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8:09 PM ET, March 12, 2010


 Top Items: 
Washington Post:
Gas prices sink Obama's ratings on economy, bring parity to race for White House  —  Disapproval of President Obama's handling of the economy is heading higher — alongside gasoline prices — as a record number of Americans now give the president “strongly” negative reviews …
New York Times:
Obama Approval Rating Shows Serious Slip in New Poll
Discussion: Politico
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Santorum Concedes: He Can't Win The Nomination Outright  —  Winning by losing?  Strategy memo is less a “path to victory” as it is a path to a contested convention.  —  Santorum talks with supporters during a stop at Sweet Peppers Deli, Sunday, March 11, 2012, in Tupelo, Miss.  —  (AP / Eric Gay)
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Michael Steele: “I Wanted a Brokered Convention”  —  Before he was booted as GOP chair, Steele changed the party's primary contest rules—and now Romney and the Republican establishment are paying for his chaos theory experiment.  —  Is the never-ending and ever-bitter 2012 Republican presidential race …
Ben Terris /
Santorum: 'I'd Like Everybody to Get Out'  —  Rick Santorum needs …
Foxworthy on hunting with Romney: More dangerous than Cheney
Discussion: GOP 12
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Obama Still Muslim, Report Southern Republicans  —  It has been a while since the question of President Obama's religion — his true religion, maybe the religion he or his “church” don't want you to know about — has been on the national agenda.  And the upcoming Alabama and Mississippi primaries …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Too close to call in Alabama and Mississippi  —  Tuesday looks like it's going to be a close election night in both Mississippi and Alabama.  In Mississippi Newt Gingrich is holding on to a slight lead with 33% to 31% for Mitt Romney, 27% for Rick Santorum, and 7% for Ron Paul.
Carl Cameron / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Gingrich-Perry Pre-Convention Ticket in the Works  —  Sources close to the Gingrich campaign say preliminary “what-if” conversations are underway that could lead to a Gingrich-Perry ticket being announced prior to the Republican National Convention at the end of August.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: 141 Companies Drop Advertising From Rush Limbaugh  —  ThinkProgress has obtained an internal memo from Premiere Radio Networks listing 96 national companies that have “specifically asked” their advertisments not be played during the Rush Limbaugh Show.  Premiere is the distributor of Limbaugh's program.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Rush Limbaugh losing more advertisers?  —  Think Progress gets its hands on an internal memo from Premiere Radio Networks that lists nearly 100 national companies that have asked that their advertisements not be played on the Rush Limbaugh show — companies that have not been publicly named until now.
Tom Bonnette / The Hayride:
NOW's War On Rush—Exclusive Hayride Video
Jackie Borchardt / Dayton Daily News:
Bill introduced to regulate men's reproductive health  —  Part of a trend, she likens the bill to men legislating 'a woman's womb.'  —  COLUMBUS - Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test …
Grayson Involved In Crash With Lynx Bus  —  Campaign Event Held In Downtown Orlando  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Former U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson crashed into a Lynx bus in downtown Orlando about noon Saturday.  —  Grayson was traveling to an upscale fundraising event for his Congressional campaign.
Reed Johnson / Los Angeles Times:
‘Doonesbury’ abortion story arc moves to Op-Ed page  —  A story line about a woman seeking an abortion in Texas prompts Times editors to relocate the strip from the comics pages for the arc's six-day run.  —  “Doonesbury” comic strip.  (Universal Uclick)  —  A series of “Doonesbury” …
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Doonesbury strip on Texas abortion law dropped by some US newspapers
Discussion: and Addicting Info
Michael Cavna / Washington Post:
‘Doonesbury’ creator Garry Trudeau discusses divisive strips about abortion
Discussion: Feministing and The Maddow Blog
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid: Republicans clogging judicial confirmation process to embarrass Obama  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) charged Senate Republicans on Monday of gumming up the Senate's judicial confirmation process in order to embarrass President Obama, and said he plans to file cloture …
Allysia Finley / Wall Street Journal:
