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10:55 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
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
Alexander Burns / Politico:
PPP: Romney up 15 in Illinois
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Romney Wins Primary in Puerto Rico
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 …
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 …
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
Nobel peace prize winner defends law criminalising homosexuality in Liberia  —  Exclusive: In joint interview, Tony Blair refuses to comment on Liberian president's remarks supporting anti-gay laws  —  The Nobel peace prize winner and president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
A lion in winter  —  What's riveting about the documents taken from Osama bin Laden's compound, beyond the headline items about plots to kill American leaders, is the way they allow the reader to get inside the terrorist mastermind's head.  —  I've only seen a small sample of the thousands …
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.
‘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 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.
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.
David Carr / New York Times:
Theater, Disguised as Real Journalism  —  Is it O.K. to lie on the way to telling a greater truth?  The short answer is also the right one.  —  No.  —  It's worth examining that question now that we have learned about the lies perforating the excerpt of Mike Daisey's one-man show …
Jeffrey Sparshott / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Made Profit on Mortgage Debt  —  In the latest sign of the government's gradual retreat from financial-crisis-related programs, the Treasury Department is expected to announce Monday that taxpayers reaped a $25 billion profit on mortgage bonds purchased at the height of the meltdown.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and FT Alphaville
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
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
The Age of Double Standards  —  “But, Yossarian, suppose everyone felt that way.”  —  “Then,” said Yossarian, “I'd certainly be a damned fool to feel any other way, wouldn't I?”  —Joseph Heller, Catch-22  —  Last November 29, American Airlines declared bankruptcy under Chapter 11 …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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Bret Baier / Fox News:
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