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9:45 AM ET, March 15, 2012

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Washington Post:
Taliban suspends peace talks with U.S. as Panetta concludes Karzai visit  —  View Photo Gallery — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says despite recent high-profile tragedies, U.S.-Afghan relations remains solid.  View photos from the aftermath of an incident where an American service member …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Half Say U.S. Should Speed Up Afghanistan Withdrawal  —  About one in four changed to this view because of recent events  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Fifty percent of Americans say the United States should speed up withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan, while 24% prefer sticking …
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
CNN:
Afghan protesters demand U.S. soldier be tried in Afghanistan  —  Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Afghans took to the streets Thursday to demand a U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 civilians be prosecuted in Afghanistan as word spread that the American military moved him out of the country.
Washington Post:
Obama's troubled handling of Afghanistan
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Hot Air
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
U.N. to Investigate Voter I.D. Laws  —  This is really the last straw.  It is time to get out of the United Nations: “UN rights council delves into US voter I.D. laws.” … That isn't treason, but it is disloyal; disgracefully so. … This is hilarious, in a black comedy sort of way:
Discussion: National Review and Israel Matzav
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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.
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
Scarce Oil?  U.S. Has 60 Times More Than Obama Claims  —  When he was running for the Oval Office four years ago amid $4-a-gallon gasoline prices, then-Sen. Barack Obama dismissed the idea of expanded oil production as a way to relieve the pain at the pump.
Discussion: Cold Fury and Doug Ross
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Obama, Cameron discussed tapping oil reserves
FOX 10 News:
Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Arpaio  —  PHOENIX - A man described as a President Barack Obama fanatic pleads guilty to threatening to kill Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  —  Adam Eugene Cox appeared in a Tennessee courtroom on Wednesday.  —  He was arrested last year for a death threat that began on the Internet.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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WBIR-TV:
Knox man pleads guilty to threatening Arizona sheriff
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 and Politico
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Face It, He Hates You... Obama in 1990: We're Going to Reshape ‘Mean-Spirited’ and Selfish America  —  Barack Obama 1990 Interview: Harvard student tackles racism at it's core  —  Via Ironic Surrealism:  —  From his 1990 interview: … Hat Tip Ed
Discussion: Ironic Surrealism
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's dog-on-the-car-roof story still proves to be his critics' best friend  —  It happened more than a quarter century ago, at the start of a Romney family summer vacation.  But the tale of Seamus, the Irish setter who got sick while riding 12 hours on the roof of Mitt Romney's faux …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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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Rolling Stone:
On Goldman Executive Greg Smith's Brave Departure  —  Wall Street is buzzing this morning about a resignation - a historic one.  Greg Smith, the executive director and head of Goldman Sachs's United States equity derivatives business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, not only decided to quit Goldman …
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Alex Altman / Swampland:
Why Ron Paul May Cut a Deal With Mitt Romney  —  Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Ron Paul shake hands before the start of the first 2012 Republican presidential debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, June 13, 2011.  —  For Ron Paul, victory is finally in sight.
ABCNEWS:
Obama's Top Campaign Bundlers Among State Dinner Guests  —  More than three dozen of President Obama's top re-election campaign financiers are guests at tonight's White House state dinner in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron.  —  They include Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein …
Chuck Carroll / CBS DC:
Gay Marriage Opponents Begin Collecting Signatures In Maryland  —  ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Opponents of a measure that gives gay couples the right to marry in Maryland have officially begun their effort to overturn the law.  —  Maryland Marriage Alliance officials announced Wednesday …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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
Discussion: Reuters
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Republicans' delegate soup  —  Mitt Romney has repeatedly argued that no rival can catch up to him in the delegate race, making him the inevitable Republican nominee.  —  But in the convoluted delegate soup that candidates must navigate, another potential outcome has emerged …
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.
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Company Puts Obama's, Pelosi's Faces On ‘BastardBlaster’ Shooting Targets  —  Barack Obama , Nancy Pelosi , Sarah Palin , Video , Obama Shooting Target , Palin Shooting Target , Pelosi Shooting Target , Yipe Media , Yipe Media Shooting Targets , Politics News
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 …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Here we go again  —  Via Pat Garofalo, Reuters reports:
 
 
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J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
Lunch: March 14, 2012: The Not-So-Simple Arithmetic of Fiscal Policy in a Depressed Economy
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Brian Domitrovic / Past & Present:
The Weak Dollar Caused the Great Recession
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Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
The Real 2012 Race: President Obama vs. Candidate Obama (Video)
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Miracle Drugs Are (Almost) Never as Miraculous As They Seem
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What's the matter with Soledad O'Brien?
Rasmussen Reports:
Florida Senate: Mack (R) 43%, Nelson (D) 36%
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
David Freddoso / Campaign 2012:
250 words, ‘Republican war on women’ used 4 times
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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Democrats Accuse Conservative News Outlet Of “Blackmail”
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
DNC slams Romney pledge to ‘get rid of’ Planned Parenthood funding
Discussion: Reuters, Politico and Taylor Marsh
Scott Wong / Politico:
Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell strike deal on judges
Discussion: Washington Blade and ThinkProgress
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American flag with President Obama's image sparks outrage at Florida Democrats
Discussion: Hit & Run
 

 
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