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11:15 AM ET, March 21, 2012

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New York Times:
Romney Wins by Wide Margin in Illinois Contest  —  CHICAGO — Mitt Romney swept to victory in the Illinois Republican primary on Tuesday, using the full force of his campaign and an argument that he has the best chance of defeating President Obama to overcome doubts among the more conservative voters at the heart of his party.
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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Finally, Romney gets tea party support  —  FreedomWorks drops opposition  —  The organization that ignited the tea party as a national mass movement gave Mitt Romney perhaps his biggest victory yet, deciding to drop its opposition to his candidacy, a top executive in the group told The Washington Times.
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
The Nominee  —  It is a mathematical improbability that Rick Santorum …
Discussion: GOP 12
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:   Morning Jay: How Romney Won Illinois, and What it Means
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Romney pushes GOP presidential race toward a close
Discussion: JustOneMinute and CNN
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
Discussion: Guardian, GOP 12 and Balloon Juice
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Scott Sayare / New York Times:
French Police Say They Have Cornered Suspect in School Shooting  —  TOULOUSE, France — A 24-year-old man suspected in the methodical killings of seven unarmed people in this region over the past 10 days barricaded himself in a small apartment building in Toulouse early Wednesday as negotiators tried to secure his surrender.
BBC:
France shootings: Police lay siege to Toulouse suspect  —  Mohammed Merah was reportedly convicted of bomb-making in Afghanistan  —  Police hunting a gunman suspected of killing seven people in southern France are laying siege to a flat in Toulouse.  —  The man, named as Mohammed Merah …
Telegraph:
Toulouse shooting: French police surround house of ‘jihadist’
Discussion: Melanie Phillips and Harry's Place
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 …
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Claudia Rosett / PJ Media:
Mexico for Spring Break
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The PJ Tatler
BuzzFeed:
Story About White House Scrubbing Obama Daughter Travel Story Has Now Been Scrubbed
Benjy Sarlin / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Rick Santorum: President Obama Shouldn't Let Daughter Go To Mexico (VIDEO)
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Top Romney Adviser Says Romney Can Change His Positions After The Primaries: 'It's Almost Like An Etch A Sketch'  —  Mitt Romney can't be held accountable for his extreme right-wing views, at least according to his campaign's senior adviser, who said the candidate should be given a …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Balloon Juice
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.)
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama will avoid healthcare defense during court review  —  President Obama will not mark the two-year anniversary of his signing of the healthcare law — which takes place days before the Supreme Court offers a decision on the constitutionality of his signature legislative achievement.
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Supreme Court faces an unprecedented healthcare frenzy
Discussion: Reuters
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Andrew Sullivan Is Frightened by Complexity  —  Somehow, in the midst of grappling with Andrew Sullivan's attack on me (in which he lied about what I have written, what I think, what I believe, and what I've reported, and shows no understanding, by the way, of reporting itself — but, hey, what are friends for?)
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Jeff Glor / CBS News:
Calls grow to arrest gunman in Fla. teen slaying  —  (CBS News) SANFORD, Fla. - Pressure is building for authorities in Florida to arrest George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last month.  —  The incident is now a federal case, and it's slated to go before a grand jury.
Discussion: Boston Herald and The Reaction
The Reliable Source / Washington Post:
John King and Dana Bash separate; CNN stars were married four years  —  John King and Dana Bash in Washington last year.  (Rebecca D'Angelo for The Washington Post) Separated: Dana Bash, 40, and John King, 48, after less than four years of marriage, a friend of the CNN stars confirmed to us Tuesday.
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
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:
FRANCE 24:
Cameron ‘tucked in bed’ by Obama during US trip  —  AFP - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday revealed he was “tucked up in bed” by US President Barack Obama during the pair's recent trip on Air Force One.  —  The two leaders were repeatedly seen back-slapping …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and ABCNEWS
Jeb Bush / CNN:
Jeb Bush endorses Romney, calls on party to unite  —  (CNN) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whose endorsement has been highly-sought during the 2012 GOP primary contests, announced Wednesday he was backing presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  —  In a statement, Bush congratulated Romney …
Bill McKibben / The Nation:
90 Degrees in Winter: This Is What Climate Change Looks Like  —  A view of the Runge reservoir in the town of Runge, some thirty-seven miles north of Santiago on February 3, 2012.  Reuters/Ivan Alvarado  —     —  The National Weather Service is kind of the anti-Mike Daisey …
Discussion: Grist
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 …
 
 
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Peter V. Milo / CBS DC:
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Kenneth P. Vogel / Reuters:
Obama fundraising slips from 2008
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Pedro Nicolaci da Costa / Reuters:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and Vox Popoli
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Dutch Church Is Accused of Castrating Young Men
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Sponsor working to amend birth-control bill
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Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Romney Gets a Google Tour
Discussion: BuzzFeed