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1:40 PM ET, March 17, 2012

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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
‘Mediscare,’ Republican style  —  Are Republicans ready to be trusted with the reins of power?  —  If you're thinking of answering this in the affirmative, you might want to pause long enough to learn what transpired on the third floor of the Capitol on Thursday.
Discussion: The Mahablog and Daily Kos
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Republican bill would enroll seniors in same health plans as lawmakers
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
Cee Lo Green Sings ‘F*** You’ at Obama Fundraiser  —  Singer Cee Lo Green just finished performing his hit song at President Obama's campaign fundraiser at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Ga., and he started with the uncensored version.  —  The Grammy-winner and Atlanta native flicked off …
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Nice... Cee Lo Green Sings “F*ck You” Song & Flips Off Crowd at Obama Fundraiser (Video)  —  Cee Lo Green entertained Democrat donors today at Barack Obama's fundraiser in Atlanta, Georgia.  He did a marvelous job, just what you'd expect at a presidential campaign stop.
Discussion: The POH Diaries and Scared Monkeys
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.
The Washington / Washington Times:
Destroy all churches  —  Obama silent while Saudi grand mufti targets Christianity  —  If the pope called for the destruction of all the mosques in Europe, the uproar would be cataclysmic.  Pundits would lambaste the church, the White House would rush out a statement of deep concern …
Discussion: The POH Diaries
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Curious Case of Trayvon Martin  —  “He said that Tray was gone.”  —  That's how Sybrina Fulton, her voice full of ache, told me she found out that her 17-year-old son, Trayvon Martin, had died.  In a wrenching telephone call, the boy's father, who had taken him to visit a friend …
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel and Balloon Juice
Darren Samuelsohn / Reuters:
W.H. on Solyndra: ‘Ugh’  —  White House staff knew enough about Solyndra's troubles in January 2011 to dismiss talk of inviting the company's executives into President Barack Obama's special State of the Union box, internal emails released Friday show.  —  The idea of seating Solyndra officials …
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
OWN Cancels Rosie O'Donnell Talk Show  —  With dismal ratings on the little-watched network, Oprah Winfrey pulls the plug on O'Donnell's five-month-old talker.  —  OWN has pulled the plug on Rosie O'Donnell's five-month old talk show.  —  The daily show will tape its final episode on Tuesday …
Discussion: Macsmind
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Obama's History Lesson  —  Our lesson for today comes from George and Ira Gershwin: … Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers sang it in the film Shall We Dance?  (1937).  Seventy-five years on, the president revived it to tap dance around his rising gas prices and falling approval numbers.
Free exchange:
The worst of all worlds  —  America's economy is a mosaic of puzzles and contradictions that has economists and bloggers scrambling for explanations and scrutinizing the data for quirks and flaws.  Lately, I've been thinking dark thoughts: what if all it takes is a single explanation that assumes all the data are correct?
Discussion: Felix Salmon and Mother Jones
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Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Off the Charts: Sales at Sit-Down Restaurants Suggest a Rising Economy
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney advisers try to lay groundwork for united GOP against Obama  —  Mitt Romney, although mired in a frustrating slog toward the presidential nomination, has directed his top advisers to lay the groundwork for uniting the Republican Party in preparation for what they see as an inevitable …
New York Times:
Afghan Shooting Suspect Identified as Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales  —  WASHINGTON — The American soldier suspected of going on a rampage that left 16 Afghan villagers dead is Staff Sgt. Robert Bales of Lake Tapps, Wash., according to a senior American official.
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Carlo Munoz / The Hill:
US soldier accused of shooting Afghan civilians identified
Discussion: Associated Press
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Carbonite and Howard Stern  —  As detailed yesterday, the Media Matters employee spearheading efforts to pressure advertisers to stop advertising on the Rush Limbaugh show considered the March 3 Saturday night announcement by Carbonite that it was ceasing all advertising on Rush's show to be a turning point.
Discussion: Macsmind
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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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
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.
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Rob Schmitz / Marketplace from American Public Media:
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BBC:
Falkland Islands oil dispute: UK hits back at Argentina
Discussion: The Agonist
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mitt Romney Lies a Lot, But He's Not a Liar
Ssumner / TheMoneyIllusion:
How are Swiss workers able to steal so many American jobs?
Discussion: EconLog