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11:35 AM ET, March 1, 2012


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Larry Solov / Big Journalism:
In Memoriam: Andrew Breitbart (1969-2012)  —  With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart.  —  Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.  —  We have lost a husband, a father, a son …
Charlie Spiering / Campaign 2012:
Liberals celebrate death of Andrew Breitbart  —  As news broke this morning of the tragic death of Conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart, liberals celebrated the news on Twitter.
Brendan Smialowski / ABCNEWS:
Andrew Breitbart: Rick Santorum Mourns Conservative Firebrand  —  Dalton, GA-After a speech where he focused on mostly social issues and urged Georgians to make this a “two man race” by voting for him on Super Tuesday, the press asked Rick Santorum about the death of Andrew Breitbart.
Discussion: USA Today
Fox News:
Andrew Breitbart dies of ‘natural causes’  —  DEVELOPING ...  Widely read conservative Internet publisher Andrew Breitbart has died, his attorney confirms.  —  The websites he founded ran a statement Thursday morning announcing that Breitbart, 43, died “unexpectedly from natural causes” in Los Angeles shortly after midnight.
Tim Mak / Reuters:
Andrew Breitbart dead at 43  —  Crusading conservative journalist and activist Andrew Breitbart died suddenly early Thursday morning in Los Angeles at the age of 43.  —  “Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning,” Big Journalism author Larry Solov wrote …
R. Stickney / KNSD-TV:
Andrew Breitbart Dead at 43
Christina Ng / ABCNEWS:   Publisher and Author Andrew Breitbart Dead
Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart dead at 43
Discussion: L.A. NOW, Wonkette and Library Grape
John S. Adams / Great Falls Tribune:
Chief U.S. District Judge sends racially charged email about president  —  HELENA — Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull on Wednesday admitted to sending a racially charged email about President Barack Obama from his courthouse chambers.  —  Cebull, of Billings, was nominated …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Bush-Appointed Federal Judge Sends Racist, Anti-Obama Email Comparing Interracial Sex To Bestiality  —  Chief Judge Richard Cebull, a George W. Bush appointee to the federal district court in Montana, admitted yesterday to sending a racist email forward comparing President Obama's conception to sex with a dog:
First Thoughts: Both parties licking their chops over Blunt amendment  —  Both parties licking their political chops over today's Blunt amendment vote... But the issue became a headache for Romney... Team Romney springs into action to repair the damage, but has Romney ever followed a win with a good news day? …
Sahil Kapur /
TPM2012  —  Romney Comes Out In Support Of Controversial Birth Control Bill
Ashley Perks / Ballot Box:
Ohio is next battlefield for the GOP
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Guardian and Prairie Weather
Bill Allison / Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group:
Did lawsuit factor in Olympia Snowe's departure?  —  Last August, while Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, was in the midst of an intensive round of fundraising for her 2012 reelection bid, a four-year-old civil lawsuit alleging fraud by an education company in which she and her husband are heavily invested became public.
Discussion: Don Surber and neo-neocon
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell to skip healthcare reform repeal votes until after election
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Erick's blog
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Senator Olympia Snowe's Latest Hard Choice: To Quit
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Reports of the Republican Nominee's Doom Are Greatly Exaggerated  —  In the last few weeks, the GOP has succumbed to despair about beating Obama.  Here are seven reasons he's still vulnerable.  —  Political journalists like to imagine ourselves as wise, discerning observers of the landscape.
Discussion: Hot Air
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
GOP Slightly Ahead in Voting Enthusiasm
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico, CNN and Ballot Box
Bill Simmons / - null:
B.S. Report Transcript: Barack Obama  —  Bill Simmons: Welcome to the White House.  Very proud to have the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, on the B.S. Report.  This is your first podcast?  —  President Barack Obama: This is — well, I used to have my own podcast.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Limbaugh Calls Student Denied Spot At Contraception Hearing A ‘Slut’  —  Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown student whom House Republicans wouldn't let testify at a contraception hearing last week, a “slut” and a “prostitute” today, because …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: Limbaugh's ‘vicious attacks’ on student uncivilized
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Daily Dish
Bradley Olson / Bloomberg:
Keystone Oil Pipeline May Raise U.S. Gas Prices  —  TransCanada Corp. (TRP)'s Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project backers including Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum say will create cheaper U.S. gasoline, instead risks raising prices as much as 20 cents a gallon in the Midwest, Great Plains and Rocky Mountains.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama to demand Capitol Hill vote on killing oil tax breaks
Discussion: Detroit Free Press
Allen McDuffee / Washington Post:
Koch Brothers sue Cato Institute, president  —  Billionaires Charles and David Koch have filed a lawsuit against the libertarian Cato Institute, its president Edward Crane and a board member, according to court documents obtained by The Washington Post.  —  The complaint centers on the the handling …
Kathy Kristof / CBS News:
Inflation: Not as low as you think  —  Forget the modest 3.1 percent rise in the Consumer Price Index, the government's widely used measure of inflation.  Everyday prices are up some 8 percent over the past year, according to the American Institute for Economic Research.
Discussion: Hot Air and Randy's Roundtable
New York Times:
Romney Wins, the Middle Class Loses  —  Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum fought each other to nearly a draw in the Michigan primary and may actually have to split its delegates, but together they may have lost Michigan for their party by running campaigns that were completely disconnected …
Amie Parnes / Ballot Box:   With Romney on the horizon, Obama turns up his blue collar
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Joseph Huff-Hannon / The Huffington Post:
Russia: Don't Go There (VIDEO)  —  Video , Saint Petersburg …
MaryAnn Spoto / New Jersey Online:
Poll: Most N.J. voters support gay marriage, believe issue should be put to referendum
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Nick Paton Walsh / CNN:
Gunmen kill NATO forces in southern Afghanistan
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Weasel Zippers
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Does the Romney-Ron Paul Pact Make Paul a Sellout?
Alan Johnson / The Columbus Dispatch:
New Ohio vote on same-sex marriage?
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Ex-Senators Graham and Kerrey See Possible Saudi 9/11 Link
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Brandon Voss / Advocate:
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John Campbell / 3 News:
Kim Dotcom's first TV interview: 'I'm no piracy king'
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Muslim Fascists' Virulent Jew-Hatred At The University of California-Davis Last Night
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
Jim O'Sullivan / Hotline On Call:
Poll Shows Brown Leading Warren by 10
Discussion: Library Grape