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8:05 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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Goldman Sachs Mobilizes Rapid Smear Campaign Against Whistleblower  —  Today, Goldman Sachs employee Greg Smith excoriated the investment bank in a New York Times op-ed, resigning due to the banks “toxic and destructive” culture, one in which the bank's trading profits took precedence over its customers' financial well-being.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Deal Journal
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 and The Impolitic
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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
Scott Wong / Politico:
Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell strike deal on judges
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate OKs highway bill
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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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
How Romney Gave Rick Santorum An Opening In Illinois
Discussion: Erick's blog, Guardian and msnbc.com
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up in NC, primary hinges on Newt
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Will Newt Gingrich drop out?
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.
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David Freddoso / Campaign 2012:
250 words, ‘Republican war on women’ used 4 times
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum says Puerto Rico must adopt English as official language if it wants statehood
Discussion: CNN
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
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
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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 …
CNN:
TRENDING: Republicans to Romney: Fix your message  —  Washington (CNN) - In the wake of Mitt Romney's two disappointing losses in Mississippi and Alabama on Tuesday, behind-the-scenes frustration about the state of his campaign among leading Republicans is once again trickling out.
Discussion: Politico
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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 …
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 …
BuzzFeed:
Democrats Accuse Conservative News Outlet Of “Blackmail”  —  The Caller was, perhaps, leaning into the story a bit.  Boyle stands by his warning.  —  The Democratic National Committee is at odds with the conservative Daily Caller over a reporter's threat as to how he would interpret an unreturned email.
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM
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.
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 and Economix
Guardian:
Exclusive: secret Bashar al-Assad emails lift lid on life of leader's inner circle  —  • Messages show Bashar al-Assad took advice from Iran  —  • Leader made light of promised reforms  —  • Wife spent thousands on jewellery and furniture  —  Bashar al-Assad took advice …
 
 
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Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Cliff Stearns Calls For Elimination Of The Department Of Energy
Discussion: Politico
Suzy Khimm / Ezra Klein:
Occupy Romney!  —  “Who needs some trickle-down champagne?” …
Discussion: Gothamist
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
DNC slams Romney pledge to ‘get rid of’ Planned Parenthood funding
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Taylor Marsh
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama gives Cameron a Braten 1000 Series grill to celebrate visit
Discussion: Politico
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NBC pulls Ron Paul's last embed
 Earlier Items: 
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart Tells Fox News To ‘Shut The F*ck Up’ About Bill Maher's Offensive Rants
Montgomery Advertiser:
Roy Moore: ‘The people have spoken’
Tim Mak / Politico:
‘Game Change’ authors: Hillary Clinton in '16