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News Roundup 3/6/2012


SPOTLIGHT: Just "two words"?!?!

RUSH LIMBAUGH.COM: Why I Apologized to Sandra Fluke
RUSH LIMBAUGH.COM: Obama's Trouble with Women Voters Led to this Contraception Distraction
RUSH LIMBAUGH.COM: Don't Worry, Folks: Advertisers Who Don't Want Your Business Will Be Replaced

In fighting them on this issue last week, I became like them. Against my own instincts, against my own knowledge, against everything I know to be right and wrong I descended to their level when I used those two words to describe Sandra Fluke.  That was my error. I became like them, and I feel very badly about that.  I've always tried to maintain a very high degree of integrity and independence on this program.  Nevertheless, those two words were inappropriate. They were uncalled for. They distracted from the point that I was actually trying to make, and I again sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for using those two words to describe her.  I do not think she is either of those two words.  I did not think last week that she is either of those two words

HUFF / THE VIEW: Sandra Fluke Dismisses Rush Limbaugh's Apology
DNC: Stand with Sandra

"I don't think that a statement like this, issued saying that his choice of words was not the best, changes anything. Especially when that statement is issued when he's under significant pressure from his sponsors, who have begun to pull support from his show," Fluke said. Eight companies -- including AOL, the parent company of The Huffington Post -- have parted ways with Limbaugh since he made the harsh remarks about Fluke. Fluke said she was "shocked and stunned" when she heard about Limbaugh's comments.

DAILY KOS: PPP: Rush Limbaugh losing Republicans in Super Tuesday states
PPP: Limbaugh and Birthers

Our numbers suggest that Rush Limbaugh has seen significant erosion in his popularity with Republican voters over the last week. The last time we polled on him nationally he was at 80/12 with GOPers. But now we find him below 50% in all three of these states: he's at 45/28 in Ohio, 46/29 in Tennessee, and 44/30 in Georgia.


GRP: 'Saturday Night Live' mocks Mitt Romney's narrow Michigan primary win, gaffe problem (w/ video)
In the five-minute cold open, cast member Bill Hader, doing a deeply off-putting impersonation of Fox News host Shephard Smith, began by asking Romney, played by Jason Sudeikis, for his thoughts on the victory. "We feel great," he said. "Michigan was just another case of voters taking a look at Mitt Romney and saying, ‘eh, I guess." Sudeikis also made fun of Romney's tendency toward casual comments indicating his vast personal wealth: "As we say in the Romney house, I'm happier than a poor man eating a can of beans from a dumpster. Yum yum yum yum yum."

MPR: Lessenberry: Last Word On Our Primary
But the state party credentials committee voted to ignore their own rules and give both to Mitt Romney. Former state Attorney General Mike Cox protested, saying that looked like something a third world dictatorship would do. And Cox was a Romney supporter! The Santorum campaign  called it “backroom political thuggery.”

NY MAGAZINE: Jonathan Chait: How Romney Advocated Obamacare and Lied About It

DAILY KOS: Ted Nugent trashes Massachusetts, says he endorsed Mitt Romney after getting gun pledge

THE ONION: Voters Slowly Realizing Santorum Believes Every Deranged Word That Comes Out Of His Mouth
"I honestly thought he was just playing up to the far-right voters, because that's what Republicans are supposed to do in the primaries," said Grand Rapids, MI resident Dan Banks, who explained he had dismissed as manipulative campaign rhetoric Santorum's assertion that President Obama would send Christians to the guillotine. "But now it's dawning on me that this guy means it, all of it. Every single thing he says is an accurate depiction of how he sees the world.",27518/

GRP: Learn who former Gov. Jennifer Granholm backs to unseat U.S. Rep. Justin Amash
"From day one Trevor [Thomas] has been a fighter for fairness and opportunity," Granholm said. "From the newsroom to the halls of Congress, Trevor has the experience and passion to get results on the issues critical to Michigan families. “This is a campaign of inclusion that will stand up and represent all the voices of West Michigan and I am proud to support and be a part of it." [John] Cherry cited Thomas’ ability to put aside partisanship to get major legislation passed at the federal level. “This is the fresh and progressive leadership we need today," Cherry said.

MLIVE: U.S. Senate candidate Gary Glenn fights 'homosexual activists' ordinance
“On behalf of our supporters in Mt. Pleasant, we urge you not to adopt such a discriminatory ordinance, which has proven in other jurisdictions to be used to violate the civil and religious free speech rights…and which also poses a threat to the privacy rights of women and children in public restrooms and other public facilities.”

SPOTLIGHT: MIGOP + ROMNEY = "This blatant out and out cheating," Gillman said. "What do they think they're going to get away with here? It's hogwash. They're liars."

