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5:20 PM ET, March 13, 2012


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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin's foolishness ruined U.S. politics  —  At some point while watching HBO's absolutely smashing (and terrifying) movie “Game Change,” it occurred to me that Sarah Palin has ruined America.  The movie has been scalloped out of the book by the same name and focuses on Palin, rather than on the entire 2008 presidential campaign.
Paul Glastris / Washington Monthly:
False Equivalence Watch, Richard Cohen Version  —  James Fallows, Jonathan Chait and others have done much to open our eyes to the wondrous breadth and diversity of false equivalence in American journalism—that is, the media's insistent efforts to match any mention of egregious lying by a member …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Alabama and Mississippi primaries: Mitt Romney could seal deal in Dixie  —  RICHLAND, Miss — In a topsy-turvy GOP primary, where the unexpected has been the norm, such a final plot twist may be altogether fitting: the Mormon Yankee who thinks cheese grits are a revelation effectively seals the nomination in Alabama and Mississippi.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney's 1994 Letter To The Log Cabin Republicans
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Daily Kos and Joe. My. God.
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
The Slog to 1,144: So Far, Demographics Trumps Momentum
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum: Fox News is ‘shilling’ for Mitt Romney
Discussion: Washington Post
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Let's Talk About the Real Issues, Mr. President  —  The far Left continues to believe American voters are not smart enough to grasp the diversionary tactics it employs to distract us from the issues our President just doesn't want to talk about - issues that affect us all every day and must be addressed.
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
Online, liberals far less tolerant than normal people  —  Not exactly shocking news for those exposed to them for years, but the respected Pew Research Center has determined that political liberals are far less tolerant of opposing views than regular Americans.
Pew Internet:
Social networking sites and politics  — Home - > - Reports - > - Social networking sites and politics - > - Main findings - > - Social networking sites and politics  —  Main findings  —  Social networking sites have become places where political conversation, debate, and proselytizing occur, especially during campaign seasons.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Pew: Liberals most intolerant online
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Obama Poll Drop Mystery: Explained!  —  Yesterday morning, a new Washington Post poll showed a sharp drop in President Obama's approval rating, from 50 percent approval (and 46 percent disapproval) to the reverse.  People on Twitter started tittering.  Jonathan Bernstein insisted it was all just random statistical noise.
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Psst! Obama lost the birth control mandate debate
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Rush Limbaugh Syndicator Suspends National Ads For Two Weeks  — reports that Premiere Networks, which syndicates the Rush Limbaugh show, told its affiliate radio stations that they are suspending national advertising for two weeks.  Rush Limbaugh is normally provided …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
One-Way Wantonness
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Church Puts Legal Pressure on Abuse Victims' Group  —  Turning the tables on an advocacy group that has long supported victims of pedophile priests, lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church and priests accused of sexual abuse in two Missouri cases have gone to court to compel the group to disclose …
Josh Glasstetter /
Bill Donohue Gets Tough on Rape Victims, Wants to Fight Them ‘One by One’
Discussion: The Raw Story and
Sandra Fluke / CNN:
Slurs won't silence women  —  Editor's note: Sandra Fluke is a third-year law student at Georgetown University Law Center and has served as president of Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice.  —  (CNN) — Last month, students from several Catholic universities gathered to send …
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
Is The South Too Republican For Republicans?  —  The year before his 2010 retirement from the Senate, Ohio Republican George Voinovich offered one of the more candid and colorful recent assessments of what had happened to his party.  Asked by The Columbus Dispatch what his party's biggest problem was …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
The Problem With Polls About Whether Obama Is a Muslim  —  By asking voters what they think about the president's religion, pollsters help to perpetuate a falsehood.  —  Liberal blogs and sites are having a field day with new data from Public Policy Polling that shows that 52 percent …
Eryn Brown / Los Angeles Times:
All red meat is bad for you, new study says  —  A long-term study finds that eating any amount and any type increases the risk of premature death.  —  Eating any amount and any type of red meat increases the risk of premature death, a new study says.  (William Thomas Cain / Getty Images / March 12, 2012)
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Obama energy chief disavows '08 remark favoring higher gas prices  —  Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Tuesday disavowed his 2008 comments about increasing gas prices to European levels, remarks that Republicans have pounced on in recent weeks.  —  “I no longer share that view,” …
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Voters blame president for gas prices, experts say not so fast
Felix Salmon:
The taco-truck mystery  —  Click here to view the embedded video.  —  Why is the food at food trucks better than the food in restaurants, at least when it comes to tacos?  It doesn't make a huge amount of sense, on its face.  Food trucks are much more limited in what they can cook …
Saul Loeb / National Post:
Dick Cheney cancels Toronto trip, says Canada is too dangerous  —  TORONTO — Former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney has cancelled an April appearance in Toronto citing concerns Canada is too dangerous.  —  “He felt that in Canada the risk of violent protest was simply too high,” …
Rick Santorum / CNN:
TRENDING: Santorum rails against Maher on ‘Christian madrassa’ comment  —  (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum hit back against Bill Maher Monday night after the liberal talk show host criticized Santorum for home-schooling his children, calling his home a “Christian madrassa.”
Discussion: Hot Air
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Bob Kerrey tells Nebraska it's ‘good to be back’ in first campaign ads  —  Former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) is out with his first two television ads of his Senate comeback bid, and in both ads, he tells Nebraska voters that “it's good to be back.”  —  The ads are positive spots reintroducing Kerrey …
Discussion: CNN
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Sen. Schumer calls out Arizona Gov. Brewer  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is not done calling out Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for turning down his request to testify before a Senate hearing on immigration legislation. … Schumer's office announced on Tuesday that former Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kathy Potts / TheGazette:
Stand together  —  I am a proud evangelical Christian Republican and a native of Mississippi.  I moved to Iowa and fell in love with the political process here during caucus season.  —  I love how candidates crisscross the state and make a point to engage with voters.
New York Times:
Obama Campaign Fears Uphill Climb Raising ‘Super PAC’ Money  —  The warning came from David Plouffe, President Obama's top political adviser: The Koch brothers and Republican “super PACs” have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to defeat Mr. Obama, he told a dozen wealthy Democrats gathered in a Silicon Valley office suite.
Discussion: Swampland
New York Times:
U.S. Officials Debate Speeding Afghan Pullout  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is discussing whether to reduce American forces in Afghanistan by at least an additional 20,000 troops by 2013, reflecting a growing belief within the White House that the mission there has now reached the point of diminishing returns.
Jack Brammer / Lexington Herald-Leader:
House panel turns down anti-bullying bill despite pleas from parents  —  FRANKFORT — After an emotional debate, the House Education Committee voted down an anti-bullying bill Tuesday that identified classes of students who might be harassed by their peers.  —  The vote came after parents …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Tim Mak / Politico:
Wife's plea for American held in Cuba
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Excellent Sam Ash NYC bus ad.
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
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UNMC LGBT bias survey called biased by Alliance Defense Fund in attack on proposed Omaha law …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Rep. Bob Turner to challenge Gillibrand in New York Senate race
Discussion: CNN
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Biden: Obama 'would've been a one-term president' if bin Laden mission had failed
Discussion: Mediaite
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and naked capitalism
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Docs (II): Giving Homes to Charity as a Penalty
Discussion: naked capitalism
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Jenna Portnoy / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie: I have no regret about ‘idiot’ remark toward Navy SEAL
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