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11:05 AM ET, March 18, 2012

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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.) …
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum: America doesn't need Romney as CEO  —  (CNN) - While Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney touts his business experience as one of his strongest credentials, rival Rick Santorum blasted it on Sunday as a drawback.  —  “If Governor Romney thinks that he is the CEO of America …
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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 …
Byron Tau / Reuters:   Obama celebrates St. Patrick's Day at Capitol Hill Irish pub
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
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Curious Case of Trayvon Martin
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Is Elvis a Mormon?  —  TRUST Mitt Romney to be on top of the latest trend of the superrich: the trophy basement.  —  On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported on the new fashion to look low-key on the outside while digging deep for opulence — carving out subterranean spaces for Turkish baths …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Will Maher Go the Way of Olbermann?  —  David Axelrod's moral-equivalence argument that Limbaugh's smear is worse than Maher's because the former is both more influential and more identifiable with Republican circles is a sad sort of sophistry.  Limbaugh may have a larger audience …
Discussion: The Other McCain
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 …
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Steven Yaccino / The Caucus:
Disruption Closes a Missouri Caucus Before Vote
New York Times:
The Banks Win, Again  —  Last week was a big one for the banks.  On Monday, the foreclosure settlement between the big banks and federal and state officials was filed in federal court, and it is now awaiting a judge's all-but-certain approval.  On Tuesday, the Federal Reserve announced …
Discussion: The Washington Note
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: Booman Tribune and Fox News
Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters:
‘Diplomat says Saudis are arming Syrian rebels’  —  Report of Saudi armaments comes as Iraq tells Iran it will not permit arms shipments to Syria to cross its airspace.  —  Saudi Arabia is arming Syrian rebels locked in a year-long rebellion against Syrian President Bashar Assad, a senior Arab diplomat told AFP Saturday.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Colin Moynihan / City Room:
Scores Arrested as the Police Clear Zuccotti Park  —  Updated Scores of Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested on Saturday night as police officers swept Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan and closed it.  —  Dozens of demonstrators sat down and locked arms as officers moved in about 11:30 p.m …
Discussion: Addicting Info
ncronline.org:
Obama administration issues new contraception mandate rules  —  Takes conciliatory tone, exempts self-insurers  —  Taking a conciliatory tone and asking for a wide range of public comment, the Obama administration announced this afternoon new accommodations on a controversial mandate requiring …
 
 
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