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3:50 AM ET, March 11, 2012


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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Santorum Takes a Decisive Victory in Kansas Caucuses  —  WICHITA, Kan. — Rick Santorum strengthened his case as the candidate for most conservative voters, by decisively winning the Kansas caucuses on Saturday.  —  With about two-thirds of the votes counted by midday …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
John Hoeffel / Los Angeles Times:
Rick Santorum wins Kansas caucuses  —  A Rick Santorum supporter casts a ballot in Wichita, Kan. on Saturday.  (Larry W. Smith / EPA)  —  Reporting from Wichita, Kan.— Rick Santorum has won the Kansas Republican caucuses, according to Associated Press and network projections …
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air and Associated Press
Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
Santorum Wins Kansas; Romney Takes Wyoming  —  OLATHE, Kan.—Rick Santorum easily won the Republican presidential caucuses in Kansas on Saturday, but front-runner Mitt Romney was victorious in the Wyoming county caucuses and other balloting that extended his GOP delegate lead.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Healthcare issue will be a heavy lift for Romney against Obama  —  As Mitt Romney moves closer to locking up the Republican presidential nomination, the questions about his ability to attack President Obama on healthcare are only getting louder.  —  Conservatives have long been uneasy with Romney's record on healthcare.
Discussion: CNN and Prairie Weather
Ryan Tracy / Washington Wire:
True Grits: Gingrich Makes Appeal to Mississippi Republicans
Discussion: Mediaite
Montgomery Advertiser:
Poll: Gingrich, Romney in dead heat in Alabama
Discussion: Wake up America and Scared Monkeys
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Rush Limbaugh Scandal Proves Contagious for Talk-Radio Advertisers  —  Ninety-eight major advertisers—including Ford and Geico—will no longer air spots on Premiere Networks' ‘offensive’ programs.  Insiders say the loss will rock right-wing talk radio.  —  Rush Limbaugh made the right …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: 98 Major Advertisers Dump Rush Limbaugh, Other Right-Wing Hosts  —  Industry website has the scoop: … This helps explain why, on Rush Limbaugh's flagship station WABC, almost of the commercial breaks were filled with unpaid pubic service announcements.
Discussion: and TalkLeft
FCC should clear Limbaugh from airwaves  —  Limbaugh has long history of hate speech.  FCC should ask: Are stations carrying him are acting “in public interest,” writers say.  —  Editor's note: Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem are the Co-Founders of the Women's Media Center.
Occupy Wall Street could run out of money by end of month  —  New York's Occupy Wall Street group is warning it could run out of money by the end of the month, raising questions about the future of the movement that sparked nationwide protests against economic injustice last year.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Occupy Wall Street Needs Bailout
Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
Politifact Jumps the Voter — er, Shark  —  Politifact, already under fire from Rachel Maddow for misapplying the word “fact” to their sloppy work, has branched out.  Today they decided to “fact"-check (incorrectly, of course) a guest on a comedy TV program.
Discussion: St. Petersburg Times
John Podhoretz / Weekly Standard:
Back Stab  —  Sarah Palin as portrayed by her disloyal staff.  —  Nicolle Wallace was the onetime consultant to CBS News and media aide to George W. Bush who was assigned to work with Sarah Palin after the Alaska governor was chosen as John McCain's running mate.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Dennis Kucinich and “wackiness”  —  The now-defeated congressman consistently opposed destructive bipartisan pieties — and is therefore “crazy”  —  Last week, Rep. Dennis Kucinich was defeated in a Democratic primary by Rep. Marcy Kaptur after re-districting pitted the two long-term incumbents against each other.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
An Erotic Novel, ‘50 Shades of Grey,’ Goes Viral With Women  —  “Fifty Shades of Grey,” an erotic novel by an obscure author that has been described as “Mommy porn” and “Twilight” for grown-ups, has electrified women across the country, who have spread the word like gospel on Facebook pages, at school functions and in spin classes.
Discussion: Gothamist, Althouse and Gawker
Rep. Inslee to resign House seat  —  (CNN) - Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee of Washington will resign his House seat in order to focus on his 2012 run for governor of the state, a Democratic official confirmed to CNN on Saturday.  —  Inslee, now in his eighth term, represents Washington's 1st …
Discussion: Politico
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Jay Inslee, Washington Congressman, Resigning To Focus On Gubernatorial Campaign
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Nick Hopkins / Guardian:
China suspected of Facebook attack on Nato's supreme allied commander
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
New York Times paid former CEO $24 million
The White House:
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Matthew Miller / The Daily Beast:
Obama Is Right to Prosecute Leakers Who Are Not the Same as Whistle-Blowers
Discussion: Politico and emptywheel
Mary Pilon / New York Times:
A Card-Counting Mix of Bibles, Blackjack and Cash
Kevin Hassett / National Review:
Job Creation Only the Tip of the Iceberg
Discussion: Economist's View
 Earlier Items: 
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Monckton's Schenectady showdown
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Bill Maher Defends Limbaugh's Free Speech Rights, Responds To ‘False Equivalency’ From Right
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
As Governor, Romney's C.E.O. Style Could Irk Lawmakers
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Andrew Harris / Bloomberg:
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