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9:55 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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: Sen. Wyden against Medicare reforms in Ryan budget
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
Paul Ryan / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Budget and America's Future
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Ryan slashes deficits by $3.26 trillion vs Obama
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
GOP budget boosts defense spending
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
CBS News early Illinois exit polls: 4 in 10 Romney, Santorum voters “have reservations”  —  (CBS News) More than four in ten of the people who voted for Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in Tuesday's GOP primary in Illinois “have reservations” about their choice, according to early CBS News exit polls.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Mitt poised for Illinois moment  —  Mitt Romney appears poised to record another primary win in Illinois on Tuesday night, padding his delegate lead and forcing his Republican opponents to find another moment to mount a guerrilla challenge to his campaign.  —  Romney has led every poll taken …
Discussion: CNN, Scared Monkeys, The Hill and NO QUARTER
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Polling on Romney's ‘dog problem’
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney Leads in Illinois Primary
Discussion: Mediaite
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In Illinois, Santorum's Chance at Nomination Is Slipping Away
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Wire:
2012 GOP Wives More Popular Than Husbands
Discussion: Hot Air
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Illinois Exit Polls: Romney Gains in Relatability
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Jonathon M. Seidl /
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.
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.
Story About White House Scrubbing Obama Daughter Travel Story Has Now Been Scrubbed  —  Citing security concerns, Politico removes a detail about Malia Obama's trip to Mexico.  Point taken.  —  The White House's campaign to scrub a story from the internet yesterday about Malia Obama's trip …
Benjy Sarlin /
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
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
Frances Robles /
Lawyer: Girl on phone with Trayvon Martin moments before he was shot
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.”
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama campaign says DeNiro ‘white first lady’ joke ‘inappropriate’  —  A spokeswoman for first lady Michele Obama said a racially tinged joke by actor Robert DeNiro at a campaign fundraiser Monday night was “inappropriate,” after Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich demanded the White House apologize.
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,” …
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.
John Celock / The Huffington Post:
Abortion Bill: Arizona GOP Legislator Says Women Should Witness Abortions … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Arizona Republicans, Abortion, Abortion Rights, Anti-Abortion, Arizona Politics, Video, Arizona Democrats, Arizona Legislature, Birth Control, Matt Heinz, Women's Health …
Arizona Republic:
Arizona lawmaker wants to go further on abortion laws
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Romney econ adviser posts deport-seniors joke on blog  —  Greg Mankiw, the Harvard professor who serves as one of Mitt Romney's top economic advisers, has managed to take a shot at two key constituencies - Hispanics and seniors - in a single linked post on his popular economics blog.
Discussion: Greg Mankiw's Blog
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: CNN, ABCNEWS and ThinkProgress
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 …
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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Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Romney Gets a Google Tour
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Santorum Campaign: “We're Not Focused On Delegate Math”
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Jeff Greenfield / Yahoo! News:
To derail Romney at Tampa convention, change the rules
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's misfire on light bulb standards
 Earlier Items: 
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Liberals Are Wrong: Free Market Health Care Is Possible
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Maggie's Farm
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Warren holds small lead in MA-Senate race
Discussion: Boston Globe and Firedoglake