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8:05 PM ET, March 20, 2012

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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The Budget Wars: Why Obama and the GOP Are Light-Years Apart  —  If it seems like Republicans and Democrats are on different planets with their approach to budgeting, it's because they really are providing answers to completely different questions.  —  “This isn't just about math …
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Ezra Klein:
Paul Ryan's budget: Should the poor pay for deficit reduction?  —  Here's the basic outline of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's 2013 budget in one sentence: Ryan's budget funds trillions of dollars in tax cuts, defense spending and deficit reduction by cutting deeply into health-care programs and income supports for the poor.
Washington Post:
Paul Ryan's budget is bad politics.  Just ask Republicans.  —  To much fanfare, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan will unveil his 2012 budget plan in Washington today.  —  In this Feb. 16, 2012, file photo House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., holds up a copy of President Barack …
Paul Ryan / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Budget and America's Future
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: Sen. Wyden against Medicare reforms in Ryan budget
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
GOP budget boosts defense spending
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Ryan slashes deficits by $3.26 trillion vs Obama
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
TRENDING: Campaign calls De Niro comment ‘inappropriate’ after Gingrich blast  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama's reelection organization said Tuesday it was “inappropriate” for Robert De Niro to joke at a campaign fundraiser in New York Monday that America wasn't “ready for a white first lady.”
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gingrich says actor Robert DeNiro's racially themed first lady joke ‘inexcusable’  —  Newt Gingrich blasted actor Robert DeNiro for a racially themed joke during his introduction of first lady Michelle Obama at a fundraiser in New York City on Monday night, calling the comments “inexcusable.”
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In Illinois, Santorum's Chance at Nomination Is Slipping Away
CNN:
The nuts and bolts of the Illinois primary
Discussion: Politico
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Illinois Exit Polls: Romney Gains in Relatability
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Jonathon M. Seidl / TheBlaze.com:
RICK SANTORUM REACTS TO OBAMA ALLOWING DAUGHTER TO VACATION IN MEXICO: ‘SET AN EXAMPLE’  —  On Tuesday's Glenn Beck program, Rick Santorum responded to the news that the president allowed his 13-year-old daughter, Malia, to vacation in Mexico, despite a recent State Department travel warning for the country.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Media scrubs Malia Obama vacation story  —  The AFP, the Huffington Post and other websites have scrubbed a report about first daughter Malia Obama's Spring Break vacation.  —  On Monday, the AFP reported that Obama's daughter was vacationing abroad, along with a number of friends and 25 Secret Service agents.
Benjy Sarlin / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Rick Santorum: President Obama Shouldn't Let Daughter Go To Mexico (VIDEO)
Montreal Gazette:
Obama's daughter spends spring break in Mexico
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Fox News Commenters React to Trayvon Martin: ‘Good Shot Zimmy’  —  I don't even know what to say about this any more; the comments about Trayvon Martin at Fox News are just unbelievable.  —  Here's the article: Department of Justice Opens Investigation Into Case of Black Teenager Killed by Neighborhood Watch Captain |
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Fox News and Booman Tribune
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Emily Bazelon / Slate:
Why Trayvon Martin's Killer Remains Free  —  Florida's self-defense laws have left Florida safe for no one—except those who shoot first.  —  Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., by George Zimmerman.  Zimmerman has not been charged.  —  family handout
Beth Kassab / Orlando Sentinel:
“Stand your ground” law goes too far  —  You can't say we weren't warned.  —  Back in 2005, opponents of Florida's first-of-its-kind “stand your ground” law said it wouldn't be long before we'd see shootouts in the streets — all in the name of self-defense.
Frances Robles / MiamiHerald.com:
Lawyer: Girl on phone with Trayvon Martin moments before he was shot
Blue Texan / Crooks and Liars:
CBS's Mark Knoller Falsely Claims Debt Has Increased More Under Obama Than Bush  —  Mark Knoller is the White House correspondant for CBS Radio, and a first-class right-wing tool.  Monday night, he posted an article titled, “National debt has increased more under Obama than under Bush,” …
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Mark Knoller / CBS News:
National Debt has increased more under Obama than under Bush  —  (CBS News) The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama's three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency.  —  The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Polling on Romney's ‘dog problem’  —  Mitt Romney's ‘dog problem’ has received tons of media attention in the last week so we decided to do a poll about it.  Here's what we found:  —20% of voters have a favorable opinion of Romney's treatment of dogs to 29% with an unfavorable opinion.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Wonkette
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Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Wire:
2012 GOP Wives More Popular Than Husbands
Discussion: Hot Air
CBS New York:
Bloomberg Strikes Again: NYC Bans Food Donations To The Homeless  —  Has The Mayor Totally Eaten Away At The Public's Desire To Do Good?  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg's food police have struck again!  —  Outlawed are food donations to homeless shelters because the city …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker entertains Obama ‘birther’ notions  —  Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), a top member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Tuesday said he's not yet convinced that President Obama's birth certificate is legitimate.  —  “I am, shall we say, looking at all the evidence,” …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and ThinkProgress
The 1600 Report:
Obama to fast track southern portion of Keystone XL Pipeline  —  President Obama plans to announce in Cushing, Oklahoma Thursday that his administration will expedite the permit process for the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline, a source familiar with the president's announcement tells CNN.
David Segal / New York Times:
For LSAT, Sharp Drop in Popularity for Second Year  —  Legal diplomas are apparently losing luster.  —  The organization behind the Law School Admission Test reported that the number of tests it administered this year dropped by more than 16 percent, the largest decline in more than a decade.
Discussion: TaxProf Blog, Instapundit and Law Blog
 
 
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Jeff Greenfield / Yahoo! News:
To derail Romney at Tampa convention, change the rules
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's misfire on light bulb standards
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Nebraska GOP challenging Bob Kerrey's voter registration
Discussion: CNN
Associated Press:
Report: Just $31B from Buffett rule tax on rich
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Don't Bring a Pig to a News Conference
Discussion: The Raw Story and Hotline On Call
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Liberals Are Wrong: Free Market Health Care Is Possible
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Maggie's Farm
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Warren holds small lead in MA-Senate race
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New York Post:
Bam's angry adviser
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Tom Hanks, Glenn Frey in 2004: ‘Blackface,’ race jokes at fundraising auction [VIDEO]
Discussion: Hot Air, Ed Driscoll and The PJ Tatler