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8:20 PM ET, March 16, 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.
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Seth / This American Life Updates:
Retracting “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory”  —  Ira writes:  —  I have difficult news.  We've learned that Mike Daisey's story about Apple in China - which we broadcast in January - contained significant fabrications.  We're retracting the story because we can't vouch for its truth.
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.”
This American Life Updates:
RETRACTION  —  Regrettably, we have discovered that one of our most popular episodes was partially fabricated.  This week, we devote the entire hour to detailing the errors in “Mr. Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory,” Mike Daisey's story about visiting Foxconn, an Apple supplier factory in China.
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,” …
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The bin Laden plot to kill President Obama
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Mediaite
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mitt Romney Lies a Lot, But He's Not a Liar  —  Psychologists have a concept called “the fundamental attribution error.”  Essentially it means that people tend to view their own behavior as a result of circumstances, while viewing others' behavior as a reflection of their inherent traits.
Discussion: American Prospect
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Romney, Santorum Stir Less Enthusiasm Than McCain Did  —  Romney generates same level of enthusiasm now as in early 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A little more than one-third of Republicans say they would vote “enthusiastically” for either Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum if either candidate were to win their party's nomination for president.
Mj Lee / Politico:
Puerto Rico gov: Santorum fumbled
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Taylor Marsh
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: The Calendar Hurts Romney
Discussion: The Daily Caller
ABCNEWS:
Romney Will Back Puerto Ricans' Desire for Statehood, Won't Make English a Precondition
Discussion: Business Insider
Seth McLaughlin / Washington Times:
Cuccinelli fears Romney nomination would neutralize health law as issue
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Romney, Santorum Tie as Gingrich Voters' Second Choice
New York Times:
For Santorum, Trying to Tamp Down a Firestorm Over Puerto Rico Remarks
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
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 …
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Gael Fashingbauer Cooper / msnbc.com:
George Clooney arrested, handcuffed, outside Sudan embassy in D.C.  —  No, it wasn't for a movie.  Actor George Clooney, long a political activist, was arrested and handcuffed outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington for protesting the country's blockage of food and aid as well as its treatment of its people.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Obama shifts healthcare defense  —  The Obama administration has shifted its legal arguments as it prepares to defend the president's healthcare law before the Supreme Court.  —  Written briefs in the landmark case increasingly have focused on a part of the Constitution that didn't get much attention in lower courts.
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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.
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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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
Pam Spaulding / Firedoglake:
Obama Campaign Releases Statement Opposing NC Amendment One (plus a back story)  —  Well, naysayers out there who said that the President would not say a peep about the discriminatory Amendment One in NC because it's an election year (even though he did so in 2008 for Prop 8), you'll have to eat crow.
Discussion: Poliglot, LGBTQ Nation and Shakesville
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Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Spring Break Gets Tamer as World Watches Online  —  College students from around the country still descend on Key West, Fla., for spring break.  But the visits to bars and beaches have been toned down by a fear of unflattering appearances in social media.  More Photos »
Ssumner / TheMoneyIllusion:
How are Swiss workers able to steal so many American jobs?  —  Many people believe that the Chinese steal lots of American jobs because they have low wages, low environmental standards, and various unfair subsidies.  As far as I know no serious economist holds that view.
Discussion: EconLog
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
After Film Warning Kids Not to Call Others ‘Jerks,’ Sebelius Tells Kids to Say: 'You're Being a Jerk'  —  (CNSNews.com) - Immediately after showing middle-school students a new video from the Cartoon Network that admonishes children not to call people names like “stupid,” “fat,” and “jerk,” …
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
State Sen. Galloway to resign, leaving Senate split  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - State Sen. Pam Galloway, who faces a recall election this summer, plans to resign from the Senate shortly, leaving an even split between Republicans and Democrats.
Discussion: Daily Kos, aflcio.org and The Raw Story
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.”
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Democratic Senators Issue Strong Warning About Use of the Patriot Act  —  WASHINGTON — For more than two years, a handful of Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee have warned that the government is secretly interpreting its surveillance powers under the Patriot Act in a way that would be alarming …
 
 
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Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Rick Santorum turns to secretive group for money muscle
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Janet Tavakoli / The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: Firedoglake
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO: Obama budget adds $3.5 trillion in deficits through 2022
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