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6:35 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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Neil Rafferty / The Daily Mash:
Why I am leaving the Empire, by Darth Vader  —  TODAY is my last day at the Empire.  —  After almost 12 years, first as a summer intern, then in the Death Star and now in London, I believe I have worked here long enough to understand the trajectory of its culture, its people and its massive, genocidal space machines.
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Goldman Sachs Mobilizes Rapid Smear Campaign Against Whistleblower
Discussion: Firedoglake and Deal Journal
Reuters:
Santorum to Puerto Rico: Speak English if you want statehood  —  (Reuters) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told Puerto Ricans on Wednesday they would have to make English their primary language if they want to pursue U.S. statehood, a statement at odds with the U.S. Constitution.
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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
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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum says Puerto Rico must adopt English as official language if it wants statehood
Discussion: CNN
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Will Newt Gingrich drop out?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up in NC, primary hinges on Newt
CNN:
TRENDING: Republicans to Romney: Fix your message
Discussion: Politico
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: The Impolitic and Hullabaloo
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David Lawder / Reuters:
House Republican leaders set to break US budget deal  —  * Republican aides say cuts may not be enough for conservatives  —  * Spending bill impasse, September shutdown battle feared  —  Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives are ready to break a hard-fought budget deal …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Here we go again  —  Via Pat Garofalo, Reuters reports: … The original August 2011 deal that resolved the debt ceiling impasse called for a $1 trillion limit on discretionary spending for fiscal 2013.  House conservatives want much deeper cuts.  House GOP leaders are offering a compromise …
Discussion: US Politics
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate OKs highway bill
Scott Wong / Politico:
Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell strike deal on judges
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama gives Cameron a Braten 1000 Series grill to celebrate visit  —  If there was a theme at the White House for British Prime Minister David Cameron's visit on Wednesday, it could be, well, fire.  —  During the official welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn on Wednesday morning …
Discussion: Politico
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Gives UK Prime Minister Cameron a Custom-Made 100% Made in America Grill
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Coulter on Palin, brokered convention: GOP has ‘a problem with con men and charlatans’  —  Conservative columnist Ann Coulter, the author of “Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America,” took some shots at those seeking the limelight in the Republican Party and the conservative movement Monday night …
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Pew Research Center:
Romney Leads GOP Contest, Trails in Matchup with Obama
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 …
Roger Lowenstein / The Atlantic Online:
The Villain  —  The left hates him.  The right hates him even more.  But Ben Bernanke saved the economy—and has navigated masterfully through the most trying of times.  —  THE U.S. FEDERAL RESERVE was founded 99 years ago, as a bulwark to the banking system and an antidote to its frequent runs and panics.
Discussion: Modeled Behavior
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 …
James Whittaker / MSDN Blogs:
Why I left Google  —  Ok, I relent.  Everyone wants to know why I left and answering individually isn't scaling so here it is, laid out in its long form.  Read a little (I get to the punch line in the 3rd paragraph) or read it all.  But a warning in advance: there is no drama here …
Discussion: Brad DeLong
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 …
 
 
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
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Garry Trudeau: ‘Doonesbury’ Abortion Furor ‘Good for Business’
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
NBC pulls Ron Paul's last embed
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