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10:50 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.  —  Breitbart.com's explosive, blockbuster video that would expose Barack Obama as a radical commie who wasn't vetted by the media was almost entirely hype.  —  Breitbart.com's Editor-in-Chief Joel Pollak and Editor …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and TBogg
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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.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
At Harvard, Obama Dived Into Diversity Fight
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.
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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 …
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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.”
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.
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Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Obama makes southern truck stop and pushes for $1bn green tax credits
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Eric Kleefeld / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
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.
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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
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
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
Eric Gay / ABCNEWS:
Rick Santorum Will Face More Ballot, Delegate Problems  —  Rick Santorum's ballot problems keep getting worse.  —  The candidate failed to appear on the ballot in Virginia on Super Tuesday, losing his chance to win 46 delegates.  He also may have lost his chance at more than a quarter …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
 
 
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Return of the Global Test
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Sen. Hatch facing do-or-die caucuses
Discussion: Wonkette
New York Times:
Romney Lags in G.O.P. Grass-Roots Fund-Raising
Discussion: American Prospect and The Caucus
Eamon Javers / CNBC:
Labor Dept. Asks Nuclear Guardians for Help Keeping Jobs Data Secret
Discussion: Business Insider
Alex Leary / The Buzz Florida Politics Feed:
Rubio ‘not concerned’ about long GOP primary, says no one should be told to drop out
Discussion: The Hill, GOP 12 and ABCNEWS
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