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Monday News 3/5/12


SPOTLIGHT: "hate-mongering sociopath"

DFP: Brian Dickerson: Time for sponsors to choose between Rush Limbaugh and decency
So, at the considerable risk of prolonging the provocation-reaction cycle on which all demagogues thrive, I’d like to propose that it is time for politicians, commentators, and sponsors who wish to remain in good standing as members of the civilized world to put some distance between themselves and the hate-mongering sociopath who calls himself Rush Limbaugh. . . . So when he calls our daughters, wives, sisters and mothers sluts and prostitutes, he’s getting paid to do so, and lots of other people we generally consider to be members of civil society are going along for the ride.|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

USAT: Obama: Limbaugh's name calling is 'reprehensible'
MSNBC: Woman called 'slut' by Limbaugh is 'stunned, outraged' (w/ video)

"He encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of American women," she told Mitchell, who received permission from the White House to discuss the exchange between Fluke and Obama. "What was really personal for me was that he said to tell my parents that they should be proud. And that meant a lot because Rush Limbaugh questioned whether or not my family would be proud of me. So I just appreciated that very much."

HUFF: Rush Limbaugh On Sandra Fluke, Obama Call: Having 'So Much Sex'; Parents Should Be 'Embarrassed' (AUDIO)

MMFA: Headline: Updated: Rush Limbaugh's Misogynistic Attack On Sandra Fluke Continues
RUSH LIMBAUGH.COM: I'm a Danger to the Women of America?
RUSH LIMBAUGH.COM: The Democrats are Desperate: Obama Calls Sandra Fluke, the 30-Year-Old Victim
RUSH LIMBAUGH.COM: UK Daily Mail: A Third of UK Women Would Swap IQ for Larger Breasts

However, the fall-out in the wake of his comments did not stop Limbaugh from making more attacks about Fluke on Friday. "She was not allowed to testify because it was not about women at Georgetown who have so much sex they can't afford birth control," he thundered. He said that her speech at a press conference served to show that "she's having so much sex she can't pay for it, and we should."
NOW Calls for Clear Channel to Pull the Plug on Limbaugh 

HUFF: Rush Limbaugh Advertisers Pulls Commercials In Wake Of Sandra Fluke 'Slut' Firestorm

CNN: Santorum calls Limbaugh comments 'absurd'
"He's being absurd, but that's you know, an entertainer can be absurd," Santorum told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Friday. "He's in a very different business than I am."

HUFF: Rush Limbaugh 'Slut' Attack On Sandra Fluke 'Inappropriate,' John Boehner Camp Says
"The speaker obviously believes the use of those words was inappropriate, as is trying to raise money off the situation," said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel in a statement. House Democrats have raised $1.1 million off the "War on Women" campaign.


DN: Santorum asks RNC to investigate Michigan delegate allocation
DFP: Rick Santorum supporters push for another Michigan delegate
HUFF: Rick Santorum's Lawyer Protests Michigan Delegate Allocation In Letter To RNC

"This request is not about the allocation of a single delegate; it is about ensuring a transparent electoral process, avoiding unscrupulous tactics and backroom deals by establishment figures and campaigns who may have not received the result they hoped for at the ballot box," Santorum attorney Cleta Mitchell wrote. . . . "If this is not reversed, this is going to hurt the Republican Party from within," said Jason Gillman, a tea party activist and Grand Traverse County commissioner.|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

YOU GOV: Santorum Leads in Three of Five YouGov Super Tuesday Polls
Romney and Gingrich lead in their home states, but trail Santorum in Ohio, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
RCP: Latest Polls

DN: Ted Nugent endorses Mitt Romney for president

HUFF / SALON: Gay Former Bush Campaign Official: 'I Am Sorry' For Anti-Gay Marriage Push


DFP: Gov. Snyder reappoints [Jack Martin] emergency manager for Highland Park School District
DN: DPS to help run Highland Park schools as EM returns

“Jack Martin is the right person for this post,” Snyder said in a news release this morning. “Not only does he have a clear understanding of the crisis facing Highland Park schools, he has the background, expertise and passion to address it. Despite the roadblocks along the way, we remain committed and will work tirelessly to ensure to the well-being and education of Highland Park kids.”


: Nolan Finley is a flat-out liar!

