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11:50 AM ET, March 16, 2012

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Sarah Palin / BREITBART.COM:
BREITBART IS HERE  —  There is a new street art poster that's being emailed around and will no doubt eventually be spotted on a street corner near you.  It's a gritty black and white image of Andrew Breitbart looking both battle-worn and ever vigilant with the caption: “BREITBART IS HERE.”
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Their Own Alinsky  —  When at the top of an aggregation site …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Obama shifts healthcare defense  —  The Obama administration has shifted its legal arguments as it prepares to defend the president's healthcare law before the Supreme Court.  —  Written briefs in the landmark case increasingly have focused on a part of the Constitution that didn't get much attention in lower courts.
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Wall Street Journal:
Washington Elites Queue Up to See Nine Justices on Hot Seat  —  Supreme Court Arguments on Health Law Trigger Mad Dash for a Few Dozen Spots  —  WASHINGTON—The hottest ticket of the season isn't for the White House Easter Egg Roll or Opening Day for the Washington Nationals baseball team.
Discussion: Law Blog, Betsy's Page and Ezra Klein
New York Times:
No Way to Choose a Judge  —  In a serious setback for justice …
Discussion: The Birmingham
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Natural Born Drillers  —  To be a modern Republican in good standing, you have to believe — or pretend to believe — in two miracle cures for whatever ails the economy: more tax cuts for the rich and more drilling for oil.  And with prices at the pump on the rise, so is the chant of “Drill, baby, drill.”
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's oil flimflam  —  Yes, of course, presidents have no direct control over gas prices.  But the American people know something about this president and his disdain for oil.  The “fuel of the past,” he contemptuously calls it.  To the American worker who doesn't commute by government motorcade …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Romney, Santorum Stir Less Enthusiasm Than McCain Did  —  Romney generates same level of enthusiasm now as in early 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A little more than one-third of Republicans say they would vote “enthusiastically” for either Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum if either candidate were to win their party's nomination for president.
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Mike Flannery / Chicago News and Weather:
Mitt Romney Leads Rick Santorum by Six Points in Exclusive Illinois Poll  —  Chicago - The Republican race for president looks like a two-man contest in Illinois Thursday night.  —  Mitt Romney is ahead of Rick Santorum among Illinois Republicans, even after Santorum's big victories in Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday.
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Texas Loses Entire Women's Health Program Over Planned Parenthood Law … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Hhs Texas Family Planning Program, Hhs Texas Medicaid, Rick Perry Planned Parenthood, Rick Perry Women's Health Program, Texas Women's Health Program, Texas-Planned-Parenthood, Politics News
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Alex Kowalski / Bloomberg:
Consumer Prices in U.S. Rose in February as Gasoline Jumped  —  U.S. Consumer Prices Rose in February on Gasoline  —  The cost of living in the U.S. rose in February by the most in 10 months, reflecting a jump in gasoline that failed to spread to other goods and services.
Salt Lake Tribune:
Hatch cheered by initial GOP caucus reports  —  Politics » Many say the U.S. Senate election in Utah will be decided by what happens in these neighborhood meetings.  —  | The Salt Lake Tribune  —  About 150 Republicans met in the gymnasium of Washington Elementary Thursday night …
Discussion: Hot Air and Taegan Goddard's …
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Matt Kibbe / Politico:
Orrin Hatch is no conservative
Eric Schmittand William Yardley / New York Times:
Suspect in Afghan Attack ‘Snapped,’ U.S. Official Says  —  WASHINGTON — The American staff sergeant suspected of killing 16 Afghan villagers had been drinking alcohol — a violation of military rules in combat zones — and suffering from the stress related to his fourth combat tour and tensions …
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin / The Rhode Island Catholic:
Five Problems with Homosexual “Marriage”  —  It's a sure sign of spring, as predictable as the Red Sox at spring training, the swallows returning to Capistrano, and the flowing of green beer on St. Patrick's Day.  I'm referring of course to the public re-appearance of the determined proponents of homosexual marriage.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Lynn Bonner / Raleigh News & Observer:
Hundreds march against same-sex marriage amendment
Josh Barro / The Barrometer:
Santorum Promises Broad War on Porn  —  You had better not be watching what Rick Santorum thinks you're watching.  (Image via Wikipedia)  —  The Daily Caller flags a little-discussed position paper on Rick Santorum's campaign website—his pledge to aggressively prosecute those who produce and distribute pornography.
