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10:55 AM ET, March 15, 2012

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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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Eric Shawn / Fox News:
UN rights council delves into US voter I.D. laws  —  The controversy over requiring voters to provide photo IDs has reached the world stage.  —  The United Nations Human Rights Council is investigating the issue of American election laws at its gathering on minority rights in Geneva …
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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Mj Lee / Reuters:
Bill Maher: Rush Limbaugh attacked a ‘civilian’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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Washington Post:
Obama's troubled handling of Afghanistan  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA spoke up forcefully on Tuesday about the massacre of Afghan civilians, allegedly by a U.S. soldier.  He said that the United States “takes this as seriously as if it was our own citizens and our own children who were murdered” …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Half Say U.S. Should Speed Up Afghanistan Withdrawal
CNN:
Afghan protesters demand U.S. soldier be tried in Afghanistan
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.
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Mitt Romney's plans for Planned Parenthood  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney told the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday he does not want to close Planned Parenthood, just strip it of federal money.  Romney's comments were the subject of Democratic attacks after he said he wanted to “get rid” of the organization.
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Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Dem cracks showing a little early  —  The White House loves her.  Cher loves her.  But a lot of Democrats aren't so wild about Elizabeth Warren's Senate campaign these days.  —  The high-powered, fast-running Warren campaign is starting to show some cracks and dings — fueling fresh scuttlebutt of internal dissent in the party.
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
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
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.
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Tuesday's Primaries Changed Nothing  —  Three differing narratives emerged in the press after Tuesday's contests.  First, that Newt Gingrich had a very bad night and should drop out.  Second, that Mitt Romney seems unable to seal the deal, and came up short yet again with his disappointing …
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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
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.
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WBIR-TV:
Knox man pleads guilty to threatening Arizona sheriff
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 …
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Obama, Cameron discussed tapping oil reserves
Jake Sherman / Politico:
GOP frosh to back millionaires' tax  —  Freshman Republican Rep. Rick Crawford will propose a surtax on millionaires Thursday morning, a crack in the steadfast GOP opposition to extracting more money from the nation's top earners.  —  The Arkansas Republican will unveil the plan during …
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.
Fr. Marcel Guarnizo / Catholic News Agency:
Priest: removal from ministry was tied to communion incident  —  Washington D.C., Mar 14, 2012 / 01:25 pm (CNA).- In an extensive statement provided to CNA, Father Marcel Guarnizo insists that the reasons the Archdiocese of Washington placed him on leave “have everything to do” …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
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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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Gibbs says Obama is ‘comfortable being the underdog’ in 2012
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Jason Howerton / The Daily Caller:
FEC records: Obama campaign paid $345,000 for Guggenheim film biopic
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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney's Terrible Fox News Interview
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Chuck Carroll / CBS DC:
Gay Marriage Opponents Begin Collecting Signatures In Maryland
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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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Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Republicans' delegate soup
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David Freddoso / Campaign 2012:
250 words, ‘Republican war on women’ used 4 times
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BuzzFeed:
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