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9:35 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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
The GOP can no longer avoid its Rush Limbaugh problem.  —  IN A DEMOCRACY, standards of civil discourse are as important as they are indefinable.  Yet wherever one draws the line, Rush Limbaugh's vile rants against Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke crossed it.
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 …
Democrats, Republicans face off over energy in weekly address  —  Washington (CNN) - Democrats and Republicans accused each other of stymieing progress toward lower gas prices and energy independence in their weekly addresses Saturday.  —  “Americans are right to worry that no relief is in sight …
Discussion: Reuters
Michelle Malkin:
Sandra Fluke is not a “slut.” She's a femme-agogue tool; DCCC, Emily's list fund-raise off of Rush
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: Daily Kos, Hullabaloo and ThinkProgress
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Obama calls Sandra Fluke to offer support over Limbaugh comments
Mj Lee / Politico:
Obama calls Sandra Fluke, student dissed by Rush Limbaugh
Fox News:
White House enters controversy over Limbaugh comments on Georgetown student
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
Second Advertiser Pulls Out From Limbaugh
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Raw Story and
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
John Boehner: Rush Limbaugh ‘slut’ remark ‘inappropriate’
Stephen Koff / Metro:
Rick Santorum faces bigger Ohio problem than previously known (updated)  —  WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum was already known as starting from a deficit, delegate-wise, in Ohio.  He failed to qualify for any district delegates in three Ohio congressional districts because he didn't turn in delegate names there.
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.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:   ‘Super PACs,’ Not Campaigns, Do Bulk of Ad Spending
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: 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 …
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.
Keith Laing / The Hill:
GM temporarily halts production of Volt
Discussion: Right Wing News and Don Surber
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 …
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
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
U.S. probe of Koran burning finds 5 troops responsible, officials say; Afghans demand trial  —  PUL-E-ALAM, Afghanistan — Military investigators have concluded that five U.S. service members were involved in the incineration of a pile of Korans in Afghanistan last week …
Michael Georgy / Reuters:
Anti-U.S. emotions run high at Afghan dogfighting ring
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
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