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3:50 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
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Will Newt Gingrich drop out?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up in NC, primary hinges on Newt
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  —  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.
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.
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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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Gives UK Prime Minister Cameron a Custom-Made 100% Made in America Grill
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama gives Cameron a Braten 1000 Series grill to celebrate visit
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: Hullabaloo
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David Lawder / Reuters:
House Republican leaders set to break US budget deal
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
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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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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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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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’
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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
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Pundits gasp as economy dents Obama's poll numbers
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