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11:25 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 …
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
First Thoughts: The race goes on
Ron Paul / Associated Press:
Born-again Christians dominate GOP vote in AL, MS
David Espo / Associated Press:
Santorum wins Ala., Miss.; Romney takes Hawaii
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Said He Was Going to Win Alabama
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Santorum leads Alabama; Romney ahead in Mississippi
Wall Street Journal:   Gingrich Is in No Hurry to Bow Out
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Romney fails to score Southern wins
Discussion: CNN, New York Magazine and The Hill
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.
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.
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.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Axelrod Cancels on Bill Maher - For Now  —  Senior Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod has canceled an appearance on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher that was originally scheduled for later this month.  —  “He's not scheduled to go on at this time,” says Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt …
Discussion: Althouse
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Even with Obama's blessing, top Dem super PAC finds tough sledding
Tim Mak / Politico:
‘Game Change’ authors: Hillary Clinton in '16  —  “Game Change” co-authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann both predicted Wednesday that there was a high probability that Hillary Clinton would run for president in 2016.  —  “What are the odds this morning that Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016? …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Don't Tread on Us  —  Hillary Clinton has fought for women's rights around the world.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Washington Examiner:
Thursday is ‘Poolmageddon’ for trial lawyers  —  President Obama's Department of Justice — led by Attorney General Eric Holder — has found a new way to make the Americans with Disabilities Act pay off for Democratic trial lawyer campaign donors.  —  Since the ADA first became law in 1990 …
Nick Squires / Telegraph:
Dante's Divine Comedy ‘offensive and should be banned’  —  It is a world-renowned work of literature and one of the foundation stones of the Italian language, but Dante's Divine Comedy has been condemned as racist, homophobic, anti-Islamist and anti-Semitic.
Steven Ertelt /
CEO of Texas Planned Parenthood Arrested for Indecent Exposure  —  Thank Papers for Not Running the Pro-Abortion Doonesbury Comic  —  The following newspapers have chosen not to publish a week-long comic strip from Doonesbury that promotes abortion, compares ultrasounds to rapes …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Schneiderman Settles Suit Against Banks for Use of MERS for Paltry $25 Million  —  NY AG lets banks off with puny fine on MERS doc fraud (photo by wayneandwax)  —  One of the big claims by defenders of the foreclosure fraud settlement is that it's just a down payment on future actions.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Bachus survives primary challenge  —  Incumbents survived Tuesday's Alabama and Mississippi House primaries, beating back opponents who sought to exploit the rampant anti-Washington sentiment that is threatening members of both parties.  —  In the evening's headliner, Alabama Rep. Spencer Bachus …
Discussion: Business Insider and Ballot Box
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:   Rep. Bachus survives tough primary contest
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Panetta Visits Afghanistan in Aftermath of Massacre
Peter Orszag / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Brad DeLong
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Where's the Afterglow?  —  Sex doesn't sell Barack Obama.
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Benjamin Weinthal / Jerusalem Post:
UN: Iran executes anti-Islam citizens
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Rising Sea Levels Seen as Threat to Coastal U.S.
Discussion: and Jammie Wearing Fools
Cristina Corbin / Fox News:
Police say reports of nationwide spike in Tide thefts doesn't wash
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Washington Monthly:
Terminal Sickness  —  How a thirty-year-old policy of deregulation …
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Breaking: Rep. Bob Turner To Challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand - Source
Discussion: RedState and New York Magazine
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
The entire Obama presidency, in one anecdote
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
CBO: Obamacare to cost $1.76 trillion over 10 yrs