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1:20 PM 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.) …
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Kenneth Schortgen Jr / Examiner:
President Obama signs Executive Order allowing for control over all US resources  —  On March 16th, President Obama signed a new Executive Order which expands upon a prior order issued in 1950 for Disaster Preparedness, and gives the office of the President complete control over all the resources …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Atlas Shrugs
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Sen. McCain: Romney ‘improving dramatically’ as a GOP candidate  —  Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) defended Mitt Romney on Sunday, amid concerns the GOP frontrunner is failing to rally the party's conservative base and may fall short of the delegates needed to win the nomination outright.
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
McCain says Romney is ‘improving dramatically’  —  Arizona Sen. John McCain dismissed concerns about a brokered Republican national convention, saying Mitt Romney is “improving dramatically” as a candidate and will ultimately get the nomination.  —  Asked by host David Gregory on NBC's …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Discussion: Politico
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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Lauren Steussy / KNSD-TV:
Sex Assault Suspect a Tea Party Leader  —  Michael Kobulnicky suspected of pulling woman into his car and sexually assaulting her  —  Police arrested a prominent local political activist in connection to a recent Fiesta Island sex assault on Thursday.  —  Michael Kobulnicky …
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 …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Mitt Romney calls on Obama to fire ‘gas hike trio’ over rising prices  —  Mitt Romney is ramping up attacks on President Obama over rising gasoline prices by calling for the firing of Obama's Interior and Energy secretaries and the head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
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
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 …
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
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
 
 
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New York Times:
Republicans Brace for Possible Open Convention
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
A Passionate Persona Forged in a Brutal Defeat
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Robert Fisk / Associated Press:
Madness is not the reason for this massacre
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
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