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11:05 AM ET, March 8, 2012


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Brett Smiley / New York Magazine:
Breitbart's Obama Video Is a Total Dud  —  That movie stunk.  —'s explosive, blockbuster video that would expose Barack Obama as a radical commie who wasn't vetted by the media was almost entirely hype.  —'s Editor-in-Chief Joel Pollak and Editor …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, TBogg and Mediaite
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 Golis / PBS:
The Story Behind the Obama Law School Speech Video  —  The web is abuzz today about video of a speech Barack Obama gave in 1990 (some reports have incorrectly identified the speech as occurring in 1991) at Harvard Law School defending the actions of Professor Derrick Bell.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Armed Forces Chairman Levin wants Limbaugh dropped from military radio  —  The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Wednesday that he would “love” to see controversial conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh dropped from the Armed Forces Network.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Rep. Bachmann calls outrage over Limbaugh ‘overkill’
Discussion: Politico
George Talbot / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
New poll shows Rick Santorum leading in Alabama GOP primary  —  A new poll released on the eve of Rick Santorum's first campaign visit to Alabama shows the former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania leading in the state Republican Party presidential primary.  —  The statewide poll conducted …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Would Santorum Do Without Gingrich?
Eric Gay / ABCNEWS:
Rick Santorum Will Face More Ballot, Delegate Problems
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Mj Lee / Politico:
Joe the Plumber blows a gasket on CNN  —  Samuel Wurzelbacher, who on Thursday morning accused CNN of being like TMZ and trying to trap him with “gotcha questions,” explained to POLITICO immediately following the tense interview that he is “sick of the gossip and drama.”
Rick Santorum / CNN:
First on CNN: Santorum super PAC hits Alabama and Mississippi airwaves  —  (CNN) - The pro-Santorum super PAC Red, White and Blue Fund is buying between $500,000 and $600,000 worth of ads in Alabama and Mississippi.  —  The ad buy begins Thursday afternoon and will feature …
Discussion: GOP 12
Dan Springer / Fox News:
Wind farms in Pacific Northwest paid to not produce  —  Wind farms in the Pacific Northwest — built with government subsidies and maintained with tax credits for every megawatt produced — are now getting paid to shut down as the federal agency charged with managing the region's electricity grid …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Obama lobbying Dems over Keystone XL pipeline  —  President Barack Obama is intervening in a Senate fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline and personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction, according to several sources familiar with the talks.
Zandar / Angry Black Lady Chronicles:
Won't Be Long Now, Folks!  —  And the odds that we'll get to somebody dropping the ni-CLANG word on President Obama took a really big step forward today, along with bonus misogyny to boot.  They say a picture's worth a thousands words, and judging from the latest Mike Lester political cartoon from the Rome …
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
The Influence Industry: Obama gives administration jobs to some big fundraisers  —  Big donors considering whether to work the phones raising money for President Obama's reelection campaign might consider the fate of his 2008 bundlers.  Many of them, it turns out, won plum jobs in his administration.
Roll Call:
Rep. Jean Schmidt's Defeat Serves as Warning  —  Ohio Rep. Jean Schmidt had tough primaries before, but it's obvious she didn't see this one coming.  —  Podiatrist Brad Wenstrup defeated Schmidt by 6 points in Tuesday's GOP primary, likely ending the controversial Congresswoman's career.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Warns Apple, Publishers  —  Justice Department Threatens Lawsuits, Alleging Collusion Over E-Book Pricing  —  The Justice Department has warned Apple Inc. and five of the biggest U.S. publishers that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books, according to people familiar with the matter.
Associated Press:
Senior Syrian official defects to protest Assad's crackdown  —  BEIRUT (AP) - Syria's deputy oil minister announced his defection in an online video that emerged Thursday, making him the highest ranking official to abandon President Bashar Assad's regime since the country's uprising erupted a year ago.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Party of Hate  —  Millions of Americans voted for Barack Obama in the hope that he would be a trailblazer who would conduct the presidency in a new way.  Well, he has: Obama has been the most divisive president in our modern history, unabashedly stirring up hate against not only his political enemies …
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Eric Kleefeld /
TPM2012  —  Bachmann: ‘Health Care Dictator’ Could Decide How Many Babies You Can Have  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is warning that the Obama administration's contraception insurance mandate could put America on a slippery slope — to a totalitarian one-child policy.
Washington Examiner:
Secret Service agent: Clinton's staff rude, Hillary aloof  —  In a breach of tradition, a former U.S. Secret Service agent has self-published a book that savages the Clinton White House staff as arrogant and rude, suggests former first lady Hillary Clinton was aloof and charges …
Discussion: The Jane Dough
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Dogging Mitt Romney  —  I don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but Mitt Romney once drove to Canada with the family Irish setter on the roof of the car.  —  Seamus, the dog-on-the-roof, has become a kind of political icon.  You cannot go anywhere without running into him.
First Thoughts: Why isn't this GOP race over?  —  Why isn't this GOP race over?... Three answers: 1) Romney's getting penalized for the competition he's facing... 2) He's struggling in the South, which just happens to be the battleground for next week... 3) He hasn't fixed his message problem …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, BuzzFeed and The Hill
New York Times:
Romney Lags in G.O.P. Grass-Roots Fund-Raising  —  Mitt Romney has more delegates, more money and more endorsements than any of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.  But with a split verdict on Super Tuesday and no quick finish in sight, he is struggling to match the enthusiasm …
Discussion: American Prospect and The Caucus
New York Times:
Texas Women's Clinics Retreat as Finances Are Cut  —  Leticia Parra, a mother of five scraping by on income from her husband's sporadic construction jobs, relied on the Planned Parenthood clinic in San Carlos, an impoverished town in South Texas, for breast cancer screenings, free birth control pills and pap smears for cervical cancer.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and ThinkProgress
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Kim Severson / New York Times:
Number of U.S. Hate Groups Is Rising, Report Says
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and ThinkProgress
David Weigel / Slate:
Santorum 2016  —  A true-sounding aside from Alex Pareene …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Return of the Global Test
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Sen. Hatch facing do-or-die caucuses
Discussion: Wonkette
Eamon Javers / CNBC:
Labor Dept. Asks Nuclear Guardians for Help Keeping Jobs Data Secret
Discussion: Business Insider
Bob Somerby / the daily howler:
HERE'S THE OUTRAGE: Why are we outraged by Rush Limbaugh now?
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama plays hard on and off court
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Romney Train Rolls On
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Murray / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Reforms for the New Upper Class
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
New York Times:
Obama Campaign's Vast Effort to Re-Enlist '08 Supporters
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Associated Press:
Satellite images show Iran cleaning secret nuclear activity, sources say
David Batty / Guardian:
Massive solar storm heading for Earth
Blogger Bob / The TSA Blog:
Viral Video About Body Scanners
Discussion: Hot Air, Guardian and Campaign 2012
Jessica Winter / TIME Ideas:
Subject for Debate: Are Women People?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hullabaloo