DN: Mich. GOP chair Schostak says delegate confusion was his fault
Jason Gillman, a Grand Traverse County commissioner and blogger at, said Schostak's apology was a half-hearted attempt to sweep the matter under the rug. "This blatant out and out cheating," Gillman said. "What do they think they're going to get away with here? It's hogwash. They're liars." Santorum supporters want the credentials committee to reconsider its decision or resign their positions. "(Schostak is) feeling the heat and I guess we'll keep putting the heat on," said Maria Carl, Santorum's Macomb County campaign coordinator.

RIGHT MICHIGAN.COM: This Will Not Be Quietly Swept Under The Rug
THE IOWA REPUBLICAN: Mitt's Nomination Manipulation

Except that this isn't over just one measly delegate.  Consider this:
*Attempted precinct hijacking in Iowa
*Ignoring the delegate allocation rules in Florida
*Credible allegations of ballot box fraud in Nevada
*Attempted precinct hijacking in Maine
*Ignoring the delegate allocation rules in Arizona
*After-the-fact rewriting of the delegate allocation rules in Michigan
*Last-minute rewriting of the ballot access rules in Virginia (Oh, you didn't hear about that?  Big stink in the Old Dominion.)
In each case, these shenanigans benefitted one candidate, and one candidate only . . . Willard Mitt Romney.  Evidently, the establishment bluebloods are more than concerned that the coronation train for the heir-apparent is going to get derailed.


DN: Romney criticizes Obama's handling of Delphi retirees
"There's a normal process and various participants at the table get their fair share. But instead of that happening, the president made sure that the UAW got more than their fair share. I don't have a problem with union workers and their rights to have their rights respected," Romney said. "What I object to is when a president exercises crony capitalism, which means when a president says by virtue of my power, I'm going to take care of my friends. There's no question that support for his campaign came from organized labor, and so he took care of organized labor."

DFP: Candidate Pete Hoekstra rallies support
The media wasn’t allowed into the luncheon, which attracted about 100 supporters, and neither Hoekstra nor Ryan would do interviews about his visit. In a statement released after the event, Ryan said, "He is exactly the type of leader we need in the Senate. Pete Hoekstra is a creative thinker, smart person, principled man and the kind of person we need if we're going to put this country back on the right track." About a dozen protesters, including some senior citizens, picketed the event at the Westin Hotel in Southfield and were more than happy to talk about their fear of spiraling health care costs.

GRP: Steve Pestka enters race against U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, stresses 'mainstream' record

LUD: Bailey seeks Congressional seat
Bailey, 39, recognizes he has an uphill fight to win the Democratic nomination. He told a small group of Manistee Democrats gathered Saturday afternoon at the Ramsdell Inn in downtown Manistee that he is in for the duration and will not, as some have suggested, stand aside.

DN: WSU law professor Robert A. Sedler: Super PACs have a key election role
Super PACs, like all other forms of political speech, advance the values of the First Amendment. They have become a very important part of the democratic process in this nation.


DFP: Editorial: IDs help ex-cons get back to work
Gov. Rick Snyder has taken a big step in getting identification documents quickly into the hands of released prisoners. Last month, he signed legislation that requires MDOC to provide them with prisoner identification cards that the Department of State must accept as a secondary document in obtaining a state ID card or driver's license.|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

FJ: Gov. Rick Snyder to announce $4.5 million for Flint to reopen city jail


DN: Schuette joins AG suits over Obama-led laws
Schuette joined eight other Republican attorneys general at a press conference Monday as part of the group's annual meeting here, arguing the White House has overreached in reforming health care, regulating cross-state utility emissions, enforcing immigration laws and battling foreign species in the Great Lakes. "There's a pattern of bureaucrats ignoring federal statutes and imposing their own narrow viewpoints," Schuette said.

MLIVE: Tim Skubick: Senate Democrats' plan to pay for college tuition is going exactly nowhere

LSJ: Editorial: Michigan won't build 22 new casinos
Only a handful are likely to be viable|newswell|text|Opinions|p


DFP: Emergency manager alone can't save Detroit: City's financial outlook called 'hopeless'
AP: Michigan's emergency managers may lose superpowers
DFP: News brief: Report: Suspending EM law a risk|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

SPOTLIGHT: 46 vs 2

MMFA: Headline: Limbaugh Launched 46 Personal Attacks On Fluke; He Apologized For Two Words

MEDIAITE: Jon Stewart’s Round-Up Of The Rush Limbaugh ‘Slut’ Mess Is Must-See TV (w/ video)
MEDIAITE: Colbert: Rush Limbaugh Apologized Because He ‘Will Do Anything With His Mouth for Cash’ (w/ video)

