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8:40 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.) …
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Santorum: Fox News is ‘shilling’ for Mitt Romney  —  On Tuesday's “Kilmeade & Friends” radio show on Fox News Radio, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, accused Fox News of being in the tank for his competitor, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Sarah Palin challenges Obama to debate ‘anywhere, anytime’  —  Sarah Palin shot back at the Obama re-election campaign this week, after it used footage of her in a fundraising video.  —  “I'm not running for any office, but I'm more than happy to accept the dubious honor of being Barack Obama's 'enemy …
Ron Paul / Associated Press:
Born-again Christians dominate GOP vote in AL, MS  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — White born-again and evangelical Christians were dominating Alabama's and Mississippi's Republican presidential primaries on Tuesday, showing up in numbers unsurpassed by any state where voters have been polled so far this year …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Mitt fails to scores Southern wins
Discussion: CNN
Glenn Beck:
Santorum: Gingrich needs to get out of the race
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and Guardian
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Santorum says it ‘would be great’ if Newt bowed out
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama camp attacks Romney on eve of Santorum victories
Discussion: Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum: Fox News is ‘shilling’ for Mitt Romney
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Santorum mailer highlights Limbaugh praise
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
The Slog to 1,144: So Far, Demographics Trumps Momentum
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 …
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
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.
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.
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: Doug Ross and Vodkapundit
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Even with Obama's blessing, top Dem super PAC finds tough sledding  —  The top Democratic super PAC is still having trouble raising money, despite getting President Obama's blessing.  —  Priorities USA Action, a super PAC founded by former White House aides, raised $2 million in February, co-founder Bill Burton confirmed Tuesday.
Washington Monthly:
Terminal Sickness  —  How a thirty-year-old policy of deregulation is slowly killing America's airline system—and taking down Cincinnati, Memphis, and St. Louis with it.  —  Facebook Twitter Digg Reddit StumbleUpon Delicious  —  “It was certainly one of the hardest choices that I've ever made,” explained Fernando Aguirre.
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.
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 …
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Nick Squires / Telegraph:
Dante's Divine Comedy ‘offensive and should be banned’
Cristina Corbin / Fox News:
Police say reports of nationwide spike in Tide thefts doesn't wash
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Democrats Face Ideological House Primaries
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Obama may have a turnout problem, too
Discussion: Politico and American Prospect
Steven Ertelt /
CEO of Texas Planned Parenthood Arrested for Indecent Exposure
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Breaking: Rep. Bob Turner To Challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand - Source
Discussion: RedState and New York Magazine
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Hatch will retire in 2018 if he wins reelection
Discussion: CNN
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Allen West Says Future Republican President Should Get Credit For Today's Stock Market Gains
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Kos
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney's 1994 Letter To The Log Cabin Republicans
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Daily Kos and Joe. My. God.