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10:20 PM ET, March 14, 2012

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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.
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Neil Rafferty / The Daily Mash:
Why I am leaving the Empire, by Darth Vader  —  TODAY is my last day at the Empire.  —  After almost 12 years, first as a summer intern, then in the Death Star and now in London, I believe I have worked here long enough to understand the trajectory of its culture, its people and its massive, genocidal space machines.
Rolling Stone:
On Goldman Executive Greg Smith's Brave Departure  —  Wall Street is buzzing this morning about a resignation - a historic one.  Greg Smith, the executive director and head of Goldman Sachs's United States equity derivatives business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, not only decided to quit Goldman …
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Goldman Sachs Mobilizes Rapid Smear Campaign Against Whistleblower  —  Today, Goldman Sachs employee Greg Smith excoriated the investment bank in a New York Times op-ed, resigning due to the banks “toxic and destructive” culture, one in which the bank's trading profits took precedence over its customers' financial well-being.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Deal Journal
Reuters:
Santorum to Puerto Rico: Speak English if you want statehood  —  (Reuters) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told Puerto Ricans on Wednesday they would have to make English their primary language if they want to pursue U.S. statehood, a statement at odds with the U.S. Constitution.
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Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Santorum-Gingrich Ticket Floated By Gingrich Adviser
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum says Puerto Rico must adopt English as official language if it wants statehood
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
TRENDING: Republicans to Romney: Fix your message
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and ThinkProgress
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up in NC, primary hinges on Newt
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
House Republican Leaders Plan To Renege On Debt Ceiling Deal  —  Last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) signaled during an interview with Fox Business that he was open to reneging on the budget deal the GOP crafted with Democrats last year during the debacle over raising the nation's debt ceiling.
Discussion: The Impolitic and Hullabaloo
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David Lawder / Reuters:
House Republican leaders set to break US budget deal
Scott Wong / Politico:
Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell strike deal on judges
Discussion: Washington Blade and ThinkProgress
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Here we go again  —  Via Pat Garofalo, Reuters reports:
Discussion: US Politics
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate OKs highway bill
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.
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David Freddoso / Campaign 2012:
250 words, ‘Republican war on women’ used 4 times  —  The Sandra Fluke episode hasn't done much for Democrats in terms of public opinion — Obama has slipped a bit with women since it occurred — a little-appreciated truth about their social issue portfolio more broadly.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Roger Lowenstein / The Atlantic Online:
The Villain  —  The left hates him.  The right hates him even more.  But Ben Bernanke saved the economy—and has navigated masterfully through the most trying of times.  —  THE U.S. FEDERAL RESERVE was founded 99 years ago, as a bulwark to the banking system and an antidote to its frequent runs and panics.
Discussion: Free exchange and Modeled Behavior
Alex Altman / Swampland:
Why Ron Paul May Cut a Deal With Mitt Romney  —  Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Ron Paul shake hands before the start of the first 2012 Republican presidential debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, June 13, 2011.  —  For Ron Paul, victory is finally in sight.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
NBC pulls Ron Paul's last embed
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Times nixes anti-Islam ad, runs anti-Catholic ad  —  Executives at The New York Times have rejected a full-page anti-Islam advertisement that mimicked a controversial anti-Catholic advertisement they published on March 9.  —  According to a Mar. 13 letter sent by the Times to the ad's sponsor …
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Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Company Puts Obama's, Pelosi's Faces On ‘BastardBlaster’ Shooting Targets  —  Barack Obama , Nancy Pelosi , Sarah Palin , Video , Obama Shooting Target , Palin Shooting Target , Pelosi Shooting Target , Yipe Media , Yipe Media Shooting Targets , Politics News
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Wynton Hall / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: CHRIS ROCK ATTACKS CONSERVATIVE AUTHOR OVER TEA PARTY QUESTION  —  The New York Times bestselling author of the explosive new book, Hollywood Hypocrites: The Devastating Truth About Obama's Biggest Backers, Jason Mattera, had his crew's camera snatched and hurled by comedian Chris Rock …
BuzzFeed:
Democrats Accuse Conservative News Outlet Of “Blackmail”  —  The Caller was, perhaps, leaning into the story a bit.  Boyle stands by his warning.  —  The Democratic National Committee is at odds with the conservative Daily Caller over a reporter's threat as to how he would interpret an unreturned email.
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Coulter on Palin, brokered convention: GOP has ‘a problem with con men and charlatans’  —  Conservative columnist Ann Coulter, the author of “Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America,” took some shots at those seeking the limelight in the Republican Party and the conservative movement Monday night …
nbcconnecticut.com:
Woman Raped at Occupy New Haven: Cops  —  Police charged England Gamble, 53, of New Haven, with sexual assault.  —  A member of the Occupy New Haven movement was raped in a tent at the Occupy camp late on Monday night or early Tuesday morning, police said.
Guardian:
Exclusive: secret Bashar al-Assad emails lift lid on life of leader's inner circle  —  • Messages show Bashar al-Assad took advice from Iran  —  • Leader made light of promised reforms  —  • Wife spent thousands on jewellery and furniture  —  Bashar al-Assad took advice …
 
 
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Florida Senate: Mack (R) 43%, Nelson (D) 36%
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Cliff Stearns Calls For Elimination Of The Department Of Energy
Discussion: Politico
Suzy Khimm / Ezra Klein:
Occupy Romney!  —  “Who needs some trickle-down champagne?” …
Discussion: Gothamist
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
DNC slams Romney pledge to ‘get rid of’ Planned Parenthood funding
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
How Romney Gave Rick Santorum An Opening In Illinois
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James Whittaker / MSDN Blogs:
Why I left Google  —  Ok, I relent.  Everyone wants …
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama gives Cameron a Braten 1000 Series grill to celebrate visit
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart Tells Fox News To ‘Shut The F*ck Up’ About Bill Maher's Offensive Rants