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10:50 PM ET, March 4, 2012


 Top Items: 
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.”
Tali Arbel / Associated Press:
A 7th advertiser pulls out of Limbaugh's show  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A flower company is the seventh advertiser to pull its ads from conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh's radio program in reaction to his derogatory comments about a law student who testified about birth control policy.
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 …
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.
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Slutgate: Contact Carbonite — Drop Ed Schultz UPDATE: 7 Companies to Boycott  —  A 30-year-old poses as a 23-year-old, chooses a Catholic University to attend at $65,000 per year, and cannot afford ALL the birth control pills she needs... so she wants the US taxpayers to pay for her rampant sexual activity.
Daily Kos:
I've spent the past 2 days trying to convince my 16 y/o she is not a “slut” **Updated x 3
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 …
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
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Putin Wins Presidency, but Opposition Keeps Pressure  —  MOSCOW — Russian voters overwhelmingly granted Vladimir V. Putin a six-year term as president on Sunday, a widely expected outcome that set the stage for a far more suspenseful post-election confrontation between the freshly emboldened leader …
Discussion: Via Meadia and Outside the Beltway
Washington Post:   Vladi­mir Putin appears set for reelection as Russian president; opponents claim widespread fraud
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.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Lawmakers secretly work on bipartisan deficit grand bargain  —  A small, bipartisan group of lawmakers in both the House and Senate are secretly drafting deficit grand bargain legislation that cuts entitlements and raises new revenue.  —  Sources said that the task of actually writing …
Marc Israel Sellem / Jerusalem Post:
Likud politicians mock Obama AIPAC speech  —  Labor's Yacimovich calls the speech “unquestionably pro-Israel”; Livni blames Netanyahu for tensions.  —  Israeli reactions to US President Barack Obama's speech at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington on Sunday were divided along party lines.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Eric Cantor Compares Contraceptive Mandate to Kosher Food  —  I think the Republicans know they overreached this time with the contraceptive debate and the Blunt Amendment.  But being a Republican means never having to say you're sorry.  You obfuscate, you reframe the debate into something …
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
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It's not because Breitbart was combative
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