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3:35 PM ET, March 14, 2012

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Greg Smith / New York Times:
Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs  —  TODAY is my last day at Goldman Sachs.  After almost 12 years at the firm — first as a summer intern while at Stanford, then in New York for 10 years, and now in London — I believe I have worked here long enough to understand the trajectory of its culture, its people and its identity.
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Robert Reich:
The Difference Between Private and Public Morality  —  Republicans have morality upside down.  Santorum, Gingrich, and even Romney are barnstorming across the land condemning gay marriage, abortion, out-of-wedlock births, access to contraception, and the wall separating church and state.
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Santorum-Gingrich Ticket Floated By Gingrich Adviser … 2012 Election , Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich 2012 , Rick Santorum , Elections 2012 , Newt Gingrich , Ron Paul , Video , Election 2012 Blog , Ron Paul 2012 , Mitt Romney 2012 , Rick Santorum 2012 , Santorum , Politics News
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Santorum Wins Alabama and Mississippi Primaries  —  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Rick Santorum captured twin victories in the Alabama and Mississippi primaries on Tuesday, overcoming the financial advantages of Mitt Romney and the regional allegiances of Newt Gingrich to amplify his argument …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Not Closing the Deal  —  “In five years of campaigning it is stunning to me that the Romney camp still has no clue how to play the expectations game.”  —  This morning you were going to read a post from me saying Mitt Romney was definitely now the nominee and it was time for Santorum and Gingrich to drop out.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and GOP 12
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up in NC, primary hinges on Newt  —  North Carolina provides a great example of the spoiler role Newt Gingrich is now playing in the Republican Presidential race.  With Gingrich in the field a split conservative vote allows Mitt Romney to lead in the state with 31% to 27% for Rick Santorum, 24% for Gingrich, and 8% for Ron Paul.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Will Newt Gingrich drop out?
Keach Hagey / Politico:
David Axelrod bails on Bill Maher  —  David Axelrod will not be appearing as a guest on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” despite reports last week that he was scheduled to do the show in the next few weeks.  —  “He's not scheduled to go on at this time,” said Ben LaBolt, the press secretary for President Obama's reelection campaign.
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Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart Tells Fox News To ‘Shut The F*ck Up’ About Bill Maher's Offensive Rants  —  Jon Stewart began his show continuing the news narrative before it was rudely interrupted by another election night: “radio shock-blob Rush Limbaugh” saying something offensive on his radio show.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Axelrod Cancels on Bill Maher - For Now
Discussion: TalkLeft and Althouse
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Bloomberg:
Republicans Losing on Birth Control as 77% in Poll Spurn Debate  —  Americans overwhelmingly regard the debate over President Barack Obama's policy on employer-provided contraceptive coverage as a matter of women's health, not religious freedom, rejecting Republicans' rationale for opposing the rule.
Thania A. Betancourt / ASU News:
Senate judiciary committee endorses controversial contraceptive bill  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-2 Monday to endorse a controversial bill that would allow Arizona employers the right to deny health insurance coverage for contraceptives based on religious objections.
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
House Republican Leaders Plan To Renege On Debt Ceiling Deal  —  Last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) signaled during an interview with Fox Business that he was open to reneging on the budget deal the GOP crafted with Democrats last year during the debacle over raising the nation's debt ceiling.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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David Lawder / Reuters:
House Republican leaders set to break US budget deal
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
REJECTED!  What the NY Times WON'T Run: Counter-Jihad Facts What the NY Times Will Run: Anti-Catholic Smear Ads  —  Did you see the virulently anti-Catholic ad that ran in the New York Times last week?  That ad inspired AFDI/SIOA, in cooperation with SION (Stop Islamization of Nations) …
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Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Times nixes anti-Islam ad, runs anti-Catholic ad
Tim Mak / Politico:
‘Game Change’ authors: Hillary Clinton in '16  —  “Game Change” co-authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann both predicted Wednesday that there was a high probability that Hillary Clinton would run for president in 2016.  —  “What are the odds this morning that Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016? …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Don't Tread on Us  —  Hillary Clinton has fought for women's rights around the world.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Gives UK Prime Minister Cameron a Custom-Made 100% Made in America Grill  —  President and First Lady Obama gifted UK Prime Minister and Mrs. Cameron a one-of-a-kind Braten 1000 Series Grill hand made by Engelbrecht Grills and Cookers of Paxton, Ill.
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama gives Cameron a Braten 1000 Series grill to celebrate visit
Discussion: Politico
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Panetta Visits Afghanistan in Aftermath of Massacre  —  CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta landed here Wednesday morning on an unannounced and tense trip, the first by a senior member of the Obama administration since an American soldier reportedly killed 16 Afghan civilians, mostly children and women.
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Muhammad Lila / ABCNEWS:   Security Scare During Defense Secretary's Afghan Visit
nbcconnecticut.com:
Woman Raped at Occupy New Haven: Cops  —  Police charged England Gamble, 53, of New Haven, with sexual assault.  —  A member of the Occupy New Haven movement was raped in a tent at the Occupy camp late on Monday night or early Tuesday morning, police said.
Washington Examiner:
Thursday is ‘Poolmageddon’ for trial lawyers  —  President Obama's Department of Justice — led by Attorney General Eric Holder — has found a new way to make the Americans with Disabilities Act pay off for Democratic trial lawyer campaign donors.  —  Since the ADA first became law in 1990 …
Montgomery Advertiser:
Roy Moore: ‘The people have spoken’  —  Roy Moore said about 2 a.m. Wednesday that even though he had not been declared the winner of the Republican primary for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court that he expected to win without a runoff.  —  “Statistically, there is just no way we're …
Alexander Burns / Reuters:
How much do voters know?  —  Voters are appalled at President Barack Obama's handling of gas prices, even though virtually every policy expert in both parties says there's little a president can do to affect the day-to-day price of fuel in a global market.  —  Americans are disgusted …
Wynton Hall / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: CHRIS ROCK ATTACKS CONSERVATIVE AUTHOR OVER TEA PARTY QUESTION  —  The New York Times bestselling author of the explosive new book, Hollywood Hypocrites: The Devastating Truth About Obama's Biggest Backers, Jason Mattera, had his crew's camera snatched and hurled by comedian Chris Rock …
Nick Squires / Telegraph:
Dante's Divine Comedy ‘offensive and should be banned’  —  It is a world-renowned work of literature and one of the foundation stones of the Italian language, but Dante's Divine Comedy has been condemned as racist, homophobic, anti-Islamist and anti-Semitic.
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
American flag with President Obama's image sparks outrage at Florida Democrats  —  Lake County Democratic Party officials removed the flag on Tuesday following complaints by local veterans in Florida.  —  An American flag with President Obama's image in place of the stars flew …
 
 
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Alexandra Cheney / Speakeasy:
Garry Trudeau: ‘Doonesbury’ Abortion Furor ‘Good for Business’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and JIMROMENESKO.COM
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Ugandan Gay Rights Group Sues American Evangelist
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Kaine asks Allen for deal on disclosure of ‘secret money’
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Former Sen. Harris Wofford / The Hill:
Wendy Spencer deserves an up or down vote
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NBC pulls Ron Paul's last embed
Discussion: Business Insider and Taylor Marsh
Pew Research Center:
Romney Leads GOP Contest, Trails in Matchup with Obama
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney slams back at Obama on gas prices (UPDATED)
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Pundits gasp as economy dents Obama's poll numbers
 

 
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