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10:45 PM ET, March 8, 2012

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Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Rush Limbaugh's show targets jerks, judging from the latest ads  —  Advertisers learned something about Rush Limbaugh's demographic this week.  —  “Here we thought lots of pleasant, upstanding people were listening to and enjoying the rational things Rush had to say,” dozens of companies said.
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Media Matters for America:
Rush Limbaugh Closes First Hour With Dead Air  —  Rush Limbaugh closed the first hour of his radio show on his flagship station, WABC, with 1:03 of dead air Monday.  —  From WABC's online feed of the final commercial break of the first hour:  —  While advertisers have fled Limbaugh's show since …
The Atlantic Wire:
Rush Scrubs ‘Slut’ Comment, Demand for Fluke Sex Tapes  —  RushLimbaugh.com appears to have removed parts of his radio transcripts from February 29 and March 1 in which he called Sandra Fluke a “slut” and demanded a sex tape as a thank you to taxpayers for subsidizing her birth control.
Bloomberg:
Limbaugh's AWOL Sponsors Open Way for Nonprofits  —  But American Heart Association Wants Out  —  The boycott against talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh has some unexpected beneficiaries: nonprofits getting more ad time on his show.  —  The United Negro College Fund, Big Brothers Big Sisters …
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Lachlan Markay / The Heritage Foundation:
Derrick A. Bell Visited the White House Twice in 2010  —  Visitor logs show that Derrick A. Bell visited the White House twice since President Obama took office.  The logs show two visits by an individual of that name on January 29 and 31, 2010.  —  Derrick Albert Bell …
Pinecone / rebelpundit:
Was Soledad O'Brien Bailed Out by Producers on Critical Race Theory Definition?  —  CNN's Soledad O'Brien's venomously sarcastic interview with Breitbart.com editor-in-chief Joel Pollak culminated with her throwing out her definition of “Critical Race Theory” in the heat of her interview over the Obama/Bell Tapes released last night.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: CNN beclowns itself painting Breitbart editor-in-chief as racist  —  Soledad O'Brien and her CNN panel manage to stumble into Contessa Brewer territory in this appearance by attempting to paint Breitbart.com editor-in-chief Joel Pollak as a racist for making a point about Barack Obama's support …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Mitt Romney's media charm offensive  —  BOSTON — It's the worst-kept secret of the 2012 campaign: The candidate who does the least public media-bashing — Mitt Romney — has the worst relationship of all with the press.  —  But as Romney seeks to nail down the GOP nomination and cement …
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and Reuters
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guampdn.com:
BREAKING NEWS: Santorum, Romney campaigns reach out to Guam
George Talbot / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
New poll shows Rick Santorum leading in Alabama GOP primary
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Bob Dole: Romney Must Answer for Health Care Mandates
Discussion: Politico
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Pat Robertson Says Marijuana Use Should be Legal  —  Of the many roles Pat Robertson has assumed over his five-decade-long career as an evangelical leader — including presidential candidate and provocative voice of the right wing — his newest guise may perhaps surprise his followers the most: marijuana legalization advocate.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Senate rejects GOP measure to construct Keystone pipeline, 56-42  —  The Senate has rejected a GOP plan to approve construction of the Keystone oil pipeline after President Obama made personal calls to Democrats urging them to oppose it.  —  The 56-42 vote staves of an election-year rebuke of Obama …
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Erica Martinsonand Dan Berman / Politico:
Senate's Keystone message to W.H.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, CNN and ThinkProgress
Manu Raju / Politico:
Obama lobbying Dems over Keystone XL pipeline
Ezra Klein:
How a $1,000 test could destroy the health-insurance industry  —  The New York Times reports that the cost of sequencing an individual genome will soon be less than $1,000.  That's not nothing, but given what most health care costs, it's not much.  And it means that an individual mandate — or something much like it — is inevitable.
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Cost of Gene Sequencing Falls, Raising Hopes for Medical Advances
Discussion: Via Meadia
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mitt: Pay for Your Own Damn College!  —  And get off my lawn while you're at it.  —  Earlier this week, a pretty interesting and telling exchange took place at a Mitt Romney town hall meeting.  A student asked Romney what he would do to make college more affordable for students who struggle to pay for it.
