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1:30 AM ET, March 4, 2012


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Rush Limbaugh:
A Statement from Rush  —  For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week.  In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation.  I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.  —  I think it is absolutely absurd …
Vinnie / The Jawa Report:
Rush Limbaugh Apologizes To Sandra “Not A Slut, I Just Like Having Sex Alot” Fluke  —  Why?  I have no idea.  —  Well, I do have an idea.  Major, long time advertisers started jumping ship.  So I'm guessing his reasoning was purely financial.  —  In related news, I'm waiting for confirmation …
Rush Limbaugh's Last Six Apologies  —  The radio host offends often, but he doesn't apologize much.  And when he does, as he did today — to women, African-Americans, a sick person — he doesn't exactly put his heart into it.  But Sandra Fluke, whom he called a “slut,” is in good company.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Rush: “I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke”; Update: Ironic tweet of the day  —  Rush Limbaugh has posted a statement on his website this afternoon, forwarded by his brother David (one of my friends on line), apologizing for calling Sandra Fluke an insulting name while discussing her claims.
The Right Scoop:
Levin to CNN, MSNBC, and other leftist media: You can go to hell
Discussion: blogs
Washington Post:
The GOP can no longer avoid its Rush Limbaugh problem.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Romney Takes Washington Ahead of a Big Election Day  —  Mitt Romney won Saturday's nonbinding caucuses in Washington State, handing him a symbolic victory in his quest for the Republican nomination as he heads into the critical Super Tuesday contests just three days away.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
James Hohmann / Politico:
Mitt hits 5 straight in Wash.  —  SEATTLE — Showing that organization does matter, Mitt Romney won Washington state's caucuses Saturday.  —  The victory gives the former Massachusetts governor another boost going into Super Tuesday, when ten states vote.  —  “The voters of Washington …
Aaron Gould Sheinin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Gingrich carries double-digit lead into Georgia primary
Discussion: CNN, Washington Wire, Politico and
Vicki Needham / Ballot Box:
Cleveland Plain Dealer endorses Romney
Discussion: Politico, Plain Dealer and CNN
Why Rick Santorum's Ohio Delegate Fiasco Could Get Messy
Enquirer Endorsement: Romney deserves Ohio's support
Discussion: Ballot Box and GOP 12
Associated Press:
Edwards asks that sex tape not be destroyed  —  GREENSBORO, N.C. — Ahead of his federal trial involving alleged campaign finance violations, John Edwards is asking a judge to keep a sex tape involving him and his mistress from being destroyed.  —  In a request filed Friday in U.S. District Court …
Fox News:   John Edwards asks judge not to destroy sex tape
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Daylight: New film blasts Obama's Israel record  —  One day before the AIPAC conference kicks off in Washington, an anti-Obama pro-Israel group is widening its criticism of President Barack Obama's record on Israel — while the White House defends its treatment of the relationship.
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama's AIPAC speech will be pivotal for holding onto Jewish voters in 2012
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Rooting for Santorum  —  I'm rooting for Rick Santorum to win the Republican nomination.  Seriously.  —  You probably think that is because it would be the best possible outcome for President Obama.  No doubt it would be.  If Santorum were the Republican nominee for president …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Santorum and the Sexual Revolution
Michelle Dupler / Tri-City Herald:
POLITICS: Local GOP apologizes for turning 1,500 away from caucuses in Kennewick  —  Kennewick About 1,500 people were turned away from pooled Benton County caucuses in Kennewick by event organizers after rooms at the Three Rivers Convention Center reached capacity this morning.
BigFurHat /
(bumped and sticky) Breitbart Is Here  —  HERE IS THE LINK TO “THE SHIRT”  —  ALL MONEY LEFT AFTER THE COST OF MATERIALS, SHIPPING AND HANDLING WILL BE GIVEN TO THE ANDREW BREITBART FAMILY.  —  UPDATE 4: Here is the graphic that will go to the shop.  I updated it with the classic Breitbart coif.
Wall Street Journal:
How to Dress Like You Just Might Win  —  I was watching the Georgetown-Notre Dame basketball game Monday night and was struck by how dapper the coaches looked.  And not just the coaches, but the assistant coaches.  And the assistant-assistant coaches.  Fancy shirts.  Classy ties.  Elegant suits.
Associated Press:
Official: Mistakes led to Afghan Quran burnings  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least five American military personnel could face a disciplinary review over the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base in Afghanistan as conflicting accounts of what happened emerged Saturday, fueling more confusion …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Mark Steyn / National Review:
‘Die, Die, Foreigners!’
Discussion: Cold Fury
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Romney Supported Federal Individual Mandate In 2009
Discussion: Hot Air and Erick's blog
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Wilmington City Council Passes Resolution Urging ‘Personhood’ Rights For Sperm
Climate Guest Blogger / ThinkProgress:
Syria: Climate Change, Drought and Social Unrest
Discussion: CNN, The Agonist and Pirate's Cove
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Weiner Says He Contacted FBI About Grimm
Discussion: Politicker
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Judge rules eavesdropping law unconstitutional
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Judge may throw Rep. Altmire off primary ballot for lack of signatures