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5:40 PM ET, March 9, 2012

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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.
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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.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Reaching Critical Mass  —  In one of the funnier, or scarier, videos I have seen recently, Breitbart.com's Editor-In-Chief Joel Pollak acquits himself well in a heated discussion with Soledad O'Brien of CNN about critical race theory.  A major point of contention revolved around the description of CRT:
Little Green Footballs:
Breitbart.com Caught Again: Deceptively Editing a Video  —  Yet another dishonest editing job from the heirs of Breitbart  —  b_sharp  —  WINGNUTS  In yet another humiliating attempt to catch the Obama campaign in a hidden video conspiratorial outrageous outrage, the heirs of Andrew …
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: Guardian
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
Ogletree: I was joking about Obama video clip  —  Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree told the Herald he was just kidding when he suggested that a decades-old clip of a young Barack Obama praising and embracing controversial Professor Derrick Bell was kept hidden from voters during the 2008 campaign.
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
Derrick Bell in 1994: ‘Jewish Neoconservative Racists’
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
The real unemployment rate?  It sure isn't 8.3%  —  Even if it were a legit number, the 8.3% February unemployment rate, released today by the Labor Department, would be simply terrible—and unacceptable.  It would still extend the longest streak of 8%-plus unemployment since the Great Depression.
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Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Why The GOP's Favorite Anti-Obama Chart Is Complete Nonsense
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
Jobs picture continues to improve, economy adds 227K
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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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 …
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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
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Washington Free Beacon:
Chris Christie Gets in Shouting Match With ‘Idiot’
Discussion: Mediaite and GOP 12
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
Discussion: Wake up America and Hot Air
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.
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...
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
ohiodnr.com:
Ohio's New Rules for Brine Disposal Among Nation's Toughest  —  COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio's oil and gas regulators today announced new environmentally responsible standards for transporting and disposing of brine, a by-product of oil and natural gas hydraulic fracturing.
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Associated Press:
Fracking wastewater disposal induced a dozen earthquakes in Ohio
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hullabaloo
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Government-subsidized green light bulb carries costly price tag  —  The U.S. government last year announced a $10 million award, dubbed the “L Prize,” for any manufacturer that could create a “green” but affordable light bulb.  —  Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the prize would spur industry …
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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CNN:
Romney: A film critic?  —  Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) - GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney offered a few suggestions Friday to the director of a new film about President Barack Obama.  —  “I'll tell ya, I've got a long list of people for that producer to talk to,” Romney told an audience at a farmers' market in Jackson, Mississippi.
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:   Director of Obama ad couldn't find negative to put in ‘documentary’
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
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 …
John P. Holdren / White House.gov Blog:
Todd Park Named New U.S. Chief Technology Officer  —  I'm very excited that President Obama today is appointing Todd Park as the new U.S. Chief Technology Officer, with the important task of applying the newest technology and latest advances to make the Federal government work better for the American people.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Unchained Woman  —  What used to be a normal family life is now available only to the affluent.  —  Susanna Mancini, a 27-year-old lawyer, sent her boyfriend a photo of herself wearing a swimsuit and sunglasses.  “Too bad you can't see my eyes,” she wrote him.  “I am so proud of my tough yuppie stare!”
 
 
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Recent debate over contraception comes as GOP loses gains among women
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Romney calls in the cash cavalry
Discussion: The Caucus and The Enterprise Blog
New York Times:
Hands Off the Heavens
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Apple to build $304M campus, hire 3,600 in Austin
Paul Werdel / Talking Points Memo:
Breakfast Is Ready  —  Who says Mitt Romney can't appeal to southern voters.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite