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9:20 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).
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.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Romneys Court Women Put Off by Birth Control Issue
Discussion: The Caucus and The Page
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
Haley Barbour: Contested GOP Convention ‘Not Necessarily Bad’
Discussion: Politico
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Sen. McCain: Romney ‘improving dramatically’ as a GOP candidate
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Obama February fundraising up from January  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign reported Monday that they raised more than $45 million in February.  —  The campaign made their early morning announcement on Twitter.  —  Obama's re-election team says 348,000 people donated …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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Nick Bilton / Bits:
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Serena Marshall / ABCNEWS:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Krugman:
The Power of Plutocratic Pettiness
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