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1:15 PM ET, March 3, 2012


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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 …
Jonathan Weisman / The Caucus:
Obama Backs Student in Furor With Limbaugh on Birth Control  —  WASHINGTON — The election-year fight over the administration's birth control policy escalated Friday, with two unlikely figures — a Georgetown University law student and the conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh …
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’?
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Issa blames Dems for tone of contraception debate
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Obama calls Sandra Fluke to offer support over Limbaugh comments
Discussion: L.A. NOW, TalkLeft, BuzzFeed, The Page and GOP 12
Fox News:
White House enters controversy over Limbaugh comments on Georgetown student
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
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
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
Mitt Romney Central:
Mr. President, What's the Rush?
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Hot Air
David Catanese / Politico:
Bob Kerrey bid causes left to lash out  —  Bob Kerrey took a lonely position against banning gay marriage in the 1990s.  He opposed a ban on flag desecration, voted against welfare reform and ran up high Americans for Democratic Action scores while serving as the senator from one of the most conservative states in the nation.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Judge may throw Rep. Altmire off primary ballot for lack of signatures  —  Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) may be barred from running in the Democratic primary against fellow Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.), a move that would make it all but impossible for him to return to Congress next fall.
Jason Meisner / Chicago Tribune:
Judge rules eavesdropping law unconstitutional  —  A Cook County judge today ruled the state's controversial eavesdropping law unconstitutional.  —  The law makes it a felony offense to make audio recordings of police officers without their consent even when they're performing their public duties.
Joel Gehrke / Campaign 2012:
GM laying off 1300 due to low Volt sales  —  General Motors Co. announced the temporary suspension of Chevrolet Volt production and the layoffs of 1300 employees, as the company is cutting Volt manufacturing to meet lower-than-expected demand for the electric cars.
Detroit Free Press:
Volt production on hold for 5 weeks 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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:   ‘Super PACs,’ Not Campaigns, Do Bulk of Ad Spending
USA Today:
Deadly storms roar across Midwest, South  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A series of tornadoes that cut a swath of death and destruction across at least 10 states left stunned residents digging through rubble Saturday, looking for survivors and bodies.  —  The death toll stood at 32 early Saturday …
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
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Discussion: Reuters
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
U.S. probe of Koran burning finds 5 troops responsible, officials say; Afghans demand trial
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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
On Making Yourself Right
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Mansion servant enslaved by uber-rich New York family for nearly six years
Discussion: Outside the Beltway