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1:10 PM ET, March 31, 2012

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Keith Olbermann / TwitLonger:
TwitLonger  —  My full statement:  —  I'd like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV.  —  Editorially, Countdown had never been better.  But for more than a year I have been imploring Al Gore and Joel Hyatt to resolve our issues internally …
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Current TV Dismisses Keith Olbermann  —  5:13 p.m. |  Updated Current TV said Friday afternoon that it had terminated the contract of its lead anchor, Keith Olbermann, scarcely a year after he was hired to reboot the fledgling channel in his progressive political image.
Keach Hagey / Politico:
Current TV fires Keith Olbermann
Discussion: Wonkette and americanthinker.com
Keach Hagey / Politico:
Olbermann out, Spitzer in on Current TV
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clickorlando.com:
Civil rights leaders condemn Sharpton's call for escalated civil disobedience
Wall Street Journal:
EPA Backpedals on Fracking Contamination  —  Texas Water-Pollution Suit Dropped; Third Recent Setback on Drilling for Agency  —  The Environmental Protection Agency has dropped its claim that an energy company contaminated drinking water in Texas, the third time in recent months that the agency …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
host.madison.com:
Federal court strikes down parts of collective bargaining law  —  MORE (2)  —  A federal judge on Friday upheld most of Gov. Scott Walker's controversial collective bargaining law, but struck down key parts of it by ruling that the state cannot prevent public employee unions …
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Bruce Vielmetti / JSOnline:
Federal court strikes down parts of union law
Daniel Bice / JSOnline:   Barrett will run in recall election
New York Times:
A Health Law at Risk Gives Insurers Pause  —  As the Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of the federal health care law, one option that had seemed unthinkable to its designers and supporters now seems at least possible: that the court could strike down the entire law.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Althouse
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
This Creepy App Isn't Just Stalking Women Without Their Knowledge, It's A Wake-Up Call About Facebook Privacy [Update]  —  This app is meant to all be in good fun, but it's potentially a weapon in the hands of stalkers.  —  “Boy, you sure have a lot of apps on your phone.”  —  “Well, it's my job.”
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
IRS not investigating Nikki Haley for tax fraud  —  South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's office Friday provided IRS documentation that she is not facing investigation for tax fraud, calling accusations that she was “totally contrived.”  —  Haley denied the rumors of a looming tax indictment on Thursday.
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Andrew Theen / Bloomberg:
Obama Campus Fervor Losing to Apathy as Students Sour on 2012  —  On election night 2008, freshman Meagan Cassidy left Lake Forest College and hopped a train to Chicago to celebrate Barack Obama's impending victory.  —  “There was probably no better place to be,” Cassidy said in a phone interview.
Michelle Singletary / Washington Post:
Mega Millions: Why I threw away common sense and bought a ticket  —  We played.  —  My husband and I decided to do a financially unwise thing and take a chance at winning the $640 million dollar Mega Millions lottery.  It's not a smart use of even a dollar because the odds of winning are, well, astronomical — 1 in 176 million.
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air, Prairie Weather and Ezra Klein
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Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama: Buffett Rule tax hike will ‘make this country a little fairer’  —  President Obama urged lawmakers to “make this country a little fairer” and pass legislation that would raise taxes on those making more than $1 million annually.  —  “Congress is going to vote on what's called the Buffett Rule …
Discussion: Politico and Althouse
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Orwell and March Madness  —  If you've been watching the N.C.A.A. men's basketball championship — a k a March Madness — you've undoubtedly seen the commercial.  It's an N.C.A.A. ad that shows college athletes pumping iron, running sprints and playing games.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
When the Archbishop Met the President  —  Cardinal Dolan thought he heard Barack Obama pledge respect for the Catholic Church's rights of conscience.  Then came the contraception coverage mandate.  —  New York  —  The president of the U.S. Conference of Bishops is careful to show due respect for the president of the United States.
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
Sina, Tencent Shut Down Commenting on Microblogs  —  BEIJING—China mounted a broad Internet crackdown beginning Friday, putting temporary restrictions on popular microblogging services run by Sina Corp. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. and detaining individuals that it accused of spreading rumors of a coup attempt in Beijing.
Discussion: BBC and Rectified.name
 
 
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Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Another $17 trillion surprise found in Obamacare
Discussion: The Other McCain
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
In U.S., Global Warming Views Steady Despite Warm Winter
Giles Tremlett / Guardian:
Spain announces €27bn budget cuts
Discussion: US Politics and The Agonist
The Huffington Post:
General Motors Decides Climate Change Is Real, Pulls Support From Heartland Institute
Discussion: DeSmogBlog
Curtis Dubay / The Heritage Foundation:
No Fooling: U.S. Now Has Highest Corporate Tax Rate in the World
Andrew Stuttaford / National Review:
Ever Closer Union
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Jonathan Stempel / Thomson Reuters News …:
Unpaid bloggers' lawsuit vs Huffington Post tossed
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Dem treasurer admits stealing $7M
Discussion: americanthinker.com and CNN
Terry / CNSNews:
Justice Breyer on Obamacare: 'I Haven't Read Every Word of That, I Promise'
Discussion: protein wisdom
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
Is a Grand Bargain Worthwhile?
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
Wall Street Thinks It Knows the Future of Obamacare—Why?
 

 
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Andrew Khouri / Los Angeles Times:
Layoffs hit Freedom Communications as it ceases publication of L.A. Register

Michael Muskal / Los Angeles Times:
Coalition files lawsuit challenging Arizona's ‘nude photo law’

Agence France-Presse:
Somali pirates release German-American journalist and writer Michael Scott Moore after more than two years

 
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