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9:30 PM ET, March 15, 2012

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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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Tim Boyle / ABCNEWS:
Rahm Emanuel Uses Limbaugh Controversy Against Romney  —  CHICAGO - Mitt Romney, in his bid to retake the momentum in the Republican primary from Rick Santorum with a win next week in Illinois, arrives in Chicago on Friday.  But the city's mayor - and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel …
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Matthew Shelley / NationalJournal.com:
After Giving Limbaugh a Bye, Romney Blasts Maher  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney  —  The battle over potty-mouthed talk show hosts is getting partisan indeed.  —  After taking a pass on criticizing conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh for calling a Georgetown University student …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Media Matters astroturfed the Limbaugh secondary boycott  —  The secondary boycott of Rush Limbaugh advertisers is portrayed in the media as a reaction to a groundswell of public outrage.  In fact, the secondary boycott was initiated by and driven by Media Matters, which had a “Stop Limbaugh” …
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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Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Romney Set to Dominate Race Through April  —  Three of the four candidates for the Republican presidential nomination — Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul — might soon agree with T.S. Eliot: for them, April may indeed be “the cruelest month.”  —  That's because their front-running rival …
ABCNEWS:
Santorum's ‘Act of God’ Strategy: Can He Force A Brokered Convention?
Discussion: Hot Air and The Raw Story
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
RutherfordGate: Historian Responds to President Obama's Hayes Slur  —  Rutherford B. Hayes: Very much pro-phone.  —  It's not unusual for President Obama to criticize his Republican predecessors from time to time, but this morning, he targeted his scorn not at George W. Bush or Ronald Reagan, but ... Rutherford B. Hayes.
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Benjy Sarlin / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Obama Mangles U.S., World History In Energy Speech  —  President Obama got a laugh out of a Maryland audience on Thursday when he mocked the Republican Party in a speech, comparing their skepticism of alternative energy to the “Flat Earth Society” in Christopher Columbus …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama hits GOP on fuel rhetoric  —  President Barack Obama took the bully pulpit on Thursday as he assailed Republicans for suggesting they can cut gas prices even as he can't, and for dismissing the development of alternative sources of energy.  —  Obama didn't mention the GOP presidential contenders …
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Defends Energy Policy, Hitting Back at Presidential Candidates
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
No, Obamacare's Cost Didn't Just Double.  Sigh.  —  Sorting through the deceptive attacks on health care reform gets old, even for me.  But on Wednesday the Republicans and their allies made a claim so obviously misleading that they, and the media outlets parroting them, must have known they spreading false information.
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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.
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
At NCAA Tournament, Southern Miss Band Chants 'Where's Your Green Card?'  At Hispanic Kansas State Player  —  During their school's NCAA Tournament game against Kansas State University today, members of the Southern Mississippi University band chanted, “Where's your green card?” at a Puerto Rican Kansas State player.
Discussion: NECN and No More Mister Nice Blog
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Jack Moore / BuzzFeed:
March Madness: Southern Mississippi's Racist Chant
Discussion: The Raw Story and Colorlines
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 …
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
Michael Fitzgerald, Approved on 91-6 Vote, Will Be First Out LGBT Federal Judge Outside New York  —  Michael Fitzgerald, an out gay California lawyer, received overwhelming approval today from the U.S. Senate, with a 91-6 vote, for his nomination to serve as a federal judge on the U.S. District Court …
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Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
BREAKING: Senate confirms gay nominee to Calif. federal court
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.
David Morgan / Reuters:
Catholic bishops pressured Komen over Planned Parenthood  —  (Reuters) - When he visited the United States four years ago, Pope Benedict XVI blessed a box of silver ribbon-shaped pins for breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure and sent them to its founder, Nancy Brinker.
David Cay Johnston:
The richest get richer  —  The aftermaths of the Great Recession and the Great Depression produced sharply different changes in U.S. incomes that tell us a lot about tax and economic policy.  —  The 1934 economic rebound was widely shared, with strong income gains for the vast majority, the bottom 90 percent.
Brian Tashman / rightwingwatch.org:
Kevin McCullough Claims that Nobody is Gay  —  After calling GLAAD a tool of the Devil, talk show host Kevin McCullough defended previous statements, listed by GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project, that gay couples “despise” marriage and are “seeking to destroy” it.
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Shanrahan / Playboy.com:
20Q: Meghan McCain  —  Q1  —  PLAYBOY: You're a blogger and political columnist, as well as a conservative pundit in the liberal wilds on MSNBC.  But aside from being John McCain's daughter, why should we listen to you?  —  MCCAIN: Hey, I get it.  People love me or hate me and there's nothing in between.
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 …
Steven Nelson / The Daily Caller:
‘Vigorous’ Santorum crackdown may catch Internet porn viewers with pants down  —  Internet pornography could conceivably become a thing of the past if Rick Santorum is elected president.  —  The unapologetic social conservative, currently in second place behind Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination …
Jamie Klatell / Ballot Box:
Rep. Gary Ackerman will not seek reelection  —  Rep. Gary Ackerman will not run for reelection to the House in 2012, his office announced Thursday.  —  The New York Democrat will retire after 15 terms in Congress.  —  “The residents of Queens and Long Island have honored me with their trust …
Discussion: CNN, NY Daily News and The Hayride
 
 
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Barack Obama, Gay Rights Groups Struggle Over Democratic Platform
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Missouri Republican Party:
2012 County Caucuses  —  The Missouri Republican Party recently voted …
Discussion: The Caucus and Washington Wire
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
George Clooney won't predict a second term for Obama, hopes for reelection
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Chicago Tribune:
After a stop at burger place, Blagojevich enters prison
Discussion: Politico and News Desk
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