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5:35 AM ET, March 15, 2012

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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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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
How Romney Gave Rick Santorum An Opening In Illinois  —  The frontrunner took his foot off Santorum's neck, and let him on the ballot.  An “unnecessary problem” for the frontrunner, created by his ambitious state chairman.  —  Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford.  —  (AP / M. Spencer Green)
Washington Examiner:
Losing, Newt sets new goal: Keep Mitt from 1,144  —  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — With losses in Alabama and Mississippi, Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign has changed.  In the past, the campaign was about winning, or trying to win, or at least claiming to be trying to win.  Now, it's about keeping Mitt Romney from winning.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum says Puerto Rico must adopt English as official language if it wants statehood
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up in NC, primary hinges on Newt
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 …
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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.
Suzy Khimm / Ezra Klein:   Occupy Romney!  —  “Who needs some trickle-down champagne?” …
David Lawder / Reuters:
House Republican leaders set to break US budget deal  —  * Republican aides say cuts may not be enough for conservatives  —  * Spending bill impasse, September shutdown battle feared  —  Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives are ready to break a hard-fought budget deal …
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Scott Wong / Politico:
Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell strike deal on judges
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Blade
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Here we go again  —  Via Pat Garofalo, Reuters reports:
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
House Republican Leaders Plan To Renege On Debt Ceiling Deal
Discussion: The Impolitic and Hullabaloo
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate OKs highway bill
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
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:
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 …
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.
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
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: Modeled Behavior and FT Alphaville
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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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.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Miracle Drugs Are (Almost) Never as Miraculous As They Seem  —  We swim in a sea of hype, of what people would like for us to believe.  This is not new, as the electoral graffiti on the walls of Pompeii and such incidents as the South Sea Bubble show, but our technology allows it greater scope than ever.
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: The Daily Caller
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 …
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
DNC slams Romney pledge to ‘get rid of’ Planned Parenthood funding  —  The DNC released a new Web ad Wednesday blasting Mitt Romney for saying he would “get rid of” federal funding for Planned Parenthood if elected president.  —  “Mitt Romney will say and do anything in his continued race to the far-right …
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CNN:
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