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6:50 PM ET, March 17, 2012

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Robert Fisk / Associated Press:
Madness is not the reason for this massacre  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.  PLEASE READ OUR LEGAL TERMS & POLICIES  —  I'm getting a bit tired of the “deranged” soldier story.  It was predictable, of course.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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.
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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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.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
A Passionate Persona Forged in a Brutal Defeat  —  Rick Santorum's prospects for re-election to the Senate were not rosy when friends and advisers urged him in 2005 not to risk making things worse.  —  Mr. Santorum, hurting politically in Pennsylvania because of his defense of the Iraq war …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
CNN:
TRENDING: Obama raises a pint  —  Washington (CNN) - It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without a pint of Guinness, even for the commander-in-chief.  —  President Barack Obama's motorcade made the mile-and-a-half trip to the The Dubliner, a well-known Capitol Hill pub, at around 12:30 p.m. Saturday …
Discussion: Reuters
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
An Irish Tradition With an Only-in-America Star  —  GREENVILLE, Ohio — For those feeling down about the United States and its place in the world, meet Drew Lovejoy, a 17-year-old from rural Ohio.  His background could not be more American.  His father is black and Baptist from Georgia and his mother is white and Jewish from Iowa.
Rick Perlstein / Rolling Stone:
Why Conservatives Are Still Crazy After All These Years  —  It suddenly feels like conservatism has gotten crazier than ever.  —  Republican debate audiences cheer executions and boo an active-duty soldier because he is gay.  Politicians pledge allegiance to Rush Limbaugh …
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 …
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
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Whose Town?... Our Town!... “Breitbart Is Here” Signs Greet #Occupy Midwest Goons to St. Louis  —  The stench of patchouli, pot and pepper spray is thick in the St. Louis parks this weekend.  —  It must mean that #Occupy the Midwest is holding their regional meetings in town.
Discussion: Instapundit, TBogg and Joe. My. God.
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 …
 
 
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Free exchange:
The worst of all worlds  —  America's economy is a mosaic …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Felix Salmon
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Patriot Act docs may not be top secret
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