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7:30 PM ET, March 18, 2012

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ABCNEWS:
Brown Teases Santorum About Using ‘Protection’  —  Sen. Scott Brown joked at a St. Patrick's Day that Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's secret service detail may be the first time he's ever “used protection.”  —  “I'm hopeful that all of you are actually following presidential politics.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Politico
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Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Sen. McCain: Romney ‘improving dramatically’ as a GOP candidate
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
ABCNEWS:   Haley Barbour: Contested GOP Convention ‘Not Necessarily Bad’
CNN:
Ed Gillespie: Romney benefits from longer primary season
Discussion: Politico
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
McCain says Romney is ‘improving dramatically’
Discussion: CNN
Rick Santorum / CNN:
America doesn't need Romney as CEO
Discussion: Politico
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.) …
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Kenneth Schortgen Jr / Examiner:
President Obama signs Executive Order allowing for control over all US resources
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Paul Krugman:
The Collapse of Employment-Based Coverage  —  Reed Abelson at Economix points us to a startling study on the effects of the Great Recession on health insurance.  You can see similar trends in the Census data, but for whatever reason this survey — carried out by a highly reputable group — is even stronger.
Miriam Raftery / East County Magazine:
SAN DIEGO TEA PARTY LEADER ARRESTED FOR KIDNAPPING, RAPE  —  Lemon Grove resident Michael John Kobulnicky, 50, a leader in the San Diego Tea Party and former regional director of the Southern California Conservative Party, is under arrest for allegedly kidnapping and raping a local woman on Fiesta Island.
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Paul Krugman:
The Power of Plutocratic Pettiness  —  Via Rich Yeselson, Alec MacGillis has a fantastic piece in the New Republic (unfortunately paywalled) about how hedge fund managers' love for Obama has turned into blind, spitting hatred.  His main argument is that it's all about feeling disrespected:
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
Progressivism and the authoritarian impulse  —  Performed rather perfectly by Stanley Fish, who — because he has spent an academic career immersed in the insular logic of the linguistic turn — is able to comfortably slide into a description of benevolent “liberal” tyranny that he counsels …
Discussion: EconLog and RedState
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
The Hunger Games: Post-Apocalypse Now For Young Adults  —  The revolution will be televised.  So will the post-apocalyptical fight to feed ourselves on a ruined planet.  —  Those are two key themes of the wildly popular YA trilogy that begins with The Hunger Games, whose movie version comes out this week.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Glenn Garvin / MiamiHerald.com:
The Kennedy assassination: Did Castro know in advance?  —  A new book by former CIA analyst Brian Latell details evidence that Cuban intelligence knew beforehand of JFK's assassination  —  The orders surprised the Cuban intelligence officer.  Most days in his tiny communications hut …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Guardian
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
McCain: Stop contraception talk  —  Sen. John McCain said Sunday that the GOP needs to stop talking about contraception and that focusing on the issue is hurting voter perceptions of the party.  —  “I think we have to fix that,” the Arizona Republican said when asked by David Gregory on NBC's …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
THE VETTING - HOLDER 1995: WE MUST ‘BRAINWASH’ PEOPLE ON GUNS  —  Breitbart.com has uncovered video from 1995 of then-U.S. Attorney Eric Holder announcing a public campaign to “really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.”  —  Holder was addressing the Woman's National Democratic Club.
Washington Post:
Obama's evolution: Behind the failed ‘grand bargain’ on the debt  —  P resident Obama had just arrived home, walking across Lafayette Square after attending Sunday services with his family at St. John's Church.  In the West Wing, Obama ducked into the spacious office of his chief of staff …
Discussion: Power Line and Campaign 2012
BREITBART.COM:
PELOSI'S DAUGHTER: HBO UNCOMFORTABLE WITH ‘FREELOADING WELFARE QUEEN’ VIDEO  —  Alexandra Pelosi debuted a video she made for HBO's “Real Time with Bill Maher” last night.  The video shows multiple welfare recipients in New York City proclaiming they were at the welfare office to get their …
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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Rasmussen Reports:
New Low: 28% Give Supreme Court Positive Ratings
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Althouse
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: The AIDS Warriors' Legacy
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New York Times:
Gulf Widens Between U.S. and a More Volatile Karzai
Discussion: Hullabaloo, The Caucus and CNN
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Mitt Romney calls on Obama to fire ‘gas hike trio’ over rising prices
Discussion: Scared Monkeys, Mediaite and CNN
Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters:
‘Diplomat says Saudis are arming Syrian rebels’
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
The Banks Win, Again
Discussion: The Washington Note
 Earlier Items: 
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Is Elvis a Mormon?  —  TRUST Mitt Romney to be on top …
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Austerity and not wasting a crisis
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Who Are You Going To Believe, Me Or Your Lying Ears?
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