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12:55 AM ET, March 17, 2012

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Mike Daisey:
Statement on TAL  —  “This American Life” has raised questions about the adaptation of AGONY/ECSTASY we created for their program.  Here is my response:  —  I stand by my work.  My show is a theatrical piece whose goal is to create a human connection between our gorgeous devices and the brutal circumstances from which they emerge.
Rob Schmitz / Marketplace from American Public Media:
Marketplace from American Public Media  —  An acclaimed Apple critic made up the details  —  Cathy Lee (Chinese name: Li Guifen) was Mike Daisey's translator during his trip to China to investigate factory conditions for his monolog “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.”
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
‘This American Life’ Retracts Episode on Apple's Suppliers in China
Discussion: Guardian and The Hill
Sarah Grieco / KNSD-TV:
Invisible Children Co-Founder Detained: SDPD  —  SDPD said he was found masturbating in public, vandalizing cars and possibly under the influence of something  —  A co-founder for Invisible Children was detained in Pacific Beach Thursday for being drunk in public and masturbating, according to San Diego Police Department.
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Kony 2012′s Invisible Children Connected To ‘Kill The Gays’ Uganda Pastor Martin Ssempa
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The bin Laden plot to kill President Obama  —  Before his death, Osama bin Laden boldly commanded his network to organize special cells in Afghanistan and Pakistan to attack the aircraft of President Barack Obama and Gen. David Petraeus.  —  “The reason for concentrating on them,” …
Chicago Tribune:
For the Republicans, Romney  —  This year, as rarely before, the presidential primary campaign lands in Illinois as a work very much in progress.  The Democrats?  They've settled on a candidate.  But Republicans in the Land of, yes, Lincoln have urgent work to do — for their debt-besotted nation …
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ABCNEWS:
Romney Will Back Puerto Ricans' Desire for Statehood, Won't Make English a Precondition
Discussion: Business Insider
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
The Case for Crazy: What the GOP Would Learn by Picking Rick Santorum  —  The party faithful will get to experience the adrenaline rush of going off a cliff together, like Thelma and Louise—elation followed by an electoral thud.  —  A cleansing bout of craziness in 2012 could be just what the GOP needs.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Geoffrey Dunn / The Huffington Post:
“God's Will”?:  Sarah Palin's Secret Plot to Capture the White House in 2012  —  Mitt Romney , Republican Party , Rick Santorum , Sarah Palin 2012 , Gop , Newt Gingrich , Sarah Palin , Ann Coulter , Geoffrey Dunn , Lies Of Sarah Palin , Rebecca Mansour , Steve Schmidt , Brokered Convention , Sarah Palin Tea Party , Politics News
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Daily Dish
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
What If They Gave A Scandal And Nobody Came?  —  NY Times reporters Andrew Jacobs and Penn Bullock wrote it onto the front page but their latest Romney ‘scandal’ has not found a following at Memeorandum The gist:  —  Firm Romney Founded Is Tied to Chinese Surveillance
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Carolyn Jones / The Texas Observer:
‘We Have No Choice’: One Woman's Ordeal with Texas' New Sonogram Law  —  The painful decision to terminate a pregnancy is now—thanks to Texas' harsh new law—just the beginning of the torment.  —  Halfway through my pregnancy, I learned that my baby was ill. Profoundly so.
Anna Almendrala / The Huffington Post:
Kyle Hunter Lawsuit: Meteorologist Sues CBS For Hiring Young, Good-Looking Women Over Him, CBS Responds (UPDATE) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Kyle Hunter Cbs Kcal, Kyle Hunter Cbs Lawsuit, Kyle Hunter Lawsuit, Kyle Hunter Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit, Slidewide, Weatherman Lawsuit, Los Angeles News
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Richard Branson: I asked for weed at White House  —  When you go to a White House state dinner and you're lucky enough to get some face time with the president, what do you ask the president?  —  “I asked him if I could have a spliff,” businessman and Virgin Group honcho Richard Branson told …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Patriot Act docs may not be top secret  —  Two still-secret Justice Department documents about legal interpretations of a controversial provision of the Patriot Act may not actually be classified on national security grounds, according to a letter released Friday.
Discussion: emptywheel
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myfoxdc WTTG FOX 5:
Bad Smell Blanketing the DC Metro Area  —  WASHINGTON - Reports of a really bad odor blanketing the metro area have been reported from downtown D.C. to Fairfax County to Oxon Hill!  —  You may have smelled it Thursday night or Friday morning - and lots of people are talking about it.
Discussion: Don Surber and The Jawa Report
Megan DeMarco / New Jersey Online:
Dharun Ravi found guilty in Rutgers webcam spying trial  —  NEW BRUNSWICK — Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi was found guilty today of a hate crime, evidence tampering and invasion of privacy, for secretly using a webcam to spy on his roommate's liaison with another man in their dorm room.
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Kathleen Arberg / Supreme Court of the United States:
For Immediate Release  —  The Court will hear argument in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act cases on March 26, 27, and 28.  Because of the extraordinary public interest in those cases, the Court will provide the audio recordings and transcripts of the oral arguments on an expedited basis through the Court's Website.
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Seth McLaughlin / Washington Times:
Cuccinelli fears Romney nomination would neutralize health law as issue
Gael Fashingbauer Cooper / msnbc.com:
George Clooney released after arrest at Sudanese embassy  —  UPDATE, 2:30 p.m. ET: George Clooney, his father, Nick, and other activists who were arrested at the Sudanese embassy in Washington on Friday were released from jail the same afternoon.  —  Clooney spoke to reporters about the arrest …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama's whopper about Rutherford B. Hayes and the telephone  —  “Of course, we've heard this kind of thinking before.  If some of these folks were around when Columbus set sail, they must have been founding members of the Flat Earth Society. ...  There always have been folks who are the naysayers …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Republican bill would enroll seniors in same health plans as lawmakers  —  A group of Senate Republicans has introduced legislation that would end traditional Medicare and sign seniors up for the same private healthcare plans received by members of Congress.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Wall Street Journal:
Washington Elites Queue Up to See Nine Justices on Hot Seat  —  Supreme Court Arguments on Health Law Trigger Mad Dash for a Few Dozen Spots  —  WASHINGTON—The hottest ticket of the season isn't for the White House Easter Egg Roll or Opening Day for the Washington Nationals baseball team.
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BBC:
Falkland Islands oil dispute: UK hits back at Argentina
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Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Off the Charts: Sales at Sit-Down Restaurants Suggest a Rising Economy
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Calculated Risk
Carlo Munoz / The Hill:
US soldier accused of shooting Afghan civilians identified
Discussion: Associated Press
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: The Calendar Hurts Romney
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mitt Romney Lies a Lot, But He's Not a Liar
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Social Security Battle: AARP Plans Secret ‘Salon’ With Social Security Opponents
Naftali Bendavid / Washington Wire:
Sen. Hatch's Team Claims Good Night in Fight to Keep His Seat
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U.S. Military Aid to Egypt to Resume, Officials Say
Robchristensen / Raleigh News & Observer:
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State Sen. Galloway to resign, leaving Senate split
Discussion: aflcio.org, The Raw Story and Daily Kos