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9:40 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.) …
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
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Romney says Santorum at ‘desperate end’ of campaign
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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) …
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 …
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?
Discussion: Wizbang, Doug Ross and Vodkapundit
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
Steven Ertelt /
CEO of Texas Planned Parenthood Arrested for Indecent Exposure  —  The president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood abortion business in Lubbock, Texas was arrested yesterday for indecent exposure at a local baseball field where children play.  —  As KCBD reports, “According to Lubbock Police …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and The Jawa Report
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Where's the Afterglow?  —  Sex doesn't sell Barack Obama.  —  (Best of the tube tonight: We'll appear on Fox Business's “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”  The program starts at 7 p.m. ET, with our panel around 7:40.)  —  It's the volatility, stupid.  That's how the New York Times spins the results …
Peter Orszag / Bloomberg:
To Boost U.S. Productivity, Elect a New Congress: Peter Orszag  —  Last week, Harvard Business School hosted a conference in New York to talk about how the U.S. could continue to support “high and rising living standards for Americans” in the face of global competition.
Discussion: Brad DeLong
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Cristina Corbin / Fox News:
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Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Obama may have a turnout problem, too
Discussion: Politico and American Prospect
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Rep. Bachus survives tough primary contest
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Even with Obama's blessing, top Dem super PAC finds tough sledding
Discussion: 2012 Decoded
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Hatch will retire in 2018 if he wins reelection
Discussion: CNN
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Allen West Says Future Republican President Should Get Credit For Today's Stock Market Gains
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Kos
Paul Glastris / Washington Monthly:
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