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6:20 PM ET, March 15, 2012

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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney's Terrible Fox News Interview  —  Why does he save his worst performances for the right-leaning network?  —  When Mitt Romney sits down with a Fox News anchor, things can get hairy.  —  That fact was on full display Wednesday when the candidate went on Megyn Kelly's show …
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Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Romney Set to Dominate Race Through April
ABCNEWS:
Four Questions for Bill Maher  —  JAKE TAPPER: Bill, thanks for doing this.  I just wanted to make sure that  —  as I cover this debate about appropriate language and such, I'm not  —  excluding any points you think should be made.  —  BILL MAHER: I don't really know all the “points,” but as I said on my show
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Media Matters astroturfed the Limbaugh secondary boycott  —  The secondary boycott of Rush Limbaugh advertisers is portrayed in the media as a reaction to a groundswell of public outrage.  In fact, the secondary boycott was initiated by and driven by Media Matters, which had a “Stop Limbaugh” …
Benjy Sarlin / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Obama Mangles U.S., World History In Energy Speech  —  President Obama got a laugh out of a Maryland audience on Thursday when he mocked the Republican Party in a speech, comparing their skepticism of alternative energy to the “Flat Earth Society” in Christopher Columbus …
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Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
RutherfordGate: Historian Responds to President Obama's Hayes Slur  —  Rutherford B. Hayes: Very much pro-phone.  —  It's not unusual for President Obama to criticize his Republican predecessors from time to time, but this morning, he targeted his scorn not at George W. Bush or Ronald Reagan, but ... Rutherford B. Hayes.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama knocks Rutherford B. Hayes  —  President Obama took aim Thursday at one of his Republican predecessors: Rutherford B. Hayes.  —  Speaking about the need to develop new sources of American energy in Largo, Md., Obama used our 19th president as a failure of forward-thinking leadership.
Jon Murray / IndyStar Bloggers:
Sen. Lugar: Marion County Election Board declares senator and wife ineligible to vote in home precinct  —  UPDATE: The Election Board has voted 2-1 along party lines to find Sen. Richard Lugar, a Republican, and his wife ineligible to vote in their former home precinct.
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David Catanese / Politico:   Lugar ruled ineligible to vote
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama hits GOP on fuel rhetoric  —  President Barack Obama took the bully pulpit on Thursday as he assailed Republicans for suggesting they can cut gas prices even as he can't, and for dismissing the development of alternative sources of energy.  —  Obama didn't mention the GOP presidential contenders …
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama compares Republicans to ‘flat earth society’ for stance on green energy
Discussion: Liberal Values
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Defends Energy Policy, Hitting Back at Presidential Candidates
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Philly.com:
Corbett says he supports ‘external’ ultrasounds for abortion patients
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Raw Story
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Violence Against Women Act Divides Senate  —  WASHINGTON — With emotions still raw from the fight over President Obama's contraception mandate, Senate Democrats are beginning a push to renew the Violence Against Women Act, the once broadly bipartisan 1994 legislation that now faces fierce opposition from conservatives.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
George Clooney won't predict a second term for Obama, hopes for reelection  —  Actor George Clooney isn't a betting man when it comes to the 2012 presidential election.  —  When the A-list actor appeared at the White House on Thursday and was asked about President Obama's reelection chances …
Discussion: CNN
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Money and the Enthusiasm Gap
Discussion: Don Surber and Rush Limbaugh
ABCNEWS:
Obama's Top Campaign Bundlers Among State Dinner Guests
Brooks Bayne / The Graph:
Sandra Fluke's Boyfriend, Adam “Cutie Pants” Mutterperl, And His Radical Socialist Family  —  Behold!  Sandra Fluke's boyfriend, Adam Mutterperl!  —  Recently, it was reported that Sandra Fluke is connected to none other than 1%'er, William (Bill) Mutterperl, through her boyfriend.
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Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
Michael Fitzgerald, Approved on 91-6 Vote, Will Be First Out LGBT Federal Judge Outside New York  —  Michael Fitzgerald, an out gay California lawyer, received overwhelming approval today from the U.S. Senate, with a 91-6 vote, for his nomination to serve as a federal judge on the U.S. District Court …
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Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
BREAKING: Senate confirms gay nominee to Calif. federal court
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
CBO: Health law could cause as many as 20M to lose coverage  —  As many as 20 million Americans could lose their employer-provided coverage because of President Obama's healthcare reform law, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in a new report Thursday.
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David Cay Johnston:
The richest get richer  —  The aftermaths of the Great Recession and the Great Depression produced sharply different changes in U.S. incomes that tell us a lot about tax and economic policy.  —  The 1934 economic rebound was widely shared, with strong income gains for the vast majority, the bottom 90 percent.
Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
N.C. Democrats disown ‘racist’ state candidates  —  Bivins Hollar likes to post videos from his bedroom.  About weight loss.  About Pokemon cards.  About selling chewing gum at a flea market.  —  But it's the video where he casually talks about “shooting” and starving black South Africans …
Steven Nelson / The Daily Caller:
‘Vigorous’ Santorum crackdown may catch Internet porn viewers with pants down  —  Internet pornography could conceivably become a thing of the past if Rick Santorum is elected president.  —  The unapologetic social conservative, currently in second place behind Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination …
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
At NCAA Tournament, Southern Miss Band Chants 'Where's Your Green Card?'  At Hispanic Kansas State Player  —  During their school's NCAA Tournament game against Kansas State University today, members of the Southern Mississippi University band chanted, “Where's your green card?” at a Puerto Rican Kansas State player.
Shanrahan / Playboy.com:
20Q: Meghan McCain  —  Q1  —  PLAYBOY: You're a blogger and political columnist, as well as a conservative pundit in the liberal wilds on MSNBC.  But aside from being John McCain's daughter, why should we listen to you?  —  MCCAIN: Hey, I get it.  People love me or hate me and there's nothing in between.
 
 
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Chicago Tribune:
After a stop at burger place, Blagojevich enters prison
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ABCNEWS:
Santorum's ‘Act of God’ Strategy: Can He Force A Brokered Convention?
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Abby McGanney Nolan / American Prospect:
Hell's Belles  —  Like the flu virus, the genre of dystopic novels …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Donald Sensing / Sense of Events:
Women's health care and the sexual objectification of women
Discussion: Wizbang
Rasmussen Reports:
56% Oppose Justice Department's Blocking of Texas Voter ID Law
Carol E. Lee / Washington Wire:
As Audience Members Faint, Obama Warns: 'You've Got to Eat'
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