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12:50 AM ET, March 3, 2012


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Rush Limbaugh / CNN:
Initially silent, Romney addresses Limbaugh ‘slut’ remarks  —  Cleveland, Ohio (CNN) - Mitt Romney steered clear of the Rush Limbaugh controversy until Friday evening, even avoiding a CNN reporter earlier in the day, when he addressed the issue after an event in Cleveland.
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum calls Limbaugh comments ‘absurd’  —  (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum labeled Rush Limbaugh “absurd” over disparaging remarks from the radio talk show host directed at a law student who testified before a House panel in support of access to contraceptives.
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Rush Limbaugh's Advertisers Facing Social Media Firestorm  —  Rush Limbaugh's latest misogynistic tirade against Georgetown University Law Student Sandra Fluke may be the last straw for many of the shock jock's corporate sponsors.  Thousands of angry customers have been inundating dozens …
Discussion: Dependable Renegade
Dana Loesch / Big Journalism:
Republicans Fall For Manufactured Story  —  The Obama administration withered for several weeks under the intense criticism from Catholic leaders regarding the forced violation of religious liberty within the HHS mandate.  In an effort to turn the tables, Democrats suggested that the GOP …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Why Does Rush Limbaugh Get Away With Calling a Young Woman a ‘Slut’?  —  Many conservatives ignore or excuse in the talk-radio host behavior that they'd be horrified to engage in themselves.  —  If the conservative movement's least charitable critic invented a talk-radio host …
Michelle Malkin:
Sandra Fluke is not a “slut.”  She's a femme-agogue tool; DCCC, Emily's list fund-raise off of Rush  —  The Soros monkeys and assorted progressive agitators are using conservative radio giant Rush Limbaugh to raise money again.  —  This just came in my in-box:
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
John Boehner: Rush Limbaugh ‘slut’ remark ‘inappropriate’  —  Speaker John Boehner on Friday denounced radio host Rush Limbaugh's “slut” remarks aimed at Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke, but the Ohio Republican also jabbed at Democrats who have been fundraising off the fracas.
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh Advertiser Sleep Train Pulls Commercials In Wake Of Sandra Fluke ‘Slut’ Firestorm
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Is Rush Limbaugh hurting Republicans?
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney on Rush: Not the language I'd have used
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Issa blames Dems for tone of contraception debate
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Obama calls Sandra Fluke to offer support over Limbaugh comments
Discussion: The Page and Waldo Jaquith
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
Second Advertiser Pulls Out From Limbaugh
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Raw Story
Rush Limbaugh:
Left Freaks Out Over My Fluke Remarks
Fox News:
White House enters controversy over Limbaugh comments on Georgetown student
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
BREAKING: Mitt Romney Urged Obama to Embrace the Individual Mandate  —  Had Michigan not been as close, the Democrats would have waited to spring this on us in the general election.  Luckily we have it now and I hope Ohio voters are paying attention.  —  In July 2009, Mitt Romney wrote …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Doug Ross
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney's Advice For ObamaCare: Look At RomneyCare  —  Mitt Romney was once touting his plan to Obama as a model for health care reform.  He didn't mention keeping it at the state level.  —  Republican Presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney often fends off the attacks comparing …
Rick Santorum's Ohio Delegate Problems Pile Up  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  UPDATED: COLUMBUS, Ohio — Even if Rick Santorum wins Ohio on Super Tuesday, he won't be able to claim all of its delegates.  In fact, he is at risk of forfeiting more than one-quarter of them.
Discussion: Metro and
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:   ‘Super PACs,’ Not Campaigns, Do Bulk of Ad Spending News:
Santorum Leads in Three of Five YouGov Super Tuesday Polls
Discussion: Liberal Values
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Ohio air war tops $6 million
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Detroit Free Press:
Volt production on hold for 5 weeks  —  General Motors has told 1,300 employees at its Detroit Hamtramck that they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Obama to Iran and Israel: 'As President of the United States, I Don't Bluff'  —  Dismissing a strategy of “containment” as unworkable, the president tells me it's “unacceptable” for the Islamic Republic of Iran to have a nuclear weapon.  —  At the White House on Monday …
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich: Iran ‘Should Expect To Get Hit’ If I'm President
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Jon Huntsman Dropped From RNC Event For “Third Party” Call  —  Will this teach him a lesson?  Or push him toward a third-party bid?  —  Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman departs the stage after announcing the suspension of his 2012 presidential bid in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, January 16, 2012.
Discussion: Salon, ABCNEWS, GOP 12 and Business Insider
Michael Georgy / Reuters:
Anti-U.S. emotions run high at Afghan dogfighting ring  —  (Reuters) - Protests over the burning of Korans at a NATO base may have faded but some Afghans are still venting their rage over the incident — at a bloody Kabul dogfighting ring.  —  If emotions here are any indication …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
U.S. probe of Koran burning finds 5 troops responsible, officials say; Afghans demand trial
Eric Pfeiffer / Yahoo! News:
Mansion servant enslaved by uber-rich New York family for nearly six years  —  A wealthy New York woman is facing criminal charges after being accused of keeping an illegal immigrant as an indentured servant and forcing her to live in a closet for nearly six years.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Olympia Snowe's Strange Martyrdom  —  More powerful than she lets on.  —  The retirement of Olympia Snowe, at the young (by senatorial standards) age of 65, has again dramatized the perilous condition of the Senate moderates.  They have been scorned, marginalized, and hunted close to extinction.
James Crugnale / Mediaite:
Steve Doocy: 'Media Matters May End President Obama's Hopes Of Getting Re-Elected'  —  Things that make you go hmmm... On Friday's Fox and Friends, co-host Steve Doocy introduced an interview with Alan Dershowitz and made the startling declaration that Fox News watchdog group Media Matters …
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Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
Shari'a Rises in Tunisia's Constitution-Drafting Process
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
On Making Yourself Right
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Perry Stein / The New Republic:
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Thomas Schaller / Salon:
Same sex, opposite impact