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2:55 AM ET, March 14, 2012

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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 …
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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Santorum leads Alabama; Romney ahead in Mississippi  —  Primary contests in Mississippi and Alabama are still extremely close, with exit polls showing the vote in both states divided among three GOP front-runners.  —  In Alabama, early exit polls showed former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) …
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Santorum: Fox News is ‘shilling’ for Mitt Romney  —  On Tuesday's “Kilmeade & Friends” radio show on Fox News Radio, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, accused Fox News of being in the tank for his competitor, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
David Espo / Associated Press:
The South's turn: Romney, Santorum, Gingrich vie  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney collided with rivals Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich on Tuesday in primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, hotly contested Southern crossroads in the struggle for the Republican presidential nomination.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum: Fox News is ‘shilling’ for Mitt Romney  —  Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum accused Fox News of “shilling” for GOP front-runner Mitt Romney during a contentious interview Tuesday on the “Kilmeade and Friends” radio show.  —  “He's had a 10-to-1 money advantage,” Santorum said of Romney.
Glenn Beck:
Santorum: Gingrich needs to get out of the race
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Guardian
CNN:
TRENDING: Romney says Santorum at ‘desperate end’ of campaign
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney's 1994 Letter To The Log Cabin Republicans
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Daily Kos and Joe. My. God.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Santorum says it ‘would be great’ if Newt bowed out
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama campaign attacks Romney on eve of Santorum wins
Discussion: Politico
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Santorum mailer highlights Limbaugh praise
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
The Slog to 1,144: So Far, Demographics Trumps Momentum
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin's foolishness ruined U.S. politics  —  At some point while watching HBO's absolutely smashing (and terrifying) movie “Game Change,” it occurred to me that Sarah Palin has ruined America.  The movie has been scalloped out of the book by the same name and focuses on Palin, rather than on the entire 2008 presidential campaign.
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Sarah Palin challenges Obama to debate ‘anywhere, anytime’  —  Sarah Palin shot back at the Obama re-election campaign this week, after it used footage of her in a fundraising video.  —  “I'm not running for any office, but I'm more than happy to accept the dubious honor of being Barack Obama's 'enemy …
Paul Glastris / Washington Monthly:
False Equivalence Watch, Richard Cohen Version  —  James Fallows, Jonathan Chait and others have done much to open our eyes to the wondrous breadth and diversity of false equivalence in American journalism—that is, the media's insistent efforts to match any mention of egregious lying by a member …
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses  —  A set of the Encyclopaedia Britannica on the shelves of the New York Public Library.  —  After 244 years, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print.  —  Those coolly authoritative, gold-lettered reference books …
Samuel P. Jacobs / Reuters:
Obama's approval rating up to 50 percent: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - For the first time since early July, more Americans approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing than disapprove, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll that shows his approval rating now at 50 percent.
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Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Obama-Romney Race Toss-Up in Poll Showing Independents Critical
Discussion: Business Insider, Hot Air and The Page
Glenn Thrushand Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama polls: An up-and-down roller coaster
Discussion: Don Surber and Reuters
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Church Puts Legal Pressure on Abuse Victims' Group  —  Turning the tables on an advocacy group that has long supported victims of pedophile priests, lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church and priests accused of sexual abuse in two Missouri cases have gone to court to compel the group to disclose …
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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
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com and Jihad Watch
Josh Glasstetter / rightwingwatch.org:
Bill Donohue Gets Tough on Rape Victims, Wants to Fight Them ‘One by One’
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
CBO: Obamacare to cost $1.76 trillion over 10 yrs  —  President Obama's national health care law will cost $1.76 trillion over a decade, according to a new projection released today by the Congressional Budget Office, rather than the $940 billion forecast when it was signed into law.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Even with Obama's blessing, top Dem super PAC finds tough sledding  —  The top Democratic super PAC is still having trouble raising money, despite getting President Obama's blessing.  —  Priorities USA Action, a super PAC founded by former White House aides, raised $2 million in February, co-founder Bill Burton confirmed Tuesday.
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New York Times:
Obama Campaign Fears Uphill Climb Raising ‘Super PAC’ Money
Discussion: Swampland
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
CEO of Texas Planned Parenthood Arrested for Indecent Exposure  —  The president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood abortion business in Lubbock, Texas was arrested yesterday for indecent exposure at a local baseball field where children play.  —  As KCBD reports, “According to Lubbock Police …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Jennifer Granholm / Politico:
Women are facing sexual McCarthyism
Discussion: CNN and The War Room …
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
The entire Obama presidency, in one anecdote  —  One of my favorite moments from the new book The Escape Artists: How Obama's Team Fumbled the Recovery: … Now let's fast forward to this past September: … So where are the new jobs coming from, at least the good-paying ones?
Discussion: Vodkapundit and Doug Ross
Ann Rubin / KSDK-TV:
Mitt Romney speaks in Kirkwood about jobs, energy and deficit  —  Kirkwood, MO (KSDK) - The republican race for the White House is moving to Missouri.  —  Mitt Romney stopped in Kirkwood, hoping to drum up support ahead of the state's caucuses this week.  —  Since Missouri's primary wasn't binding …
Billy Hallowell / TheBlaze.com:
THE BLAZE'S WILL CAIN CONFRONTS SANDRA FLUKE AND HER ‘LOGIC’ ON CNN  —  Sandra Fluke, the darling of the leftist perspective in America's never-ending contraceptive debate, had a busy morning.  —  First, she had an op-ed published on CNN.com, in which she defended many of the same stances she's reiterated …
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.
James R. Hagerty / Wall Street Journal:
When Mom Goes Viral  —  After Review of Grand Forks Olive Garden, Marilyn Hagerty, 85, Is Talk of Social Media  —  Some people pursue celebrity.  Others stumble into it as they are rushing off to bridge club.  —  My 85-year-old mom, Marilyn Hagerty, a newspaper columnist, is in the latter category.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
The Problem With Polls About Whether Obama Is a Muslim  —  By asking voters what they think about the president's religion, pollsters help to perpetuate a falsehood.  —  Liberal blogs and sites are having a field day with new data from Public Policy Polling that shows that 52 percent …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Rep. Bachus survives tough primary contest  —  Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) survived a hazardous primary challenge Tuesday, besting his top opponent, state Sen. Scott Beason (R) by more than 20 points.  —  By topping 50 percent, Bachus also averted a potential runoff in April to determine the party's nominee.
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Democrats Face Ideological House Primaries
Discussion: msnbc.com
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Obama may have a turnout problem, too
Discussion: Politico and American Prospect
Washington Monthly:
Terminal Sickness  —  How a thirty-year-old policy of deregulation …
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Breaking: Rep. Bob Turner To Challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand - Source
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Hatch will retire in 2018 if he wins reelection
Discussion: CNN
Ezra Klein:
Did the Fed fight the stimulus?
Washington Post:
Voters blame president for gas prices, experts say not so fast
Byron Tau / Politico:
AFL-CIO endorses Obama, acknowledges difficulties
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Rep. Cliff Stearns Wants To Sell Off Our National Parks
Discussion: The Caucus and Daily Kos
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Allen West Says Future Republican President Should Get Credit For Today's Stock Market Gains
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Kos
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Democrats recruiting former GOP lawmaker to run in Michigan primary
Jon Henley / Guardian:
Greece on the breadline: the children of Athens too hungry to do PE
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Sen. Schumer calls out Arizona Gov. Brewer
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Felix Salmon:
The taco-truck mystery  —  Click here to view the embedded video.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Health law board repeal bill raises concerns with trial lawyers