From Ron Paul to the NCAA, here are the top 10 stories to read (and watch) on your lunch break.
(1) Mitt Romney may be in deep trouble. RealClearPolitics has projected the remaining primaries and caucuses in the GOP race and argues that Romney may not have the 1,444 delegates he needs to win the GOP nomination by June. A contested convention is becoming more likely.
(2) Is Mitt Romney becoming the George H.W. Bush of 2012? The New York Times' Michael Shear writes that Romney's wealth and business connections have given him access to party veterans, but he has failed to inspire confidence or passion among conservatives, just like Bush failed to excite conservatives in the 1990s. The “the elder George Bush, is serving as a kind of political object lesson for a kindred spirit, Mitt Romney. … As Mr. Bush tried to do, Mr. Romney is working to bridge two worlds inside the Republican Party: an establishment wing with which he feels comfortable and a rabble-rousing wing that has a big influence over policy and ideology."
(3) Is Andrew Breitbart's Obama video a total dud? Before his death, Andrew Breitbart promised an explosive video that would expose Barack Obama as a radical communist. The video shows a younger Barack Obama, president of Harvard Law Review, introducing professor Derrick Bell, who took an unpaid leave of absence in protest of a lack of female black professors at the school. Here, BuzzFeed's Ben Smith and BigJournalism's Dana Loesch debate on CNN:
(4) Workplace enthusiasm for the NCAA tournament is waning. 56% of respondents to an MSN online survey say they will devote at least one hour of the work day (11% say they'll devote at least five hours) to watching games or following scores during the first two days of March Madness next week. But, last year the numbers were higher (60% and 18% respectively). Twice as many people as last year say they'll bet only $10 or less if they join a tournament pool.
(5) Did the U.S. offer Israel weapons to stall an attack on Iran? The Israeli newspaper Maariv reported this week that the Obama administration offered Israel upgraded military weaponry in exchange for delaying an attack on Iran until next year, after the November elections. The deal was presented to Israel during President Obama’s talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week. The U.S. offer reportedly included advanced bunker-busting bombs and long-range refueling planes. The White House fired back that this report is false, saying there was neither agreement nor discussion of such an offer.
(6) Social network and privacy expert Lori Andrews says social networks are blurring the lines between our public and private selves and leaving us vulnerable to invasions of our privacy. As we use social networks, we unknowingly open ourselves up to surveillance from employers, schools, lawyers, the police, and even advertisers. She proposes a “Social Network Constitution” to govern our online lives. Listen to her discuss on a podcast here.
(7) Several key Arab-American leaders have endorsed Republican candidate Ron Paul for President:
(8) Rush Limbaugh won't like this: What happens to college sex when you stop subsidizing birth control? A research paper by the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research analyzed what happened in 2007 when a federal law inadvertently eliminated the college discount on birth control pills, causing their price on campus to rise from $5-$10 per month to $30-$50 per month. Faced with a contraceptive price hike in 2007, they cut back on sex. And yet, the rate of accidental pregnancy among college women didn’t decline. More here.
(9) 104 women made Forbes' annual list of the world's billionaires. Among the most discusssed is Spanx founder Sara Blakely. At 41, she's the youngest woman to make the list. She nets an estimated 20 percent on revenue of approximately $250 million. Four Wall Street banks have valued the company, which began with Blakely's $5,000 investment, at an average of $1 billion.
(10) Political cartoon of the day (via Christian Science Monitor)
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