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9:55 AM ET, March 14, 2012


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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Santorum Wins Alabama and Mississippi Primaries  —  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Rick Santorum captured twin victories in the Alabama and Mississippi primaries on Tuesday, overcoming the financial advantages of Mitt Romney and the regional allegiances of Newt Gingrich to amplify his argument …
David Espo / Associated Press:
The South's turn: Romney, Santorum, Gingrich vie  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney collided with rivals Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich on Tuesday in primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, hotly contested Southern crossroads in the struggle for the Republican presidential nomination.
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Santorum leads Alabama; Romney ahead in Mississippi  —  Primary contests in Mississippi and Alabama are still extremely close, with exit polls showing the vote in both states divided among three GOP front-runners.  —  In Alabama, early exit polls showed former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) …
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Santorum-Gingrich Ticket Floated By Gingrich Adviser … 2012 Election , Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich 2012 , Rick Santorum , Elections 2012 , Newt Gingrich , Ron Paul , Video , Election 2012 Blog , Ron Paul 2012 , Mitt Romney 2012 , Rick Santorum 2012 , Santorum , Politics News
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Power Line and GOP 12
Ron Paul / Associated Press:
Born-again Christians dominate GOP vote in AL, MS
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Romney fails to score Southern wins
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and CNN
David Espo / Associated Press:
Santorum wins Ala., Miss.; Romney takes Hawaii
Wall Street Journal:   Gingrich Is in No Hurry to Bow Out
Glenn Beck:
Santorum: Gingrich needs to get out of the race
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and Guardian
Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
Romney wins Hawaii's first GOP presidential caucus
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and CNN
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Santorum says it ‘would be great’ if Newt bowed out
Fox News:
Santorum wins Mississippi, Alabama Republican primaries, Fox News projects
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum: Fox News is ‘shilling’ for Mitt Romney
Samuel P. Jacobs / Reuters:
Obama's approval rating up to 50 percent: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - For the first time since early July, more Americans approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing than disapprove, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll that shows his approval rating now at 50 percent.
Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Obama-Romney Race Toss-Up in Poll Showing Independents Critical
Discussion: Business Insider, The Page and Hot Air
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama camp attacks Romney on eve of Santorum victories
Discussion: Politico
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses  —  A set of the Encyclopaedia Britannica on the shelves of the New York Public Library.  —  After 244 years, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print.  —  Those coolly authoritative, gold-lettered reference books …
Greg Smith / New York Times:
Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs  —  TODAY is my last day at Goldman Sachs.  After almost 12 years at the firm — first as a summer intern while at Stanford, then in New York for 10 years, and now in London — I believe I have worked here long enough to understand the trajectory of its culture, its people and its identity.
Keach Hagey / Politico:
David Axelrod bails on Bill Maher  —  David Axelrod will not be appearing as a guest on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” despite reports last week that he was scheduled to do the show in the next few weeks.  —  “He's not scheduled to go on at this time,” said Ben LaBolt, the press secretary for President Obama's reelection campaign.
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Rep. Bachus survives tough primary contest  —  Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) survived a hazardous primary challenge Tuesday, besting his top opponent, state Sen. Scott Beason (R) by more than 20 points.  —  By topping 50 percent, Bachus also averted a potential runoff in April to determine the party's nominee.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Bachus survives primary challenge
Discussion: Business Insider and Ballot Box
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
The entire Obama presidency, in one anecdote  —  One of my favorite moments from the new book The Escape Artists: How Obama's Team Fumbled the Recovery: … Now let's fast forward to this past September: … So where are the new jobs coming from, at least the good-paying ones?
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
REJECTED!  What the NY Times WON'T Run: Counter-Jihad Facts What the NY Times Will Run: Anti-Catholic Smear Ads  —  Did you see the virulently anti-Catholic ad that ran in the New York Times last week?  That ad inspired AFDI/SIOA, in cooperation with SION (Stop Islamization of Nations) …
Washington Examiner:
Pundits gasp as economy dents Obama's poll numbers  —  You can almost hear the note of surprise in their voices when you read the Washington Post and New York Times reporters' stories on their papers' latest political polls.  —  Surprise!  Just when they thought that Barack Obama was pulling ahead …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in January suggests that the economy has been expanding moderately.  Labor market conditions have improved further; the unemployment rate has declined notably in recent months but remains elevated.
Ann Rubin / KSDK-TV:
Mitt Romney speaks in Kirkwood about jobs, energy and deficit  —  Kirkwood, MO (KSDK) - The republican race for the White House is moving to Missouri.  —  Mitt Romney stopped in Kirkwood, hoping to drum up support ahead of the state's caucuses this week.  —  Since Missouri's primary wasn't binding …
Thania A. Betancourt / ASU News:
Senate judiciary committee endorses controversial contraceptive bill  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-2 Monday to endorse a controversial bill that would allow Arizona employers the right to deny health insurance coverage for contraceptives based on religious objections.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Bloomberg:
Republicans Losing on Birth Control as 77% in Poll Spurn Debate  —  Americans overwhelmingly regard the debate over President Barack Obama's policy on employer-provided contraceptive coverage as a matter of women's health, not religious freedom, rejecting Republicans' rationale for opposing the rule.
Discussion: Reuters, Ballot Box and ThinkProgress
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
CBO: Obamacare to cost $1.76 trillion over 10 yrs  —  President Obama's national health care law will cost $1.76 trillion over a decade, according to a new projection released today by the Congressional Budget Office, rather than the $940 billion forecast when it was signed into law.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Washington Finalizes Wording For Referendum 74  —  The language has been finalized for Referendum 74, an effort by conservatives to challenge Washington state's new marriage equality law.  Though opponents of the law sought to describe it as “redefining marriage,” Judge Thomas McPhee decided against such language.
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Peter Orszag / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Brad DeLong
Benjamin Weinthal / Jerusalem Post:
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Washington Monthly:
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Discussion: UrbanGrounds and The Jawa Report
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Hatch will retire in 2018 if he wins reelection
Discussion: CNN