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10:10 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.
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Finally, Romney gets tea party support
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Romney pushes GOP presidential race toward a close
Discussion: JustOneMinute and CNN
New York Times:
Romney Wins by Wide Margin in Illinois Contest
Robin Bravender / Politico:
Rick Santorum in the black
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
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 …
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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 …
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.
Jonathon M. Seidl / TheBlaze.com:
RICK SANTORUM REACTS TO OBAMA ALLOWING DAUGHTER TO VACATION IN MEXICO: ‘SET AN EXAMPLE’
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.)
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Washington Post:
Paul Ryan's budget is bad politics. Just ask Republicans.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The Budget Wars: Why Obama and the GOP Are Light-Years Apart
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.
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BBC:
Raid on Toulouse shooting suspect  —  French police surrounded Mohammed Merah in Toulouse  —  Mohammed Merah, the man believed to be the gunman on a scooter who killed seven people in south-western France, is a 23-year-old French citizen of Algerian extraction.
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Scott Sayare / New York Times:
French Police Raid Toulouse House  —  TOULOUSE, France — Hundreds of police officers surrounded a small apartment building in Toulouse early on Wednesday and were negotiating with a 24-year-old man suspected in the methodical killings of seven people, including three young children, in the past ten days, French officials said.
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 …
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,” …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
 
 
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Obama fundraising slips from 2008
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John King and Dana Bash separate; CNN stars were married four years
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Sponsor working to amend birth-control bill
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Rep. Kinzinger defeats Manzullo; victory a relief for GOP leaders
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