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4:45 PM ET, March 7, 2012


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Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
THE VETTING: BEN SMITH RELEASES SELECTIVELY EDITED OBAMA RACE VIDEO  —  Earlier today, Buzzfeed's Ben Smith announced on Twitter that video researcher Andrew Kaczynski had released “the mysterious Harvard/Obama/race video that the Breitbart folks have been talking about.”
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
At Harvard, Obama Dived Into Diversity Fight  —  In this video, not previously available online but licensed by BuzzFeed from a Boston television station, the future president speaks at a 1991 campus protest organized to demand tenure for minority and female law professors.  —  Source:
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
News Analysis: No Super Tuesday Knockout Punch  —  Mitt Romney won the delegates, but not necessarily the argument.  —  His quest to win the Republican presidential nomination has always resembled a detailed, methodical business plan.  Mr. Romney, who spent much of his life fixing troubled corporations …
Wall Street Journal:
Republican Split Decision  —  Romney had a good night but Santorum has cause to fight on.  —  If Republican poohbahs were hoping that Super Tuesday's 10 contests would settle the Republican primary contest, they woke up Wednesday disappointed.  While Mitt Romney had a good night and stretched …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Newt aide: No, Mitt should drop out  —  Newt Gingrich adviser Vince Haley rejected a call from the Rick Santorum super PAC for his candidate to get out of the 2012 race - and argued this morning that it's Mitt Romney, rather than Gingrich or Santorum, who's making a mess of the Republican primary.
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Ballot Box
Mj Lee / Politico:
Super Tuesday Alaska: Sarah Palin voted for Newt Gingrich
David Weigel / Slate:
Romney and Galactus: Five Lessons from Super Tuesday
Discussion: Mother Jones
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama campaign says long GOP primary hurts president's fundraising
Discussion: Politico
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Mitt's Glass Half Empty
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gingrich spokesman: Alabama and Mississippi are must-wins
Discussion: CNN
David Corn / MoJo Articles:
Mitt Romney's Zombie Problem
Discussion: BuzzFeed
The Daily Beast:
No Clear Path To Victory For Romney
Discussion: Politico
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   It Ain't Over  —  Out here, in the dark quiet of the winter …
Michael Kinsley / Bloomberg:
The insincere push to crush Rush  —  The people who want to drive Rush Limbaugh off the air aren't assuaged or persuaded by his apology over the weekend.  They say he wasn't sincere: He only apologized for calling a Georgetown University law student a “slut” and a “prostitute” because of pressure from advertisers.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Bill Maher Defends Rush Limbaugh  —  Last night on Twitter, Bill Maher defended Rush Limbaugh and attacked liberals for not accepting Limbaugh's apology after he spent three days relentlessly attacking law student Sandra Fluke.  —  Notably, Limbaugh only apologized for “two words,” after attacking Fluke dozens of times.
EXCLUSIVE: DEMS INCITE DEATH THREATS AGAINST LIMBAUGH  —  Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh is being targeted by multiple death threats after President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party ignored his apology for controversial remarks and continued to single him out for rebuke.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Maine Miscellany  —It looks like Maine voters will reverse their 2009 decision and legalize gay marriage in the state this fall.  54% think that gay marriage should be legal to only 41% who think it should be illegal.  And when we asked about the issue using the exact language voters …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Liberal darling Chellie Pingree won't run for Snowe's seat  —  In a move that could complicate the Democratic Party's efforts to hold the Senate, Dem Rep. Chellie Pingree — a favorite of national liberals and progressives — has decided not to run for the seat of retiring Olympia Snowe, a Democrat familiar with her thinking tells me.
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Chellie Pingree Announces She Will Not Run For Retiring Senator Olympia Snowe's Seat
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Centrist Prom King: Angus is no Bernie
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Post
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Anti-abortion activist may keep Obama from unanimous re-nomination
Discussion: Hot Air
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Rep. Dennis Kucinich suffers primary defeat in Ohio  —  Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio), the two-time presidential candidate and icon of the antiwar left, suffered a bruising primary defeat Tuesday as a new Republican-drawn congressional map threatened to end the career of one of the most colorful figures in Congress.
Brian Mylar / KSAT-TV:
Racial incident mars high school game  —  School district, students apologize  —  SAN ANTONIO -  —  A local school district is apologizing after an apparent incident of racism at a boys high school basketball game this past weekend.  —  When the final whistle blew Saturday …
TSA Out of Our Pants!:
$1B of TSA Nude Body Scanners Made Worthless By Blog — How Anyone Can Get Anything Past The Scanners  —  This video is here to demonstrate that the TSA's insistence that the nude body scanner program is effective and necessary is nothing but a fraud, just like their claims that the program is safe …
Eric Kleefeld /
TPM2012  —  Jean Schmidt Loses House Seat In Major GOP Primary Upset  —  In a major upset, Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH), a fiery conservative voice in the House of Representatives, has lost the Republican primary for her redrawn House seat.  —  With 99% of precincts reports …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Ohio Rep. Schmidt becomes first member ousted in 2012 primary
Discussion: Politico and The Mahablog
Sahil Kapur /
TPMDC  —  Senate Republicans Backing Off Contraception Wars  —  From one top GOP senator openly lamenting the fallout of the ongoing fight over contraception, to the author of the controversial legislation at the heart of that fight effectively conceding defeat in the upper chamber …
House slowing down on contraception legislation
Discussion: Daily Kos
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Romney Admits His Economic Plan 'Can't Be Scored,' Still Insists It Will Balance The Budget  —  Mitt Romney — fresh off his series of primary victories last night — appeared on CNBC this morning, where he was asked about the Tax Policy Center's assessment that his tax plan would add trillions of dollars to the national debt.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney says his tax plan 'can't be scored' because it lacks details
Discussion: PERRspectives
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Apple next-generation iPad liveblog!  —  March 7, 2012.  Hard to say if it's a day that'll live long in terms of historical significance, but you can bet it'll be an important milestone in the history of Apple's iPad family.  The next iPad (iPad 3? iPad HD? iPad 2S?) is due to be unveiled …
Discussion: TPM Idea Lab and Vodkapundit
Why Rick Won't Quit  —  The cost is high.  But it's not about logic, or even winning, any more.  —  There comes a point in a presidential campaign — and in the lore, it's always 3 a.m. when this happens — where the candidate finds himself staring at the ceiling, contemplating financial ruin.
Discussion: GOP 12
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
RFK Jr.: Inhofe is ‘call girl’ for Big Oil  —  Leave it to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to one-up Rush Limbaugh in the name-calling department.  —  “Speaking of prostitutes, big oil's top call girl Sen Inhofe wants to kill fuel economy backed by automakers, small biz, enviros, & consumers,” …
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama makes swing-state energy push amid GOP attacks over high gas prices
Discussion: Politico
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Sebelius: Living a Mile from a Grocery ‘May Be Too Far to Get Healthier Food’
Dave Levinthaland Anna Palmer / Politico:
POLITICO Influence: Paul PAC shifts
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Can Caucuses Be Defended?  —  Super Tuesday, with its mix …
Discussion: The New Republic
Darren A. Nichols /
Audit: Part of $11M grant for Detroit job seekers only aided 2
Brian Tashman /
Pat Robertson Weighs in on Sandra Fluke's ‘Fornication’
Discussion: The Raw Story
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner makes final plea to rally support for $260B highway bill
Discussion: Booman Tribune
 Earlier Items: 
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Netanyahu's Gift to Obama
Illegal immigrants take taxis to avoid deportation
Discussion: Biased BBC and National Review
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Netanyahu asked Panetta to approve sale of bunker-busting bombs, U.S. official says