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12:45 PM 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!
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Limbaugh Advertisers Flee Show Amid Storm  —  Emboldened by Rush Limbaugh's public apology over the weekend to a law school student whom he had called a “slut” and a “prostitute,” critics of the radio talk show host are intensifying their online campaign against his advertisers.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Welcome to total political war  —  And I'm not talking about the attempt to get advertisers to stop advertising on Rush Limbaugh's show, or Fox News, although that would be bad enough.  —  I'm talking about the second-tier of the warfare, the attempt to intimidate those removed …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Cold Fury
Jennifer H. Cunningham / NY Daily News:
Cardinal tweaks Limbaugh, urges fight against birth control policy to stay civil  —  Dolan to Catholics: Be firm but not ‘pugnacious’  —  Timothy Cardinal Dolan leads morning mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral on  —  Timothy Cardinal Dolan chided Rush Limbaugh on Sunday …
Discussion: CNN, ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
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.
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh, AOL Part Ways
Tommy / The Right Sphere:
Is This Why Carbonite Dumped Rush But Not Ed Schultz?
Discussion: Datechguy's Blog and The PJ Tatler
Will Dunham / Reuters:
Ron Paul unimpressed with Limbaugh apology
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Slutgate: Contact Carbonite — Drop Ed Schultz UPDATE: 7 Companies to Boycott
Tim Mak / Politico:
Timothy Dolan to Rush Limbaugh: ‘Do it civilly’
Discussion: CNN
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?”
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Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Everything Is Different Now - the Breitbartocalypse Is Upon Us
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
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 …
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Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Romney Advances as Obama Gains  —  Mitt Romney has regained the lead in the Republican presidential contest thanks to new support from conservatives, while evidence emerges that the bitter nomination fight has damaged the GOP candidates' standing among the wider public, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
In GOP circles, some wonder whether the party needs to lose big to eventually win  —  In “Batman Begins” — the 2005 movie about the origins of the caped crusader — there is a group of villains who believe the city of Gotham is beyond saving and that the only way to fix it is to first destroy it.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
State-by-State Analysis: Romney Could Win Majority of Super Tuesday Delegates  —  Although the Super Tuesday states are a mix of favorable and unfavorable terrain for Mitt Romney, his situation has improved enough that he could be on track to win an outright majority of the delegates on the night.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Split decision for Super Tuesday  —  The news is good for Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich and bad for Rick Santorum in PPP's final polls of the three biggest Super Tuesday states.  —  In Ohio Romney leads with 37% to 36% for Santorum, 15% for Gingrich, and 11% for Ron Paul.
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 …
Mj Lee / Politico:
Newt Gingrich blasts ‘rich enough’ Mitt Romney on gas
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Polls show Romney gaining nationally, pulling ahead in Ohio
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
President Obama to hold first press conference of the year on Super Tuesday  —  President Obama will hold his first press conference of the year at the White House on Tuesday, according to a tweet from press secretary Jay Carney.  —  “President Obama will hold a news conference …
Discussion: CNN
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum says Obama undermines Israel ‘on every front’
Discussion: Politico
NBC's Garrett Haake / msnbc.com:
Romney: If Obama is reelected, Iran will get a nuclear weapon
Discussion: The Raw Story
Marc Israel Sellem / Jerusalem Post:
Likud politicians mock Obama AIPAC speech
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav
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 …
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.
 
 
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