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12:45 PM ET, March 15, 2012

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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’  —  Bill Maher, who has attracted fresh criticism for past comments about Sarah Palin in the aftermath of Rush Limbaugh calling a law student a “slut,” said in an interview that comparing his use of the “c word” to the radio host's controversial remarks is “ridiculous.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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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
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's dog-on-the-car-roof story still proves to be his critics' best friend
Discussion: The Right Sphere and Daily Kos
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: Israel Matzav and National Review
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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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Biden enters the fray  —  Stringer / Reuters  —  Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a joint news conference with Honduras' President Porfirio Lobo in Tegucigalpa March 6, 2012.  —  Biden enters the fray, giving speech in Toledo at 11:00 am ET... A thank-you gift to bundlers …
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Chris Perkins / Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research:
WPA Releases GOP Presidential Numbers in Texas
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Times
Reuters:
Santorum to Puerto Rico: Speak English if you want statehood
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: Washington Monthly
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Velvethammer / Ironic Surrealism:
Obama 1990 Interview: 'We're Going To Reshape Mean Spirited Selfish America'
Lindsay Champion / Broadway.com:
Kristin Chenoweth Defends GCB from Newt Gingrich Attacks: 'Don't Talk About My Show!'  —  Kristin Chenoweth defends ‘GCB’ from Newt Gingrich blasts.  —  Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth's new TV series GCB may be all about “characters and fun,” according to the Broadway vet …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Mediaite
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
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.
Christine Harper / Bloomberg:
Goldman Roiled by Op-Ed Loses $2.2B for Shareholders  —  Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) saw $2.15 billion of its market value wiped out after an employee assailed Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein's management and the firm's treatment of clients, sparking debate across Wall Street.
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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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
 
 
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Don't Fear the “T” Word
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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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Chuck Carroll / CBS DC:
Gay Marriage Opponents Begin Collecting Signatures In Maryland
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