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9:40 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.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
‘This American Life’ Retracts Episode on Apple's Suppliers in China
Discussion: The Hill
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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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 …
Mj Lee / Politico:
Puerto Rico gov: Santorum fumbled  —  Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño said Friday that Rick Santorum went the wrong way in suggesting that the territory needed to make English “main language” as a pre-condition for statehood.  —  “I would have handled the question differently …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Romney, Santorum Stir Less Enthusiasm Than McCain Did
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
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
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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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.
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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New York Times:
No Way to Choose a Judge  —  In a serious setback for justice …
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
Carlo Munoz / The Hill:
US soldier accused of shooting Afghan civilians identified  —  The U.S. soldier accused of going on a shooting rampage that left 16 Afghan civilians dead on Sunday has been identified as Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, a U.S. official confirmed to The Hill.  —  Bales, 38, is a veteran of three combat tours …
Discussion: Associated Press
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
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
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 »
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, The Raw Story and aflcio.org
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 …
New York Times:
A U.S. Tie to Surveillance Push in Chinese Cities  —  BEIJING — As the Chinese government forges ahead on a multibillion-dollar effort to blanket the country with surveillance cameras, one American company stands to profit: Bain Capital, the private equity firm founded by Mitt Romney.
 
 
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Rick Santorum turns to secretive group for money muscle
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Democratic Senators Issue Strong Warning About Use of the Patriot Act
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