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12:30 PM ET, March 16, 2012

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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Obama shifts healthcare defense  —  The Obama administration has shifted its legal arguments as it prepares to defend the president's healthcare law before the Supreme Court.  —  Written briefs in the landmark case increasingly have focused on a part of the Constitution that didn't get much attention in lower courts.
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New York Times:
No Way to Choose a Judge  —  In a serious setback for justice in Alabama, primary voters chose Roy Moore to be their candidate for chief justice of the State Supreme Court in November.  He is now the odds-on favorite to win.  You may remember that Mr. Moore lost that job in 2003 …
Discussion: The Birmingham
Wall Street Journal:
Washington Elites Queue Up to See Nine Justices on Hot Seat  —  Supreme Court Arguments on Health Law Trigger Mad Dash for a Few Dozen Spots  —  WASHINGTON—The hottest ticket of the season isn't for the White House Easter Egg Roll or Opening Day for the Washington Nationals baseball team.
Discussion: Law Blog, Betsy's Page and Ezra Klein
Sarah Palin / BREITBART.COM:
BREITBART IS HERE  —  There is a new street art poster that's being emailed around and will no doubt eventually be spotted on a street corner near you.  It's a gritty black and white image of Andrew Breitbart looking both battle-worn and ever vigilant with the caption: “BREITBART IS HERE.”
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Their Own Alinsky  —  When at the top of an aggregation site I saw the headline ("Breitbart Is Here") and byline (Sarah Palin), I checked the calendar to make sure it wasn't April Fool's Day.  No, that's still two weeks away.  But it's almost too rich for description: … OMG.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Natural Born Drillers  —  To be a modern Republican in good standing, you have to believe — or pretend to believe — in two miracle cures for whatever ails the economy: more tax cuts for the rich and more drilling for oil.  And with prices at the pump on the rise, so is the chant of “Drill, baby, drill.”
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's oil flimflam  —  Yes, of course, presidents have no direct control over gas prices.  But the American people know something about this president and his disdain for oil.  The “fuel of the past,” he contemptuously calls it.  To the American worker who doesn't commute by government motorcade …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Romney, Santorum Stir Less Enthusiasm Than McCain Did  —  Romney generates same level of enthusiasm now as in early 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A little more than one-third of Republicans say they would vote “enthusiastically” for either Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum if either candidate were to win their party's nomination for president.
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Mike Flannery / Chicago News and Weather:
Mitt Romney Leads Rick Santorum by Six Points in Exclusive Illinois Poll
Discussion: GOP 12 and Ballot Box
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Texas Loses Entire Women's Health Program Over Planned Parenthood Law … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Hhs Texas Family Planning Program, Hhs Texas Medicaid, Rick Perry Planned Parenthood, Rick Perry Women's Health Program, Texas Women's Health Program, Texas-Planned-Parenthood, Politics News
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Salt Lake Tribune:
Hatch cheered by initial GOP caucus reports  —  Politics » Many say the U.S. Senate election in Utah will be decided by what happens in these neighborhood meetings.  —  | The Salt Lake Tribune  —  About 150 Republicans met in the gymnasium of Washington Elementary Thursday night …
Discussion: Hot Air and Taegan Goddard's …
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Matt Kibbe / Politico:
Orrin Hatch is no conservative
Alex Kowalski / Bloomberg:
Consumer Prices in U.S. Rose in February as Gasoline Jumped  —  U.S. Consumer Prices Rose in February on Gasoline  —  The cost of living in the U.S. rose in February by the most in 10 months, reflecting a jump in gasoline that failed to spread to other goods and services.
Lynn Bonner / Raleigh News & Observer:
Hundreds march against same-sex marriage amendment  —  TAKAAKI IWABU - TIWABU@NEWSOBSERVER.COM  —  Demonstrators voice their opposition to the North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage Amendment on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at a rally behind the legislative building on Halifax mall in Raleigh.  —  marriage |
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Bishop Thomas J. Tobin / The Rhode Island Catholic:
Five Problems with Homosexual “Marriage”
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Eric Schmittand William Yardley / New York Times:
Suspect in Afghan Attack ‘Snapped,’ U.S. Official Says  —  WASHINGTON — The American staff sergeant suspected of killing 16 Afghan villagers had been drinking alcohol — a violation of military rules in combat zones — and suffering from the stress related to his fourth combat tour and tensions …
Associated Press:
Marine killed by Afghan soldier last month, officials say  —  WASHINGTON - An Afghan soldier shot to death a 22-year-old Marine at an outpost in southwestern Afghanistan last month in a previously undisclosed case of apparent Afghan treachery that marked at least the seventh killing …
