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6:05 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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, GOP 12 and Pundit & Pundette
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Newt, Santorum debut Etch A Sketch props on the trail (Updated)  —  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 …
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: National Review, msnbc.com and GOP 12
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
‘Etch A Sketch’ Latest Gaffe From Romney Campaign
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
Byron Tau / Politico:   Obama staffers seize on Etch A Sketch quip
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Platform ‘Like An Etch A Sketch,’ Top Spokesman Says
Discussion: CNN, New York Times, Politico and The Caucus
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 …
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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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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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?)
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
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
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.)
Katie Thomas / New York Times:
Generic Drugs Prove Resistant to Damage Suits  —  Debbie Schork, a deli worker at a supermarket in Indiana, had to have her hand amputated after an emergency room nurse injected her with an anti-nausea drug, causing gangrene.  She sued the manufacturer named in the hospital's records for failing to warn about the risks of injecting it.
Discussion: Law Blog and The BLT
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.
Vince Coglianese / The Daily Caller:
Media Matters wants a fight, but can't take a punch  —  After facing down over a month of tough reporting, David Brock's Media Matters still has nothing to say for itself.  The progressive messaging group has all but clammed up under a constant barrage of scrutiny from conservatives and liberals alike.
Discussion: TBogg
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 …
 
 
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David Weigel / Slate:
Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum Wield Etch-a-Sketches in Lousiana
Discussion: The Loyal Opposition
House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform:
Europe's Sovereign Debt Crisis: Causes, Consequences for the United States and Lessons Learned
Discussion: Hot Air, The Caucus and Guardian
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
JPMorgan Employees Join Goldman Sachs Among Top Obama Donors
Discussion: DealBook and Weasel Zippers
Jim Ragsdale / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
House approves placing photo ID on November ballot
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Jason Leopold / truth-out.org:
DHS Turns Over Occupy Wall Street Documents to Truthout
Discussion: Firedoglake and Gothamist
Ron Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Costs Are Soaring
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
GOP JOBS Act moves forward in Senate
Discussion: Politico
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Under congressional pressure, Verizon bans third-party charges on landlines
Discussion: Engadget
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Peter King warns: Hezbollah agents in U.S.
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Carolyn Cui / Wall Street Journal:
Questions Arise on Gasoline Data
Discussion: americanthinker.com and EconLog
Steve Doughty / Daily Mail:
Gay marriage is not a ‘human right’: European ruling torpedoes Coalition stance
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama will avoid healthcare defense during court review
 

 
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