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5:45 AM ET, March 10, 2012

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David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Palin: The First Black President Wants to Revert to Pre-Civil War Society  —  In her view, the very act of acknowledging or talking about race's role in U.S. history makes one a racist.  —  Naturally, someone had to ask Sarah Palin about the Derrick Bell-Barack Obama flap.
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John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
Derrick Bell in 1994: ‘Jewish Neoconservative Racists’
Mj Lee / Politico:
Gloria Allred seeks Rush Limbaugh prosecution  —  Rush Limbaugh has drawn the ire of celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who sent a letter to the Palm Beach County state attorney requesting an investigation into whether the popular radio host should be prosecuted for calling a law student a “slut” and “prostitute” last week.
Sarah B. Boxer / NationalJournal.com:
Romney: Regulators Should Make ‘Friends’ With Business  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney  —  JACKSON, Miss. - Campaigning in the Deep South, where he faces tough opposition from more-conservative rivals for the GOP nomination, Mitt Romney is promoting an antiregulatory theme …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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ABCNEWS:
In the South, Mitt Romney Focuses Attacks on Obama, Not GOP Rivals
Discussion: Daily Kos
CNN:
Romney wins entire Guam delegation  —  (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the unanimous vote among Guam Republicans to pledge all nine of their delegates to his presidential campaign.  —  The vote was passed Saturday by all 207 of the 215 registered Republicans in attendance at their yearly convention.
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum: Republican contest is shrinking to a ‘two-man race’
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Recent debate over contraception comes as GOP loses gains among women  —  The fragile gains Republicans had been making among female voters have been erased, a shift that has coincided with what has become a national shouting match over reproductive issues, potentially handing President Obama …
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press:
After quakes, Ohio plans tough gas-drilling rules  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio—A dozen earthquakes in northeastern Ohio were almost certainly induced by injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth, state regulators said Friday as they announced a series of tough new rules for drillers.
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ohiodnr.com:
Ohio's New Rules for Brine Disposal Among Nation's Toughest
Rasmussen Reports:
Obama Leads Romney, Santorum in Core Four States (FL, NC, OH, VA)  —  President Obama now holds modest leads over Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in combined polling of key swing states Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.  The numbers mark a shift from late February when Obama was tied with both candidates in the four states.
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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Plaintiff challenging healthcare law went bankrupt - with unpaid medical bills  —  Obama administration lawyers say her case is an example of why an insurance mandate is needed to prevent ‘uncompensated care that will ultimately be paid by others.’  —  The U.S. Supreme Court plans to hear …
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  Dem, GOP Leaders Renew Push For Major Deficit Legislation  —  Under fire from progressives for working with Republicans on legislation that would likely cut entitlements and raise taxes, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters Thursday he thinks there's an imperative …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
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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.
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Why The GOP's Favorite Anti-Obama Chart Is Complete Nonsense  —  Once again, conservatives are using today's jobs number as a jumping-off point to slam Obama.  —  Our pal Jim Pethokoukis at AEI takes the opportunity to remind everyone that the unemployment rate — of 8.3 percent …
Financial Times:
Greek debt swap triggers massive payouts  —  By David Oakley iin London, Joshua Chaffin in Brussels and Richard Milne in Oslo  —  Billions of dollars are to be paid out in insurance-like instruments as Greece on Friday pressed ahead with the largest ever sovereign debt restructuring.
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Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Next Time, Greece May Need New Tactics
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Jack Coleman / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Ed Schultz Paid Nearly $200,000 By Unions in 2011, According to Labor Dept.  —  What a shock — labor unions paying one of their biggest cheerleaders in the media.  —  Perhaps Ed Schultz could explain what he does for unions to warrant such largesse.  I don't recall hearing anything along …
Tim Reid / Reuters:
Banks foreclosing on churches in record numbers  —  (Reuters) - Banks are foreclosing on America's churches in record numbers as lenders increasingly lose patience with religious facilities that have defaulted on their mortgages, according to new data.  —  The surge in church foreclosures represents …
Haaretz:
Gaza militants fire rockets at Israeli south; casualties, damage reported  —  More than 40 rockets fired into southern Israel; eight people wounded, one seriously; Iron Dome intercepts six rockets fired at Ashdod, Ashkelon, and Be'er Sheva; Palestinians report 12 fatalities in IAF strikes on Gaza.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times's Robinson's Exit Package Tops $23 Million  —  Janet Robinson, the New York Times Co. chief executive officer who was pushed out in December, received an exit package, including stock options and retirement benefits, of $23.7 million.  —  Robinson gets pension …
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Why Rush Limbaugh's Apology for Sandra Fluke ‘Slut’ Remarks Bombed  —  Commentators often talk their way out of trouble these days.  But Limbaugh couldn't convince the media he was sincerely sorry for calling Sandra Fluke a ‘slut.’ Howard Kurtz explains why.
Discussion: US Politics
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama's campaign gets more USAF aircraft  —  The U.S. Air Force is pulling nine cargo aircraft from military operations to support President Barrack Obama's stepped-up visits to campaign events.  —  The five medium-capacity C-130s and four heavyweight C-17s will be used to ferry security vehicles …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Doug Ross
 
 
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Touts Endorsement Of Birther Joseph Farah
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Why Job Growth Is Likely to Slow
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How Daunting Is Santorum's Delegate Math?
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
No Likey No Rick  —  For most of this campaign cycle Rick Santorum …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Romney calls in the cash cavalry
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Nolan is 1st DFLer to take on Bachmann
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