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9:40 AM ET, March 5, 2012


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Daily Kos:
I've spent the past 2 days trying to convince my 16 y/o she is not a “slut” **Updated x 3  —  I can hardly type, can hardly put this into words!  I have been writing and rewriting this because if I don't break down in tears, I get so angry that I can't think straight!
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Pamela Geller Spews Hatred at Sandra Fluke: ‘Banging It Five Times a Day’  —  Rush Limbaugh may have “apologized” (disclaimer: not a real apology) for his caveman comments about Sandra Fluke, but the right wing blogosphere continues to spew torrents of venom at her.
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.
Tali Arbel / Associated Press:
A 7th advertiser pulls out of Limbaugh's show
Will Dunham / Reuters:
Ron Paul unimpressed with Limbaugh apology
Kirsten Powers / The Daily Beast:
Rush Limbaugh Isn't the Only Media Misogynist
Andrew Breitbart / BREITBART.COM:
THE VETTING, PART I: BARACK'S LOVE SONG TO ALINSKY  —  Prior to his passing, Andrew Breitbart said that the mission of the Breitbart empire was to exemplify the free and fearless press that our Constitution protects—but which, increasingly, the mainstream media denies us.  —  “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Everything Is Different Now - the Breitbartocalypse Is Upon Us  —  Before his death, Andrew Breitbart had been promising a true BOMBSHELL revelation about Barack Obama, a STUNNER that would finally put an end to Obama's reign of terror.  Some whispered darkly that this may have been the reason …
Discussion: Pat Dollard and The Daily Caller
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Polls show Romney gaining nationally, pulling ahead in Ohio  —  Mitt Romney has regained the lead over the GOP field nationally and is poised for a victory in the key Super Tuesday battleground of Ohio, according to new polls.  —  According to a Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll released on Monday …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Quinnipiac University:
Romney Has Momentum In Ohio GOP Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; But Presidential Primary Too Close To Call  —  The Ohio Republican presidential primary remains too close to call, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has the momentum, and 34 percent of likely Republican primary voters …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gingrich: Romney's ‘rich enough’ to not have to worry about high gas prices  —  Newt Gingrich on Monday offered a blistering rebuttal to Mitt Romney's critique of his $2.50 per-gallon gas plan, suggesting Romney was “rich enough” to be unconcerned with rising gas prices.
Discussion: Hot Air
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
State-by-State Analysis: Romney Could Win Majority of Super Tuesday Delegates
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Split decision for Super Tuesday
Sen. Tom Coburn / Daily Oklahoman:
Mitt Romney best equipped to solve problems facing our nation
Rasmussen Reports:
Tennessee Primary: Santorum 34%, Romney 30%, Gingrich 18%, Paul 8%
Discussion: PJ Media and Ballot Box
Mark Murray /
NBC/WSJ poll: Primary season takes ‘corrosive’ toll on GOP and its candidates  —  As another round of voting takes place this week in the Republican presidential race - with 11 states holding Super Tuesday contests - a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that the combative …
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
States of Depression  —  The economic news is looking better lately.  But after previous false starts — remember “green shoots”? — it would be foolish to assume that all is well.  And in any case, it's still a very slow economic recovery by historical standards.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
White House to Congress Dems: Expect no money  —  President Barack Obama has a bleak message for House and Senate Democrats this year when it comes to campaign cash: You're on your own.  —  Democratic congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Michael Winerip / New York Times:
Hard-Working Teachers, Sabotaged When Student Test Scores Slip  —  For 15 years, Anna Allanbrook has been the principal of Public School 146 in Brooklyn, one of the highest-achieving elementary schools in the city.  In that time, she has never had a more talented and hard-working bunch than the current team of fifth-grade teachers.
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
God-botherer calls collect  —  Aspiring Cardinal Rick Santorum was interviewed by the generally enabling Fox employee Chris Wallace yesterday and asked how charitable he is in comparison to more allegedly heretical types. … Ruh-roh.  —  Li'l Ricky has managed to parlay his $923,000 …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Associated Press:
Foreign Observers: Serious Problems in Russia Vote  —  There were “serious problems” in the vote that returned Vladimir Putin to the Russian presidency, the head of the major international election observer mission said Monday, adding fuel to an opposition testing its strength with plans for a massive protest rally.
Discussion: The Agonist
Washington Post:
Vladi­mir Putin appears set for reelection as Russian president; opponents claim widespread fraud
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Putin Wins Presidency, but Opposition Keeps Pressure
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Washington Examiner:
Sunday Reflection: The future will be better than we think if politicians don't ruin it  —  I'm reading “Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think” by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler, and it's a good and highly encouraging book.  But I believe that their technological optimism, though justified, also needs to be qualified.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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Washington Post:
Holder expected to explain rationale for targeting U.S. citizens abroad
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Wolfgang Münchau / Financial Times:
The Bundesbank has no right at all to be baffled
Ken Armstrong / Seattle Times:
Before state's high court: role of race in identifying a face
Associated Press:
Chicago police chief pledges no NYPD-style spying on Muslims
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Continuing Buildup, China Boosts Military Spending More Than 11 Percent
Associated Press:
Australian state toughens law for Muslim veils
 Earlier Items: 
Robin Bravender / Politico:
FEC's bad rap getting worse
Discussion: Associated Press
Brendan Kirby / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
Candidate says Alabama Supreme Court rulings favor corporate interests
Marc Israel Sellem / Jerusalem Post:
Likud politicians mock Obama AIPAC speech
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav
The Right Scoop:
Newt owns David Gregory on contraception debate
Discussion: Verum Serum