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2:45 AM ET, March 16, 2012

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Matthew Shelley / NationalJournal.com:
After Giving Limbaugh a Bye, Romney Blasts Maher  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney  —  The battle over potty-mouthed talk show hosts is getting partisan indeed.  —  After taking a pass on criticizing conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh for calling a Georgetown University student …
Discussion: Hot Air, ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
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Tim Boyle / ABCNEWS:
Rahm Emanuel Uses Limbaugh Controversy Against Romney  —  CHICAGO - Mitt Romney, in his bid to retake the momentum in the Republican primary from Rick Santorum with a win next week in Illinois, arrives in Chicago on Friday.  But the city's mayor - and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Politico
ABCNEWS:
Four Questions for Bill Maher
Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
Bill Maher: There's No Double Standard, Because I'm Funny, and Rush Isn't
Discussion: Mediaite
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
RutherfordGate: Historian Responds to President Obama's Hayes Slur  —  Rutherford B. Hayes: Very much pro-phone.  —  It's not unusual for President Obama to criticize his Republican predecessors from time to time, but this morning, he targeted his scorn not at George W. Bush or Ronald Reagan, but ... Rutherford B. Hayes.
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Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama knocks Rutherford B. Hayes
Steven Nelson / The Daily Caller:
‘Vigorous’ Santorum crackdown may catch Internet porn viewers with pants down  —  Internet pornography could conceivably become a thing of the past if Rick Santorum is elected president.  —  The unapologetic social conservative, currently in second place behind Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination …
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Josh Barro / The Barrometer:
Santorum Promises Broad War on Porn
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
No, Obamacare's Cost Didn't Just Double.  Sigh.  —  Sorting through the deceptive attacks on health care reform gets old, even for me.  But on Wednesday the Republicans and their allies made a claim so obviously misleading that they, and the media outlets parroting them, must have known they spreading false information.
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Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Texas Loses Entire Women's Health Program Over Planned Parenthood Law … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Hhs Texas Family Planning Program, Hhs Texas Medicaid, Rick Perry Planned Parenthood, Rick Perry Women's Health Program, Texas Women's Health Program, Texas-Planned-Parenthood, Politics News
Discussion: LifeNews.com, Jezebel and Daily Kos
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
At NCAA Tournament, Southern Miss Band Chants 'Where's Your Green Card?'  At Hispanic Kansas State Player  —  During their school's NCAA Tournament game against Kansas State University today, members of the Southern Mississippi University band chanted, “Where's your green card?” at a Puerto Rican Kansas State player.
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Sarah Palin / BREITBART.COM:
BREITBART IS HERE  —  There is a new street art poster that's being emailed around and will no doubt eventually be spotted on a street corner near you.  It's a gritty black and white image of Andrew Breitbart looking both battle-worn and ever vigilant with the caption: “BREITBART IS HERE.”
Jon Murray / IndyStar Bloggers:
Sen. Lugar: Marion County Election Board declares senator and wife ineligible to vote in home precinct  —  UPDATE: The Election Board has voted 2-1 along party lines to find Sen. Richard Lugar, a Republican, and his wife ineligible to vote in their former home precinct.
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David Catanese / Politico:   Dick Lugar vows to appeal ruling
Shanrahan / Playboy.com:
20Q: Meghan McCain  —  Q1  —  PLAYBOY: You're a blogger and political columnist, as well as a conservative pundit in the liberal wilds on MSNBC.  But aside from being John McCain's daughter, why should we listen to you?  —  MCCAIN: Hey, I get it.  People love me or hate me and there's nothing in between.
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
PA GOP Governor Defends Ultrasounds Bill: Tells Concerned Women ‘You Just Have To Close Your Eyes’  —  More than 10 state legislatures are considering or have passed bills forcing women to receive an ultrasound before having an abortion.  And Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering …
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Male Fruit Flies, Spurned by Females, Turn to Alcohol  —  They were young males on the make, and they struck out not once, not twice, but a dozen times with a group of attractive females hovering nearby.  So they did what so many men do after being repeatedly rejected: they got drunk, using alcohol as a balm for unfulfilled desire.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Truthdig
David Morgan / Reuters:
Catholic bishops pressured Komen over Planned Parenthood  —  (Reuters) - When he visited the United States four years ago, Pope Benedict XVI blessed a box of silver ribbon-shaped pins for breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure and sent them to its founder, Nancy Brinker.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Violence Against Women Act Divides Senate  —  WASHINGTON — With emotions still raw from the fight over President Obama's contraception mandate, Senate Democrats are beginning a push to renew the Violence Against Women Act, the once broadly bipartisan 1994 legislation that now faces fierce opposition from conservatives.
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
Michael Fitzgerald, Approved on 91-6 Vote, Will Be First Out LGBT Federal Judge Outside New York  —  Michael Fitzgerald, an out gay California lawyer, received overwhelming approval today from the U.S. Senate, with a 91-6 vote, for his nomination to serve as a federal judge on the U.S. District Court …
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Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Senate confirms gay nominee to Calif. federal court
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama hits GOP on fuel rhetoric  —  President Barack Obama took the bully pulpit on Thursday as he assailed Republicans for suggesting they can cut gas prices even as he can't, and for dismissing the development of alternative sources of energy.  —  Obama didn't mention the GOP presidential contenders …
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama compares Republicans to ‘Flat Earth Society’ for stance on green energy
David Cay Johnston:
The richest get richer  —  The aftermaths of the Great Recession and the Great Depression produced sharply different changes in U.S. incomes that tell us a lot about tax and economic policy.  —  The 1934 economic rebound was widely shared, with strong income gains for the vast majority, the bottom 90 percent.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Reuters:
Stephen Colbert super PAC fundraising falls flat  —  If fundraising tallies are any indication, Stephen Colbert's super PAC gag may be getting old.  —  The committee set up by the satirist to poke fun at campaign finance rules raised slightly more than $33,000 last month …
Matt Kibbe / Politico:
Orrin Hatch is no conservative  —  “What do you call a senator who's served in office for 18 years?”  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), asked about his opponent in the first of his many Senate campaigns.  “You call him home.”  —  I have a similar question: What do you call a senator who claims to be …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
 
 
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Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  New GOP Medicare Privatization Plan: Obamacare For Seniors Only?
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Eric Schmittand William Yardley / New York Times:
Suspect in Afghan Attack ‘Snapped,’ U.S. Official Says
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Jamie Klatell / Ballot Box:
Rep. Gary Ackerman will not seek reelection
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Hayride
Brian Tashman / rightwingwatch.org:
Kevin McCullough Claims that Nobody is Gay
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Barack Obama, Gay Rights Groups Struggle Over Democratic Platform
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
George Clooney won't predict a second term for Obama, hopes for reelection
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Chicago Tribune:
After a stop at burger place, Blagojevich enters prison
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ABCNEWS:
Santorum's ‘Act of God’ Strategy: Can He Force A Brokered Convention?
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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, about the constitutionality of Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

 
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