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3:50 PM ET, March 9, 2012

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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:
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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.
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.
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 …
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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Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
Jobs picture continues to improve, economy adds 227K
Calculated Risk:
February Employment Report: 227,000 Jobs, 8.3% Unemployment Rate
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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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum: Republican contest is shrinking to a ‘two-man race’
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Rob Richie / The Huffington Post:
Six Surprising Takes on The GOP Nomination Contest
Rasmussen Reports:
Mississippi Primary: Romney 35%, Santorum 27%, Gingrich 27%, Paul 6%
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
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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.
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: GOP 12 and Mediaite
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...
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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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Study shows health care bill may have cost Democrats the House  —  A top Democrat acknowledged Thursday that President Obama's health care bill hurt his party in 2010.  And a new study suggests it cost the Democrats something pretty specific: their House majority.
Discussion: Wake up America and Hot Air
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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: Politico
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:   Director of Obama ad couldn't find negative to put in ‘documentary’
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!”
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
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: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
 
 
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Hands Off the Heavens
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Mike Riggs / Hit & Run:
The Southern Poverty Law Center Is Now Writing About Pickup Artists as Hate Groups
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Colin Pope / bizjournals:
Apple to build $304M campus, hire 3,600 in Austin
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney official: Winning Alabama would ‘end this process’
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Haaretz poll: Most of the public opposes an Israeli strike on Iran
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Energy Sec. Chu doesn't own car, but his wife drives BMW gas-guzzler
Discussion: Don Surber
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg:
About Virginia Postrel  —  Virginia Postrel writes about commerce …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Althouse
Wall Street Journal:
MF Global Still Set to Pay Bonuses
Discussion: msnbc.com