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10:05 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.
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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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Would Santorum Do Without Gingrich?  —  One of the reasons to be skeptical that Rick Santorum could win the Republican nomination is that we now have a pretty good idea of how the vote will play out from state to state — and the coalition that he is building seems short of a majority.
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George Talbot / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
New poll shows Rick Santorum leading in Alabama GOP primary
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Mitt Romney's media charm offensive
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos, Guardian and Reuters
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Bob Dole: Romney Must Answer for Health Care Mandates
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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 sends message to Obama on Keystone
Discussion: CNN, The PJ Tatler and ThinkProgress
Manu Raju / Politico:
Obama lobbying Dems over Keystone XL pipeline
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum: The question that will define Campaign 2012
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.
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
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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.
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
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
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Firedoglake
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 …
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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Sarah Devlin / Mediaite:   Bill O'Reilly Talks Viagra, Gas Prices And Mitt Romney's Hair On The View
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 …
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 …
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 …
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Middle School Teacher Is Placed On Leave After Students Discover Her Porn Past  —  A California middle school teacher has been placed on leave after administrators learned from students that the educator appears in porn videos available online.  —  Stacie Halas, a 31-year-old science teacher …
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.
 
 
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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?
Emily Heinz / The Huffington Post:
Richard Codey, Former N.J. Governor, Disguises Self As Homeless To Expose System Shortcomings
Discussion: The Raw Story and msnbc.com
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Govt. sets record deficit in February
Brian Tashman / rightwingwatch.org:
James Inhofe Says the Bible Refutes Climate Change
 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein / New York Review of Books:
Our Corrupt Politics: It's Not All Money
Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Baby's Death Renews Debate Over a Circumcision Ritual
Discussion: Gothamist
Charles Murray / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Reforms for the New Upper Class
Wall Street Journal:
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