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3:45 AM ET, March 21, 2012

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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
CBS News early Illinois exit polls: 4 in 10 Romney, Santorum voters “have reservations”  —  (CBS News) More than four in ten of the people who voted for Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in Tuesday's GOP primary in Illinois “have reservations” about their choice, according to early CBS News exit polls.
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Illinois primary results: Mitt Romney crushes Rick Santorum  —  Mitt Romney crushed Rick Santorum in the Illinois primary Tuesday night, padding his delegate lead and once again forcing his Republican opponents to find another moment to mount a guerrilla challenge to his campaign.
Timothy Stenovec / The Huffington Post:
Illinois Primary 2012 Results MAP (REAL-TIME DATA) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  2012 Election, Elections 2012, Video, Illinois Primary, Illinois Primary Results, Election Results 2012, Il Primary, Il Primary 2012, Il Primary Results, Illinois Polls, Illinois Primary 2012 …
Robin Bravender / Politico:
Rick Santorum in the black
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Jonathan Tilove / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Survey: Rick Santorum has sizable lead over Mitt Romney heading into Saturday's La. primary
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Polling on Romney's ‘dog problem’
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney Projected to Win Illinois Primary, Santorum Second
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Wire:
2012 GOP Wives More Popular Than Husbands
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathon M. Seidl / TheBlaze.com:
RICK SANTORUM REACTS TO OBAMA ALLOWING DAUGHTER TO VACATION IN MEXICO: ‘SET AN EXAMPLE’  —  On Tuesday's Glenn Beck program, Rick Santorum responded to the news that the president allowed his 13-year-old daughter, Malia, to vacation in Mexico, despite a recent State Department travel warning for the country.
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BuzzFeed:
Story About White House Scrubbing Obama Daughter Travel Story Has Now Been Scrubbed  —  Citing security concerns, Politico removes a detail about Malia Obama's trip to Mexico.  Point taken.  —  The White House's campaign to scrub a story from the internet yesterday about Malia Obama's trip …
The 1600 Report:
Source: Obama to fast track southern portion of Keystone XL Pipeline  —  President Barack Obama plans to announce in Cushing, Oklahoma, on Thursday that his administration will expedite the permit for the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline, a source familiar with the president's announcement told CNN.
Montreal Gazette:
Obama's daughter spends spring break in Mexico
Discussion: The Raw Story and NewsBusters.org
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The Budget Wars: Why Obama and the GOP Are Light-Years Apart  —  If it seems like Republicans and Democrats are on different planets with their approach to budgeting, it's because they really are providing answers to completely different questions.  —  “This isn't just about math …
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Jennifer Yingling / The Hill:
‘We have the votes’ to pass this budget in House, says the GOP's Paul Ryan
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: Sen. Wyden against Medicare reforms in Ryan budget
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Fox News Commenters React to Trayvon Martin: ‘Good Shot Zimmy’  —  I don't even know what to say about this any more; the comments about Trayvon Martin at Fox News are just unbelievable.  —  Here's the article: Department of Justice Opens Investigation Into Case of Black Teenager Killed by Neighborhood Watch Captain |
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Emily Bazelon / Slate:
Why Trayvon Martin's Killer Remains Free  —  Florida's self-defense laws have left Florida safe for no one—except those who shoot first.  —  Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., by George Zimmerman.  Zimmerman has not been charged.  —  family handout
Frances Robles / MiamiHerald.com:
Lawyer: Girl on phone with Trayvon Martin moments before he was shot
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
David Corn Has Showdown in Barnes & Noble  —  MSNBC Contributor and Mother Jones' Washington Bureau Chief David Corn apparently got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.  —  He was spotted in the Barnes & Noble at Union Station throwing a fit because his new book — his fifth …
John Celock / The Huffington Post:
Abortion Bill: Arizona GOP Legislator Says Women Should Witness Abortions … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Arizona Republicans, Abortion, Abortion Rights, Anti-Abortion, Arizona Politics, Video, Arizona Democrats, Arizona Legislature, Birth Control, Matt Heinz, Women's Health …
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Arizona Republic:
Arizona lawmaker wants to go further on abortion laws
Ben Geman / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker entertains Obama ‘birther’ notions  —  Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), a top member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Tuesday said he's not yet convinced that President Obama's birth certificate is legitimate.  —  “I am, shall we say, looking at all the evidence,” …
Blue Texan / Crooks and Liars:
CBS's Mark Knoller Falsely Claims Debt Has Increased More Under Obama Than Bush  —  Mark Knoller is the White House correspondant for CBS Radio, and a first-class right-wing tool.  Monday night, he posted an article titled, “National debt has increased more under Obama than under Bush,” …
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Mark Knoller / CBS News:
National Debt has increased more under Obama than under Bush
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Romney econ adviser posts deport-seniors joke on blog  —  Greg Mankiw, the Harvard professor who serves as one of Mitt Romney's top economic advisers, has managed to take a shot at two key constituencies - Hispanics and seniors - in a single linked post on his popular economics blog.
Discussion: Greg Mankiw's Blog and 24Ahead
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Family Leader heads lobbying for same-sex marriage ban  —  Hundreds of conservative Christians crowded the Iowa Capitol this morning in favor of advancing a proposed state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage.  —  The rally and lobbying effort, organized by the conservative advocacy group …
Mitch Mitchell / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Davis: ‘Homemade explosive device’ sparked fire outside Fort Worth office  —  A “homemade explosive device” was used to spark a small fire outside the Fort Worth office of state Sen. Wendy Davis, the senator said in a late-night news conference Tuesday.  —  Davis, D-Fort Worth …
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Supreme Court faces an unprecedented healthcare frenzy  —  The frenzy generated by the Supreme Court's arguments on the healthcare reform law next week is likely to dwarf anything the court has ever seen.  —  Lawmakers and interest groups plan to stage protests and events outside the court nearly nonstop …
Discussion: Reuters
 
 
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: In a Major Restructuring, Hewlett-Packard to Combine Printer and PC Groups
Discussion: Business Insider and Engadget
Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
Sponsor working to amend birth-control bill
Daniela Hernandez / Wired:
Man Successfully Flies With Custom-Built Bird Wings
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rep. Kinzinger defeats Manzullo; victory a relief for GOP leaders
Discussion: Politico
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Obama HQ briefs Romney's press corps
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Romney Gets a Google Tour
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Jeff Greenfield / Yahoo! News:
To derail Romney at Tampa convention, change the rules
Discussion: msnbc.com
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's misfire on light bulb standards
David Segal / New York Times:
For LSAT, Sharp Drop in Popularity for Second Year
Discussion: Instapundit and Law Blog
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
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