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4:15 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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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 …
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 …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Newt aide: No, Mitt should drop out
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama campaign says long GOP primary hurts president's fundraising
Discussion: Politico
David Weigel / Slate:
Romney and Galactus: Five Lessons from Super Tuesday
Discussion: MoJo Articles and Mother Jones
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gingrich spokesman: Alabama and Mississippi are must-wins
Discussion: CNN
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Mitt's Glass Half Empty
The Daily Beast:
No Clear Path To Victory For Romney
Discussion: Politico
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
TRENDING: Santorum ally calls for Gingrich exit
Discussion: Washington Post and Hot Air
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.”
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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
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.
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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.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hot Air, Examiner and Daily Kos
Dan Riehl / BREITBART.COM:
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 …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Liberal darling Chellie Pingree won't run for Snowe's seat
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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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Sahil Kapur / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
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 …
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Reuters:
House slowing down on contraception legislation
Discussion: Daily Kos
Eric Kleefeld / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
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 …
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Ohio Rep. Schmidt becomes first member ousted in 2012 primary
Discussion: Politico and The Mahablog
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.
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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
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
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.
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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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
It Ain't Over  —  Out here, in the dark quiet of the winter …
Discussion: Townhall.com
Guardian:
Leader vows to keep Libya together
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Can Caucuses Be Defended?  —  Super Tuesday, with its mix …
Discussion: The New Republic
Darren A. Nichols / detroitnews.com:
Audit: Part of $11M grant for Detroit job seekers only aided 2
Brian Tashman / rightwingwatch.org:
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
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Netanyahu's Gift to Obama
 Earlier Items: 
lastrealindians.com:
OGLALA NATIONALS ROADBLOCK OIL PIPELINE TRUCKS ON PINE RIDGE REZ
Discussion: ThinkProgress
BBC:
Illegal immigrants take taxis to avoid deportation
Discussion: Biased BBC and National Review
Dan Froomkin / The Huffington Post:
Obama Fights Gas Prices By ‘Reconstituting’ Oil Speculation Task Force
Devon Pendleton / Bloomberg:
World's Richest Lose $11.3B, Mittal Falls Off Index
Discussion: msnbc.com