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8:35 PM ET, March 9, 2012

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David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Palin: The First Black President Wants to Revert to Pre-Civil War Society  —  In her view, the very act of acknowledging or talking about race's role in U.S. history makes one a racist.  —  Naturally, someone had to ask Sarah Palin about the Derrick Bell-Barack Obama flap.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Race-Baiting Continues  —  I've been holding off on writing something about the bizarre spectacle of the Derrick Bell “exposé” that has consumed the nuttier corners of the right in the last couple of days, simply because it's so weird and pathetic that I wasn't sure exactly how to talk about it beyond simple ridicule.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Did Professor Derrick Bell Visit the White House?  —  The conservative Heritage Foundation shows some pluck by searching for the late law school professor Derrick A. Bell in the White House visitor's logs, and finds that “Visitor logs show that Derrick A. Bell visited the White House twice since President Obama took office.
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
Derrick Bell in 1994: ‘Jewish Neoconservative Racists’
Rasmussen Reports:
Obama Leads Romney, Santorum in Core Four States (FL, NC, OH, VA)  —  President Obama now holds modest leads over Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in combined polling of key swing states Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.  The numbers mark a shift from late February when Obama was tied with both candidates in the four states.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Alabama GOP Primary: Gingrich 30%, Santorum 29%, Romney 28%, Paul 7%  —  Alabama Republicans are up to bat next, and right now it's a near three-way tie going into next Tuesday's primary.  —  The first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum: Republican contest is shrinking to a ‘two-man race’
Discussion: CNN, The Other McCain and Politico
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Why The GOP's Favorite Anti-Obama Chart Is Complete Nonsense  —  Once again, conservatives are using today's jobs number as a jumping-off point to slam Obama.  —  Our pal Jim Pethokoukis at AEI takes the opportunity to remind everyone that the unemployment rate — of 8.3 percent …
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David Leonhardt / Economix:   Why Job Growth Is Likely to Slow
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Why Rush Limbaugh's Apology for Sandra Fluke ‘Slut’ Remarks Bombed  —  Commentators often talk their way out of trouble these days.  But Limbaugh couldn't convince the media he was sincerely sorry for calling Sandra Fluke a ‘slut.’ Howard Kurtz explains why.
Discussion: US Politics
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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Plaintiff challenging healthcare law went bankrupt - with unpaid medical bills  —  Obama administration lawyers say her case is an example of why an insurance mandate is needed to prevent ‘uncompensated care that will ultimately be paid by others.’  —  The U.S. Supreme Court plans to hear …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Study shows health care bill may have cost Democrats the House
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
I refuse to go to the Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner - no one should go  —  Another pig....and a media association has hired the pig, Louis C.K., to be their headliner for the big media dinner?  Really?  I am not going.  I refuse to go.  Everyone in the media should join me in this boycott.
Jack Coleman / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Ed Schultz Paid Nearly $200,000 By Unions in 2011, According to Labor Dept.  —  What a shock — labor unions paying one of their biggest cheerleaders in the media.  —  Perhaps Ed Schultz could explain what he does for unions to warrant such largesse.  I don't recall hearing anything along …
Mark Sommerhauser / sctimes.com:
Nolan is 1st DFLer to take on Bachmann  —  DFLers now have an announced challenger to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann: former legislative candidate Anne Nolan of St. Cloud.  —  Nolan announced her candidacy in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District in a news release Thursday afternoon.
Discussion: The Blotter and iOwnTheWorld.com
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Mary Lu Carnevale / Washington Wire:   Rep. Bachmann Gets a Challenger
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Recent debate over contraception comes as GOP loses gains among women  —  The fragile gains Republicans had been making among female voters have been erased, a shift that has coincided with what has become a national shouting match over reproductive issues, potentially handing President Obama …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Ignorance Is Strength  —  One way in which Americans have always been exceptional has been in our support for education.  First we took the lead in universal primary education; then the “high school movement” made us the first nation to embrace widespread secondary education.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   With Wishes Of ‘Good Luck’ from Paul Krugman...
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press:
After quakes, Ohio plans tough gas-drilling rules  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio—A dozen earthquakes in northeastern Ohio were almost certainly induced by injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth, state regulators said Friday as they announced a series of tough new rules for drillers.
Jenna Portnoy / New Jersey Online:
Former Navy SEAL booted from Gov. Christie town hall after heated exchange  —  FLORENCE TOWNSHIP — The most-heated town hall clash of the year started today with a shouting match, drove Gov. Chris Christie to call a vocal opponent to the proposed Rutgers Camden-Rowan merger an “idiot,” and ended with a stern talking-to by police.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Raw Story
Dan Froomkin / The Huffington Post:
IRS May Make Political Groups Pay Dearly for Keeping Donors Secret — And Out Them … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections-2012, Tea Party, Video, 501c4, Crossroads GPS, Donors, Irs, Irs-Tea-Party, Non-Disclosure, Political Groups, Priorities Usa, Super Pac, Politics News
Media Decoder:
New Republic Gets an Owner Steeped in New Media  —  The newest owner of The New Republic magazine is Chris Hughes, a new-media guru who co-founded Facebook and helped to run the online organizing machine for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.  —  Mr. Hughes's purchase of a majority stake …
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Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times's Robinson's Exit Package Tops $23 Million  —  Janet Robinson, the New York Times Co. chief executive officer who was pushed out in December, received an exit package, including stock options and retirement benefits, of $23.7 million.  —  Robinson gets pension …
Mike Riggs / Hit & Run:
The Southern Poverty Law Center Is Now Writing About Pickup Artists as Hate Groups  —  The Southern Poverty Law Center, founded in 1971 as a civil rights law firm, has released its latest “Intelligence Report” on hate groups in the United States.  This year's report contains a new category: the Manosphere.
Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story:
Kansas Republicans look to profit off abortion taxes  —  Lawmakers in Kansas will consider next week a sweeping anti-abortion bill that would, among other things, levy sales taxes on any and all abortion procedures, related healthcare expenses and any company that might do business …
 
 
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Touts Endorsement Of Birther Joseph Farah
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Daunting Is Santorum's Delegate Math?
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
No Likey No Rick  —  For most of this campaign cycle Rick Santorum …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Romney calls in the cash cavalry
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