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5:10 PM ET, March 2, 2012

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Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh Advertiser Sleep Train Pulls Commercials In Wake Of Sandra Fluke ‘Slut’ Firestorm … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Rush Limbaugh, Rush Limbaugh Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh Sandra Fluke Slut, Rush Limbaugh Sleep Train, Sleep Train, Sleep Train Rush Limbaugh, Slidepollajax, Media News
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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.
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Does Carly Fiorina Just Not Get It?  —  Carly Fiorina is offended by Rush Limbaugh's comments on Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke, who testified before Congress that she wants the American taxpayers to subsidize her sexual proclivities.  —  We should be insulted with Fluke, but Fiorina is insulted by Limbaugh.
Mj Lee / Politico:
Obama calls Sandra Fluke, student dissed by Rush Limbaugh  —  President Barack Obama on Friday phoned the Georgetown University law student who was called a “slut” by Rush Limbaugh to find out if she's OK.  —  “He encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns …
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
Second Advertiser Pulls Out From Limbaugh  —  Sleep Number, an advertiser on Rush Limbaugh's radio show, announced on Twitter moments ago that they are pulling out.  “Recent comments by Rush Limbaugh do not align w/our values, so we made decision to immediately suspend all advertising on that program,” the tweet reads.
Rush Limbaugh:
Left Freaks Out Over My Fluke Remarks  —  RUSH: Oh, yeah, I'm gonna deal with this.  I'm gonna deal with it.  I think this is hilarious.  Absolutely hilarious.  The left has been thrown into an outright conniption fit!  This is “phony soldiers” times ten. Oh, ten times worse than phony soldiers.
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.
Discussion: GOP 12, ThinkProgress and Politico
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Limbaugh Continues Hateful Assault On Sandra Fluke, Says She Needs To Have Less Sex  —  On his third day of broadcasting to 15 million listeners vicious sexist attacks against a law student whom no one had heard just weeks ago, Rush Limbaugh blamed Sandra Fluke for the controversy surrounding …
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Culture War Update: Obama Joins the Fray Sparked by Rush Limbaugh  —  Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh today mocked President Obama for supporting a Georgetown law student who testified to Congress that birth control should be covered by health insurance, drawing out the culture war …
Just a Grunt / Jammie Wearing Fools:
Sandra Fluke's Appearance Is No Fluke
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
John Boehner / CNN:
TRENDING: First on CNN: Boehner hits Limbaugh's comments as ‘inappropriate’
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Thomas Schaller / Salon:
Same sex, opposite impact  —  Marriage equality always seemed a losing issue for the left.  That's all changed.  Just ask Ken Mehlman  —  Rep. Anne Kaiser, D-Montgomery, an openly gay member of the Maryland General Assembly, holds Natalie Vincent, 10 months, the daughter of a member …
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Ken Mehlman's Regrets
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Quinnipiac University:
Ohio GOP Race Going Down To The Wire, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Santorum At 35% To Romney's 31%  —  The Republican presidential face-off in Ohio is too close to call as former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has 35 percent of likely Republican primary voters to former Massachusetts …
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Bob Dole / CNN:
Santorum lumps McCain, Dole, H.W. Bush into losing clan of GOP moderates
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Four Fiscal Phonies  —  Mitt Romney is very concerned about budget deficits.  Or at least that's what he says; he likes to warn that President Obama's deficits are leading us toward a “Greece-style collapse.”  —  So why is Mr. Romney offering a budget proposal that would lead to much larger debt …
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Noam Scheiber / The Daily Beast:
In Second Term, What Will Obama Do About Bush Tax Cuts?
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Why Obama might raise taxes on the middle class if he's reelected
Discussion: Hot Air and protein wisdom
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.
Tim Mak / Politico:
George Will: Take Congress, not White House  —  Columnist George Will says the 2012 presidential race looks like it might be a lost cause for Republicans and believes that the primary goal of conservatives should be to retain control of the House and win the Senate so Congress …
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: ABCNEWS, Salon, GOP 12 and Business Insider
Matt Labash / Weekly Standard:
Breitbart's Last Laugh  —  I woke up this morning to about ten emails from journalist friends asking if our mutual friend, Andrew Breitbart, was really dead.  “Really” was the operative word.  Some meant it in the traditional sense: Is it possible for the human inferno that Breitbart resembled …
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
Mark Stiemann / The Behavioral Economy:
Gallup's Unadjusted Unemployment Data Suggest Increase in BLS Adjusted Figure  —  Gallup finds U.S. unemployment, as measured without seasonal adjustment, to be 9.1% in February, based on almost 30,000 interviews with a random sample of Americans.  When Gallup applies the .5-percentage-point …
 
 
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Alex Leary / St. Petersburg Times:
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio urges Florida Ethics Commission to toss complaint against him
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Guardian:
Revealed: government plans for police privatisation
Discussion: The Agonist
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
John Kerry Doesn't Think He's Anything Like Mitt Romney
Discussion: GOP 12 and Wonkette
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
NOW President: Bishops Want ‘Police Power of State to Prevent Women from Taking Birth Control’
Perry Stein / The New Republic:
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 Earlier Items: 
Russell Berman / Ballot Box:
Top Dem on House Approps committee announces retirement
Discussion: Politico, The PJ Tatler and CNN
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Harry Reid hits the trifecta: Hello, Bob Kerrey; farewell, Olympia Snowe; goodbye, Senate GOP war against women
Discussion: CNN
Olympia J. Snowe / Washington Post:
Olympia Snowe: Why I'm leaving the Senate
Mj Lee / Reuters:
Sarah Palin rips GOP race: Petty, bickering
Bryan Marquard / Boston Globe:
James Q. Wilson, 80, co-author of ‘Broken Windows’ community policing strategy, died today
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Why Can't the Obama Administration Make Its Case Without Disseminating Hate?
Discussion: Booman Tribune and KochFacts.com