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4:15 PM ET, March 15, 2012

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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
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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.
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 …
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 …
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama compares Republicans to ‘flat earth society’ for stance on green energy
Agence France Presse:
Obama slams Republicans as new energy “naysayers”
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Discussion: Cold Fury and The Daily Caller
Mj Lee / Reuters:
Bill Maher: Rush Limbaugh attacked a ‘civilian’
Discussion: Mediaite and 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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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
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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Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
PA GOP Governor Defends Ultrasounds Bill: Tells Concerned Women ‘You Just Have To Close Your Eyes’  —  More than 10 state legislatures are considering or have passed bills forcing women to receive an ultrasound before having an abortion.  And Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering …
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Philly.com:
Corbett says he supports ‘external’ ultrasounds for abortion patients
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Raw Story
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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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Poor Sandra Fluke... She Wants You To Pay For Her $9/Month Birth Control As She Frolics in Spain & Pompeii
Richard Mably / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S., Britain to agree emergency oil stocks release  —  (Reuters) - Britain has decided to cooperate with the United States in a bilateral agreement to release strategic oil stocks, two British sources said, in an effort to prevent high fuel prices derailing economic growth in a U.S. election year.
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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: Washington Monthly
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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.
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
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Money and the Enthusiasm Gap  —  The president's fund-raising troubles are evidence of disappointed Democrats.  —  Last July, President Obama's campaign announced that it had raised an average of $29 million in each of the previous three months for itself and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Discussion: Don Surber
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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.
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 …
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
 
 
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Abby McGanney Nolan / American Prospect:
Hell's Belles  —  Like the flu virus, the genre of dystopic novels …
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David Cay Johnston / Reuters:
RPT-COLUMN-The richest get richer: David Cay Johnston
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
At NCAA Tournament, Southern Miss Band Chants 'Where's Your Green Card?'  At Hispanic Kansas State Player
Discussion: NECN, BuzzFeed and Colorlines
Nick Pisa / Daily Mail:
Woman, 40, arrested in London terror raid as police probe ‘secret Facebook plot to blow up Italian synagogue’
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Donald Sensing / Sense of Events:
Women's health care and the sexual objectification of women
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Rasmussen Reports:
56% Oppose Justice Department's Blocking of Texas Voter ID Law
Steven Nelson / The Daily Caller:
‘Vigorous’ Santorum crackdown may catch Internet porn viewers with pants down
Carol E. Lee / Washington Wire:
As Audience Members Faint, Obama Warns: 'You've Got to Eat'
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Don't Fear the “T” Word
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Dem cracks showing a little early
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