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4:35 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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Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
A Public Exit From Goldman Sachs Hits at a Wounded Wall Street  —  Wall Street traders come and go all the time, but few have quit with the flair of Greg Smith.  The way he resigned from Goldman Sachs, and what he had to say, could reignite a debate over how much Wall Street has changed in the wake of the financial crisis.
Neil Rafferty / The Daily Mash:   Why I am leaving the Empire, by Darth Vader
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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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
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, GOP 12 and RedState
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Santorum Wins Alabama and Mississippi Primaries
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Will Newt Gingrich drop out?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up in NC, primary hinges on Newt
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.
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David Lawder / Reuters:
House Republican leaders set to break US budget deal
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate OKs highway bill
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.
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.
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Keach Hagey / Politico:
David Axelrod bails on Bill Maher
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Axelrod Cancels on Bill Maher - For Now
Discussion: TalkLeft and Althouse
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
George Clooney to visit the White House  —  Actor George Clooney, who was on the Hill today, will be at the White House tomorrow.  —  Before Clooney's congressional testimony about violence in Sudan and South Sudan on Wednesday, Sen. John Kerry mentioned the actor's plan to meet with the president.
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama gives Cameron a Braten 1000 Series grill to celebrate visit
Discussion: Politico
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Gives UK Prime Minister Cameron a Custom-Made 100% Made in America Grill
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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Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrives in Afghanistan; pledges no change in strategy
Discussion: msnbc.com, Guardian and Mondoweiss
Muhammad Lila / ABCNEWS:   Security Scare During Defense Secretary's Afghan Visit
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Times nixes anti-Islam ad, runs anti-Catholic ad  —  Executives at The New York Times have rejected a full-page anti-Islam advertisement that mimicked a controversial anti-Catholic advertisement they published on March 9.  —  According to a Mar. 13 letter sent by the Times to the ad's sponsor …
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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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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Pew Research Center:
Romney Leads GOP Contest, Trails in Matchup with Obama  —  Gas Prices Offset Good News about Jobs  —  OVERVIEW  —  Mitt Romney has retaken a significant lead nationally in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, even as he has fallen further behind Barack Obama in a general election matchup.
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.
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NBC pulls Ron Paul's last embed  —  A couple weeks back I noted that Ron Paul, the lonely delegate hunter, had only one full-time, embedded reporter on his trail: Anthony Terrell of NBC News.  Other reporters have provided some coverage of the candidate, but for the last few weeks Terrell was the only proverbial boy on the bus.
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Rising Sea Levels Seen as Threat to Coastal U.S.  —  About 3.7 million Americans live within a few feet of high tide and risk being hit by more frequent coastal flooding in coming decades because of the sea level rise caused by global warming, according to new research.
 
 
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Alexandra Cheney / Speakeasy:
Garry Trudeau: ‘Doonesbury’ Abortion Furor ‘Good for Business’
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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’
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