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8:05 PM ET, March 17, 2012

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TRENDING: Obama raises a pint  —  Washington (CNN) - It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without a pint of Guinness, even for the commander-in-chief.  —  President Barack Obama's motorcade made the mile-and-a-half trip to the The Dubliner, a well-known Capitol Hill pub, at around 12:30 p.m. Saturday …
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Byron Tau / Reuters:
Obama celebrates St. Patrick's Day at Capitol Hill Irish pub  —  President Obama celebrated St. Patrick's Day at the Dubliner — a traditional Irish pub just steps away from the U.S. Capitol.  —  Obama was greeted by a raucous (and undoubtedly inebriated) crowd to chants of “four more years,” “USA!
Robert Fisk / Associated Press:
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
‘Mediscare,’ Republican style  —  Are Republicans ready to be trusted with the reins of power?  —  If you're thinking of answering this in the affirmative, you might want to pause long enough to learn what transpired on the third floor of the Capitol on Thursday.
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
An Irish Tradition With an Only-in-America Star  —  GREENVILLE, Ohio — For those feeling down about the United States and its place in the world, meet Drew Lovejoy, a 17-year-old from rural Ohio.  His background could not be more American.  His father is black and Baptist from Georgia and his mother is white and Jewish from Iowa.
Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
Cee Lo Green Sings ‘F*** You’ at Obama Fundraiser  —  Singer Cee Lo Green just finished performing his hit song at President Obama's campaign fundraiser at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Ga., and he started with the uncensored version.  —  The Grammy-winner and Atlanta native flicked off …
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Mark Steyn / National Review:
Obama's History Lesson  —  Our lesson for today comes from George and Ira Gershwin: … Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers sang it in the film Shall We Dance?  (1937).  Seventy-five years on, the president revived it to tap dance around his rising gas prices and falling approval numbers.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
A Passionate Persona Forged in a Brutal Defeat  —  Rick Santorum's prospects for re-election to the Senate were not rosy when friends and advisers urged him in 2005 not to risk making things worse.  —  Mr. Santorum, hurting politically in Pennsylvania because of his defense of the Iraq war …
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney advisers try to lay groundwork for united GOP against Obama  —  Mitt Romney, although mired in a frustrating slog toward the presidential nomination, has directed his top advisers to lay the groundwork for uniting the Republican Party in preparation for what they see as an inevitable …
Rick Perlstein / Rolling Stone:
Why Conservatives Are Still Crazy After All These Years  —  It suddenly feels like conservatism has gotten crazier than ever.  —  Republican debate audiences cheer executions and boo an active-duty soldier because he is gay.  Politicians pledge allegiance to Rush Limbaugh …
New York Times:
Republicans Brace for Possible Open Convention  —  CHICAGO — For the first time in a generation, Republicans are preparing for the possibility that their presidential nomination could be decided at their national convention rather than on the campaign trail, a prospect that would upend one of the rituals of modern politics.
The Washington / Washington Times:
Destroy all churches  —  Obama silent while Saudi grand mufti targets Christianity  —  If the pope called for the destruction of all the mosques in Europe, the uproar would be cataclysmic.  Pundits would lambaste the church, the White House would rush out a statement of deep concern …
Discussion: The POH Diaries
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Whose Town?... Our Town!... “Breitbart Is Here” Signs Greet #Occupy Midwest Goons to St. Louis  —  The stench of patchouli, pot and pepper spray is thick in the St. Louis parks this weekend.  —  It must mean that #Occupy the Midwest is holding their regional meetings in town.
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