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1:10 PM ET, March 15, 2012

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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney's Terrible Fox News Interview  —  Why does he save his worst performances for the right-leaning network?  —  When Mitt Romney sits down with a Fox News anchor, things can get hairy.  —  That fact was on full display Wednesday when the candidate went on Megyn Kelly's show …
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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Romney Leads GOP Contest, Trails in Matchup with Obama  —  Gas Prices Offset Good News about Jobs  —  With rising job approval and favorability ratings, Barack Obama also holds a growing advantage in voter preferences as they look toward November.  Among registered voters …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's dog-on-the-car-roof story still proves to be his critics' best friend  —  It happened more than a quarter century ago, at the start of a Romney family summer vacation.  But the tale of Seamus, the Irish setter who got sick while riding 12 hours on the roof of Mitt Romney's faux …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Mitt Romney's plans for Planned Parenthood  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney told the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday he does not want to close Planned Parenthood, just strip it of federal money.  Romney's comments were the subject of Democratic attacks after he said he wanted to “get rid” of the organization.
Rick Santorum / CNN:
First on CNN: Pro Santorum super PAC hits Illinois airwaves
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's dog-on-the-car-roof story still proves to be his critics' best friend
Discussion: The Right Sphere and Daily Kos
ABCNEWS:
Four Questions for Bill Maher  —  JAKE TAPPER: Bill, thanks for doing this.  I just wanted to make sure that  —  as I cover this debate about appropriate language and such, I'm not  —  excluding any points you think should be made.  —  BILL MAHER: I don't really know all the “points,” but as I said on my show
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Mj Lee / Reuters:
Bill Maher: Rush Limbaugh attacked a ‘civilian’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
U.N. to Investigate Voter I.D. Laws  —  This is really the last straw.  It is time to get out of the United Nations: “UN rights council delves into US voter I.D. laws.” … That isn't treason, but it is disloyal; disgracefully so. … This is hilarious, in a black comedy sort of way:
Discussion: Israel Matzav and National Review
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Eric Shawn / Fox News:
UN rights council delves into US voter I.D. laws  —  The controversy over requiring voters to provide photo IDs has reached the world stage.  —  The United Nations Human Rights Council is investigating the issue of American election laws at its gathering on minority rights in Geneva …
Brooks Bayne / The Graph:
Sandra Fluke's Boyfriend, Adam “Cutie Pants” Mutterperl, And His Radical Socialist Family  —  Behold!  Sandra Fluke's boyfriend, Adam Mutterperl!  —  Recently, it was reported that Sandra Fluke is connected to none other than 1%'er, William (Bill) Mutterperl, through her boyfriend.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Face It, He Hates You... Obama in 1990: We're Going to Reshape ‘Mean-Spirited’ and Selfish America  —  Barack Obama 1990 Interview: Harvard student tackles racism at it's core  —  Via Ironic Surrealism:  —  From his 1990 interview: … Hat Tip Ed
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Velvethammer / Ironic Surrealism:
Obama 1990 Interview: 'We're Going To Reshape Mean Spirited Selfish America'
Washington Post:
Taliban suspends peace talks with U.S. as Panetta concludes Karzai visit  —  View Photo Gallery — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says despite recent high-profile tragedies, U.S.-Afghan relations remains solid.  View photos from the aftermath of an incident where an American service member …
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Washington Post:
Obama's troubled handling of Afghanistan
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Half Say U.S. Should Speed Up Afghanistan Withdrawal
msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Biden enters the fray  —  Stringer / Reuters  —  Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a joint news conference with Honduras' President Porfirio Lobo in Tegucigalpa March 6, 2012.  —  Biden enters the fray, giving speech in Toledo at 11:00 am ET... A thank-you gift to bundlers …
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Chris Perkins / Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research:
WPA Releases GOP Presidential Numbers in Texas
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Times
Reuters:
Santorum to Puerto Rico: Speak English if you want statehood
Lindsay Champion / Broadway.com:
Kristin Chenoweth Defends GCB from Newt Gingrich Attacks: 'Don't Talk About My Show!'  —  Kristin Chenoweth defends ‘GCB’ from Newt Gingrich blasts.  —  Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth's new TV series GCB may be all about “characters and fun,” according to the Broadway vet …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Mediaite
Christine Harper / Bloomberg:
Goldman Roiled by Op-Ed Loses $2.2B for Shareholders  —  Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) saw $2.15 billion of its market value wiped out after an employee assailed Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein's management and the firm's treatment of clients, sparking debate across Wall Street.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Violence Against Women Act Divides Senate  —  WASHINGTON — With emotions still raw from the fight over President Obama's contraception mandate, Senate Democrats are beginning a push to renew the Violence Against Women Act, the once broadly bipartisan 1994 legislation that now faces fierce opposition from conservatives.
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
Scarce Oil?  U.S. Has 60 Times More Than Obama Claims  —  When he was running for the Oval Office four years ago amid $4-a-gallon gasoline prices, then-Sen. Barack Obama dismissed the idea of expanded oil production as a way to relieve the pain at the pump.
ABCNEWS:
Obama's Top Campaign Bundlers Among State Dinner Guests  —  More than three dozen of President Obama's top re-election campaign financiers are guests at tonight's White House state dinner in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron.  —  They include Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein …
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Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Dem cracks showing a little early  —  The White House loves her.  Cher loves her.  But a lot of Democrats aren't so wild about Elizabeth Warren's Senate campaign these days.  —  The high-powered, fast-running Warren campaign is starting to show some cracks and dings — fueling fresh scuttlebutt of internal dissent in the party.
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
WBIR-TV:
Knox man pleads guilty to threatening Arizona sheriff  —  On Tuesday, Adam Eugene Cox, 33, was sentenced to supervised probation thru Knox County and ordered to pay court costs.  —  A Knoxville man is suspected of threatening an Arizona sheriff who is investigating claims that President Obama was not born in the United States.
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FOX 10 News:
Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Arpaio
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
How Romney lost Latinos
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
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Abby Rapoport / American Prospect:
Don't Fear the “T” Word
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Gibbs says Obama is ‘comfortable being the underdog’ in 2012
Discussion: Politico
Fr. Marcel Guarnizo / Catholic News Agency:
Priest: removal from ministry was tied to communion incident
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
Jason Howerton / The Daily Caller:
FEC records: Obama campaign paid $345,000 for Guggenheim film biopic
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Tuesday's Primaries Changed Nothing
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Chuck Carroll / CBS DC:
Gay Marriage Opponents Begin Collecting Signatures In Maryland
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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Discussion: Paul Krugman
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Miracle Drugs Are (Almost) Never as Miraculous As They Seem
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