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11:15 AM 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.
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.
Discussion: and The Agonist
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Poll: Romney slightly ahead of Santorum in Illinois  —  Survey shows front-runner leads in Chicagoland, but rival stronger Downstate  —  Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney's campaign has long considered Illinois to be in its win column, but a new Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows …
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
John Hoeffel / Los Angeles Times:
Rick Santorum wins Kansas caucuses
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and Associated Press
Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
Santorum Wins Kansas; Romney Takes Wyoming
Ryan Tracy / Washington Wire:
True Grits: Gingrich Makes Appeal to Mississippi Republicans
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Mediaite
Hundreds of women call for Islamic governance  —  Hundreds of Muslim women gathered near Tunis Saturday to call for the return of the caliphate, the defunct Islamic system of governance which they said was the only means of guaranteeing their rights.  —  The members of the Hizb ut-Tahrir party came …
New York Times:
The Power to Kill  —  President Obama, who came to office promising transparency and adherence to the rule of law, has become the first president to claim the legal authority to order an American citizen killed without judicial involvement, real oversight or public accountability.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Lawfare
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Plans Big Effort to Build Support Among Women  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's re-election campaign is beginning an intensified effort this week to build support among women, using the debate over the new health care law to amplify an appeal that already appears to be benefiting …
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Dennis Kucinich and “wackiness”  —  The now-defeated congressman consistently opposed destructive bipartisan pieties — and is therefore “crazy”  —  Last week, Rep. Dennis Kucinich was defeated in a Democratic primary by Rep. Marcy Kaptur after re-districting pitted the two long-term incumbents against each other.
Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
Politifact Jumps the Voter — er, Shark  —  Politifact, already under fire from Rachel Maddow for misapplying the word “fact” to their sloppy work, has branched out.  Today they decided to “fact"-check (incorrectly, of course) a guest on a comedy TV program.
Discussion: St. Petersburg Times
Joe Mozingo / Los Angeles Times:
Effort to put marijuana legalization measure on ballot is in disarray  —  After Proposition 19 received 46% of the vote in 2010, proponents took heart.  They vowed to put a measure to fully legalize marijuana on the 2012 ballot.  Instead, four camps vie for funding.
Occupy Wall Street could run out of money by end of month  —  New York's Occupy Wall Street group is warning it could run out of money by the end of the month, raising questions about the future of the movement that sparked nationwide protests against economic injustice last year.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Occupy Wall Street Needs Bailout
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: 98 Major Advertisers Dump Rush Limbaugh, Other Right-Wing Hosts  —  Industry website has the scoop: … This helps explain why, on Rush Limbaugh's flagship station WABC, almost of the commercial breaks were filled with unpaid pubic service announcements.
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Rush Limbaugh Scandal Proves Contagious for Talk-Radio Advertisers
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Healthcare issue will be a heavy lift for Romney against President Obama
Discussion: CNN and Prairie Weather
Rep. Inslee to resign House seat
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
Matthew Miller / The Daily Beast:
Obama Is Right to Prosecute Leakers Who Are Not the Same as Whistle-Blowers
Discussion: emptywheel and Politico
Mary Pilon / New York Times:
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Julie Bosman / New York Times:
An Erotic Novel, ‘50 Shades of Grey,’ Goes Viral With Women
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR suspended Uri Berliner for five days without pay, starting on April 12, after he wrote an essay accusing NPR of losing the public's trust

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