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6:35 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
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 / 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.
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.
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
Rush Limbaugh:
Left Freaks Out Over My Fluke Remarks
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
John Boehner / CNN:
TRENDING: First on CNN: Boehner hits Limbaugh's comments as ‘inappropriate’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Fox News:
White House enters controversy over Limbaugh comments on Georgetown student
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Is Rush Limbaugh hurting Republicans?
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Why Does Rush Limbaugh Get Away With Calling a Young Woman a ‘Slut’?
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
Discussion: New York Times and Israel Matzav
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
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
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
Noam Scheiber / The Daily Beast:
In Second Term, What Will Obama Do About Bush Tax Cuts?  —  If he wins in November, the president will again face the Bush tax cuts.  A secret meeting in 2009 suggests he may be ready to walk away from his promise to middle-class voters.  —  Should Barack Obama win re-election this fall …
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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
On Making Yourself Right  —  In the mid-1960s, SNCC, one of the most important of civil rights groups of its era, began to split at the seams.  Since its inception, the group had committed itself to the eradication of white supremacy strictly through the twin pillars of nonviolence and integration.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
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: ABCNEWS and Balloon Juice
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
 
 
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James Crugnale / Mediaite:
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Alex Leary / St. Petersburg Times:
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio urges Florida Ethics Commission to toss complaint against him
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Guardian:
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Discussion: The Agonist
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John Kerry Doesn't Think He's Anything Like Mitt Romney
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Top Dem on House Approps committee announces retirement
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Why Can't the Obama Administration Make Its Case Without Disseminating Hate?
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Quinnipiac University:
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