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10:40 AM ET, March 12, 2012


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Washington Post:
Gas prices sink Obama's ratings on economy, bring parity to race for White House  —  Disapproval of President Obama's handling of the economy is heading higher — alongside gasoline prices — as a record number of Americans now give the president “strongly” negative reviews …
Carl Cameron / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Gingrich-Perry Pre-Convention Ticket in the Works  —  Sources close to the Gingrich campaign say preliminary “what-if” conversations are underway that could lead to a Gingrich-Perry ticket being announced prior to the Republican National Convention at the end of August.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Too close to call in Alabama and Mississippi  —  Tuesday looks like it's going to be a close election night in both Mississippi and Alabama.  In Mississippi Newt Gingrich is holding on to a slight lead with 33% to 31% for Mitt Romney, 27% for Rick Santorum, and 7% for Ron Paul.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Obama Still Muslim, Report Southern Republicans  —  It has been a while since the question of President Obama's religion — his true religion, maybe the religion he or his “church” don't want you to know about — has been on the national agenda.  And the upcoming Alabama and Mississippi primaries …
Sarah Huisenga / CBS News:
Gingrich, Perry deny they seek a joint ticket  —  (CBS News) Newt Gingrich's spokesman on Sunday dismissed speculation about a potential Gingrich-Rick Perry ticket being announced before the Republican National Convention in August, saying the two camps have not discussed the idea “at any level.”
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Rising Gas Prices Have Dented Obama's Rating: Poll
Discussion: The Page and The Last Tradition
Jackie Borchardt / Dayton Daily News:
Bill introduced to regulate men's reproductive health  —  Part of a trend, she likens the bill to men legislating 'a woman's womb.'  —  COLUMBUS - Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test …
Associated Press:
Santorum: Convention would give me GOP nomination  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Santorum predicted Monday that he would get the Republican presidential nomination if the race remains undecided by the time the party holds its nominating convention this summer.  —  Though former Massachusetts …
Discussion: The Agonist
‘World News’ Political Insights: Mitt Romney's Math Beating Rivals' Momentum
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Fox News Commenters React to Afghan Killings: ‘A Dead Muslim Is a Good Muslim’  —  It's no longer surprising, but the right wing blogs are full of comments today praising the soldier who allegedly committed mass murder in Kandahar, killing men, women, and children asleep in their beds.  —  Gateway Pundit:
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
What Greece Means  —  So Greece has officially defaulted on its debt to private lenders.  It was an “orderly” default, negotiated rather than simply announced, which I guess is a good thing.  Still, the story is far from over.  Even with this debt relief, Greece — like other European nations forced …
Discussion: Daily Kos
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
News Analysis: Attack May Derail Effort to Force Taliban Into Talks  —  WASHINGTON — The outrage from the back-to-back episodes of the Koran burning and the killing on Sunday of at least 16 Afghan civilians imperils what the Obama administration once saw as an orderly plan for 2012 …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Moderation out of fashion on Capitol Hill  —  The Founding Fathers designed Congress to represent the will of the majority of Americans.  —  Yet, even as more Americans identify themselves as independents — not Democrats or Republicans — there is a painfully sharp decline in moderate …
OBAMA IMPEACHMENT BILL NOW IN CONGRESS  —  Declares president's use of military without approval ‘high crime, misdemeanor’  —  Let the president be duly warned.  —  Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., R-N.C., has introduced a resolution declaring that should the president use offensive military …
Dozens of Syrian civilians killed in Homs  —  (Reuters) - Dozens of civilians were killed in cold blood in Homs, the Syrian government and opposition said on Monday, although they disputed responsibility for what both sides called a massacre.  —  The carnage in Homs, as well as an army assault …
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
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Discussion: Business Insider
Wall Street Journal:
Steve Jobs, Price Fixer?
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Tea Party groups pressure House GOP leaders to rev up Fast and Furious probe
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Detroit Nears Bankruptcy
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
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