner for the big media dinner?  Really?  I am not going.  I refuse to go.  Everyone in the media should join me in this boycott.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney official: Winning Alabama would ‘end this process’  —  An official with Mitt Romney's presidential campaign told supporters in an email that the former Massachusetts governor is within 1 point of victory in Alabama and can “end this process” by winning the state on Tuesday.
Discussion: The Page
Robert Pear / New York Times:
White House Works to Shape Debate Over Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — The White House has begun an aggressive campaign to use approaching Supreme Court arguments on the new health care law as a moment to build support for the measure seen as President Obama's signature legislative achievement …
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg:
About Virginia Postrel  —  Virginia Postrel writes about commerce and culture, innovation, economics and public policy.  Shes the author of “The Future and Its Enemies” and “The Substance of Style,” and is writing a book on glamour.  —  Fight Birth-Control Battle Over the Counter: Virginia Postrel
Discussion: Hit & Run and Althouse
Paul Werdel / Talking Points Memo:
Breakfast Is Ready  —  Who says Mitt Romney can't appeal to southern voters.  —  The man likes grits, and he'll tell you so.  —  Video below the jump.  —  Paul Werdel  —  Paul Werdel is an Associate Editor at TPM.  Before joining TPM he was a News Editor with Al Jazeera English, and before that a Producer with BBC News.
Discussion: Mediaite
Mike Riggs / Hit & Run:
The Southern Poverty Law Center Is Now Writing About Pickup Artists as Hate Groups  —  The Southern Poverty Law Center, founded in 1971 as a civil rights law firm, has released its latest “Intelligence Report” on hate groups in the United States.  This year's report contains a new category: the Manosphere.
Discussion: Business Insider
 
 
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Colin Pope / bizjournals:
Apple to build $304M campus, hire 3,600 in Austin
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Director of Obama ad couldn't find negative to put in ‘documentary’
Discussion: CNN
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Boehner tries to keep budget from becoming an election year issue
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Levy Explains Cato's Counter-Offer and Timeline
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren's Star Support Criticized
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Obama super-PAC head: Maher remarks ‘vulgar,’ but not comparable to Limbaugh
Yossi Verter / Haaretz:
Haaretz poll: Most of the public opposes an Israeli strike on Iran
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Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
O'Reilly: Former Obama adviser Anita Dunn's PR firm representing Sandra Fluke
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Energy Sec. Chu doesn't own car, but his wife drives BMW gas-guzzler
Discussion: Don Surber
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
U.S. adds Vatican to money-laundering ‘concern’ list
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Tea Party senators unveil five-year plan to balance the budget
Wall Street Journal:
MF Global Still Set to Pay Bonuses
Discussion: msnbc.com
Rusty Weiss / Accuracy in Media:
Scandal at The Washington Post: Fraud, Lobbying & Insider Trading
Discussion: The Other McCain
John Celock / The Huffington Post:
Kansas Abortion Bill Could Raise Taxes On Women Seeking Procedure (UPDATE)
John McCain / CNN:
‘Game Change’ actors dish on Palin, portrayals and politics
Discussion: Politico