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2:30 PM ET, March 2, 2012

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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.
Tim Mak / Politico:
Carly Fiorina: Limbaugh ‘insulting’  —  Carly Fiorina, National Republican Senatorial Committee Vice-Chairman, on Friday condemned Rush Limbaugh for calling college student Sandra Fluke a “slut.”  —  “That language is insulting, in my opinion.  It's incendiary and most of all, it's a distraction.
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.
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Georgetown Student Sandra Fluke Responds To Being Called ‘Slut,’ ‘Prostitute’ By Limbaugh  —  On Thursday, MSNBC's Ed Schultz conducted an exclusive interview with Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, the woman whom Rush Limbaugh mocked on his radio show earlier that day.
Michael O'Brien / msnbc.com:
President Obama calls Georgetown student Fluke  —  The Georgetown University law student reacts to Rush Limbaugh's comments and reveals that President Barack Obama called her offering encouragement, support and thanking her for speaking out for women's rights.  —  By Michael O'Brien, msnbc.com
The Huffington Post:
Sandra Fluke Receives Call From Obama After Rush Limbaugh ‘Slut’ Comments
Discussion: Guardian and ABCNEWS
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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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Ken Mehlman's Regrets
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Gov. Martin O'Malley / The Huffington Post:
Dignity: Why I Signed Same-Sex Marriage into Maryland Law
Discussion: Washington Blade and LGBT|POV
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  —  Pasco, Washington (CNN) - Rick Santorum continued to cast himself as a scrappy fighter against a mighty Republican “establishment” late Thursday - even lumping together former presidents and former presidential hopefuls …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gingrich blasts Santorum as ‘pal’ of unions in new robocall
Discussion: CNN
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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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Why Obama might raise taxes on the middle class if he's reelected
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Democrat: Letting Bush tax rates expire could stop sequestered cuts
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Noam Scheiber / The Daily Beast:
In Second Term, What Will Obama Do About Bush Tax Cuts?
Discussion: Economist's View
ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: In '02 Romney Touted D.C. Connections, Federal Funds  —  In a long-forgotten tape from the 2002 Massachusetts governor's race obtained by ABC News, Mitt Romney is seen touting his Washington connections and his ability to get millions of taxpayer dollars from the federal government.
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Romney: ‘I am big believer in getting money’ from Washington
Discussion: Balloon Juice
msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: It's good to be the incumbent president
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Santorum Loses His Cool During Interview With Cincinnati Radio Station Conversation with host Scott Sloan becomes a shouting match about birth control, before his cell phone drops the call.  —  Share on Facebook More on BuzzFeed Politics  —  YOUR REACTION?  —  MORE GREAT STUFF
Russell Berman / Ballot Box:
Top Dem on House Approps committee announces retirement  —  Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, will retire at the end of 2012, he announced Friday.  —  Dicks, who was in line to chair the powerful appropriations panel if Democrats won control of the House …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Why Can't the Obama Administration Make Its Case Without Disseminating Hate?  —  Have we ever had an administration like Barack Obama's?  An administration that tries to benefit from pitting Americans against one another?  An administration that uses its billion-dollar slush fund …
Discussion: KochFacts.com and Booman Tribune
Bryan Marquard / Boston Globe:
James Q. Wilson, 80, co-author of ‘Broken Windows’ community policing strategy, died today  —  James Q. Wilson, a political scientist who coauthored the influential “Broken Windows” article in The Atlantic Monthly in 1982, which became a touchstone for the move toward community policing …
 
 
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Brian Tashman / rightwingwatch.org:
Gingrich Pledges to Fight Gay Rights ‘Chaos’ and Obama's ‘Anti-Christian, Anti-Jewish’ Views
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Michael Georgy / Reuters:
Anti-U.S. emotions run high at Afghan dogfighting ring
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Harry Reid hits the trifecta: Hello, Bob Kerrey; farewell, Olympia Snowe; goodbye, Senate GOP war against women
Discussion: CNN
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Emmanuel Touhey / Healthcare:
Here are the women  —  By Sandra Fluke, former president …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A Warning on the Accuracy of Primary Polls
 

 
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