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8:45 AM ET, March 16, 2012

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Sarah Palin / BREITBART.COM:
BREITBART IS HERE  —  There is a new street art poster that's being emailed around and will no doubt eventually be spotted on a street corner near you.  It's a gritty black and white image of Andrew Breitbart looking both battle-worn and ever vigilant with the caption: “BREITBART IS HERE.”
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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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 …
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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, Weasel Zippers and The Page
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Texas Loses Entire Women's Health Program Over Planned Parenthood Law … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Hhs Texas Family Planning Program, Hhs Texas Medicaid, Rick Perry Planned Parenthood, Rick Perry Women's Health Program, Texas Women's Health Program, Texas-Planned-Parenthood, Politics News
Discussion: Jezebel, LifeNews.com and Daily Kos
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.
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Josh Barro / The Barrometer:
Santorum Promises Broad War on Porn  —  You had better not be watching what Rick Santorum thinks you're watching.  (Image via Wikipedia)  —  The Daily Caller flags a little-discussed position paper on Rick Santorum's campaign website—his pledge to aggressively prosecute those who produce and distribute pornography.
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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 …
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 …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:   Romney: No ‘secret deal’ with Ron Paul
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Romney moves up campaigning in suddenly crucial Illinois
Raymond Hernandez / City Room:
Ackerman Won't Seek Re-Election to Congress  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Gary L. Ackerman, a longtime member of Congress from Queens and Long Island, announced on Thursday that he would not seek re-election, an unexpected development that brings an end to a colorful political career.
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Page
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Jamie Klatell / Ballot Box:
Rep. Gary Ackerman will not seek reelection
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Hayride
David Catanese / Politico:
Dick Lugar vows to appeal ruling  —  For the moment, Dick Lugar can't even vote to save himself.  —  A local election board ruled Thursday that the six-term senator has abandoned his Indiana home and cannot cast a ballot in the state he represents.  The Indiana Republican is up for re-election …
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Jon Murray / IndyStar Bloggers:
Sen. Lugar: Marion County Election Board declares senator and wife ineligible to vote in home precinct
Eric Schmittand William Yardley / New York Times:
Suspect in Afghan Attack ‘Snapped,’ U.S. Official Says  —  WASHINGTON — The American staff sergeant suspected of killing 16 Afghan villagers had been drinking alcohol — a violation of military rules in combat zones — and suffering from the stress related to his fourth combat tour and tensions …
Discussion: msnbc.com and emptywheel
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Male Fruit Flies, Spurned by Females, Turn to Alcohol  —  They were young males on the make, and they struck out not once, not twice, but a dozen times with a group of attractive females hovering nearby.  So they did what so many men do after being repeatedly rejected: they got drunk, using alcohol as a balm for unfulfilled desire.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Truthdig
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's oil flimflam  —  Yes, of course, presidents have no direct control over gas prices.  But the American people know something about this president and his disdain for oil.  The “fuel of the past,” he contemptuously calls it.  To the American worker who doesn't commute by government motorcade …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Reuters:
Stephen Colbert super PAC fundraising falls flat  —  If fundraising tallies are any indication, Stephen Colbert's super PAC gag may be getting old.  —  The committee set up by the satirist to poke fun at campaign finance rules raised slightly more than $33,000 last month …
Matt Kibbe / Politico:
Orrin Hatch is no conservative  —  “What do you call a senator who's served in office for 18 years?”  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), asked about his opponent in the first of his many Senate campaigns.  “You call him home.”  —  I have a similar question: What do you call a senator who claims to be …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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.
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.
 
 
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Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
Osborne poised to slash top tax rate from 50p to 40p
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New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Dismissal of gun-rights suit upheld by 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel
Discussion: Law Blog
James Bamford / Wired:
The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)
Discussion: The Agonist
Michael J. Sandel / The Atlantic Online:
What Isn't for Sale?  —  Market thinking so permeates our lives …
Discussion: Samizdata.net
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  New GOP Medicare Privatization Plan: Obamacare For Seniors Only?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Brian Tashman / rightwingwatch.org:
Kevin McCullough Claims that Nobody is Gay
 Earlier Items: 
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
George Clooney won't predict a second term for Obama, hopes for reelection
Discussion: Reuters, Politico and CNN
Chicago Tribune:
After a stop at burger place, Blagojevich enters prison
Discussion: Politico, News Desk and The BLT
ABCNEWS:
Santorum's ‘Act of God’ Strategy: Can He Force A Brokered Convention?
Discussion: Hot Air and The Raw Story
David Cay Johnston:
The richest get richer  —  The aftermaths of the Great Recession …
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
PA GOP Governor Defends Ultrasounds Bill: Tells Concerned Women ‘You Just Have To Close Your Eyes’
 

 
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