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Stronger, but Not Secure  —  President Obama's approval rating among key groups is approaching his actual share of the 2008 vote.  —  Boosted by growing optimism about the economy, President Obama is showing signs of reassembling the coalition of support that powered him to his 2008 presidential victory.
Discussion: Hot Air
Investor's Business Daily:
Bigot Chris Matthews' War On Catholics And Mormons  —  Bias: Having lost that tingly feeling up his leg, MSNBC's Chris Matthews savages GOP presidential candidates as belonging to cults.  Well, at least they didn't spend two decades listening to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Discussion: The POH Diaries
Associated Press:
Marine killed by Afghan soldier last month, officials say  —  WASHINGTON - An Afghan soldier shot to death a 22-year-old Marine at an outpost in southwestern Afghanistan last month in a previously undisclosed case of apparent Afghan treachery that marked at least the seventh killing …
Haaretz:
Top Iran official: All options on the table if nuclear facilities attacked  —  In interview to CNN, top advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei plays down Ahmadinejad's remark on wiping Israel ‘off the map,’ saying the Iranian President did not mean it in a military sense.  —  Get Haaretz on iPhone
Discussion: normblog
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Durbin: US buying weapons from same Russian manufacturer that is enabling massacre in Syria  —  Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Thursday decried the fact that the U.S. military is apparently buying tens of millions of dollars' worth of helicopters for the Afghan national army …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Male Fruit Flies, Spurned by Females, Turn to Alcohol  —  They were young males on the make, and they struck out not once, not twice, but a dozen times with a group of attractive females hovering nearby.  So they did what so many men do after being repeatedly rejected: they got drunk, using alcohol as a balm for unfulfilled desire.
David Catanese / Politico:
Dick Lugar vows to appeal ruling  —  For the moment, Dick Lugar can't even vote to save himself.  —  A local election board ruled Thursday that the six-term senator has abandoned his Indiana home and cannot cast a ballot in the state he represents.  The Indiana Republican is up for re-election …
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Dismissal of gun-rights suit upheld by 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel  —  A federal judge correctly dismissed a lawsuit against the city of New Orleans by a man who claimed that local law-enforcement authorities violated his constitutional right to bear arms, a divided panel …
Discussion: americanthinker.com and Law Blog
Dave Levinthal / Politico:
Obama's 2012 campaign is watching you  —  President Barack Obama wants companies such as Google and Facebook to reform their privacy practices.  —  But that's not stopping his re-election campaign from tapping the rich data Internet companies hold on millions of potential voters.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bloomberg:
Italy Said to Pay Morgan Stanley $3.4 Billion  —  The Real Deal: Italy Pays Morgan Stanley Billions  —  When Morgan Stanley (MS) said in January it had cut its “net exposure” to Italy by $3.4 billion, it didn't tell investors that the nation paid that entire amount to the bank to exit a bet on interest rates.
 
 
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Blocking WikiLeaks emails trips up Bradley Manning prosecution
Bill Morlin / Hatewatch:
‘God Hates Fags’ Church Preparing Ad for Limbaugh Show
ThinkProgress:
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Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
Google in New Privacy Probes
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McCain sees another Solyndra in Navy biofuels spending
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
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Joel Achenbach / Ezra Klein:
Gas prices spike, and American motorists rumble with anger, frustration
James Bamford / Wired:
The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)
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Raymond Hernandez / City Room:
Ackerman Won't Seek Re-Election to Congress
Michael J. Sandel / The Atlantic Online:
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