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3:10 PM ET, March 21, 2012

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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 …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Top Romney adviser: Mitt will erase his conservative positions once he's the nominee  —  Think Progress flags an amazing exchange on CNN, in which Eric Fehrnstrom, a top adviser to Mitt Romney, seems to confirm that the conservative positions Romney has been forced to take during the primary …
Alfredo Rocha / ABCNEWS:
Jeb Bush Endorses Mitt Romney in GOP Primary  —  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush endorsed Mitt Romney after Romney's lopsided win in Illinois Tuesday night.  The former Florida Governor - a Republican heavyweight - called on members of the party to coalesce behind Romney.
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Romney adviser says campaign can start fresh for general election, ‘like an Etch A Sketch’  —  Mitt Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom on Wednesday dismissed concern that the nastiness of the GOP primary race could negatively affect the fight to replace President Obama.
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
The Nominee  —  It is a mathematical improbability that Rick Santorum will get to the magic number of 1,144 — the number of delegates needed to be the Republican Presidential nominee.  It is a political improbability that Rick Santorum will stop Mitt Romney from getting to 1,144.
Discussion: GOP 12
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama staffers seize on ‘Etch-a-Sketch’ quip  —  Staffers for President Obama's reelection campaign are taking to Twitter to pile on Mitt Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom after he said on CNN Wednesday that the general election will be like an “Etch-A-Sketch.”
Discussion: The Raw Story
ABCNEWS:
‘Etch-A-Sketch’: Romney Aide Suggests Campaign Reset After Primary
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog and Mediaite
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Finally, Romney gets tea party support
Jeb Bush / CNN:
Jeb Bush endorses Romney, calls on party to unite
Discussion: Washington Post, Wonkette and Daily Kos
Soledad O'Brien / CNN:
Romney advisor: ‘Big win in a big state;’ ‘you hit a reset button for the fall campaign’
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney holds small lead nationally  —  PPP's newest national poll finds that Mitt Romney leads with 34% to 31% for Rick Santorum, 20% for Newt Gingrich, and 9% for Ron Paul.  But if Gingrich dropped out Santorum would have a small lead with 41% to 40% for Romney and 11% for Paul.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Conservatives4Palin
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New York Times:
Romney Wins by Wide Margin in Illinois Contest
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Jeb Bush Backs Romney and Urges End to G.O.P. Battle
Discussion: New York Times and Prairie Weather
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:   Morning Jay: How Romney Won Illinois, and What it Means
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Beatdown  —  It wasn't particularly surprising, but Mitt …
Discussion: The New Republic and Campaign 2012
H. HooVer / Distriction:
Sign of the Times  —  Stephon stood just a few feet away from Barack Obama.  The president, busy shaking hands, looked right at him.  “It was like he was waiting for me to say something,” he said later.  —  So the 26-year-old Prince George's Community College student took his cue and spoke …
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Why the Republican budgets make the poor pay  —  I don't think Paul Ryan intended to write a budget that concentrated its cuts on the poorest Americans.  Similarly, I don't think Mitt Romney intended to write a budget that concentrated its cuts on the poorest Americans.
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Romney-Ryan?  —  Mitt Romney is close to finishing off his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, talk of a brokered GOP convention in August, and the prospect of a new candidate suddenly entering the contest.  —  This would be a political hat trick once it happens …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan, helping the poor by hurting them
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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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.)
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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Steve Doughty / Daily Mail:
Gay marriage is not a ‘human right’: European ruling torpedoes Coalition stance  —  Same-sex marriages are not a human right, European judges have ruled.  —  Their decision shreds the claim by ministers that gay marriage is a universal human right and that same-sex couples have a right …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
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Donna Bowater / Telegraph:
Gay marriage is not a human right, according to European ruling
Discussion: Guardian and Gay Politics
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?)
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.
Mytheos Holt / TheBlaze.com:
UPDATED (STORY PULLED): U2 SINGER BONO GRILLED ON CAMERA OVER BAND'S MOVE TO AVOID TAXES  —  Editor's note: The original Breitbart.com story has been removed and the Jason Mattera videos have now been moved to “private” on YouTube.  There is widespread discussion on Twitter …
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
GOP JOBS Act moves forward in Senate  —  The Senate on Wednesday voted to advance House Republicans' JOBS Act, a bill proponents say would create jobs by easing capital formation regulations for smaller companies.  —  The legislation, which soared through the House earlier in March by a 323-92 vote …
Discussion: Politico
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
IRONY ALERT: Anti-Gay Group Complains About Out-Of-Staters ‘Buying’ Marriage Equality In New Hampshire  —  As lawmakers in New Hampshire prepare to repeal that state's same-sex marriage law, the National Organization for Marriage's (NOM) Brian Brown appeared on MSNBC with Thomas Roberts …
NBC's Alex Moe / msnbc.com:
RNC rule means hurdle for Gingrich convention strategy  —  MONROE, LA - Newt Gingrich faces a significant hurdle in his strategy of winning the GOP presidential nomination at the party's August convention, lengthening the already-long odds of him becoming the Republican nominee.
 
 
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