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3:03 AM ET, March 18, 2012


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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Who Are You Going To Believe, Me Or Your Lying Ears?  —  The NY Times opens a campaign to bring racial justice to Florida.  They may have landed on the right side of the issue, or not.  Their lead:  —  Justice Department Investigation Is Sought in Florida Teenager's Shooting Death  —  By LIZETTE ALVAREZ
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Curious Case of Trayvon Martin
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Police Intervene, Arrest Ron Paul Backers at Missouri Caucus  —  Police and organizers shut down proceedings at one of Missouri's largest caucuses today, as Ron Paul supporters feuded with local GOP leaders.  —  “It's like the Hatfields and the McCoys around here,” St. Charles County's …
Steven Yaccino / The Caucus:
Disruption Closes a Missouri Caucus Before Vote  —  ST. PETERS, Mo. - Voters here in St. Charles County may not get a say in who will be the next Republican presidential nominee after a disorderly caucus on Saturday caused organizers to adjourn before delegates were selected.
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!
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 …
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.
Discussion: Fox News
The White House:
Executive Order — National Defense Resources Preparedness  —  NATIONAL DEFENSE RESOURCES PREPAREDNESS  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended (50 U.S.C. App. 2061 et seq.) …
Robert Fisk / Associated Press:
Madness is not the reason for this massacre  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.  PLEASE READ OUR LEGAL TERMS & POLICIES  —  I'm getting a bit tired of the “deranged” soldier story.  It was predictable, of course.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and
mainly macro:
Austerity and not wasting a crisis  —  In the austerity versus stimulus debate, I argue from a macroeconomic point of view that this is a false choice if we are talking about economies where markets are eager to buy government debt i.e. pretty well everywhere apart from the Eurozone.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
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.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Nice... Cee Lo Green Sings “F*ck You” Song & Flips Off Crowd at Obama Fundraiser (Video)  —  Cee Lo Green entertained Democrat donors today at Barack Obama's fundraiser in Atlanta, Georgia.  He did a marvelous job, just what you'd expect at a presidential campaign stop.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and The POH Diaries
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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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David Nather / Politico:
Four hard truths of health care reform
Discussion: Right Wing News and Viking Pundit
Christie ‘Very Leery’ of Picking a President From Congress
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Rick Perlstein / Rolling Stone:
Why Conservatives Are Still Crazy After All These Years
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