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11:35 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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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.
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 …
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 …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
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
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Jeb Bush endorses Romney, boosting his presidential bid
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:   Morning Jay: How Romney Won Illinois, and What it Means
Washington Examiner:   Ryan's budget kicks the can at timorous Democrats
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
CBS News early Illinois exit polls: 4 in 10 Romney, Santorum voters “have reservations”
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Romney pushes GOP presidential race toward a close
Discussion: JustOneMinute and CNN
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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 …
Scott Sayare / New York Times:
French Police Say They Have Cornered Suspect in School Shooting
Telegraph:
Toulouse shooting: French police surround house of ‘jihadist’
Discussion: Melanie Phillips and Harry's Place
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 …
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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Claudia Rosett / PJ Media:
Mexico for Spring Break  —  It's not actually about the First Daughter, per se, who according to serially vanishing stories has been vacationing with a group of friends in Mexico — a country for which the State Department just last month issued a new warning to all U.S. travelers.  —  How so?
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 frenzy during health reform arguments
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
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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
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 …
Peter V. Milo / CBS DC:
Controversial Painter Depicts Obama With Burning Constitution  —  Provo, Utah (CBS DC) - Jon McNaughton, a controversial artist who often mixes religion and politics in his work has released a new painting.  —  In ‘One Nation Under Socialism’ President Obama holds the U.S. Constitution as it burns.
 
 
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Obama fundraising slips from 2008
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