UAW: Nolan Finley: UAW troops will man class war
Now we know how United Auto Workers President Bob King will repay Barack Obama for holding the union harmless from the Detroit automakers' bankruptcy:

He'll provide the ground troops for the president's class war. . . . Meanwhile, now that King has made the UAW an official adjunct of the Obama reelection team, it should have to follow the same campaign finance rules that corporations do. Obama's campaign should report the UAW's efforts as an in-kind contribution. And the union's hard working members should know how much of their dues money is being spent on King's street gangs.|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

POLITIFACT: Mitt Romney says Obama gave away car companies to union (2/27/12)
And the union "gave" plenty too -- in the form of wages, vacation and job security. In that light, the arrangement was a tradeoff, not a giveaway. . . .  All the experts we talked to agreed that Romney’s statement is just flat wrong. Our ruling: False.

DFP: Guest commentary by UAW President Bob King: Don't allow auto rescue critics to rewrite the truth (2/24/12)

Those trying to attack the president for political gain have ignored this reality. They claim labor got a free pass. Nothing could be further from the truth. . . .

When Obama required more concessions from both labor and management in exchange for the emergency loans, we did the right thing. UAW agreed to freeze wages and benefits, and even agreed to waive for six years our right to strike. We were willing to share the sacrifice to help our industry and this region survive.

WH: Remarks by the President to UAW Conference (2/28/12)

Or you've got folks saying, well, the real problem is -- what we really disagreed with was the workers, they all made out like bandits -- that saving the auto industry was just about paying back the unions.  Really?  (Laughter.)  I mean, even by the standards of this town, that’s a load of you know what.  (Laughter.)

About 700,000 retirees had to make sacrifices on their health care benefits that they had earned.  A lot of you saw hours reduced, or pay or wages scaled back.  You gave up some of your rights as workers.  Promises were made to you over the years that you gave up for the sake and survival of this industry -- its workers, their families.  You want to talk about sacrifice?  You made sacrifices.

 (Applause.)  This wasn't an easy thing to do.


ABC blog: George Will: Republican Leaders Are Afraid of Rush Limbaugh

“[House Speaker John] Boehner comes out and says Rush’s language was inappropriate. Using the salad fork for your entrée, that’s inappropriate. Not this stuff,” Will said. “And it was depressing because what it indicates is that the Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh.

They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”

ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd said Republican’s apprehension to say anything negative about the conservative big hitter is based on the “myth” that Limbaugh influences a large number of Republican voters.

“I think the problem is the Republican leaders, Mitt Romney and the other candidates, don’t have the courage to say what they say in quiet, which, they think Rush Limbaugh is a buffoon,”

Dowd said on Sunday.  ”They think he is like a clown coming out of a small car at a circus.  It’s great he is entertaining and all that.  But nobody takes him seriously.”

NYT: Maureen Dowd: Have You No Shame, Rush?
WAPO: [Conservative] Kathleen Parker: Rush Limbaugh the uniter

Rush and Newt Gingrich can play the studs, marrying again and again until they find the perfect adoring young wife. But women pressing for health care rights are denigrated as sluts. . . . Mitt Romney reacted to Limbaugh for days with craven silence before finally allowing on a rope line on Friday night that “it’s not the language I would have used.” Is there a right way to call a woman a slut?


Rush: 'I Sincerely Apologize'

Sponsors Continue To Flee 

MMFA: Limbaugh's Words In Three Days
MMFA: Hannity Rushes To Defend Limbaugh's Misogynistic Attacks

A Message from Carbonite CEO, David Friend Regarding Ads on Limbaugh
“No one with daughters the age of Sandra Fluke, and I have two, could possibly abide the insult and abuse heaped upon this courageous and well-intentioned young lady. Mr. Limbaugh, with his highly personal attacks on Miss Fluke, overstepped any reasonable bounds of decency. Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show. We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse.”


Latest poll: Santorum up in OH (+2), TN (+4); Gingrich up in GA (+14)

NAT REVIEW ONLINE: Romney Urged Obama to Adopt the Individual Healthcare Mandate
USAT: Op-Ed by Mitt Romney: Mr. President, what's the rush? (7/30/09)

DFP: Super Tuesday's stakes are super high -- but the battle for GOP nomination is far from over
"As long as there are four candidates, they will split proportionately," said John Yob, a Grand Rapids-based political consultant who works with Santorum's campaign. "It will become next to impossible for anyone to become a presumptive nominee in the near future."|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

DN: Editorial Quick Hits: Full disclosure, please
Spending on Michigan's presidential primary again illustrates state and national campaign disclosure loopholes that allow special interests and super-wealthy donors with personal agendas to anonymously spend lavishly to influence voters.


