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2:30 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 …
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.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's dog-on-the-car-roof story still proves to be his critics' best friend
Discussion: Prairie Weather and BuzzFeed
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
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Tuesday's Primaries Changed Nothing
Rick Santorum / CNN:
First on CNN: Pro Santorum super PAC hits Illinois airwaves
Discussion: Politico
ABCNEWS:
Newt's Logic: Why Gingrich Isn't Getting Out of GOP Race
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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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Media Matters astroturfed the Limbaugh secondary boycott
Discussion: Cold Fury and The Daily Caller
Mj Lee / Reuters:
Bill Maher: Rush Limbaugh attacked a ‘civilian’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Richard Mably / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S., Britain to agree emergency oil stocks release  —  (Reuters) - Britain has decided to cooperate with the United States in a bilateral agreement to release strategic oil stocks, two British sources said, in an effort to prevent high fuel prices derailing economic growth in a U.S. election year.
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John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
Scarce Oil? U.S. Has 60 Times More Than Obama Claims
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: National Review and Israel Matzav
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Eric Shawn / Fox News:
UN rights council delves into US voter I.D. laws
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.
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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New York Times:
Karzai Wants U.S. Troops Confined to Bases; Taliban Suspend Peace Talks
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Half Say U.S. Should Speed Up Afghanistan Withdrawal
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'
Jon Murray / IndyStar Bloggers:
Sen. Lugar: Marion County Election Board declares senator and wife ineligible to vote in home precinct  —  UPDATE: The Election Board has voted 2-1 along party lines to find Sen. Richard Lugar, a Republican, and his wife ineligible to vote in their former home precinct.
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.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
CBO: Health law could cause as many as 20M to lose coverage  —  As many as 20 million Americans could lose their employer-provided coverage because of President Obama's healthcare reform law, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in a new report Thursday.
Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
N.C. Democrats disown ‘racist’ state candidates  —  Bivins Hollar likes to post videos from his bedroom.  About weight loss.  About Pokemon cards.  About selling chewing gum at a flea market.  —  But it's the video where he casually talks about “shooting” and starving black South Africans …
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
PA GOP Governor Defends Ultrasounds Bill: Tells Concerned Women ‘You Just Have To Close Your Eyes’  —  More than 10 state legislatures are considering or have passed bills forcing women to receive an ultrasound before having an abortion.  And Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering …
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
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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ESPN:
President Obama picks Tar Heels
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama knocks Rutherford B. Hayes  —  President Obama took aim Thursday at one of his Republican predecessors: Rutherford B. Hayes.  —  Speaking about the need to develop new sources of American energy in Largo, Md., Obama used our 19th president as a failure of forward-thinking leadership.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 
 
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Adam Bitely / NetRight Daily:
Your tax dollars went to lobbying for higher taxes
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
How Romney lost Latinos
Discussion: American Prospect
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Other Glass Ceiling  —  “A divide that existed between …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Abby Rapoport / American Prospect:
Don't Fear the “T” Word
Discussion: Jared Bernstein
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WPA Releases GOP Presidential Numbers in Texas
Fr. Marcel Guarnizo / Catholic News Agency:
Priest: removal from ministry was tied to communion incident
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Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Dem cracks showing a little early
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