DFP: Rochelle Riley: Rush Limbaugh is the 21st Century's foolish bigot
Limbaugh uses hate speech to instill fear, to cause some Americans to hate others, to coerce others to his singular point of view. So ... Rush Limbaugh is a terrorist. His bombast and hate speech five days a week helps foment civil war and serves no purpose other than to widen the rift between his followers and other Americans who disagree. No, it is not free speech. It gave up the right to be free speech in 1993 when Limbaugh referred to Chelsea Clinton, then 13, as the White House dog. . . . We, as a united voice -- not just Republicans, but Democrats, mothers, fathers, Christians, Jews -- have allowed hate to rival English as our national language. It is time for the terrorism to stop. It doesn't represent America. Nor should Rush Limbaugh.|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

DN: Laura Berman: Attacks on women cross line
WAPO: Eugene Robinson: Rush Limbaugh instills fear in GOP candidates

So is it absurd to connect the dots between an on-air bully who verbally assaults a female law student to an accused rapist and kidnapper? Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski sees a link between the demeaning comments of Limbaugh and his ilk to brutality in the streets. The mayor was stunned Saturday when she discovered yet another horrific attack on women in Hamtramck. "I thought of Rush Limbaugh," she says, "because those kinds of statements, left unchallenged, create an atmosphere that devalues women." One says "whore." The other, "ho." It's the common wavelength that's scary.|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

SALON: Rush’s big enabler: The army
A government-funded radio station beams Limbaugh to service members around the globe

CBS: Limbaugh to join "Hall of Famous Missourians"
While advertisers flee his radio show, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh is poised to be added to the Hall of Famous Missourians in the state Capitol. Inductees are chosen by the speaker of the Missouri House. Speaker Steven Tilley said Monday he decided to honor Limbaugh months ago. The Republican lawmaker and Limbaugh are both from the state's southeastern corner.

WEAKLY STANDARD Blog: Will Obama Super PAC Return Misogynist Bill Maher's Million-Dollar Donation?


HUFF: Obama Super PAC: Romney's Agenda For Wealthy Hurting Him With Poor
But the memo also touches on a line that seems likely to be used throughout the general election campaign, should Romney, as expected, end up the nominee. "Romney’s agenda for the wealthy is measurably hurting him with those who are not," it reads.


FOX NEWS: GOP Hopefuls Losing Ground to Obama Among Latinos, Poll Says
Despite growing disappointment in his handling of immigration issues, Latino voters favor President Barack Obama by six-to-one over any of the Republican presidential hopefuls, showed a Fox News Latino poll conducted under the direction of Latin Insights and released Monday. . . . But the poll shows that the overwhelming choice among likely Latino voters is President Obama. In head-to-head match-ups none of the GOP candidates would garner more than 14 percent of the Latino vote come November, the poll said. "This is what we're seeing across the country," said Gabriela Domenzain, Obama campaign spokesperson. "The more Latinos learn about the candidates, the more they reject them."

REUTERS: More than half of Americans back Obama's Koran apology

AP survey: More optimism about US jobs and economy
The U.S. economy is improving faster than economists had expected. They now foresee slightly stronger growth and hiring than they did two months earlier — trends that would help President Barack Obama's re-election hopes.


POLITICO: Headline: 10 things to watch on Super Tuesday
NYT: 538: A Guide to Super Tuesday Scenarios

POLITIFACT: Mitt Romney says president ignored debt problems in State of the Union
For a ruling we turn to our Truth-O-Meter definitions: This statement "is not accurate and makes a ridiculous claim." Six mentions in a speech in which Romney said there were none? That’s Pants On Fire.

MAD: Who Said It? Mitt Romney or Mr. Burns?
POLITICO: Top 7 jokes about Mitt Romney's dog

NEWSMAX: McConnell: US Must Use 'Overwhelming' Force Against Iran
NEWSMAX: McCain Calls for US to Lead on Syria Airstrikes

SOUTH CAROLINA: Laurens County Republican requiring candidates to sign pledge, pass interview
To be on the ballot as a Republican in Laurens County, you do not have to be “just” Republican. You, apparently, have to be the “right kind” of Republican. You must oppose abortion, in any circumstances. You must uphold the right to have guns, all kinds of guns. You must endorse the idea of a balanced state and federal budget, whatever it takes, even if your primary responsibility is to be sure the county budget is balanced. You must favor, and live up to, abstinence before marriage. You must be faithful to your spouse. Your spouse cannot be a person of the same gender, and you are not allowed to favor any government action that would allow for civil unions of people of the same sex. You cannot now, from the moment you sign this pledge, look at pornography. You must have: . . .


WAPO: Editorial: An unbridged divide in U.S.-Israeli relations
In our view, Mr. Obama’s arguments against an early attack on Iran, which he outlined in a speech to the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) lobbying group and in an interview, as well as alongside Mr. Netanyahu, were persuasive.

