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This week's top 10 most read was led by "What Killed Andrew Breitbart?" by Maer Roshan and Hunter R. Slaton of The Fix, billed as the world's leading website about addiction and recovery, featuring a daily mix of news, investigative reports, celebrity interviews, and articles on health, science and sober living—written by some of the top writers in the country." We're delighted to be able to republish an occasional article from The Fix, as these issues are a particular concern of the LA Progressive's publisher and editor.

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We're also delighted to welcome back our friend Diane Lefer from a teaching engagement in Bolivia, which she reports on in Coca: One More Thing US Drugs Policy Gets Wrong. Don't miss these articles and any others that you missed the first time around.

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LA Progressive Most Read Articles
March 3-10, 2012

1. What Killed Andrew Breitbart? Maer Roshan and Hunter R. Slaton: Mainstream media outlets have jumped on rumors that the conservative icon was assassinated by the President. So why are they ignoring a much likelier scenario?

2. We Are a Nation of Bullies. David Love: Breitbart, Limbaugh, J. Edgar -- This nation has a love-hate relationship with bullies. In one breath, society condemns bullying. And yet our society thrives on it, encourages it and glorifies it. ‎

3. It’s What -- Not Who -- Killed Whitney Houston. Rev. Irene Monroe: We may never know all the demons that took this internationally renown pop star diva down a torturous and troubling road of self destruction, but one demon not mentioned is homophobia.

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4. Bill O'Reilly: Viagra for Health, Contraceptives for Promiscuity. Julie Driscoll: Republican women - with contraceptive needs themselves, and the uncomfortable feeling of watching a young woman, perhaps not unlike their own daughters, being flogged and villified by men for honesty and sincerity - also vote.

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5. Education for the 99%: How the Top 1% Is Destroying Public Education. Jose Lara: With the top 1% in control of education policy and responsible for creating a financial crisis that is defunding our public schools and eliminating essential programs such as Adult Education and Early Childhood Education, we must join together as the 99%.

6. Harry Reid Hits the Trifecta. Brent Budowsky: George Will writes on Sunday that Republicans could face a 1964-magnitude landslide loss. Things are falling into shape for Democrats to keep control of the Senate and regain control of the House.

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7. Coca: One More Thing US Drugs Policy Gets Wrong. Diane Lefer:In Bolivia, as in much of the Andes, people understand that coca leaves are not the same as cocaine. The leaves, which are rich in vitamins and minerals, are used for tea, in candies, in flour for baking cakes, as an anaesthetic, and in beverages.

8. Racial Justice in the Criminal Justice System. Sharon Kyle: Black and Latino men are incarcerated in disproportion numbers. The Sentencing Project focuses on the underlying reasons.

9. Barack Obama in 2012. Tom Degan: Okay, folks, I'm gonna level with you. This one was such a no-brainer it's almost embarrassing to even be reminded of it. There was no smoke-filled-room filled with editors in passionate debate.

10. Limbaugh Growing Impotent? Peter Dreier: Limbaugh’s gross comments about a female college student who voiced support for Obama’s birth-control insurance compromise have forced some old Republican allies to distance themselves, raising questions about Limbaugh losing his potency.

10. Does OWS Claim to Have Authority Over the Occupy Movement? Zwarich: History will record -- reverently, if we are the ones who write it -- that OWS lit the first match setting off the fire of this democratic movement but that does not give OWS any special authority to determine what shape this democratic fire might take as it continues to grow.