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9:45 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.”
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
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Natural Born Drillers  —  To be a modern Republican in good standing, you have to believe — or pretend to believe — in two miracle cures for whatever ails the economy: more tax cuts for the rich and more drilling for oil.  And with prices at the pump on the rise, so is the chant of “Drill, baby, drill.”
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:   Gas prices spike, and American motorists rumble with anger, frustration
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Gingrich: I'm not dependent on Sheldon Adelson to stay in race  —  Newt Gingrich on Friday denied that the reason he's able to stay in the GOP presidential race is because of funding by one major donor.  —  “No. I'm happy to have somebody who cares passionately about the Iranian nuclear weapon …
Discussion: CNN
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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 …
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Romney moves up campaigning in suddenly crucial Illinois
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Romney: No ‘secret deal’ with Ron Paul
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
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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.
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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Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Santorum: Obama DOJ favors ‘pornographers over children’
Discussion: rightwingwatch.org and GOP 12
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: Connecting.the.Dots and BuzzFeed
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Salt Lake Tribune:
Hatch cheered by initial GOP caucus reports
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 …
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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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
George Clooney won't predict a second term for Obama, hopes for reelection
Discussion: Reuters, Politico and CNN
Lynn Bonner / Raleigh News & Observer:
Hundreds march against same-sex marriage amendment  —  TAKAAKI IWABU - TIWABU@NEWSOBSERVER.COM  —  Demonstrators voice their opposition to the North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage Amendment on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at a rally behind the legislative building on Halifax mall in Raleigh.  —  marriage |
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Bishop Thomas J. Tobin / The Rhode Island Catholic:
Five Problems with Homosexual “Marriage”
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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
Discussion: Politico, Weasel Zippers and The Page
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.
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Jamie Klatell / Ballot Box:
Rep. Gary Ackerman will not seek reelection
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Hayride
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Durbin: US buying weapons from same Russian manufacturer that is enabling massacre in Syria  —  Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Thursday decried the fact that the U.S. military is apparently buying tens of millions of dollars' worth of helicopters for the Afghan national army …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Dismissal of gun-rights suit upheld by 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel  —  A federal judge correctly dismissed a lawsuit against the city of New Orleans by a man who claimed that local law-enforcement authorities violated his constitutional right to bear arms, a divided panel …
Discussion: Law Blog
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 …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Jon Murray / IndyStar Bloggers:
Sen. Lugar: Marion County Election Board declares senator and wife ineligible to vote in 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.
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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
James Bamford / Wired:
The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)  —  The spring air in the small, sand-dusted town has a soft haze to it, and clumps of green-gray sagebrush rustle in the breeze.  Bluffdale sits in a bowl-shaped valley in the shadow of Utah's Wasatch Range to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west.
Discussion: The Agonist
Investor's Business Daily:
Bigot Chris Matthews' War On Catholics And Mormons  —  Bias: Having lost that tingly feeling up his leg, MSNBC's Chris Matthews savages GOP presidential candidates as belonging to cults.  Well, at least they didn't spend two decades listening to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Discussion: The POH Diaries
 
 
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Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
Osborne poised to slash top tax rate from 50p to 40p
Discussion: blogs.telegraph.co.uk
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
Kenneth P. Vogel / Reuters:
Stephen Colbert super PAC fundraising falls flat
Brian Tashman / rightwingwatch.org:
Kevin McCullough Claims that Nobody is Gay
Discussion: Good As You
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Chicago Tribune:
After a stop at burger place, Blagojevich enters prison
David Cay Johnston / Reuters:
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Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
PA GOP Governor Defends Ultrasounds Bill: Tells Concerned Women ‘You Just Have To Close Your Eyes’