1. 51…98…141…the number of sponsors withdrawing advertising from Rush Limbaugh’s nationally syndicated show keeps growing. But a new memo from Clear Channel’s Premier Networks — Limbaugh’s distributor — suggests that might just be the tip of the iceberg. Premier is reportedly informing stations that many major advertisers want off all other “offensive or controversial” talkers like Mark Levin, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity. Is Limbaugh killing the right-wing talk radio genre he helped pioneer?

     

  2. The burning birth-control controversies boil down to two seemingly simple questions: How much does contraception cost, and who should pay for it? As the hubbub over Rush Limbaugh and his advertisers rages on, here’s a look at some numbers that factor into the true cost of contraception:

    $9 → Monthly cost of some brand-name versions of the pill ($108 a year)

    6.7 million Pregnancies in the U.S. each year

    3.2 million Unintended pregnancies in the U.S. each year

    $11.1 billion Public funds spent on the births of unintended babies in 2006

    $7 billion → Amount Medicaid and other government programs saved in 2008 by investing $1.9 billion in family planning centers

    99 → Percent of women age 15-44 who’ve had sex and used contraception at some point

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