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8:30 PM ET, March 4, 2012


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George Will: Republican Leaders Are Afraid of Rush Limbaugh  —  Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has been inundated with criticism after calling Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University student who testified before a House committee about contraception, a “slut” and a “prostitute.”
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Make an example of Carbonite (Update: ProFlowers joins Rush boycott)  —  Liberal groups have seized on a strategy I didn't think would be effective, but has had some success, to go after advertisers of prominent conservative media personalities.  —  Media Matters explicitly seeks to bring …
Discussion: Doug Ross and Rumproast
Noel Sheppard /
Gingrich Scolds Gregory and Media for Making Limbaugh ‘The Great National Crisis of This Week’  —  With all that ails the nation, Meet the Press host David Gregory actually began his interview with Newt Gingrich by asking him about contraceptives and Rush Limbaugh.
Kirsten Powers / The Daily Beast:
Rush Limbaugh Isn't the Only Media Misogynist  —  Rush Limbaugh apologized on Saturday for calling a Georgetown Law student a slut for testifying about contraception and starting a firestorm of outrage.  Kirsten Powers says the liberals who led the charge need to start holding their own side accountable.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Have You No Shame, Rush?  —  AS a woman who has been viciously slashed by Rush Limbaugh, I can tell you, it's no fun.  —  At first you think, if he objects to the substance of what you're saying, why can't he just object to the substance of what you're saying?  Why go after you in the most personal and humiliating way?
Marist Poll:
3/4: Santorum and Romney Neck and Neck in Ohio  —  Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are locked in a tight battle in the race for the Republican nomination in Ohio.  Among likely Republican primary voters including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, early voters …
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Two polls find Romney, Santorum tied in Ohio
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Eric Cantor endorses Romney for president
Discussion: Politico
First Read /
NBC News/Marist poll: Santorum, Romney neck and neck in Ohio
‘This Week’ Transcript: Newt Gingrich and David Axelrod
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
CNN projects Romney will win Washington state caucuses
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Putin's Election Seems Assured, but Uncertainty Remains in Russia  —  MOSCOW — Russian voters headed to the polls on Sunday all but certain to award Vladimir V. Putin a six-year term as president, setting the stage for a far more suspenseful post-election confrontation between him and opposition groups …
Discussion: Via Meadia and Outside the Beltway
Washington Post:
Vladi­mir Putin appears set for reelection as Russian president; opponents claim widespread fraud  —  MOSCOW — Vladi­mir Putin appeared set to win Russia's presidency Sunday, according to early results and exit polls, while widespread complaints of fraud continued to pour in, tainting the outcome.
Russia's Putin seeks Kremlin return, critics cry foul
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Santorum backs nullifying existing gay marriages  —  There are 18,000 married gay and lesbian couples in California and at least 131,000 nationwide according to the 2010 census, conducted before New York state legalized same-sex marriage in July.  —  Rick Santorum says he'll try to unmarry all of them if he's elected president.
The Right Scoop:
Newt owns David Gregory on contraception debate  —  This is even better than how Newt responded to this issue on ABC this morning.  He refused to allow Gregory to frame this as a women's rights issue and made clear that there is no one blocking access to contraception.
Discussion: Verum Serum
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
It's not because Breitbart was combative  —  A friend emails, with results of a near-scientific experiment:  —  I just watched John Avlon's Daily Beast commentary about the ugly tweets celebrating Andrew's passing.  His underlying logic, like some other commentary I've read …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Calgary Herald − Breaking news …:
Iran election sees Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's faction losing amid high turnout  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad makes the victory sign after voting at a polling station in Tehran on March 2, 2012.  The election is seeing Ahmadenijad's faction losing support amid high turnout.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Emmett Berg / Reuters:
Three Occupy Oakland protesters charged with hate crimes  —  (Reuters) - Three Occupy Oakland protesters accused of surrounding and taunting a woman before stealing her wallet were charged on Friday with robbery and hate crimes, authorities said.  —  Michael Davis, 32, Nneka Crawford, 23 …
Discussion: Big Government and Weasel Zippers
Robin Bravender / Politico:
Gingrich: Obama's apologies ‘embarrassing’  —  Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich on Sunday called President Barack Obama's apologies for the burning of a Quran in Afghanistan “embarrassing.”  —  “When the president of the United States says I apologize, he is basically taking on blame …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Raw Story
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