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7:40 AM ET, March 9, 2012

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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 …
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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.
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.
Discussion: Jezebel and The Impolitic
Bloomberg:
Limbaugh's AWOL Sponsors Open Way for Nonprofits  —  But American Heart Association Wants Out  —  The boycott against talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh has some unexpected beneficiaries: nonprofits getting more ad time on his show.  —  The United Negro College Fund, Big Brothers Big Sisters …
Discussion: Addicting Info and US Politics
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.
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Simon Maloy / Media Matters for America:
It's Always A Conspiracy: Derrick Bell Edition  —  Yesterday, the Breitbart empire stepped up to the plate, called their shot, swung, missed, hit themselves in the face with the bat, then took a triumphant trot around the bases as spectators looked on with piteous and mocking wonder.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: CNN beclowns itself painting Breitbart editor-in-chief as racist
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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 …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Mitt Romney's media charm offensive  —  BOSTON — It's the worst-kept secret of the 2012 campaign: The candidate who does the least public media-bashing — Mitt Romney — has the worst relationship of all with the press.  —  But as Romney seeks to nail down the GOP nomination and cement …
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Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Bob Dole: Romney Must Answer for Health Care Mandates
Discussion: Politico
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Gallup: Unemployment now up over 9%  —  The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the official unemployment report for the month of February, but we have two previews this week to use as a gauge.  First, the ADP report predicts a net growth of 216,000 jobs in the private sector …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
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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: Daily Kos
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.
Yahoo! News:
Ron Paul's pointless Internet presidency  —  Ron Paul has about as many votes in this year's GOP primaries as he has Facebook fans - is his fierce online following that much less relevant than it appears?  —  Four years ago, the shrewdest presidential candidates used YouTube, MySpace, Facebook and a dash of Twitter.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and National Review
Shlomo Shamir / Haaretz:
UN women's rights panel due to culminate annual session by condemning Israel  —  Israel's envoy to UN Prosor bemoans Commission on the Status of Women ‘obsessive’ preoccupation with Palestinian issue, while ignoring women being ‘butchered, tortured, raped’ in Syria.  —  Get Haaretz on iPhone
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
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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
John Celock / The Huffington Post:
Kansas Abortion Bill Could Raise Taxes On Women Seeking Procedure (UPDATE) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Planned Parenthood, Abortion, Abortion Rights, Anti-Abortion, Taxes, Video, Birth Control, Kansas Legislature, Sales Tax, Sam Brownback, Women's Health, Abortion Tax, Kansas Abortion …
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
Metro Weekly:
Then and Now: White House won't comment on a federal contractor nondiscrimination policy, but Obama pledged his support for such a policy in 2008  —  News:  —  Despite the refusal of the White House to comment for months on whether the president supports a federal nondiscrimination policy based …
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.
Reuters:
Georgia Senate OKs drug tests for welfare applicants  —  ATLANTA (Reuters) - Adults applying for welfare in Georgia would have to pass a drug test before receiving benefits under a bill approved by the state Senate late on Wednesday.  —  The legislation, called the Social Responsibility …
Discussion: The Last Tradition
Liberty Forum / Online Library of Law and Liberty:
Richard Epstein responds to Levinson's Jeffersonian Proposal  —  I have been asked for my response to Sanford Levinson's plea for a Jeffersonian approach to constitutionalism that refuses to treat the document as the Ark of the Covenant and treats it as a social arrangement that should be subject …
Discussion: Balkinization and Hit & Run
 
 
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Emily Wagster Pettus / Associated Press:
Romney is facing skepticism in Republican South
Sanford Levinson / Online Library of Law and Liberty:
A Jeffersonian Proposal for the Constitution
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
Bill O'Reilly Clashes With ‘View’ Hosts Over Contraception, Gas Prices, GOP Candidates (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Poll Finds Americans Reject Republican Assault On Unions
George Bennett / Post on Politics:
From Penthouse publisher to U.S. House candidate? Boca's Marc Bell considers campaign
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Did Health-Care Reform Cost Democrats the House?
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