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2:10 PM ET, March 20, 2012

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Newt Gingrich / CNN:
TRENDING: Campaign calls De Niro comment ‘inappropriate’ after Gingrich blast  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama's reelection organization said Tuesday it was “inappropriate” for Robert De Niro to joke at a campaign fundraiser in New York Monday that America wasn't “ready for a white first lady.”
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
De Niro suggests it's ‘too soon’ for another white FLOTUS  —  Actor Robert De Niro thrilled the crowd at a New York fundraiser headlined by first lady Michelle Obama when he listed the alternatives.  —  “Callista Gingrich.  Karen Santorum.  Ann Romney.  Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?”
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gingrich says actor Robert DeNiro's racially themed first lady joke ‘inexcusable’  —  Newt Gingrich blasted actor Robert DeNiro for a racially themed joke during his introduction of first lady Michelle Obama at a fundraiser in New York City on Monday night, calling the comments “inexcusable.”
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Robert DeNiro, Campaigning For President Obama, Asks: Is U.S. ‘Ready For A White First Lady?’
Discussion: The Raw Story and Guardian
Virginia / CNN:   Obama leads GOP in battleground Virginia
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Santorum outgunned 7 to 1 in Illinois, 21 to 1 in Chicago media market  —  Rick Santorum's campaign and super PAC have been outspent by a margin of 7 to 1 in the Illinois primary, with forces supporting Mitt Romney shelling out a total of about $3.7 million on the airwaves, according to a GOP media-buying source.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ABCNEWS
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Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Illinois primary: 5 things to watch
Discussion: Washington Post
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Media scrubs Malia Obama vacation story  —  The AFP, the Huffington Post and other websites have scrubbed a report about first daughter Malia Obama's Spring Break vacation.  —  On Monday, the AFP reported that Obama's daughter was vacationing abroad, along with a number of friends and 25 Secret Service agents.
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Erica Ritz / TheBlaze.com:
WHY IS THE STORY ABOUT MALIA OBAMA VACATIONING IN MEXICO DISAPPEARING FROM THE WEB?  —  Have you heard that Malia Obama, the president's daughter, is reportedly spending her spring break in Oaxaca, Mexico?  Allegedly, she's jetting off with some of her classmates and 25 Secret Service agents …
Malick Rokhy BA / Agence France Presse:   Senegal music star Youssou Ndour hits campaign trail
Frances Robles / MiamiHerald.com:
Grand jury to probe Trayvon Martin killing  —  Mounting pressure in Trayvon Martin case succeeds in prompting a federal probe as well as an investigation by a state grand jury.  —  FROBLES@MIAMIHERALD.COM  —  A grand jury will look into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Brevard County State Attorney Norm Wolfinger said Tuesday.
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Beth Kassab / Orlando Sentinel:
“Stand your ground” law goes too far  —  You can't say we weren't warned.  —  Back in 2005, opponents of Florida's first-of-its-kind “stand your ground” law said it wouldn't be long before we'd see shootouts in the streets — all in the name of self-defense.
WESH-TV:
State Attorney Sends Trayvon Martin Case To Grand Jury
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Paul Ryan / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Budget and America's Future  —  The president's budget gives more power to bureaucrats, takes more from taxpayers to fuel the expansion of government, and commits our nation to a future of debt and decline.  —  Less than a year ago, the House of Representatives passed a budget …
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
No, Paul Ryan Does Not Want To Strengthen The Safety Net … - Republican Voters Say They Want Strong Executive Experience.  So Why Are They Voting for Rick Santorum?  - Yes, Europe Has More Economic Mobility Than the U.S.—but Europeans Are Still Snobs - Of Course Birth Control Pills Should Be Sold Over the Counter.
Ezra Klein:
Paul Ryan's budget: Should the poor pay for deficit reduction?  —  Here's the basic outline of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's 2013 budget in one sentence: Ryan's budget funds trillions of dollars in tax cuts, defense spending and deficit reduction by cutting deeply into health-care programs and income supports for the poor.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Guardian
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Joe Biden On Bin Laden Raid: Most ‘Audacious Plan’ In 500 Years … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  2012 Election, Joe Biden, Osama Bin Laden, Elections 2012, Election 2012 Blog, Biden Bin Laden, Joe-Biden-Bin-Laden, Politics News  —  Vice President Joseph Biden on Monday night upped …
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Biden touts bin Laden mission
Daniel Foster / National Review:   And Here You Thought Hope Was Audacious
Marc Ambinder / GQ:
Exclusive: GQ Reveals Romney's and Santorum's Secret Service Code Names  —  They are the best kept secrets of any presidential campaign—until someone overhears a whispered shout into a wrist microphone.  Candidates who get Secret Service protection get to choose the code word that they'll be called …
Mark Knoller / CBS News:
National Debt has increased more under Obama than under Bush  —  (CBS News) The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama's three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency.  —  The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency.
CBS New York:
Bloomberg Strikes Again: NYC Bans Food Donations To The Homeless  —  Has The Mayor Totally Eaten Away At The Public's Desire To Do Good?  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg's food police have struck again!  —  Outlawed are food donations to homeless shelters because the city …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Warren holds small lead in MA-Senate race  —  PPP's newest Massachusetts poll finds Elizabeth Warren leading Scott Brown 46-41.  —  Brown is not proving to be an overwhelmingly popular Senator.  45% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 42% who disapprove.
Discussion: Boston Globe
David Brooks / New York Times:
When the Good Do Bad  —  It's always interesting to read the quotations of people who knew a mass murderer before he killed.  They usually express complete bafflement that a person who seemed so kind and normal could do something so horrific.  —  Friends of Robert Bales …
 
 
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Newt in the red  —  Newt Gingrich has more debt than cash on hand …
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