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10:05 AM ET, March 19, 2012


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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney up big in Illinois  —  Mitt Romney is headed for a blowout victory in Illinois on Tuesday.  He leads with 45% to 30% for Rick Santorum, 12% for Newt Gingrich, and 10% for Ron Paul.  —  Romney's particularly strong among voters who live in suburban areas (50-29) and with those who live in urban areas (46-23).
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Romneys Court Women Put Off by Birth Control Issue  —  MOLINE, Ill. — With the Republican nominating fight turning into a protracted slog for delegates that could potentially last all the way to the convention, Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, made an appeal on Sunday morning to a coveted group …
Discussion: The Caucus and The Page
Juana Summers / Politico:
Mitt Romney easily wins Puerto Rico  —  SHREVEPORT, La. — Mitt Romney handily beat Rick Santorum in Puerto Rico's presidential primary, the Associated Press reported on Sunday night.  —  Romney's victory was so convincing that he took all 20 of the island's delegates because he scored more than 50 percent of the vote.
CBS News:
Santorum: Romney “doesn't have a core”  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  Rick Santorum accused rival Mitt Romney of not having “core” beliefs and Republicans will ultimately pick a true conservative to take on President Obama in the fall.  —  Romney “is someone who doesn't have a core.
Discussion: Associated Press
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Romney Wins Primary in Puerto Rico
Pete Kasperowicz / Ballot Box:
Romney wins Puerto Rico GOP primary
Discussion: NY Daily News, Politico and ABCNEWS
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: Voter gloom on Obama's jobs, gas, debt policies  —  Half of likely voters expect the Supreme Court to strike down President Obama's signature healthcare law, and strong majorities see other major policies coming from the White House making life more difficult for themselves and the country …
Rasmussen Reports:
New Low: 28% Give Supreme Court Positive Ratings
Discussion: Donklephant, Althouse and Campaign 2012
David Catanese / Politico:
Two polls: Mourdock within 6 of Lugar  —  Richard Mourdock has closed within single digits of Sen. Dick Lugar in the Indiana GOP Senate primary race, according to a pair of polls commissioned by groups seeking to oust the six-term incumbent.  —  Both polls — one paid for by Citizens United …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Dem poll: Lugar in trouble in Indiana primary  —  Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) is in danger of losing his primary against Tea Party-backed Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, according to a new poll conducted for Rep. Joe Donnelly's (D-Ind.) Senate campaign.
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
Obama's high-dollar donations lagging  —  President Obama is struggling to draw in big-dollar donations, with half as many people writing large checks to his campaign than at this point four years ago.  —  Obama is outpacing his Republican rivals in fundraising overall …
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Republicans go on offensive over rumors Obama may tap emergency oil reserves  —  Republicans launched a preemptive strike last week against rumored plans by the White House to tap the country's emergency oil reserves.  —  Releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve …
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
THE VETTING - HOLDER 1995: WE MUST ‘BRAINWASH’ PEOPLE ON GUNS  — has uncovered video from 1995 of then-U.S. Attorney Eric Holder announcing a public campaign to “really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.”  —  Holder was addressing the Woman's National Democratic Club.
Steve Dowling / Apple:
Apple Conference Call  —  WHAT: Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, and Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's CFO, will host a conference call to announce the outcome of the Company's discussions concerning its cash balance.  Apple® will not be providing an update on the current quarter nor will any topics be discussed other than cash.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
C-Span Founder to Step Down as Chief Executive  —  Brian Lamb, who created the revolutionary nonprofit cable television network C-Span in the late 1970s and has been its public face ever since, is handing it over to two lieutenants, Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
How ‘Hunger Games’ Built Up Must-See Fever  —  SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Selling a movie used to be a snap.  You printed a poster, ran trailers in theaters and carpet-bombed NBC's Thursday night lineup with ads.  —  Today, that kind of campaign would get a movie marketer fired.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and ArtsBeat
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
The Hunger Games: Post-Apocalypse Now For Young Adults
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Associated Press:
Israel shifts views on Iran  —  JERUSALEM - Despite saber-rattling from Jerusalem, Israeli officials now agree with the U.S. assessment that Tehran has not yet decided on the actual construction of a nuclear bomb, according to senior Israeli government and defense figures.
New York Times:
Pro-Israeli Groups Differ on Approaches Toward Iran
‘Honour code’ supported by young Asians, poll says  —  Two-thirds of young British Asians agree that families should live according to the concept of “honour”, a poll for BBC Panorama suggests.  —  Of 500 young Asians questioned, 18% also felt that certain behaviour by women that could affect …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Senator Scott Brown On Santorum's Security: “The First Time He's Actually Ever Used Protection”  —  Republican Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown entertained the crowd at the annual St. Patrick's Day breakfast in Boston with a line on Santorum's new Secret Service detail.  —  by
Brown Teases Santorum About Using ‘Protection’
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Rand Simberg / PJ Media:
The Left's Long-Time War on Women
David Carr / New York Times:
Theater, Disguised as Real Journalism
Jeffrey Sparshott / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Made Profit on Mortgage Debt
Discussion: ThinkProgress and FT Alphaville
Bret Baier / Fox News:
Mitt Romney talks Afghanistan, Iran, 2012 race; George Clooney brings attention to war-torn Sudan
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Althouse
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There are many ways to gauge government integrity.
Obama February fundraising up from January
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Nick Bilton / Bits:
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Discussion: Engadget, Hit & Run and Mashable!
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Paul Krugman:
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
McCain: Stop contraception talk
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The Kennedy assassination: Did Castro know in advance?
Discussion: Guardian and The Raw Story