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5:25 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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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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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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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.
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.
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
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Philly.com:
Corbett says he supports ‘external’ ultrasounds for abortion patients
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Raw Story
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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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Defends Energy Policy, Hitting Back at Presidential Candidates
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama compares Republicans to ‘flat earth society’ for stance on green energy
Discussion: Liberal Values
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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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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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.
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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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 …
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.
ABCNEWS:
Santorum's ‘Act of God’ Strategy: Can He Force A Brokered Convention?  —  Can Rick Santorum get his wish and force a brokered convention in Tampa?  Mitt Romney's campaign said it would take an “act of God” for Santorum to secure enough delegates to win the nomination, and last night Santorum seemed …
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
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.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, NECN, The Raw Story and Colorlines
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.
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 …
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
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
Michael Fitzgerald, Approved on 91-6 Vote, Will Be First Out Gay 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 …
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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Associated Press:
GOP's Rick Santorum says Puerto Rico must make English its main language to become a state
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