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Rush Limbaugh Calls Georgetown Student a "Slut," Yelp IPO, and the Top 10 Stories You Should Read on Your Lunch Break

Here are the top 10 stories you should read (and watch) on your lunch break:

(1) Washington state holds its caucuses on Saturday, and Rick Santorum is appealing to social conservatives to try to regain his momentum. Televangelist Pat Robertson beat incumbent President George H.W. Bush in the 1992 caucuses, and Santorum believes he can also use his conservative record on social issues to overtake Mitt Romney. Santorum was leading by 11 points in the most recent public poll (38 percent to Mitt Romney's 27 percent) and evangelicals supported him 50 to 18 percent over Romney.

(2) President Obama told The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg that on the issue of Iran and Israel, "As President of the United States, I don't bluff." Goldberg interviewed President Obama in the Oval Office for 45 minutes on the Iran crisis. On Monday, President Obama try to persuade Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to postpone plans to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities and argue that under his leadership, the United States 'has Israel's back.' According to a new survey, only about one in five Israelis (19%) favor a unilateral strike without U.S. support.

(3) The White House makes it's economic case for President Obama's reelection using these 13 charts. Here's one:

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(4) At a New York City fundraiser for 20-somethings and 30-somethings on Thursday night, President Obama was heckled by a woman in the crowd on Iran. "Use your leadership! No war in Iran!" The exchange took place at ABC Carpet & Home and included hosts Russell Simmons and Deepak Chopra. President Obama responded: "Nobody's announced a war, young lady. But we appreciate your sentiment. You're jumping the gun a little bit."


(5) Georgetown's president John DeGioia has come to the defense of third-year law student Sandra Fluke after Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" and "prostitute" for speaking out on birth control insurance coverage. DeGioia said Limbaugh's attacks "can only be described as misogynistic, vitriolic, and a misrepresentation of the position of our student." For a stinging Limbaugh quote of the day, see Juan Cole:

"Best argument for birth control: If Rush Limbaugh’s mother had used it, imagine how much better the world would be.

(6) Russian PM Vladimir Putin looks ready to win the upcoming presidential election, and his campaign is using a number of creepy commercials to win over voters. Here's one example: 

(7) Politico's Mike Allen reports that George Will says the GOP may face a 1964-style rout in his upcoming Sunday column. “If either [Romney or Santorum] is nominated, conservatives should vote for him. But … there would come a point when … conservatives turn their energies to a goal much more attainable than … electing Romney or Santorum president. It is the goal of retaining control of the House and winning control of the Senate. … [C]onservatives this year should have as their primary goal making sure Republicans wield all the gavels in Congress in 2013.

(8) What are the top 5 ways to lose friends and alienate Twitter followers? Fast Company says the major no-nos are: 1) The self-congratulatory retweet; 2) Bad Tweet timing; 3) Too much automation; 4) Offensive comments; and 5) The silent treatment. Read more here.

(9) A new Pew poll studies the impact of hyperconnectivity on millennials and finds that young people are divided over the impact of being so "plugged-in" on our lives. Young people will become more nimble analysts and decision-makers because of their embrace of online world, but we may also lack deep engagement with people and knowledge by being constantly connected. See the full study.

(10) Photo of the day: Yelp soars 66% on first day of trading after IPO.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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