Josh Barro / The Barrometer:
Santorum Promises Broad War on Porn  —  You had better not be watching what Rick Santorum thinks you're watching.  (Image via Wikipedia)  —  The Daily Caller flags a little-discussed position paper on Rick Santorum's campaign website—his pledge to aggressively prosecute those who produce and distribute pornography.
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
GOP freshmen, big-bucks donors hobnob at resort  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) There are 468 congressional campaigns going on right now.  —  That means a lot of serious fundraising.  —  Much of it is behind closed doors, except on a recent weekend at a South Florida resort …
Discussion: The Hill and Metro
Gael Fashingbauer Cooper / msnbc.com:
George Clooney arrested, handcuffed, outside Sudan embassy in D.C.  —  No, it wasn't for a movie.  Actor George Clooney, long a political activist, was arrested and handcuffed outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington for protesting the country's blockage of food and aid as well as its treatment of its people.
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
U.S. Rebukes Afghan Jail Over Searches of Female Visitors  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Women visiting relatives at a notorious men's prison on the edge of Kabul have in recent weeks been subjected to invasive body-cavity searches at the order of the prison's commandant, who has told guards …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
State Sen. Galloway to resign, leaving Senate split  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - State Sen. Pam Galloway, who faces a recall election this summer, plans to resign from the Senate shortly, leaving an even split between Republicans and Democrats.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Investor's Business Daily:
Bigot Chris Matthews' War On Catholics And Mormons  —  Bias: Having lost that tingly feeling up his leg, MSNBC's Chris Matthews savages GOP presidential candidates as belonging to cults.  Well, at least they didn't spend two decades listening to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Discussion: The POH Diaries
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Male Fruit Flies, Spurned by Females, Turn to Alcohol  —  They were young males on the make, and they struck out not once, not twice, but a dozen times with a group of attractive females hovering nearby.  So they did what so many men do after being repeatedly rejected: they got drunk, using alcohol as a balm for unfulfilled desire.
Dave Levinthal / Politico:
Obama's 2012 campaign is watching you  —  President Barack Obama wants companies such as Google and Facebook to reform their privacy practices.  —  But that's not stopping his re-election campaign from tapping the rich data Internet companies hold on millions of potential voters.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
James Bamford / Wired:
The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)  —  The spring air in the small, sand-dusted town has a soft haze to it, and clumps of green-gray sagebrush rustle in the breeze.  Bluffdale sits in a bowl-shaped valley in the shadow of Utah's Wasatch Range to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west.
Discussion: The Agonist
Bill Morlin / Hatewatch:
‘God Hates Fags’ Church Preparing Ad for Limbaugh Show  —  UPDATE: Late Thursday, Rachel Nelson, public relations director for Premiere Networks, said any ads from Westboro Baptist Church would be rejected.  “Premiere Networks is not considering an offer of sponsorship from Westboro Baptist Church …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
House G.O.P. Hesitates on Birth Control Fight  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans, unsure how to proceed, have slowed their efforts to overturn a federal rule requiring employers, including religious institutions, to provide female employees with free health insurance coverage for contraceptives.
 
 
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New York Times:
A U.S. Tie to Surveillance Push in Chinese Cities
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Ryan D. Enos / today.yougov.com News:
The Politicized Value of College
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Haaretz:
Top Iran official: All options on the table if nuclear facilities attacked
Discussion: normblog
Bloomberg:
Italy Said to Pay Morgan Stanley $3.4 Billion
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Stronger, but Not Secure  —  President Obama's approval rating …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Zeroing In on Lead in Hunters' Bullets
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Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Durbin: US buying weapons from same Russian manufacturer that is enabling massacre in Syria
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Gingrich: I'm not dependent on Sheldon Adelson to stay in race
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Dismissal of gun-rights suit upheld by 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel
Discussion: americanthinker.com and Law Blog
Raymond Hernandez / City Room:
Ackerman Won't Seek Re-Election to Congress
Michael J. Sandel / The Atlantic Online:
What Isn't for Sale?  —  Market thinking so permeates our lives …
Discussion: Grim's Hall and Samizdata.net
Kenneth P. Vogel / Reuters:
Stephen Colbert super PAC fundraising falls flat
David Catanese / Politico:
Dick Lugar vows to appeal ruling
 

 
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