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2:30 PM ET, March 11, 2012


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US soldier kills Afghan civilians in Kandahar  —  Tensions were already high in Afghanistan after the burning of Korans at a US base  —  A US soldier in Afghanistan has killed at least 16 civilians and wounded five after entering their homes in Kandahar province, senior local officials say.
New York Times:
American Is Held After Shooting of Civilians in Afghanistan  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States military said on Sunday one of its service members had been detained after an apparent shooting incident in southern Afghanistan that local officials said had left at least three civilians dead.
Ahmad Nadem /
Western forces kill 16 civilians in Afghanistan - Kabul govt  —  Western forces shot dead 16 civilians including nine children in southern Kandahar province on Sunday, Afghan officials said, in a rampage that witnesses said was carried out by American soldiers who were laughing and appeared drunk.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
AJE - Al Jazeera English:
US soldier kills Afghans in shooting spree  —  Soldier opens fire on civilians in three separate homes near military base in Kandahar province before surrendering.  —  A US soldier has killed more than a dozen civilians in a shooting spree in southern Afghanistan before being detained, officials say.
Washington Post:
U.S. soldier detained after opening fire on Afghans; at least 16 killed  —  KABUL— An American soldier wandered outside his base in a remote southern Afghan village shortly before dawn Sunday and opened fire on civilians inside homes, killing at least 16, Afghan and U.S. officials said.
Discussion: Reuters, emptywheel and Hot Air
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:   Officials: US soldier detained after shooting of Afghan civilians
Ben Terris /
Santorum: 'I'd Like Everybody to Get Out'  —  Rick Santorum needs about 60 percent of the remaining delegates to claim the Republican nomination.  It would be an easier task, he admits, if former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich would drop out, but Santorum would not call explicitly for him to do so.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Poll: Romney slightly ahead of Santorum in Illinois
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Los Angeles Times
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Santorum: Romney doesn't ‘tell the truth’ to voters on healthcare
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Prairie Weather
Associated Press:
At Least 10 Killed as Suicide Bomber Attacks Catholic Church During Mass  —  Car bomb explodes near Nigeria church; 10 killed  —  JOS, Nigeria (AP) — A suicide car bomber attacked a Catholic church Sunday in the middle of Mass, killing at least 10 people in the latest violence targeting …
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Gibbs: Romney loss in Kansas shows he's not ‘inevitable’ nominee  —  A top Obama campaign official sought to cast doubt Sunday on the idea that Romney is the “inevitable” Republican nominee.  —  Robert Gibbs, the former White House press secretary, took aim at Romney over his second-place finish …
Discussion: Politico, Ballot Box and GOP 12
Washington Post:
Santorum wins Kansas caucuses, Romney wins Wyoming
John Hoeffel / Los Angeles Times:
Rick Santorum wins Kansas caucuses
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and Associated Press
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Analysts: White House, Congress have little control over gas prices  —  Federal policymakers have few options to lower gas prices in the short-term, according to energy analysts.  —  The recent run-up is fueling election-year political battles and thrusting White House energy policy into the spotlight …
New York Post:
Iran does not ‘give a damn’ about your bombs, Ahmadinejad warns US  —  KARAJ, Iran — Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a defiant TV speech Sunday in which he taunted the West, saying the Islamic Republic is unfazed by the threat of Western military action.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Bill Maher to Rush Limbaugh: “You know what, Rush, when you can stand up in front of an audience of 3,000 people all the time like I do...”  —  I've already blogged about what Bill Maher said on his show last night about Rush Limbaugh, so forgive me if you've already had enough of the Maher-Limbaugh topic …
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.
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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: Politico
Great Lakes ice coverage falls 71 percent over 40 years, researcher says
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Centrist Women Tell of Disenchantment With G.O.P.
Discussion: Wonkette and Althouse
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Reid: Republicans exaggerating benefits of Keystone XL pipeline
Hundreds of women call for Islamic governance
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
 Earlier Items: 
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Plans Big Effort to Build Support Among Women
Joe Mozingo / Los Angeles Times:
Effort to put marijuana legalization measure on ballot is in disarray
Nick Hopkins / Guardian:
China suspected of Facebook attack on Nato's supreme allied commander
Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
Politifact Jumps the Voter — er, Shark
Discussion: St. Petersburg Times
FCC should clear Limbaugh from airwaves
Occupy Wall Street could run out of money by end of month
Rep. Inslee to resign House seat
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico