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Lots of discussion this morning about whether or not Santorum caught himself starting to say the N-word while describing Barack Obama during a recent speech in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Footage from the event shows Santorum characterizing candidate Obama as "the anti-war government nig-" before stopping himself with a filled pause and abruptly heading in a different direction.

There are several alternate theories out there which suggest Santorum was trying to say something (relatively) innocuous, and merely stumbled in an unfortunate place. One such theory claims Santorum was actually calling Obama a "governmentnik." While plausible, "governmentnik" isn't really something someone's ever called anyone.

This wouldn't be Santorum's first brush with racial remarks. He previously came under fire for allegedly singling out black people as welfare recipients. He later claimed he stumbled on a word, which he couldn't recall, but definitely wasn't "black."

[vice.]

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On this morning's Fox and Friends, talk show host Geraldo Rivera blamed Trayvon Martin's shooting on his attire, saying his hoodie was as much responsible for his death as George Zimmerman was.

"I am urging the parents of black and Latino particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies," Rivera told his unfazed Fox News colleagues.

He went on to claim that the hoodie bears negative connotations that cannot be "rehabilitated."

"I bet you money," said Rivera, upping the audacity ante, "[I]f [Martin] didn’t have that hoodie on that nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn’t have responded in that violent and aggressive way." 

[tpm.]

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Having gone after pretty much every other "social malady" in the book, Rick Santorum is finally setting his sights on the big daddy of them all: Pornography.

In a statement that reads like something Anthony Comstock would have deemed "going too far," the GOP presidential candidate claims pornography "causes profound brain changes in both children and adults" and blasts the Justice Department for favoring "pornographers over children" by not enforcing obscenity laws.

Santorum continues: "[C]urrent federal 'obscenity' laws prohibit distribution of hardcore [obscene] pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite TV, on hotel/motel TV, in retail shops and through the mail or by common carrier."

The former Pennsylvania Senator concludes by vowing that, as President, he will change the status quo as it concerns pornography.

It seems somewhat laughable, but can President Santorum really get rid of Internet porn if he set his mind to it? Yes, says UCLA Law Professor and noted blogger Eugene Volokh.

"If the government wanted to aggressively move against Internet pornography, it could do so," Volokh told The Daily Caller. "Here’s the deal: In most parts of the country, a lot of pornography on the Internet would plausibly be seen as obscene."

The law may be on his side, but, if he were to pursue his anti-porn crusade, Santorum would likely find rather quickly that the only thing still able to blur the lines of political affiliation is porn.

"When it comes to adult entertainment, it seems people are more the same than different," said Harvard Business School's Benjamin Edelman, who, in 2009, published a nationwide study [pdf] on porn viewing habits that should give Santorum pause.

Eight out of the top 10 porn-loving states voted for John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. By comparison, six of the bottom 10 cast their vote for Obama.

[thehill / dailycaller / newscientist.]

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Asked at a press conference about Pennsylvania's rendition of the anti-abortion bill that requires women to undergo an ultrasound prior to the termination of a pregnancy, the Keystone State's Republican governor, Tom Corbett, told a reporter that he didn't feel the legislation went too far because it "exterior not interior" and he wasn't making women watch.

"I don't know how you make anybody watch," Corbett said. "Because you just have to close your eyes."

Not surprisingly, this didn't sit well with Democrats, who slammed Corbett for showing "a lack of understanding of medicine and women's reproductive health issues."

"It's unthinkable that he would so casually dismiss this by advising women to just close their eyes," said former Pennsylvania congressman Patrick Murphy. "Gov. Corbett's comments are disturbingly offensive, insensitive and out of touch."

Some 10 states are currently at varying states of debate over a similar ultrasound bill.

[wgal / think.]

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Say What Now of the Day: Speaking with Fox News's Neil Cavuto yesterday, Mitt Romney's wife Ann stuck her silver foot in her mouth during a response to a question about the Romney family's indifference to the plight of the average person given their enormous wealth.

"I don’t even consider myself wealthy which is an interesting thing,"

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Say What Now of the Day: Rabble-rousing radio host Rush Limbaugh today went all-in with his ongoing ad hominem attacks against the Georgetown student prevented from testifying at the congressional committee hearing on contraception, telling her "and the rest of you Feminazis" that he wants to see v

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Santorum Santorum Says of the Day: Speaking with George Stephanopoulos on this morning's This Week, presidential candidate Rick Santorum was asked to clarify a statement he made last October, concerning JFK's famous separation of church and state speech to Baptist ministers.

"Earlier in my political career, I had the o