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7:40 PM ET, March 2, 2012

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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.
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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
Erick Erickson / RedState:
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.
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.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Is Rush Limbaugh hurting Republicans?  —  Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh's description of a Georgetown Law school student named Sandra Fluke as a “slut” and a “prostitute” for her position on employer-funded birth control has Republican strategists concerned that their party …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Just a Grunt / Jammie Wearing Fools:
Sandra Fluke's Appearance Is No Fluke
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Culture War Update: Obama Joins the Fray Sparked by Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh:
Left Freaks Out Over My Fluke Remarks
Angela Morabito / TheCollegeConservative:
Sandra Fluke Does Not Speak for Me
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 …
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich: Iran ‘Should Expect To Get Hit’ If I'm President
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.
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Keith Laing / The Hill:   GM temporarily halts production of Volt
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
ABCNEWS:
Rick Santorum's Ohio Delegate Problems Pile Up  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  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 nearly one-quarter of them.
Discussion: Metro
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Quinnipiac University:
Ohio GOP Race Going Down To The Wire, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Santorum At 35% To Romney's 31%
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
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.
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Olympia J. Snowe / Washington Post:
Olympia Snowe: Why I'm leaving the Senate
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
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
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 …
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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Alex Leary / St. Petersburg Times:
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