DFP: Ron Dzwonkowski: What's Michigan doing for its fastest-growing population?
But who's worrying about them? Snyder has delivered special messages on talent, health, education and transportation. He has one coming up on crime. What about elderly people? Haven't heard much since Snyder got his pension tax last year.|newswell|text|Opinion|p

DN: Editorial Quick Hits: U-M lab aides exempt from unionization
The graduate student research assistants at the University of Michigan who've opposed unionization for months now, got a reprieve from state Legislature this week

DFP / MAC: Mark Hackel fund-raiser e-mail raises ethics concerns in Macomb County


: "The governor has shown similar contempt for the rule of law and the application of state regulations."

HUFF: Post by Rep. John Conyers: Critical Crossroads for Michigan's Emergency Manager Law
Report: Democratic Staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary

The Snyder administration has reacted to the filing of the petitions by declaring that it would simply operate under the prior law, which allows the governor to appoint an emergency manager to a municipal body after placing it in state receivership. However, this prior statute was repealed through the enactment of the emergency manager law at issue here. Essentially, Governor Snyder's actions ignore the clear signal from Michigan voters to pursue a more conciliatory path to resolving the financial struggles of our state's local governments.

The governor has shown similar contempt for the rule of law and the application of state regulations.

DN: Editorial: Keep emergency managers in place

Even if EM law goes on ballot, lawmakers should ensure current managers stay on the job|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p


MAC: Editorial: Snyder should veto bill requiring photo ID to vote

A bill approved in the state Senate and now in a House committee is intended to safeguard the integrity of Michigan elections. And it probably will. The threats to that integrity are more imaginary than real. But the threats contained in the bill to the rights of some of Michigan’s most vulnerable voters — and thus the voting process itself — are more real than imaginary. . . . So what’s wrong with such a remedy? Mark Hornbeck, a Michigan AARP associate communications director, lists several things:

MLIVE: Skubick: Asking voters to decide Right to Work ban is gamble for United Auto Workers

It appears the United Auto Workers union does not trust Gov. Rick Snyder to be its firewall to stop Right to Work.

DFP: Michigan ready to award OfficeMax contract after controversial bidding process


DN: Editorial: End business tax,but protect cities

Localities should be shielded from cost of ending equipment levy, but not in the constitution

Lawmakers' answer to the problem has to be solid enough to reassure Replace Don't Erase members that replacement revenue doesn't need to be imbedded in the Michigan Constitution.|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s


DFP: Editorial: A sobering situation in Highland Park schools

The district got its most recent round of fixes Friday, as Gov. Rick Snyder reappointed Jack Martin to the position of emergency manager and then transferred most day-to-day personnel functions to the Detroit Public Schools for the remainder of the school year. Earlier in the week, the governor had arranged to get money to teachers and other staff who had not gotten their paychecks on time the week before.

DFP: Airport board: We broke the law in hiring Turkia Awada Mullin
DN: Airport board receives subpoena in federal ethics investigation|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s


AP: Hoekstra aggressive but facing forceful Republican challengers in bid to take on Stabenow

On Monday, Hoekstra's having House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin keynote his fundraising luncheon in Southfield. Ryan wants to gradually move away from Medicare to private health insurance for many seniors while increasing the eligibility age to 67 and charging upper-income retirees higher premiums, a plan welcomed by voters who worry about deficits and want federal spending cut.

OE: Goci announces plans to run for Congress

Westland Democrat resident John Goci has announced his intention to run for Congress in Michigan's 13th District. . . . “My neighbors are struggling financially, and I am well aware that they and their kids are paying the severe price of joblessness and financial decline. I simply cannot stand by and tolerate politics as usual,” Goci said.


:  "I don’t know any woman in America … that thinks that being called a slut is funny.” 


7 Limbaugh Advertisers Bail After 'Slut' Comments

POLITICO: DNC chair doesn't buy Rush apology

"I know he apologized, but forgive me if I doubt his sincerity, given that he lost at least six advertisers," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." Limbaugh apologized Saturday after criticizing Sandra Fluke on the air for her position on access to birth control. “Rush Limbaugh in that apology said he was trying to be humorous," said Wasserman Schultz.

"I don’t know any woman in America … that thinks that being called a slut is funny.”

The DNC chairwoman also took a shot at GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his response to the controversy. "The bottom line is that the leading candidate on the Republican side for president couldn’t even bring himself to call Rush Limbaugh’s comments outrageous and call him out and ask him to apologize," she said.

CBS: [Ron] Paul: Limbaugh apologized for personal gain

"He's doing it because some people were taking their advertisements off of his program. It was his bottom line he was concerned about," Paul said.

