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12:50 AM ET, March 22, 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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Walter Shapiro / Yahoo! News:
The other story of Mitt Romney's dog: Character Sketch
Discussion: Mother Jones
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
An air of inevitability grows around Romney after decisive primary win
Discussion: CNN and Washington Times
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Etch A Sketches hit the trail
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
‘Etch A Sketch’ Latest Gaffe From Romney Campaign
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog and CNN
Alfredo Rocha / ABCNEWS:
Jeb Bush Endorses Mitt Romney in GOP Primary
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Platform ‘Like An Etch A Sketch,’ Top Spokesman Says
Discussion: The Caucus, CNN, Politico and New York Times
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama staffers seize on Etch A Sketch quip
Discussion: The Raw Story
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
The Nominee  —  It is a mathematical improbability that Rick Santorum …
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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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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Carney: Backers of Ryan budget ‘deliberately ignorant’ on clean energy  —  House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and the Republicans who support his budget plan are “aggressively and deliberately ignorant” when it comes to the need to invest in clean energy, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Praises 2008 Bank Bailout  —  Credits Bush, not Obama for saving the country from a Great Depression.  A big policy statement on a tough day.  —  US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at his Illinois primary night party March 20, 2012 in Schaumburg, Illinois.  —  (Getty Images / DON EMMERT)
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 …
NBC New York:
Occupy Protester Dumped Tub of Feces: Police  —  Police said Occupy Wall Street protesters were captured on surveillance video dragging a large receptacle of human urine and feces into a public space in Lower Manhattan  —  This is raw surveillance video of Occupy Wall Street protesters …
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
AP Fact Check: In 36 Years Of Data, Not A Shred Of Evidence That Drilling Reduces Gas Prices  —  Experts deny that drilling brings down gas prices, despite how often Republicans claim to have the “silver bullet.”  Now, the Associated Press reports that an analysis of 36 years …
BuzzFeed:
Gillibrand: Hillary Clinton Should Run In 2016  —  In an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed Shift , New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she will be “one of the first to ask Hillary to run in 2016.”  Gillibrand is a close Clinton supporter, and her words add weight to speculation about Clinton's plans.
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
Julian Sanchez:
Fearing for Your Life  —  Most of the commentary on the Trayvon Martin case has focused on the growing mountain of evidence suggesting that shooter George Zimmerman, far from acting in “self defense,” was the instigator of the confrontation between the two late last month.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Did Obama delay stimulus spending to aid his reelection?  —  “Stimulus was supposed to be quick.  In fact, they never intended to spend it and will not completely have effectively spent it until after the president's re-elect.  Always looking at how do you get the maximum hit when the president was up for re-elect.”
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: Hot Air and Michelle Malkin
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices' Ruling Expands Rights of Accused in Plea Bargains  —  WASHINGTON — Criminal defendants have a constitutional right to effective lawyers during plea negotiations, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in a pair of 5-to-4 decisions that vastly expanded judges' supervision of the criminal justice system.
Discussion: Hit & Run
 
 
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Isaac Stone Fish / FP Passport:
Chinese coup watching
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner and Instapundit
Darren Goodeand Dan Berman / Politico:
Obama: Expedite part of Keystone
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Liberal Dems back Obama's no show on health law anniversary
Discussion: Politico
David Weigel / Slate:
Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum Wield Etch-a-Sketches in Lousiana
Discussion: The Loyal Opposition
Alana / Nielsen Wire:
The Race for Campaign Site Visitors
Discussion: Ballot Box and Media Decoder
Jim Ragsdale / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
House approves placing photo ID on November ballot
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Ron Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Costs Are Soaring
 Earlier Items: 
NBC's Alex Moe / msnbc.com:
RNC rule means hurdle for Gingrich convention strategy
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Under congressional pressure, Verizon bans third-party charges on landlines
Discussion: Engadget
Katie Thomas / New York Times:
Generic Drugs Prove Resistant to Damage Suits
Discussion: The BLT and Law Blog
Vince Coglianese / The Daily Caller:
Media Matters wants a fight, but can't take a punch
Discussion: TBogg
Carolyn Cui / Wall Street Journal:
Questions Arise on Gasoline Data
Discussion: americanthinker.com and EconLog
Murray Wardrop / Telegraph:
Toulouse siege: live