New York Post:
US offered Israel advanced weaponry in exchange for delaying Iran attack: report  —  WASHINGTON — The US offered to give Israel advanced weaponry — including bunker-busting bombs and refueling planes — in exchange for Israel's agreement not to attack Iranian nuclear sites, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported Thursday.
Cincinnati.com:
William Smith, the invisible candidate  —  William R. Smith is the invisible candidate.  —  No one has seen him; no one has heard him speak.  Outside of his home county of Pike, there is probably no Democrat who could recognize him on sight.  —  Tuesday, the Waverly resident won …
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Deirdre Shesgreen / Politics Extra:
Mystery group made calls for mystery candidate in 2nd District
Discussion: Wonkette
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Rush Limbaugh's Advertisers, March 8  —  At least 50 advertisers have reportedly dropped their ads from Rush Limbaugh's radio show in the wake of his misogynistic attacks on Sandra Fluke.  —  Here are his March 8 advertisers, in the order they appeared on WABC, the flagship station for Limbaugh's show.
Discussion: US Politics and Daily Kos
BuzzFeed:
Romney Calls Southern Primaries “An Away Game”  —  Lowering expectations for a rough stretch, he tells an Alabama radio station he hopes to pick up delegates in Birmingham — even if he can't win the state.  —  Mitt Romney admitted Thursday that he might not be the most natural fit …
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
U.S. Unemployment Up in February  —  Underemployment is 19.1%, up from 18.7% in January  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, increased to 9.1% in February from 8.6% in January and 8.5% in December.  —  The .5-percentage-point increase …
Bill Bumpas / OneNewsNow.com:
OMM done with JC Penney  —  The leader of a pro-family advocacy group says only time will tell whether JC Penney's decision to have a high-profile homosexual entertainer as its spokesperson was a good business decision.  —  Despite opposition from the American Family Association's advocacy …
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Members of Congress: This job sucks  —  For members of Congress, the thrill is gone.  —  They don't make national policy anymore.  They can't earmark money for communities back home.  The public hates them.  —  And perks little and big, from private jet travel to a little free nosh now and then …
Joe Sudbay / The Huffington Post:
Mr. President, It's Been 500 Days... Evolve Already! … Obama Gay Marriage , Gay Marriage , Same-Sex Marriage , Obama Same-Sex Marriage , Marriage Equality , Obama Evolving , Obama Gay Marriage Evolution , Obama Gay Marriage Evolving , Obama Same-Sex Marriage Evolution , Obama Same-Sex Marriage Evolving , Gay Voices News
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Ann Friedman / Ann Friedman's RSS:
International Slutty Women's Day: A Story in GIFs  —  The year was 2012.  Women were basically just hanging out.  —  You know, doing lady stuff.  —  We'd gotten used to the fact that, for decades, people have been trying to tell us what to do.  —  That we should pay attention …
CBS Minnesota:
Gas Prices Now A Big Factor In Presidential Election  —  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It might be one of the biggest issues in the upcoming presidential election.  Last night, CBS News exit polls found 77 percent of those voting in seven Super Tuesday states say rising gas prices were an important factor in their vote.
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.
Yahoo! News:
Ron Paul's pointless Internet presidency  —  Ron Paul has about as many votes in this year's GOP primaries as he has Facebook fans - is his fierce online following that much less relevant than it appears?  —  Four years ago, the shrewdest presidential candidates used YouTube, MySpace, Facebook and a dash of Twitter.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and National Review
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
Bill O'Reilly Clashes With ‘View’ Hosts Over Contraception, Gas Prices, GOP Candidates (VIDEO) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Bill O'Reilly made an epic return to “The View” on Thursday and clashed with the hosts about well, just about every topic that came up.
 
 
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Poll Finds Americans Reject Republican Assault On Unions
Jonathan Weisman / The Caucus:
Senate Democrats Ask I.R.S. for More Scrutiny of Nonprofit Political Groups
Discussion: New York Times
George Bennett / Post on Politics:
From Penthouse publisher to U.S. House candidate? Boca's Marc Bell considers campaign
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Did Health-Care Reform Cost Democrats the House?
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Govt. sets record deficit in February
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Ezra Klein / New York Review of Books:
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Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Baby's Death Renews Debate Over a Circumcision Ritual
Discussion: Gothamist
Wall Street Journal:
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