From Super Tuesday to Rush Limbaugh, here are the top 10 stories from across the web that you should be reading and watching today:
(1) A Romney victory in Ohio on Super Tuesday could seal the deal. The Hill reports a win in Ohio would hand Romney 66 delegates and the momentum he needs to become the GOP nominee. GOP strategist Alex Castellanos said, "Ohio is a state that [Rick] Santorum cannot afford to lost. If Santorum loses Ohio it'll be practically impossible to stop Romney." Latest polls show that Romney has crept back and the two candidates are now within the margin of error.
(2) Also in Ohio, redistricting has forced Ohio Democrats into a fierce primary fight. Voters in northern Ohio will decide the fate of Cleveland's Dennis Kucinich, one of the most liberal members of Congress, and Toledo's Marcy Kaptur, the longest-serving woman in Congress. The fight between Kucinich and Kaptur is the first of a dozen contests that will match House incumbents against each other due to redistricting in states that include Illinois, Missouri and Arizona.
(3) President Obama holds his first news conference in more than three months this afternoon, in a electoral move to draw attention away from the GOP Super Tuesday race. Obama's last solo news conference was in November from Hawaii (where he was hosting the APEC conference). Last week, when Republicans voted in Michigan and Arizona, Obama made trips to Nevada and Florida. He also held a video town hall with Iowa Democrats on the night of the state's caucuses. Obama is expected to touch on his meetings with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and the GOP race.
(4) Black students face much harsher punishments in public schools. New data released by the U.S. Department of Education show that while black students constituted only 18 percent of those enrolled, they accounted for 39 percent of all school expulsions. Black students were three and a half times as likely overall to be suspended or expelled than white students. More than 70 percent of students involved in school-related arrests or referred to local law enforcement were black or Latino.
(5) Watch Jon Stewart destroy Rush Limbaugh over his Sandra Fluke "slut" and "prostitute" comments:
(6) How would Romney deal with Iran? In today's Washington Post, Romney writes that the Obama administration's policies have failed to prevent Iran from "making rapid progress toward obtaining the most destructive weapons in the history of the world." Romney says he would follow Ronald Reagan's "peace through strength" model. I will take every measure necessary to check the evil regime of the ayatollahs. ... Most important, I will buttress my diplomacy with a military option that will persuade the ayatollahs to abandon their nuclear ambitions. Only when they understand that at the end of that road lies not nuclear weapons but ruin will there be a real chance for a peaceful resolution."
(7) William Easterly explains why how we would not lead the World Bank (or how he would lead it, take your pick). Very funny, read here.
(8) For many California students, Harvard is now cheaper than state schools. A new study by finds that a family of four earning $130,000 a year will end up paying nearly $24,000 a year for tuition, room, board at the average Cal State campus, and a whopping $33,000 per year at the University of California at Santa Cruz. That same family will pay only $17,000 per year if their child manages to snag an acceptance letter to Harvard.
(9) Politicians could cash in big on the Facebook IPO. According to Politico, Facebook's IPO could have the effect of pumping billions into politics (the company's major first investor, Peter Thiel, has already donated $2.6 million to a Ron Paul super PAC). “These people will donate to political campaigns,” said Jeffrey Berry, a political science professor at Tufts University.
(10) The Atlantic makes a fascinating case for why social media, including Facebook and Twitter, as well as mobile technology may actually be strengthening Middle East authoritarian dictators.
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