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11:00 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Rush Limbaugh:
The Democrats are Desperate: Obama Calls Sandra Fluke, the 30-Year-Old Victim  —  RUSH: “A Missouri House member frustrated with recent legislative debates over birth control and reproductive health is proposing to restrict vasectomies.  Legislation sponsored by Democrat Stacey Newman …
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum calls Limbaugh comments ‘absurd’
Maggie Haberman / Politico:   Romney on Rush: Not the language I'd have used
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Why Does Rush Limbaugh Get Away With Calling a Young Woman a ‘Slut’?
Democrats, Republicans face off over energy in weekly address
Discussion: Reuters
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Issa blames Dems for tone of contraception debate
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Michelle Malkin:
Sandra Fluke is not a “slut.” She's a femme-agogue tool; DCCC, Emily's list fund-raise off of Rush
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Obama calls Sandra Fluke to offer support over Limbaugh comments
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
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.
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Republicans sing the home-state blues  —  CARROLLTON, Ga. —For presidential candidates, it's not necessarily safe to come home again.  —  On Tuesday, Newt Gingrich is staking his entire presidential race on winning Georgia — a state he represented in Congress for over 10 terms.
Discussion: CNN
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.
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: Cold Fury and 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 News:
Santorum Leads in Three of Five YouGov Super Tuesday Polls  —  Romney and Gingrich lead in their home states, but trail Santorum in Ohio, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.  —  Five days before the crucial Republican primaries on “Super Tuesday” (March 6), former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum holds narrow leads …
Discussion: Liberal Values
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:   ‘Super PACs,’ Not Campaigns, Do Bulk of Ad Spending
Libya's Muslim Brotherhood sets up political party  —  TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's Muslim Brotherhood teamed up with other Islamists on Friday to establish a new political party that is set to be a leading player in the country's first elections since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed uprising.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
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