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3:15 PM ET, March 5, 2012

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Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh, AOL Part Ways … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  WASHINGTON — AOL, the parent company of The Huffington Post, has become the eighth advertiser to pull its money from Rush Limbaugh's syndicated radio program since he called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke …
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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!
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 …
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
Rally for Rush  —  So.  Did you hear about Carbonite and Rush Limbaugh?  —  No, you didn't.  Not the way you will in a minute.  But first?  —  It's time to turn the tables.  —  It's time to stand up to the bullies.  —  It's time to Rally for Rush.
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.
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 …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Rush On Degrading Comments About Women: 'I'm Not Going To Apologize.  People In My Position Never Apologize'  —  For three days, Rush Limbaugh pursed a relentless, sexist and hateful assault on law student Sandra Fluke.  (You can read a catalogue of 53 separate attacks by Limbaugh on Fluke here.)
CNN:   More Limbaugh advertisers jump ship
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Sandra Fluke Says Rush Limbaugh's Apology Doesn't Change Anything
Discussion: msnbc.com and Hot Air
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:   Limbaugh Blames His Hate Speech on the Left (Of Course)
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Limbaugh and Birthers  —  On our Georgia, Ohio, and Tennessee …
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
Female Veterans Demand Rush Limbaugh's Show Be Pulled From American Forces Network
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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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 …
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.
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 and The Daily Caller
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.
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 and Mediaite
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
McCain to call for air strikes on Syria  —  Later today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services, will become the first U.S. senator to publicly call for U.S. led air strikes to halt the violence and atrocities being committed by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Dahlia Lithwick / New Yorker:
EXTREME MAKEOVER  — BOOKS - MOVIES - ART - MUSIC - THE BOOK BENCH - PHOTO BOOTH - PETER SCHJELDAHL ON ART - TABLES FOR TWO - TABLE OF CONTENTS
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Rush Limbaugh:
Why I Apologized to Sandra Fluke  —  RUSH: Yeah, I knew it was getting bad.  I was watching the media on Saturday, and I said, “You know what?  I gotta call myself and cancel and suspend the Two If By Tea advertising.”  So I called myself to cancel the advertising.
Jonathon M. Seidl / TheBlaze.com:
LIBERAL RADIO HOST MOCKS STORM VICTIMS: ‘THEIR GOD...KEEPS SMASHING THEM INTO LITTLE GREASE SPOTS’  —  With all the talk of holding radio talk show hosts accountable lately, it's probably worth bringing you what liberal firebrand Mike Malloy said last week as storms ravaged the South.
Discussion: Mediaite
Niniek Karmini / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Obama's transgender ex-nanny outcast  —  JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Once, long ago, Evie looked after “Barry” Obama, the kid who would grow up to become the world's most powerful man.  Now, his transgender former nanny has given up her tight, flowery dresses, her brocade vest and her bras …
Larry Solov / BREITBART.COM:
THE ‘BIG’ CHANGE  —  Dear Readers:  —  Today, as Andrew dreamed and planned, we launch what he called “Breitbart 2.0.”  —  Many of you wondered what he was working on so hard during the last year of his life.  Here it is.  —  This was Andrew's design.  And it is Big, like everything else about him.
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Papers Put Faith in Paywalls  —  Digital Subscription Sales Are Slow, but Publishers Are Encouraged by Trends  —  As more newspapers close the door on free access to their websites, some publishers are still waiting for paying customers to pour in.  —  The numbers of readers signing …
 
 
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