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12:50 AM ET, March 13, 2012


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Meredith / Senate Democrats:
Cloture filed on 17 Judicial nominations  —  Today Senator Reid filed cloture on the following 17 Judicial nominations.  Under the rule, the first vote would occur 1 hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday, March 14.  —  Cal.#408, Gina Marie Groh, of West Virginia; Cal.#441, David Nuffer, of Utah;
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 …
Manu Raju / Politico:   Harry Reid vows floor fight for judicial nominees
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Other notes from Alabama and Mississippi  —  In addition to asking about the Presidential race in Alabama and Mississippi we also touched on some other issues in those states:  —There's considerable skepticism about Barack Obama's religion with Republican voters in them.
Foxworthy on hunting with Romney: More dangerous than Cheney
Discussion: GOP 12
Romney: If battle to convention, ‘signaling our doom’
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Obama Still Muslim, Report Southern Republicans
Bobby Jindal / CNN:
Jindal won't endorse before Louisiana primary
Discussion: Politico, GOP 12 and The Page
New York Times:
Obama Approval Rating Shows Serious Slip in New Poll  —  Despite improving job growth and an extended Republican primary fight dividing his would-be opponents, President Obama is heading into the general election season on treacherous political ground, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Obama Fares Worse Among Women after Month-Long Contraception Mandate Battle  —  Washington Post poll contradicts Washington Post narrative about female voters.  —  How's the great contraception mandate battle of 2012 playing out?  If you read the Washington Post's news coverage …
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Poll: Obama's approval rating sinks to new low  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  (CBS News) President Obama's approval rating has hit the lowest level ever in CBS News polling, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times survey.
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)
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Santorum Campaign Responds To Dutch Euthanasia Outrage
Joshua Keating / FP Passport:
In his heart, Rick Santorum knows that Dutch people are forcibly euthanized
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.
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Justice Department bars Texas voter ID law  —  The Justice Department has blocked a new law in Texas requiring voters to show a photo ID, saying that it disproportionately harms Hispanic residents.  —  The action is the second time in three months that the Obama administration has blocked a state voter ID law.
Eric Kleefeld /
TPM2012  —  Wisconsin election officials have now closed …
Discussion: JSOnline and The BRAD BLOG
Judge rules Wisconsin's voter ID law unconstitutional
Discussion: New York Times and The Maddow Blog
Homeless hotspots plan causes controversy for BBH ad agency  —  Google Maps was used to alert the public to where the Homeless Hotspots participants were  —  An “experiment” which involved using homeless people as mobile wi-fi hotspots has attracted criticism, forcing the advertising agency behind it to defend itself.
Discussion: Gawker and Balloon Juice
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
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Eschaton
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.
Steven Ertelt /
Obama Admin Finalizes Rules: $1 Abortions in ObamaCare  —  It's official.  The concern pro-life organizations had about the ObamaCare legislation funding abortions has been confirmed, as the Obama administration has issued the final rules on abortion funding governing the controversial health care law.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Very Sad: No One Came To Mitt Romney's Twitter Birthday Party  —  The campaign is encouraging supporters to use the hashtag #hbdmitt, but their social media push isn't really working.  Just 19 tweets with the hashtag over three days.  (There are many more if you search Mitt Romney directly.)
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Rumproast, Guardian and Daily Kos
Scott Wong / Politico:
Marco Rubio builds A-Team to control image, bio  —  Rubio's PAC also employs Malorie Miller, who worked for Jeb Bush when he was Florida governor and led the Rubio campaign's online messaging, fundraising and grass-roots outreach, as well as Alberto Martinez, a Tallahassee-based operative …
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.
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Georgia Republican Compares Women to Cows, Pigs, And Chickens  —  Republican Georgia State Representative Terry England  —  A speech from a Georgia Republican state representative surfaced last week in which he compared women seeking abortions of stillborn fetuses to cows and pigs.
Discussion: Jezebel
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Eric Pianin / Ezra Klein:
Student loans seen as potential ‘next debt bomb’ for U.S. economy
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Liberal groups, unions vow to expose corporate donors
Discussion: Power Line
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
U.S. on pace for $1 trillion deficit
Katie Kieffer /
Blitzing the Department of Education
Discussion: Hot Air
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney: NFL owners ‘friends of mine’
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Rick Santorum Says America Should Apologize for Afghanistan Shooting
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Center-right leaders, Bush alums form religious conscience group
Jordan Zakarin / Hollywood Reporter:
Congress Joins Weinstein's ‘Bully’ Rating Fight With MPAA as 20 Members Sign Teen's Petition
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Mediaite and The Hill

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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

Max Tani / Semafor:
The Intercept is losing ~$300K/month and could run out of cash by May 2025, according to data from March; its CEO says the projection was a worst case scenario

Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Disney plans old-style TV channels within Disney+, with a continuous, scheduled stream of shows that are focused on certain genres like Star Wars

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