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3:40 PM ET, March 4, 2012


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Marist Poll:
3/4: Santorum and Romney Neck and Neck in Ohio  —  Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are locked in a tight battle in the race for the Republican nomination in Ohio.  Among likely Republican primary voters including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, early voters …
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Two polls find Romney, Santorum tied in Ohio  —  GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has pulled into a statistical dead heat with rival Rick Santorum in Ohio, two new polls find.  —  A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday shows Romney and Santorum tied with 32 percent support …
First Read /
NBC News/Marist poll: Santorum, Romney neck and neck in Ohio
‘This Week’ Transcript: Newt Gingrich and David Axelrod
Discussion: Washington Post
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Romney Takes Washington Ahead of a Big Election Day
Enquirer Endorsement: Romney deserves Ohio's support
Discussion: Ballot Box and GOP 12
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Have You No Shame, Rush?  —  AS a woman who has been viciously slashed by Rush Limbaugh, I can tell you, it's no fun.  —  At first you think, if he objects to the substance of what you're saying, why can't he just object to the substance of what you're saying?  Why go after you in the most personal and humiliating way?
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Santorum backs nullifying existing gay marriages  —  There are 18,000 married gay and lesbian couples in California and at least 131,000 nationwide according to the 2010 census, conducted before New York state legalized same-sex marriage in July.  —  Rick Santorum says he'll try to unmarry all of them if he's elected president.
Keith O'Brien / Telegraph:
We cannot afford to indulge this madness  —  Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Britain's most senior Catholic, sets out his opposition to the Government's plans to legalise gay marriage.  —  Elton John and David Furnish entered into a civil partnership in 2005 and now have a one-year-old son , born to a surrogate mother
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
It's not because Breitbart was combative  —  A friend emails, with results of a near-scientific experiment:  —  I just watched John Avlon's Daily Beast commentary about the ugly tweets celebrating Andrew's passing.  His underlying logic, like some other commentary I've read …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Emmett Berg / Reuters:
Three Occupy Oakland protesters charged with hate crimes  —  (Reuters) - Three Occupy Oakland protesters accused of surrounding and taunting a woman before stealing her wallet were charged on Friday with robbery and hate crimes, authorities said.  —  Michael Davis, 32, Nneka Crawford, 23 …
Discussion: Big Government and Weasel Zippers
Dublin patron saint's heart stolen from Christ Church Cathedral  —  The preserved heart of Dublin's patron saint has been stolen from the city's Christ Church Cathedral, officials say.  —  The thief would have needed metal cutters to prise open the iron bars protecting the wooden heart-shaped box holding St Laurence O'Toole's heart.
Daily Mail:
‘SHOCKED’ LIBYAN AUTHORITIES ‘EXTREMELY APOLOGETIC’ OVER WAR GRAVES ATTACK  —  The Libyan government has been ‘extremely apologetic’ about the desecration of British war graves in the eastern city of Benghazi, a Foreign Office Minister said today.  —  Jeremy Browne said people …
Robin Bravender / Politico:
Gingrich: Obama's apologies ‘embarrassing’  —  Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich on Sunday called President Barack Obama's apologies for the burning of a Quran in Afghanistan “embarrassing.”  —  “When the president of the United States says I apologize, he is basically taking on blame …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Raw Story
Amy O'Leary / New York Times:
How Many People Can Manhattan Hold?  —  IN a crowded place like Manhattan, there are moments when a certain question flits across people's minds.  —  It could happen on a weeknight at the Union Square Trader Joe's, when the aisles are so packed that shopping for frozen edamame morphs into a full-contact sport.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Scholar and the Rascal  —  THE right-wing provocateur Andrew Breitbart and the neoconservative scholar James Q. Wilson, who died within 48 hours of each other last week — Wilson at the age of 80, Breitbart so unexpectedly at 43 — had one important thing in common: They were both prominent conservatives …
Annys Shin / Washington Post:
A million-dollar mortgage goes unpaid for years while couple fights foreclosure  —  The eviction from their million-dollar home could come at any moment.  Keith and Janet Ritter have been bracing for it — and battling against it — almost from the moment they moved into the five-bedroom …
Discussion: EconLog and Booman Tribune
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