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11:50 AM ET, March 24, 2012

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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Newt calls Obama's Trayvon Martin comments ‘disgraceful’  —  Per POLITICO's Ginger Gibson, Newt Gingrich accused President Obama of playing race: … Obama has gotten some criticism for discussing a pending legal matter.  But the question of whether Martin's race was a factor in his death …
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Trayvon Martin and the End of Excuses  —  We have become a nation in which children have become expendable.  Trayvon Martin is just the most recent example.  —  We executed children in this country until long after the rest of the world — except Iran — thought that was a good idea.
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Obama: “If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon”
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Danish TV Host Mocks Obama for His Rhetoric  —  “Maybe the copy key got stuck on the presidential speechwriter's keyboard.”  —  Thomas Buch-Andersen, host of the Danish TV show Detektor, mocked President Obama's political rhetoric in a recent episode.  “Obama used a metaphor from boxing …
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BuzzFeed:
Obama Uses The Same Patronizing Line On Many, Many Foreign Leaders
Discussion: Mediaite, BuzzFeed, Hot Air and FP Passport
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Contempt of Court  —  How to lose friends and alienate justices.  —  (Best of the tube this weekend: Watch us preview the ObamaCare cases on “The Journal Editorial Report,” Saturday at 2 and 11 p.m. ET on Fox News Channel.)  —  Yesterday we noted that Linda Greenhouse of the New York Times …
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CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for March 23, 2012
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
If Medicare Is OK, Obamacare Should Be Too
Discussion: Swampland and Washington Post
Jerusalem Post:
'French teacher asked minute's silence for Merah'  —  French education minister calls for English teacher's suspension after she called Toulouse killer a “victim.”  —  By REUTERS/France 2 Television  —  France's education minister called for disciplinary proceedings against a teacher …
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Peter Allen / Daily Mail:
Outrage as teacher tells pupils to hold a minute's silence for Toulouse terrorist who killed seven …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Ben Geman / The Hill:
White House was all-hands-on-deck as Solyndra collapse neared  —  Several key White House offices were involved with the Obama administration's messaging plans and other preparations as the collapse of the taxpayer-backed solar company Solyndra was imminent, newly released documents show.
Telegraph:
Woman died after Muslim nurse refused to help as he was praying  —  An elderly woman was left on the floor at a care home for up to ten minutes because a nurse was praying, an inquest heard.  —  Alzheimer's sufferer Dorothy Griffiths, 87, was found sitting down after staff heard a bang …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Michael Walsh / National Review:
The Consequences of No Consequences  —  Does anyone else notice the disconnect between stories such as this one, as noted by the estimable Walter Russell Mead: … And this one, about Sandra Fluke and her contraceptive demands: … Forget for the moment Read's implied connection between …
Discussion: alicublog
Bloomberg:
MF Global's Corzine Ordered Funds Moved to JPMorgan, Memo Says  —  Jon S. Corzine, MF Global Holding Ltd. (MFGLQ)'s chief executive officer, gave “direct instructions” to transfer $200 million from a customer fund account to meet an overdraft in one of the brokerage's JPMorgan Chase & Co. …
Jason Gilbert / The Huffington Post:
Tacocopter Aims To Deliver Tacos Using Unmanned Drone Helicopters … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Helicopters, Taco Helicopter, Tacocopter, Tacos, Tacos And Helicopter, Unmanned Drones, Technology News  —  Look, up in the sky!  It's a bird!  It's a plane!
Washington Post:
Mexico's middle class is becoming its majority  —  QUERETARO, Mexico — A wary but tenacious middle class is fast becoming the majority in Mexico, breaking down the rich-poor divide in a profound demographic transformation that has far-reaching implications here and in the United States.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Obama: ‘Common sense’ transportation bill is ‘up to the House’  —  President Obama used his weekly address to press House Republicans to accept the transportation funding bill that has been approved in the Senate on a bipartisan vote.  —  The current legislation that authorizes funding …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Republican primary turnout rebounds, is up overall  —  Reports of the GOP's turnout problems appear to have been slightly premature.  —  A Fix review of turnout in the Republican presidential nominating process shows that it has rebounded in recent weeks, and GOP voters are now turning …
Discussion: americanthinker.com and NO QUARTER
Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich: ‘Elite Media’ Is Covering Up Obama's ‘Muslim Friends’ … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  2012 Election, Barack Obama, Newt Gingrich 2012, Obama Muslim, Elections 2012, Islam, Newt Gingrich, Video, Obama Islam, Politics News, President Barack Obama, Gingrich Obama Muslims, Politics News
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Washington Post:
Jim Yong Kim, Dartmouth College president, tapped by Obama to head World Bank  —  President Obama on Friday nominated Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank, a move that would turn the organization over to a physician and development expert as opposed to the bankers …
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Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Jim Yong Kim: President Obama's groundbreaking choice for World Bank president
 
 
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Jeremy Hodges / Bloomberg:
JPMorgan Sued by Trader Over $3 Million Decimal Point
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Binyamin Appelbaum / Economix:
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Toby Harnden / Daily Mail:
Top Republican says ‘Democrat front group’ is orchestrating illegal Rush Limbaugh robocalls
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Reuters:
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Jonathan Freedland / Guardian:
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
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