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6:35 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 …
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Etch A Sketches hit the trail  —  Newt Gingrich gleefully seized on Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom's “Etch A Sketch” comments from this morning, bringing out an Etch A Sketch as a prop on the campaign trail today.  —  Gingrich, via POLITICO's Ginger Gibson, called Fehrnstrom's comment a sign …
Discussion: The Impolitic and The New Republic
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 / RedState:
The Nominee  —  It is a mathematical improbability that Rick Santorum …
Discussion: National Review, GOP 12 and msnbc.com
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
‘Etch A Sketch’ Latest Gaffe From Romney Campaign
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog and CNN
Byron Tau / Politico:   Obama staffers seize on Etch A Sketch quip
Jeb Bush / CNN:
TRENDING: Jeb Bush endorses Romney, calls on party to unite
Discussion: Washington Post, Wonkette and Daily Kos
ABCNEWS:
‘Etch-A-Sketch’: Romney Aide Suggests Campaign Reset After Primary
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog and Mediaite
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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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Jason Mattera interviews someone — is it Bono?  —  Jason Mattera, editor at large at Human Events, is famous for rough-and-tumble journalism.  Last year he created a sensation when he pulled something of a fast one on Vice President Biden.  He distracted the veep by pretending he wanted to pose for a picture with him.
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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Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
More See “Too Much” Religious Talk by Politicians  —  Santorum Voters Disagree  —  A new survey finds signs of public uneasiness with the mixing of religion and politics.  The number of people who say there has been too much religious talk by political leaders stands at an all-time high since …
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 …
NOM Blog:
The National Organization for Marriage Announces International “Dump Starbucks” Protest Campaign  —  Contact: Anath Hartmann or Elizabeth Ray (703-683-5004)  —  “Corporations should not take sides in a culture war that pits a company against the majority of the American people …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
IRONY ALERT: Anti-Gay Group Complains About Out-Of-Staters ‘Buying’ Marriage Equality In New Hampshire
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Warren pledges to lead on LGBT rights
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Unanimous Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Property Owners in Sackett v. EPA  —  The Supreme Court today issued a unanimous decision in favor of the property owners in the important case of Sackett v. EPA [HT: GMU law student Matthew Roberts].  The opinions in the case (an opinion for the court …
Discussion: Wizbang
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court allows Idaho couple to challenge EPA on wetlands ruling
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.
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Sanders bill would force CFTC's hand in effort to lower gas prices  —  A handful of liberal senators unveiled legislation Wednesday that would force federal regulators to curb “excessive” market speculation that they say is responsible for soaring gas prices.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
AP Fact Check: In 36 Years Of Data, Not A Shred Of Evidence That Drilling Reduces Gas Prices
Murray Wardrop / Telegraph:
Toulouse siege: live  —  Live coverage of the siege at the home of the suspected Toulouse serial killer responsible for the murders of four people outside a Jewish school and three paratroopers in south west France.  —  Members of the RAID special police forces unit near the Belle Paule residence …
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BBC:
Raid on Toulouse shooting suspect
Alana / Nielsen Wire:
The Race for Campaign Site Visitors  —  With the 2012 political season in full swing, Americans are flocking to the Internet for news surrounding the presidential candidates.  So which candidate sites are drawing the most visitors?  Nielsen profiled the voter-aged (18+) …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Media Decoder
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?)
MRCTV:
Wasserman Schultz's Selective Memory  —  Loading the player ...  Rating  —  Your rating: None Average: 1 (1 vote)  —  MRCTV's Alicia Powe and Katie Yoder confront DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) about her claim that Republicans want to ‘literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws’ by enforcing voter id laws.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Liberal Dems back Obama's no show on health law anniversary
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Hillary Reinsberg / BuzzFeed:
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David Weigel / Slate:
Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum Wield Etch-a-Sketches in Lousiana
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Jim Ragsdale / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
House approves placing photo ID on November ballot
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Vince Coglianese / The Daily Caller:
Media Matters wants a fight, but can't take a punch
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Steve Doughty / Daily Mail:
Gay marriage is not a ‘human right’: European ruling torpedoes Coalition stance
 

 
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