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6:30 PM ET, March 1, 2012


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Larry Solov / Big Journalism:
In Memoriam: Andrew Breitbart (1969-2012)  —  With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart.  —  Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.  —  We have lost a husband, a father, a son …
Charlie Spiering / Campaign 2012:
Liberals celebrate death of Andrew Breitbart  —  As news broke this morning of the tragic death of Conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart, liberals celebrated the news on Twitter.
Fox News:
Andrew Breitbart dies of ‘natural causes’  —  DEVELOPING ...  Widely read conservative Internet publisher Andrew Breitbart has died, his attorney confirms.  —  The websites he founded ran a statement Thursday morning announcing that Breitbart, 43, died “unexpectedly from natural causes” in Los Angeles shortly after midnight.
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Andrew Breitbart Dead: Conservative Blogger Dies Suddenly At 43 … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Andrew Breitbart, Andrew Breitbart Dead, Andrew Breitbart Dies, Media News  —  Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger and journalist, died suddenly on Thursday morning, according to his website Big Journalism.
David Frum / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Breitbart, 1969-2012  —  Conservative activist Andrew Breitbart listens to a question during an event at the Heritage Foundation April 21, 2011 in Washington, DC. , Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images  —  “Of the dead, speak nothing but what is good.”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Breitbart, RIP  —  I was ... I am stunned to hear of the death of Andrew Breitbart.
Discussion: National Review and Campaign 2012
Nicholas Kamm / Rolling Stone:
Andrew Breitbart: Death of a Douche
Detroit Free Press:
Mitt Romney gets Michigan's at-large delegates  —  The Mitt Romney-Rick Santorum Michigan primary results just got a little more contentious.  —  Michigan's two at-large delegates to the Republican National convention will be awarded to Michigan native Mitt Romney, following a vote last night …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum accuses Romney of rigging Michigan's delegate distribution  —  Rick Santorum is accusing Mitt Romney of rigging the delegate count in Michigan.  —  The Michigan Republican Party is awarding Romney two-at large delegates, leaving him with 16 delegates to Santorum's 14, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney: ‘I have worn a garbage bag for rain gear myself’
Discussion: The Raw Story, Swampland and Wonkette   Michigan delegate drama
Peter Fenn / Pundits Blog:
The Republicans' panic attack: Is it over or just beginning?
Discussion: Reuters and CNN
William Petroski / Des Moines Register:
Grassley: GOP presidential race will be over next Tuesday with Romney as nominee
Discussion: Politico, Ballot Box and Mediaite
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama doing well in Wisconsin and beyond
Discussion: Politico and JSOnline
Saul Anuzis / That's Saul Folks!:
Saul Anuzis's Statement on Michigan's Delegate Allocation
Discussion: USA Today
Blunt amendment defeated in Senate  —  The Senate defeated Sen. Roy Blunt's amendment to allow employers to refuse to cover health services Thursday, dealing Republicans a high-profile setback in the fight over the Obama administration's contraception coverage mandate.
Obama for America:
If Mitt Romney and a few Republican senators get their way, employers could be making women's health care decisions for them.  — clytemnestras reblogged this from couldbeyourlife  — raenbow reblogged this from thesongbeneath  — tumbleflakes reblogged this from robot-heart-politics
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Senate rejects Blunt amendment to limit birth-control mandate
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Limbaugh Doubles Down On Sexist Attack Against Sandra Fluke, Demands She Post Sex Tapes Online  —  Yesterday, as ThinkProgress noted, conservative shock jock and strident women-basher Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown student who House Republicans wouldn't let testify …
Jeremy Holden / Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh's Misogynistic Attack On Georgetown Law Student Continues With Increased Vitriol
Discussion: US Politics
Alexa Keyes / ABCNEWS:
He Won't Back Down: Rush Renews ‘Slut’ Insults Against Georgetown Birth Control Proponent
Allen McDuffee / Washington Post:
Koch Brothers sue Cato Institute, president  —  Billionaires Charles and David Koch have filed a lawsuit against the libertarian Cato Institute, its president Edward Crane and a board member, according to court documents obtained by The Washington Post.  —  The complaint centers on the the handling …
Mike Allen / Politico:
Kochs launch court fight over Cato
Discussion: Wonkette
John S. Adams / Great Falls Tribune:
Chief U.S. District Judge sends racially charged email about president  —  HELENA — Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull on Wednesday admitted to sending a racially charged email about President Barack Obama from his courthouse chambers.  —  Cebull, of Billings, was nominated …
Mj Lee / Politico:
Gonzalez calls for judge's resignation
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Reuters
Bill Simmons / - null:
B.S. Report Transcript: Barack Obama  —  Bill Simmons: Welcome to the White House.  Very proud to have the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, on the B.S. Report.  This is your first podcast?  —  President Barack Obama: This is — well, I used to have my own podcast.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gingrich says Obama should fire energy secretary for remark about gas prices  —  Republican candidate Newt Gingrich said President Obama should fire Energy Secretary Steven Chu following his remark this week that reducing gas prices is not the “overall goal” of his agency.
Bob Kingand Darius Dixon / Politico:
Newt Gingrich: Fire Steven Chu over gas price remarks
Discussion: Hot Air
Biden: We ‘screwed up’ contraception mandate  —  Vice President Joe Biden, reflecting on the contraception debate that forced the administration to alter the policy to appease Catholic leaders, said that the administration “screwed up” the first version of the mandate.
Discussion: Mediaite
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The White House's Economic Case for Reelection in 13 Charts  —  Whether you love the president, hate the president, or think he's just in over his head, you'll want to see this.  It's the Treasury Department's visual slideshow of the state of the economy, called simply The U.S. Economy in Charts …
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog and BuzzFeed
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New York Times:
Syrian Rebels Say They Are Withdrawing From Enclave
Discussion: The Lede and The Daily Dish
Barbara Powell / Bloomberg:
U.S. Was Net Oil-Product Exporter for First Time Since 1949
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Obama asks Congress to vote down oil industry tax breaks
Fox News:
$5M paid to buy freedom for rights workers held in Egypt
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Mark Knoller / CBS News:
Obama fundraisers hit century mark
 Earlier Items: 
Lisa Du / Business Insider:
Jamie Dimon Mocks The Media, Slams Overpaid Journalists At Companies That Don't Even Make Money
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Vanity Fair:
The Top Candidates in the Democratic Presidential Primary
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Impatient Web Users Flee Slow-Loading Sites
Discussion: Poynter and The Loop
John Celock / The Huffington Post:
Kansas Abortion Bill: Governor Sam Brownback Likely To Sign Sweeping Legislation
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Reports of the Republican Nominee's Doom Are Greatly Exaggerated
Discussion: Gallup, Hot Air and Ballot Box