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11:00 AM ET, March 9, 2012

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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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Myrddin / US Politics:
Limbaugh down to 1 paid advertiser in NYC; 90 percent of ads today were free PSAs  —  Rush Limbaugh is in trouble.  Two days ago he didn't have a single unpaid public service announcement on his flagship show on WABC in NYC.  Yesterday, 56% of his ads in NYC were unpaid PSAs.
Dale Kasler / Sacramento Bee:
Limbaugh rebuffs attempt by Sleep Train to get him back
Discussion: The Last Tradition and Instapundit
Media Matters for America:
Rush Limbaugh Closes First Hour With Dead Air
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Rush Limbaugh's Advertisers, March 8
Discussion: Daily Kos and US Politics
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
U.S. Extends Its Run of Strong Job Growth Another Month  —  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 …
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Jobless Rate Flat at 8.3% Even as Payrolls Grow 227,000  —  The slow melt-up in employment continued during February as the economy added 227,000 new jobs while the unemployment rate held flat at 8.3 percent.  —  With warm weather helping to spur activity and as the European sovereign debt crisis receded …
Felix Salmon:
The employment recovery is real
Alex Kowalski / Bloomberg:
Payrolls in U.S. Climb 227,000; Jobless Rate Holds at 8.3%
Calculated Risk:
February Employment Report: 227,000 Jobs, 8.3% Unemployment Rate
Discussion: Firedoglake, ThinkProgress and ABCNEWS
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  —  To the Readers of The New Republic:  —  Nearly 100 years ago, the founding editors of The New Republic wrote these words to introduce their inaugural issue: … A century later, people are once again skeptical that quality journalism can flourish.
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.
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!”
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.
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 …
Rusty Weiss / Accuracy in Media:
Scandal at The Washington Post: Fraud, Lobbying & Insider Trading  —  In the summer of 2010, business columnist for The Washington Post Steven Pearlstein lifted the veil on the little-known company operating procedure that involves an incestuous relationship between his own employer …
Discussion: The Other McCain
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and americanthinker.com
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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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
Rob Richie / The Huffington Post:
Six Surprising Takes on The GOP Nomination Contest  —  I direct FairVote, a nonpartisan research and advocacy organization known for its innovative analysis and state and local successes in advancing electoral reforms like instant runoff voting, the National Popular Vote plan …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Santorum calls Romney ‘serially’ untruthful on his healthcare record  —  Rick Santorum accused Mitt Romney of being “serially” untruthful by “deliberately” misrepresenting his record on healthcare.  —  “What I'd like to talk about, which is offensive, is Gov. Romney out there for almost …
Discussion: CNN
John McCain / CNN:
‘Game Change’ actors dish on Palin, portrayals and politics  —  Washington (CNN) - Actress Julianne Moore, who portrays former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in the HBO movie “Game Change,” said she was surprised to learn how disorganized the McCain-Palin campaign was in 2008.
Discussion: Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Tea Party senators unveil five-year plan to balance the budget  —  Members of the Senate Tea Party Caucus on Thursday announed a plan to balance the budget in five years, cutting spending by nearly $11 trillion compared to President Obama's budget.  —  The plan, dubbed “A Platform to Revitalize America …
BuzzFeed:
Romney Calls Southern Primaries “An Away Game”  —  Lowering expectations for a rough stretch, he tells an Alabama radio station he hopes to pick up delegates in Birmingham — even if he can't win the state.  —  Mitt Romney admitted Thursday that he might not be the most natural fit …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Kos
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
A Not-Quite Confirmation of a Memo Approving Killing  —  WASHINGTON — For months, the Obama administration has refused to confirm or deny the existence of a Justice Department memorandum that approved the targeted killing of a United States citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, who died in a drone strike in Yemen last September.
Discussion: emptywheel
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
U.S. adds Vatican to money-laundering ‘concern’ list  —  (Reuters) - The Vatican has for the first time appeared on the State Department's list of money-laundering centers but the tiny city-state is not rated as a high-risk country.  —  The 2012 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Energy Sec. Chu doesn't own car, but his wife drives BMW gas-guzzler  —  In a piece of video that shot across the Internet Thursday like a sports car doing zero-to-60 in four seconds, Energy Secretary Stephen Chu told the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power that he does not own a car.
Discussion: Don Surber
 
 
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Joseph Morton / Omaha World-Herald:
Kerrey, Reid talked committee spots
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
U.S. and Afghanistan Agree on Handover of Prisons
Discussion: Reuters and emptywheel
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Mitt Romney's High Cost per Vote: $17.14
Discussion: Shakesville, CNN and Guardian
Wall Street Journal:
MF Global Still Set to Pay Bonuses
Reuters:
Georgia Senate OKs drug tests for welfare applicants
John Celock / The Huffington Post:
Kansas Abortion Bill Could Raise Taxes On Women Seeking Procedure (UPDATE)
Shlomo Shamir / Haaretz:
UN women's rights panel due to culminate annual session by condemning Israel
 Earlier Items: 
Liberty Forum / Online Library of Law and Liberty:
Richard Epstein responds to Levinson's Jeffersonian Proposal
Discussion: Balkinization and Hit & Run
Sanford Levinson / Online Library of Law and Liberty:
A Jeffersonian Proposal for the Constitution
Yahoo! News:
Ron Paul's pointless Internet presidency
Discussion: BuzzFeed and National Review
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
Bill O'Reilly Clashes With ‘View’ Hosts Over Contraception, Gas Prices, GOP Candidates (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ezra Klein:
How a $1,000 test could destroy the health-insurance industry
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mitt: Pay for Your Own Damn College!