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6:05 PM ET, March 22, 2012

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Joe Klein / Swampland:
Mitt Romney's Etch A Sketch Disaster  —  I've been thinking about this all night: Eric Fehrnstrom's Etch A Sketch gaffe yesterday may go well beyond a momentary embarrassment and become a campaign-defining disaster, much as John Kerry's “I voted for it before I voted against it” gaffe …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Louisiana GOP: Santorum 43%, Romney 31%, Gingrich 16%, Paul 5%  —  Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is comfortably ahead in Louisiana with that state's Republican Primary just two days away.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely GOP Primary Voters in Louisiana finds Santorum …
NBC's Andrew Rafferty / msnbc.com:
Santorum: GOP better off with Obama than ‘Etch A Sketch’ Republican
Discussion: today.yougov.com News and Guardian
Mario Tama / ABCNEWS:
Santorum Suggests Obama Beats an ‘Etch A Sketch’ Candidate
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Hot Air
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Mitt ‘Etch A Sketch’ Romney, Ron ‘Etch A Sketch’ Paul, and the supreme hypocrisy of the GOP right
Discussion: CNN
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
For Romney's Trusted Adviser, ‘Etch A Sketch’ Comment Is a Rare Misstep
Murray Weiss / DNAinfo.com:
John Edwards is First Name Uncovered in ‘Millionaire Madam’ Investigation … MANHATTAN — A call girl working for alleged “Millionaire Madam” Anna Gristina told investigators she was paid to have sex with former U.S. Sen. John Edwards when he was in New York raising money for his failed presidential bid, DNAinfo has learned.
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Darius Dixon / Politico:
John Edwards denies prostitute claim
Bill Maher / New York Times:
Please Stop Apologizing  —  THIS week, Robert De Niro made a joke about first ladies, and Newt Gingrich said it was “inexcusable and the president should apologize for him.”  Of course, if something is “inexcusable,” an apology doesn't make any difference, but then again, neither does Newt Gingrich.
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
Radio campaign next step against Rush Limbaugh
Jim DeMint / CNN:
DeMint calls for GOP assessment of race, praises Romney  —  Washington (CNN) - Sen. Jim DeMint, the South Carolina Republican and tea party favorite, said Thursday he was ‘excited’ about the possibility of Mitt Romney becoming the GOP presidential nominee.  —  While not an outright endorsement …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
DeMint: Time for ‘self-reflection’ from Romney foes
Discussion: Hot Air and Swampland
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Karl Rove: Bin Laden killing was no biggie  —  Keep an eye on this one, too, because it will also be central to GOP efforts to rewrite the history of the Obama presidency.  —  In his big Wall Street Journal Op ed piece today atttacking Obama's campaign documentary and minimizing the magnitude …
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
'The Road We've Traveled' With Obama  —  Three dismal years are spun into 17 minutes of fact-challenged campaign film.  —  This month, Barack Obama's re-election campaign released a 17-minute film, “The Road We've Traveled,” that previews the Democratic general election narrative.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Senate passes JOBS Act, with tweak  —  The Senate on Thursday approved a package of bills that relaxes federal regulations to help boost small businesses and startup companies as the economy continues to recover.  —  Senators passed the JOBS Act on a 73-26 vote Thursday, two weeks after the House voted 390-23 to approve it.
Discussion: Business Insider and The Raw Story
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Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate passes House GOP's JOBS Act
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:   Tilting the Toss Ups - the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate
MiamiHerald.com:
Embattled Sanford police chief temporarily steps down  —  A case critics say was bungled from the start may have cost the Sanford police chief his job.  —  FROBLES@MIAMIHERALD.COM  —  SANFORD — Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, under fire for his handling of the investigation into the killing …
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Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
When Romney Liked High Gas Prices  —  As he campaigns for president, Mitt Romney is ratcheting up his attacks on Barack Obama over high gas prices, putting the issue at the center of his economic message.  He is calling for Obama to fire his Energy secretary, EPA administrator …
New York Times:
French Slaying Suspect Dead After Police Raid Hideout  —  TOULOUSE, France —A 23-year-old Frenchman who claimed responsibility for the killings of four men and three children died on Thursday after jumping from a balcony as security forces stormed the apartment where had been holed up for more than 30 hours …
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Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's Keystone XL Visit A Potemkin Village Photo-Op  —  Politics: The president stages a photo-op in Oklahoma to take credit for the portion of the Keystone XL pipeline that doesn't need his approval and for oil production on private and state lands beyond his jurisdiction.
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Josh Gerstein / Reuters:
Health law could hinge on wheat, pot and broccoli  —  The survival of President Barack Obama's signature health care law may come down to wheat, pot, guns — and a nagging question about broccoli.  —  Strange as it may seem, those diverse topics are apt to surface repeatedly during next week's arguments …
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Wall Street Journal:
The Supreme Court Weighs ObamaCare
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Fox News
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Supreme Court Voids Part of Family Leave Act  —  I'll be damned if the conservatives on the Supreme Court weren't getting jealous of all the congressional and state-level battles in the war on women and decide that they needed to take up arms themselves.  Is there no area that these conservatives …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Joe Biden in 2016?  Not so crazy  —  For the past couple of years, Vice President Joe Biden has quietly assembled an A-team of advisers who would, without doubt, be considered the nucleus of a presidential campaign — if only he wouldn't be 73 in 2016.  —  Biden's age would snuff the last embers …
Paul Chinn-Pool / ABCNEWS:
Obama on Solyndra: ‘This Was Not Our Program Per Se’  —  At the nation's largest solar energy plant Wednesday, President Obama doubled down on his commitment to government subsidies for clean energy technology and green jobs — and deflected blame for instances when those investments have failed.
Mark Di Ionno / Mark DiIonno:
Exclusive interview with Dharun Ravi: 'I'm very sorry about Tyler'  —  PLAINSBORO — Dharun Ravi's face is drawn and thin.  The stress of the last year and a half has wrung him out.  His eyes are perpetually sad, not the eyes of a very bright 20-year-old young man who should have a promising future.
 
 
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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Feds accuse AT&T of making millions from calls by Nigerian scam artists
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George Selgin / Free Banking:
Anti-Bernanke  —  Despite the bright light streaming …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Congressional Job Approval Essentially Flat at 12%
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Associated Press:
Man sentenced for Occupy Maine assault
John Eligon / New York Times:
State Senator Loses Support of Local G.O.P.
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Daniel Larison / The Week:
A year later, Libya is still a mess
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Why Politicians Can't Give Honest Answers About Military Service
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