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8:55 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.
Robin Bravender / Politico:
Rick Santorum in the black  —  Rick Santorum's campaign is in the black, thanks to his $9 million haul in February.  —  The former Pennsylvania senator ended last month with $2.6 million in the bank and just over $900,000 in debt, according to campaign finance filings released Tuesday.
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Timothy Stenovec / The Huffington Post:
Illinois Primary 2012 Results MAP (REAL-TIME DATA)
Jonathan Tilove / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Survey: Rick Santorum has sizable lead over Mitt Romney heading into Saturday's La. primary
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney Projected to Win Illinois Primary, Santorum Second
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Feelin' Blue  —  Looking back at the day's news, I must admit I'm having trouble maintaining my customary good cheer.  —  Watching Mitt Romney's victory speech in Illinois didn't reassure me about his chances against President Obama.  (Watch it yourself to see if I'm being unfair.)
Discussion: GOP 12 and Pundit & Pundette
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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
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The Budget Wars: Why Obama and the GOP Are Light-Years Apart
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 …
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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.
Benjy Sarlin / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Rick Santorum: President Obama Shouldn't Let Daughter Go To Mexico (VIDEO)
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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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 …
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Don Surber:
Daily scoreboard  —  Final score: GOOD 8, EVIL 7.  —  1. From the Associated Press:
Discussion: The Other McCain
Mj Lee / Politico:
Ron Paul: Secret Service is welfare  —  Ron Paul said Tuesday he doesn't want any Secret Service protection because it's “a form a welfare.”  —  “It's a form of welfare,” the presidential candidate told comedian Jay Leno Tuesday.  “You know, you're having the taxpayers pay to take care …
Discussion: News Desk, Jezebel and ABCNEWS
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
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,” …
Arizona Republic:
Arizona lawmaker wants to go further on abortion laws  —  Arizona has become the national epicenter in recent weeks in the battle over abortion and contraception regulations.  —  Conservative Arizona lawmakers hope Arizona will join a handful of other states in banning most abortions …
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John Celock / The Huffington Post:
Abortion Bill: Arizona GOP Legislator Says Women Should Witness Abortions
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 …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
‘Nice Guys’ Finish Last  —  Romney's condescending approach may be the best way to beat Obama.  —  One advantage an incumbent president has when seeking re-election is that he has already persuaded many voters to cast a ballot for him.  That means a challenger—or the incumbent himself …
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
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rep. Kinzinger defeats Manzullo; victory a relief for GOP leaders  —  Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) defeated Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) in Tuesday's primary — a big win for the rising GOP star and a relief for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who had endorsed Kinzinger despite howls from Tea Party groups.
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
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Obama HQ briefs Romney's press corps
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Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Romney Gets a Google Tour
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Jeff Greenfield / Yahoo! News:
To derail Romney at Tampa convention, change the rules