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11:40 AM ET, March 9, 2012

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Jonathon M. Seidl / TheBlaze.com:
LIMBAUGH REJECTS COMPANY THAT SUSPENDED ADS FROM SHOW OVER FLUKE REMARKS  —  Rush Limbaugh has rejected an advertiser's apparent attempt to reunite with his show after the company initially dropped its ads from the program following his remarks about contraception advocate Sandra Fluke.
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Dale Kasler / Sacramento Bee:
Limbaugh rebuffs attempt by Sleep Train to get him back  —  The rift between Sleep Train Mattress Centers and Rush Limbaugh apparently became permanent today after Limbaugh reportedly turned aside the Sacramento retailer's attempt at a truce.  —  Limbaugh rebuffed Sleep Train's request …
Discussion: The Last Tradition and Instapundit
Myrddin / US Politics:
Limbaugh down to 1 paid advertiser in NYC; 90 percent of ads today were free PSAs  —  Rush Limbaugh is in trouble.  Two days ago he didn't have a single unpaid public service announcement on his flagship show on WABC in NYC.  Yesterday, 56% of his ads in NYC were unpaid PSAs.
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Rush Limbaugh's Advertisers, March 8
Discussion: Daily Kos and US Politics
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
U.S. Extends Its Run of Strong Job Growth Another Month  —  In yet another sign of a strengthening recovery, the United States added 227,000 net jobs in February, the third consecutive month of gains over 200,000.  The unemployment rate was unchanged from 8.3 percent in January …
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Felix Salmon:
The employment recovery is real  —  I can't remember the last time there was this much excitement and anticipation surrounding a payrolls number — and it's another solid report.  There were 227,000 new jobs created in March, and the already-excellent numbers from the previous two months …
Alex Kowalski / Bloomberg:
Payrolls in U.S. Climb 227,000; Jobless Rate Holds at 8.3%
Calculated Risk:
February Employment Report: 227,000 Jobs, 8.3% Unemployment Rate
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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The New Republic:
Home News: A Letter to TNR Readers from Chris Hughes  —  To the Readers of The New Republic:  —  Nearly 100 years ago, the founding editors of The New Republic wrote these words to introduce their inaugural issue: … A century later, people are once again skeptical that quality journalism can flourish.
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.
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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: The Daily Caller and Daily Kos
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CNN:
TRENDING: Romney in Mississippi: ‘I like grits’
Discussion: Shakesville, GOP 12, Politico and Guardian
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!”
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.
Paul Werdel / Talking Points Memo:
Breakfast Is Ready  —  Who says Mitt Romney can't appeal to southern voters.  —  The man likes grits, and he'll tell you so.  —  Video below the jump.  —  Paul Werdel  —  Paul Werdel is an Associate Editor at TPM.  Before joining TPM he was a News Editor with Al Jazeera English, and before that a Producer with BBC News.
Discussion: Mediaite
ABCNEWS:
An American Auto Bailout for France?  —  Attention U.S. taxpayers: You now own a piece of a French car company that is drowning in red ink.  —  That's right.  In a move little noticed outside of the business pages, General Motors last week bought more than $400 million in shares of PSA Peugeot Citroen …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
White House Works to Shape Debate Over Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — The White House has begun an aggressive campaign to use approaching Supreme Court arguments on the new health care law as a moment to build support for the measure seen as President Obama's signature legislative achievement …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg:
About Virginia Postrel  —  Virginia Postrel writes about commerce and culture, innovation, economics and public policy.  Shes the author of “The Future and Its Enemies” and “The Substance of Style,” and is writing a book on glamour.  —  Fight Birth-Control Battle Over the Counter: Virginia Postrel
Discussion: Hit & Run
Rusty Weiss / Accuracy in Media:
Scandal at The Washington Post: Fraud, Lobbying & Insider Trading  —  In the summer of 2010, business columnist for The Washington Post Steven Pearlstein lifted the veil on the little-known company operating procedure that involves an incestuous relationship between his own employer …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Rob Richie / The Huffington Post:
Six Surprising Takes on The GOP Nomination Contest  —  I direct FairVote, a nonpartisan research and advocacy organization known for its innovative analysis and state and local successes in advancing electoral reforms like instant runoff voting, the National Popular Vote plan …
Mark Siegel / The Huffington Post:
Not So Fast, Romney  —  If the Republican Party doesn't wrap up its nomination very soon and rally around a consensus candidate, we are heading to a Tampa National Convention of epic battles, divisive delegate challenges and a deadlock that could rupture the party or cause it to reach outside …
Discussion: Ballot Access News
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren's Star Support Criticized  —  BOSTON — Elizabeth Warren may be running for the United States Senate in Massachusetts, but her campaign is getting deep support 3,000 miles away in California, where the other day, Cher was speaking glowingly of Ms. Warren's candidacy.
Yossi Verter / Haaretz:
Haaretz poll: Most of the public opposes an Israeli strike on Iran  —  Support for Netanyahu's Likud party is at all-time high, but Israelis still skeptical regarding attack on Iran's nuclear facilities without U.S. backing.  —  Get Haaretz on iPhone  —  Get Haaretz on Android
Skip Oliva / Under Penalty of Catapult:
Levy Explains Cato's Counter-Offer and Timeline  —  I just spoke with Robert Levy, chairman of the Cato Institute's board of directors.  He responded to a number of claims in Charles G. Koch's statement issued yesterday.  —  First let's review what Koch said:
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.
Discussion: National Review, Mediaite and Hot Air
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Energy Sec. Chu doesn't own car, but his wife drives BMW gas-guzzler  —  In a piece of video that shot across the Internet Thursday like a sports car doing zero-to-60 in four seconds, Energy Secretary Stephen Chu told the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power that he does not own a car.
Discussion: Don Surber
 
 
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama super-PAC head: Maher remarks ‘vulgar,’ but not comparable to Limbaugh
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
O'Reilly: Former Obama adviser Anita Dunn's PR firm representing Sandra Fluke
Andy Towle / Towleroad News #gay:
Utah Passes Abstinence-Only Sex Education Bill; Bans Discussion of Homosexuality and Contraceptives: VIDEO
Discussion: Wonkette
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
A Not-Quite Confirmation of a Memo Approving Killing
Discussion: emptywheel
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Santorum calls Romney ‘serially’ untruthful on his healthcare record
Discussion: CNN
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
U.S. adds Vatican to money-laundering ‘concern’ list
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Tea Party senators unveil five-year plan to balance the budget
Wall Street Journal:
MF Global Still Set to Pay Bonuses
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Georgia Senate OKs drug tests for welfare applicants
John Celock / The Huffington Post:
Kansas Abortion Bill Could Raise Taxes On Women Seeking Procedure (UPDATE)
Shlomo Shamir / Haaretz:
UN women's rights panel due to culminate annual session by condemning Israel
John McCain / CNN:
‘Game Change’ actors dish on Palin, portrayals and politics
Discussion: Politico
Ezra Klein:
How a $1,000 test could destroy the health-insurance industry