NYT: Editorial: Iran, Israel and the United States
President Obama is right that military action should only be the last resort, but Israel should not doubt this president’s mettle. Neither should Iran.

WAPO: Op-Ed by Mitt Romney: How I would check Iran’s nuclear ambition
WAPO: The Fact Checker: Obama and Iran: Mitt Romney’s critique
(= Two Pinocchios)
America and the world face a strikingly similar situation today; only even more is at stake. The same Islamic fanatics who took our diplomats hostage are racing to build a nuclear bomb. Barack Obama, America’s most feckless president since Carter, has declared such an outcome unacceptable, but his rhetoric has not been matched by an effective policy. While Obama frets in the White House, the Iranians are making rapid progress toward obtaining the most destructive weapons in the history of the world.

WAPO: Charles Lane column: Electric cars and the liberal war with science


MSNBC: Headline: State agencies, colleges demand applicants' Facebook passwords
In Maryland, job seekers applying to the state's Department of Corrections have been asked during interviews to log into their accounts and let an interviewer watch while the potential employee clicks through wall posts, friends, photos and anything else that might be found behind the privacy wall.

SPOTLIGHT:  Kristina Wong has responded with a wicked parody on YouTube 

CHINA DAILY: Column: 'Linsane' comments on race punny but not funny
Video: Debbie Spend It Now-- Superbowl Commercial OUTTAKES Senator Pete Hoekstra/ spoof parody

Saturday Night Live took their own stab with a skit exposing the two-faced humor in the barrage of Linsanity puns, but as I watched the jokes became less and less funny as the studio audience laughed even harder. Pete Hoekstra who is now seeking a US senate seat, ran a campaign ad during the Superbowl 2012. In it was a Chinese actress portraying a rural peasant in China, only too happy to be taking American jobs. She was made to speak in broken English to "authenticate" her character. When challenged on the racist overtones, Pete Hoekstra - while never addressing the charges - condescendingly replied that her speaking English was "quite an achievement". Asian culture is to respect others and avoid confrontation, but just because our deadliest fighters can't reach the overhead straps in subway cars doesn't mean we're happy to be kicked around. In Hoekstra's case, Kristina Wong has responded with a wicked parody on YouTube, and I'm doing my part by donating to Debbie Stabenow's campaign, Hoekstra's opposition for Senate. God bless America, and China, too!


CLEVELAND PLAINS-DEALER: Editorial: The Plain Dealer endorses Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination (3/3/12)
Video: Romney at '08 ABC Debate: 'I Like Mandates'

But Romney's private-sector success is also critical to his appeal. He understands how businesses and investors make decisions. He has had to make tough choices, trade short-term pain for long-term gain. A serious debate between Romney and Obama about the proper role and size of government would be healthy for a nation facing grave fiscal challenges. None of Romney's GOP rivals seem capable of such engagement -- or of appealing to a broad range of voters. . . . Consistency is certainly a problem for Romney. The one-time moderate has adjusted his positions on so many issues -- including abortion and gay rights -- that his core beliefs are a mystery. In this campaign, he has tried so hard to prove his conservative bona fides that he has undercut one of his greatest selling points: the pragmatism that enabled him to get things done as a Republican governor in one of the nation's most Democratic and liberal states.

BLOOMBERG: Ron Klain: Six Ways to Keep Working-Class Voters on Obama’s Side
-- Lead with the life story:
-- Root for Mitt Romney:
-- Eschew elitism and embrace the elderly:
-- Unity with “the uniforms”: 
-- Principles, not just policies:
-- Value the Veep:

THINK PROGRESS: Six More Advertisers Ditch Rush (Total = 26)
DAILY KOS: Rush Limbaugh: Vile parrot in the war on women's health. But he's only one in a woman-hating army
CONSERVATIVE NEW SERVICE: Sex-Crazed Co-Eds Going Broke Buying Birth Control, Student Tells Pelosi Hearing Touting Freebie Mandate


DFP: Report: As Michigan economy floundered, spending by Michigan lobbyists soared 86%
From 2001 through 2011, while the state’s population was shrinking and its economy was struggling through the worst recession in decades, reported spending by lobbyists to influence legislation and public policy soared 86%, hitting $35.3 million last year, according to a report today in Bridge Magazine, the on-line publication of the The Center for Michigan.|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE


HUFF (AP): Obama News Conference: President Holds First Full Conference Of 2012 (VIDEO)
President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that diplomacy can still resolve the crisis over Iran's possible pursuit of nuclear weapons, and he accused his Republican critics of "beating the drums of war." "Those folks don't have a lot of responsibilities," Obama said. "They are not commander in chief."

MSNBC: Chevy Volt named European Car of the Year

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