Coffee Is an Essential Benefit Too  —  Here are some other health-care mandates that government should impose on employers.  —  Dear President Obama,  —  Can you believe the nerve of employers?  Many of them still seem to think that they should be allowed to determine the benefits they offer.
Santorum Campaign Responds To Dutch Euthanasia Outrage  —  Rick Santorum has drawn fire for controversial statements about assisted suicide in the Netherlands.  In an impromptu interview with Dutch television station RTL4, Santorum press secretary Alice Stewart offered no explanation …
Joshua Keating / FP Passport:
In his heart, Rick Santorum knows that Dutch people are forcibly euthanized
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Stearns On Obama Birth's Certificate: ‘The Question Is, Is It Legitimate?’  —  New video of a February town hall shows Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) pandering to birthers and raising questions about the legitimacy of President Obama's birth certificate.  —  When Stearns met with constituents …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Longtime GOP lawmaker questions legitimacy of Obama birth certificate
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
U.S. Army Sergeant Suspected in Afghanistan Shooting  —  PANJWAI, Afghanistan — Stalking from home to home, a United States Army sergeant methodically killed at least 16 civilians, 9 of them children, in a rural stretch of southern Afghanistan on Sunday, igniting fears of a new wave …
Brian Beutler /
TPMDC  —  The Many Misleading Claims In Mitt's Monday Medicare Memo  —  As part of an effort to reverse the public's perception of the parties' positions on Medicare, Mitt Romney's campaign is appropriating a common Democratic attack and using it against President Obama.
Romney to forgo Medicare
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Fox News Commenters React to Afghan Killings: ‘A Dead Muslim Is a Good Muslim’  —  It's no longer surprising, but the right wing blogs are full of comments today praising the soldier who allegedly committed mass murder in Kandahar, killing men, women, and children asleep in their beds.  —  Gateway Pundit:
Associated Press:
Justice Dept opposes Texas voter ID law  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's civil rights division on Monday objected to a new photo ID requirement for voters in Texas because many Hispanic voters lack state-issued identification.  —  Texas follows South Carolina as the second state …
Judge rules voter ID law unconstitutional
Discussion: New York Times and The Maddow Blog
Yehuda Bauer / Haaretz:
Iran is not Auschwitz  —  Bombing Iran, not Iran's bomb, could destroy Israel.
Discussion: Reuters
Nicky Larkin: Israel is a refuge, but a refuge under siege  —  Through making a film about the Israeli-Arab conflict, artist Nicky Larkin found his allegiances swaying  —  I used to hate Israel.  I used to think the Left was always right.  Not any more.  Now I loathe Palestinian terrorists.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Welfare queens and college sluts  —  CNN, you really need to examine your hiring policies.  Your “analyst” Dana Loesch wrote this piece of drivel on her site yesterday: … I assume that CNN knows that Fluke wasn't testifying about herself and they know that she wasn't talking about her own sex life …
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Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Georgia Republican Compares Women to Cows, Pigs, And Chickens
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Health Care Act Offers Roberts a Signature Case
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Colin Moynihan / New York Times:
Wall Street Protesters Complain of Police Surveillance
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E.J. Dionne / Real Clear Politics:
Catholicism Is Not the Tea Party at Prayer
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Blagojevich will find life inside a jolt, ex-inmates say
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Detroit Nears Bankruptcy
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
What Greece Means  —  So Greece has officially defaulted on its debt to private lenders.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nicolle Wallace / ABCNEWS:
Nicolle Wallace On Sarah Palin ‘Game Change’ Movie
Discussion: Mediaite
Associated Press:
At Least 10 Killed as Suicide Bomber Attacks Catholic Church During Mass

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Alex Heath / The Verge:
Meta details Llama 3: 8B- and 70B-parameter models, a focus on reducing false refusals, and an upcoming model trained on 15T+ tokens that has 400B+ parameters

David Pierce / The Verge:
Google announces a new Platforms and Devices team overseeing Pixel, Android, Chrome, Photos, and more, to integrate AI across its products, led by Rick Osterloh

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