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1:30 PM ET, March 4, 2012


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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  —  GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has pulled into a statistical dead heat with rival Rick Santorum in Ohio, two new polls find.  —  A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday shows Romney and Santorum tied with 32 percent support …
NBC News/Marist poll: Santorum, Romney neck and neck in Ohio  —  By NBC News Senior Political Editor Mark Murray  —  Two days until Super Tuesday and the pivotal Ohio Republican presidential primary, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are running neck and neck in the Buckeye State …
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Outside the Beltway
‘This Week’ Transcript: Newt Gingrich and David Axelrod
Discussion: Washington Post
Fox News:
Romney notches fifth straight win with Washington state GOP caucuses
Discussion: The Daily Weekly and Hit & Run
Aaron Gould Sheinin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Gingrich carries double-digit lead into Georgia primary
Discussion: CNN, Politico, Washington Wire and
Enquirer Endorsement: Romney deserves Ohio's support
Discussion: Ballot Box and GOP 12
Vicki Needham / Ballot Box:
Cleveland Plain Dealer endorses Romney
Discussion: CNN, Plain Dealer and Politico
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 …
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?
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
Sixth Advertiser — Carbonite — Drops Limbaugh Despite His ‘Apology’ Because He's Beyond The ‘Bounds Of Decency’  —  Moments ago, Carbonite - a company providing backup software for computers - announced that it will no longer advertise on Rush Limbaugh's show.
The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh Apologizes To Sandra Fluke For Calling Her A ‘Slut’
Dublin patron saint's heart stolen from Christ Church Cathedral  —  The preserved heart of Dublin's patron saint has been stolen from the city's Christ Church Cathedral, officials say.  —  The thief would have needed metal cutters to prise open the iron bars protecting the wooden heart-shaped box holding St Laurence O'Toole's heart.
Keith O'Brien / Telegraph:
We cannot afford to indulge this madness  —  Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Britain's most senior Catholic, sets out his opposition to the Government's plans to legalise gay marriage.  —  Elton John and David Furnish entered into a civil partnership in 2005 and now have a one-year-old son , born to a surrogate mother
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
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
TEXT: Obama's remarks to AIPAC  —  Here are President Obama's prepared remarks to AIPAC's policy conference this morning.  —  March 4, 2012  —  Remarks of President Barack Obama - As Prepared for Delivery  —  AIPAC Policy Conference  —  Washington, D.C.  —  March 4, 2012  —  As Prepared for Delivery -
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Scholar and the Rascal  —  THE right-wing provocateur Andrew Breitbart and the neoconservative scholar James Q. Wilson, who died within 48 hours of each other last week — Wilson at the age of 80, Breitbart so unexpectedly at 43 — had one important thing in common: They were both prominent conservatives …
Annys Shin / Washington Post:
A million-dollar mortgage goes unpaid for years while couple fights foreclosure  —  The eviction from their million-dollar home could come at any moment.  Keith and Janet Ritter have been bracing for it — and battling against it — almost from the moment they moved into the five-bedroom …
Discussion: EconLog and Booman Tribune
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
Inside Bay Area:
Three Occupy Oakland protesters arrested for robbery and a hate crime, both felonies  —  OAKLAND — Three Occupy Oakland protesters suspected of stealing an Oakland woman's wallet and making offensive remarks about her perceived sexuality were charged Friday with robbery and committing a hate crime, both felonies, authorities said.
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