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1:50 PM ET, March 7, 2012

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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 …
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Mj Lee / Politico:
Super Tuesday Alaska: Sarah Palin voted for Newt Gingrich  —  Sarah Palin revealed late on Super Tuesday that she voted for Newt Gingrich in the Alaska caucuses.  —  After declining to reveal to a CNN reporter which 2012 candidate she voted for, Palin said in a later interview with a Fox News host …
Toby Harnden / Mail Online:
Slouching towards victory?  Mitt Romney wins six on Super Tuesday but gets labelled a loser  —  Poor old Mitt Romney.  —  He wins six out of 10 states on Super Tuesday and a clear majority of the delegates available.  He overcomes a 12-point opinion poll deficit in Ohio to narrowly beat Rick Santorum, who wins only three states.
Mj Lee / Politico:
Sarah Palin defends Rush Limbaugh, cites ‘hypocrisy’  —  Sarah Palin just cast her Super Tuesday ballot in Alaska, but she's wouldn't say which Republican candidate she voted for.  —  “I would not tell you who I voted for in this presidential preference poll,” a smiling Palin told CNN …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Mitt's Glass Half Empty
The Daily Beast:
No Clear Path To Victory For Romney
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
Palin on open convention: Anything is possible
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Santorum super-PAC calls on Gingrich to leave the GOP race
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Martin / Reuters:   Mitt Romney's rough road to Tampa
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.
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Ohio Rep. Schmidt becomes first member ousted in 2012 primary  —  Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) became the first member of Congress to be defeated in a primary in 2012, losing her race on Tuesday to physician Brad Wenstrup.  —  With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Wenstrup took 49 percent of the vote to Schmidt's 43 percent.
Discussion: Politico and The Mahablog
Alex Isenstadt / Reuters:
‘Joe the Plumber’ wins Ohio Republican congressional primary bid  —  Yes, Marcy Kaptur blew out Dennis Kucinich, and Jean Schmidt unexpectedly lost her House seat to a challenger.  —  But one of the biggest — and most overlooked — surprises of Tuesday night was in a northeast Ohio Republican congressional primary.
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Upset in Ohio: Rep. Jean Schmidt (R) loses primary to Brad Wenstrup
Discussion: US Politics and nation.foxnews.com
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Wealthy voters deliver for Mitt Romney
Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:
Obama loses Dem primary in 15 Oklahoma counties  —  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama collected the most votes in the Oklahoma Democratic primary, but lost in 15 counties.  —  With 98 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Obama won 57 percent of the vote.
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Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Anti-abortion activist may keep Obama from unanimous re-nomination
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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.
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: Hullabaloo and Hotline On Call
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Jonathan Riskind / Portland Press-Herald:
Pingree won't run for U.S. Senate
Discussion: Daily Kos and Taegan Goddard's …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner makes final plea to rally support for $260B highway bill  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is making one last push to rally Republicans around his signature transportation bill, warning rank-and-file lawmakers against “punting on the opportunity to pass an infrastructure bill that bears our stamp.”
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Boehner warns House GOP he will take a detour on highway bill
Discussion: Politico and RedState
JSOnline:
Judge draws flak for signing Walker recall petition  —  Nearly four months before he signed off on the poorly edited order granting a temporary injunction against Wisconsin's new voter identification law, Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan scribbled his name on another important legal document:
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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: youtube.com
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Investors flee Carbonite after Limbaugh announcement  —  On Saturday, Carbonite CEO David Friend released a statement on his company's website declaring that Carbonite had decided to “withdraw” advertising from Rush Limbaugh's radio show in the wake of his controversial remarks involving …
BuzzFeed:
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
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney says his tax plan 'can't be scored' because it lacks details  —  Mitt Romney on Wednesday dismissed the notion that his tax plan would benefit the wealthy, saying any analysis of his proposal is inaccurate because he hasn't “laid out all the details.”
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Romney Admits His Economic Plan 'Can't Be Scored,' Still Insists It Will Balance The Budget
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Ezra Klein
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Netanyahu's Gift to Obama  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a gift to President Obama: The Book of Esther.  —  Aides to the Israeli politician referred to the book as “background reading” on Iran for President Obama, the Jewish Daily Forward reports.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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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,” …
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Netanyahu asked Panetta to approve sale of bunker-busting bombs, U.S. official says  —  Top administration source says Obama instructed Defense Secretary to work with Defense Minister Barak, to give all due consideration to the request for purchasing GBU-28 bombs, advanced refueling aircraft.
 
 
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