DN (AP): Limbaugh comments overshadow GOP contest

"I think what Rush Limbaugh said about that young woman was not only vile and degrading to her, but to women across the country," David Axelrod said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday morning. . . . Asked whether Romney's comments went far enough, Fehrnstrom said: "There's extreme rhetoric on both sides of the political spectrum. I think the political process is best served if everybody tones it down, not only those on the right but also intolerant voices on the left."


WH: Weekly address: Taking Control of Our Energy Future

In this week’s address, President Obama told the American people that three years after helping the auto industry save more than one million jobs, the American auto industry is back and creating cars that are even better than before. The entire industry has added more than 200,000 jobs in the past two and a half years, and thanks to the Administration’s new fuel efficiency standards, these companies are making cars that will save families money at the pump and help reduce our reliance on foreign oil. . . . Under President Obama, our use of clean, renewable energy has nearly doubled, but we must also end the $4 billion in tax breaks that oil companies receive each year while collecting record profits. The President asks everyone to tell their elected officials to stop this corporate welfare and fight for a clean energy future that is within our reach.

NYT: Editorial: Drill Baby Drill, Redux
Republicans’ tired remedy for rising gas prices won’t fix anything. President Obama’s measures have a far better shot at lessening this country’s dependence on oil imports and keeping prices under control.

THE HILL: Obama says he has ‘Israel’s back,’ urges patience to let Iran sanctions work

“Iran’s leaders should know that I do not have a policy of containment, I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Obama said, drawing hearty applause from the crowd. “And as I’ve made clear time and again during the course of my presidency, I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests.” . . .

“Over the last three years, as President of the United States, I have kept my commitments to the state of Israel,” Obama said. “At every crucial juncture, at every fork in the road, we have been there for Israel. Every single time.”

WH: New Data: The Affordable Care Act in Your State


NBC/WSJ poll: Primary season takes 'corrosive' toll on GOP and its candidates

Obama up in general election by double-digits in OH & VA

Four in 10 of all adults say the GOP nominating process has given them a less favorable impression of the Republican Party, versus just slightly more than one in 10 with a more favorable opinion. Additionally, when asked to describe the GOP nominating battle in a word or phrase, nearly 70 percent of respondents – including six in 10 independents and even more than half of Republicans – answered with a negative comment. Some examples of these negative comments from Republicans:

"Unenthusiastic," "discouraged," "lesser of two evils," "painful," "disappointed," "poor choices," "concerned," "underwhelmed,” “uninspiring” and “depressed.”,%202012%20%20Ohio%20NBC%20News-Marist%20Poll%20Release.pdf

Latest polls: Romney & Santorum statistically tied in OH & TN; Gingrich up big in GA
NYT: 538: Romney Could Win Majority of Super Tuesday Delegates


CBS: Gingrich: "Dishonesty" marks Romney campaign

Gingrich was referring to a video - dated from 2002 and obtained by CBS News - in which Romney boasted about his use of federal dollars for the 2002 Olympic Game sin Salt Lake City. In the video Romney said, "I'm a believer in getting money where the money is." . . . "He can't close the deal [against Obama] because there's a

breathtaking scale of dishonesty

underlying the Romney campaign," Gingrich continued. "This (video) is a perfect example."


WAPO: Op-Ed by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend: What Rick Santorum doesn't understand about JFK
USAT: Column: Why Santorum is no JFK

Perhaps Santorum should recall the Gospel’s teachings, which might direct us to positions different from those he advocates. Jesus told his followers that they would be judged on how they clothed the naked, fed the hungry and welcomed the stranger. His directive to love God and our neighbor leads many faithful Americans to support same-sex marriage and to see that marriage itself can be strengthened when couples make love without fear of an unplanned pregnancy. Each of these positions can be made in a secular setting, but they also have a moral argument, grounded in faith.

NYT: Krugman: States of Depression

Notice that I said “government in America,” not “the federal government.” The federal government has been pursuing what amount to contractionary policies as the last vestiges of the Obama stimulus fade out, but the big cuts have come at the state and local level. These state and local cuts have led to a sharp fall in both government employment and government spending on goods and services, exerting a powerful drag on the economy as a whole.

NYT: Column: A Government Bailout Saved the Auto Industry, but the City of Detroit Was Left Behind

No one, least of all the state, wants that to happen. In Michigan, emergency managers can break union contracts, fire city officials and sell off city assets. That has already begun in four other cities, all of them largely black, that the state has taken over in the last few years. Black officials and union leaders have charged that Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican elected in 2010, has an ideological and racial agenda, and taking over Detroit, which is 83 percent black, would only magnify the tension.

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