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8:03 PM ET, March 19, 2012


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Bristol Palin:
Mr. President, When Should I Expect Your Call?  —  You don't know my telephone number, but I hope your staff is busy trying to find it.  Ever since you called Sandra Fluke after Rush Limbaugh called her a slut, I figured I might be next.  You explained to reporters you called …
Roger Friedman /
Exclusive: Seller of Controversial Anti-Obama Sticker Says It's Not Racist  —  Exclusive: Paula Smith of Hinesville, Georgia has a company called  And they're selling their own version of an anti-Obama bumper sticker that reads “Don't Re-Nig 2012.”
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
HOLDING COURT  —  Brett M. Kavanaugh is a judge who sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which is often described as the second most important court in the country.  President George W. Bush nominated Kavanaugh to that post in 2003 …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare on Trial: Case of the Century?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Althouse
Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
As Health Care Law's Trial Approaches, Two-Thirds Say Ditch Individual Mandate
Discussion: and
New York Times:
U.S. War Game Sees Dire Results of Attack on Iran  —  WASHINGTON — A classified war game held this month to assess the American military's capabilities to respond to an Israeli attack on Iran forecast that the strike would lead to a wider regional war, which could draw in the United States …
Charlie Riedel / ABCNEWS:
Pressure on Santorum to Deliver in Illinois
Discussion: The Huffington Post and GOP 12
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum dings Romney while defending contraception stance
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney up big in Illinois
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
CBC seeks probe of Florida shooting.  —  The Congressional Black Caucus wants the Justice Department to investigate the shooting death of a 17-year-old, unarmed black Florida high school student as a potential hate crime.  —  “This case compromises the integrity of our legal system and sets …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Obama blamed troubles on Fox News, book says  —  President Barack Obama blamed Fox News for his political woes in a private meeting with labor leaders in 2010, saying he was “losing white males” who tune into the cable outlet and “hear Obama is a Muslim 24/7,” according to journalist David Corn's new book, “Showdown.”
Brian Tashman /
Pastor Dennis Terry Introduces Rick Santorum, Tells Liberals and Non-Christians to ‘Get Out’ of America  —  Greenwell Springs Baptist Church pastor Dennis Terry introduced presidential candidate Rick Santorum and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins tonight in Baton Rouge, Louisiana …
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush / The Huffington Post:
President Jimmy Carter Authors New Bible Book, Answers Hard Biblical Questions … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Jimmy Carter, Religion And Politics, Religion And Science, Scripture Commentary, President Jimmy Carter, Bible Gays, Bible Homosexuality, Bible Slavery, Bible Women's Rights …
Arizona Republic:
Arpaio sees media conspiracy against ‘birthers’  —  Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio believes that a media conspiracy “bigger than Watergate” is purposefully downplaying his volunteer posse's investigation of President Barack Obama's birth certificate.  —  Arpaio and the posse held …
Associated Press:
High court rejects Christian campus groups' appeal  —  WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from Christian groups that challenged a discrimination policy at California state universities.  —  The justices on Monday are leaving in place a federal appeals court ruling …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Axelrod ‘Mittzkrieg’ Comment Draws Fire From Jewish Group  —  A Republican Jewish group is demanding an apology from senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod after he referred to Mitt Romney's ad campaign in Illinois as “the Mittzkrieg.”  —  “The Mittzkrieg in Illinois isn't terribly inspiring …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Krugman On ObamaCare - Just Make Stuff Up Faster Than The Opponents  —  Paul Krugman has decided to fight fiction with fiction in the health care debate, and when the opposition spreads BS, he will spread BS twice as hard.  Waddya expect from a former Enron adviser?  —  He correctly notes this Republican miscue:
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and New York Times
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
'The Road We've Traveled:' A misleading account of Obama's mother and her insurance dispute  —  Narrator Tom Hanks: “He knew from experience the cost of waiting [on health care reform].”  —  President Obama : “When my mom got cancer, she wasn't a wealthy woman and it pretty much drained all her resources”
Los Angeles Times:
Gun-tracking operation caught top suspect, then let him go  —  Federal agents stopped the main target of the ill-fated Operation Fast and Furious in May 2010.  After they questioned him, he disappeared back into Mexico, and the program went on to spiral out of control.
Discussion: PJ Media
Daily Mail:
THE TSA'S GREATEST HITS  — The TSA issued apologies to two grandmothers in their late 80s who said they were strip searched at New York's JFK Airport in January.  — In October, a TSA inspector found a vibrator in lawyer and feminist blogger Jill Filipovic's luggage …
Andrew Gilligan /
Ken Livingstone: I will make London a beacon of Islam  —  Here is the full version of a story which appears in the print edition of today's Daily Telegraph:  —  KEN LIVINGSTONE has promised to turn London into a “beacon” for the words of the Prophet Mohammed in a sermon at one of the capital's most controversial mosques.
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Syria: ‘I am the real dictator’, declares Asma al-Assad  —  Asma al-Assad, the British-born wife of Syria's president, told a friend that she was the “real dictator” in the family, according to leaked emails that suggest she holds a cherished place in the leader's inner circle.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney: ‘The economy is coming back’  —  So he said at a campaign stop in Springfield, Ill., this morning.  POLITICO's Reid Epstein:
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
The U.S. Cruises Toward a 2013 Fiscal Cliff  —  As tax cuts expire and spending falls, the economy will be hit with a 3.5% decline in gross domestic demand.  —  At some point, the spectacle America is now calling a presidential campaign will turn away from comedy and start focusing on things …
Discussion: Firedoglake and American Power
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Romney: 'I don't see how a young American can vote' for a Democrat  —  GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney said Monday he doesn't understand how young people could vote for Democrats.  —  “I don't see how a young American can vote for, well, can vote for a Democrat,” Romney said in a speech at the University of Chicago.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Raf Sanchez / Telegraph:
Syria: journalist Nir Rosen rejects allegations of collaborating with Assad regime  —  An American journalist has strongly denied allegations that he spied for the Syrian regime and handed its officials information on the movement of fellow Western reporters.
Discussion: Belmont Club and Truthdig
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Obama's pivot to deficit reduction, explained  —  So why did Obama and Democrats pivot so hard towards deficit reduction, and away from job creation, after the 2010 elections?  —  The question is one of the central conundrums of the Obama presidency.  The pivot led to a grueling series …
Discussion: Paul Krugman and US Politics
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Los Angeles Times:
Federal contractors donate to ‘super PAC’ backing Romney
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and ThinkProgress
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
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Wall Street Journal:
Wall Street Keys On Landlord Business
Discussion: Deal Journal and Ezra Klein
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Falling In and Out of War
Discussion: The Agonist and Eschaton
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama campaign raises $45m in February
Discussion: American Prospect, Newsy and The Caucus
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
'Kill a cop or 2′ Occupy tweeter: I was taken out of context
Christina D. Romer / New York Times:
That Wishful Thinking About Tax Rates
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Noah Buries Lede
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Romney Admits GOP Education Policy is Intended to Kill Unions
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Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
Media Matters for America is linked with Al-Jazeera …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav
Dylan Byers / Politico:
David Ignatius is national security go-to guy
Discussion: The Washington Note
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
The Age of Double Standards
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla