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9:35 AM ET, March 20, 2012


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Frances Robles /
U.S. Department of Justice, FBI and FDLE to probe Trayvon Martin killing  —  Mounting pressure in Trayvon Martin case succeeds in prompting a federal probe.  —  FROBLES@MIAMIHERALD.COM  —  The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and the FBI will step in to investigate …
Adam Weinstein / Mother Jones:
The Trayvon Martin Killing, Explained  —  How did a kid armed with Skittles and an ice tea get gunned down by an overeager neighborhood watch captain?  And why didn't police detain shooter George Zimmerman?  —  On the evening of February 26, Trayvon Martin—an unarmed 17-year-old African American student …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
CBC seeks probe of Florida shooting
Paul Ryan / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Budget and America's Future  —  The president's budget gives more power to bureaucrats, takes more from taxpayers to fuel the expansion of government, and commits our nation to a future of debt and decline.  —  Less than a year ago, the House of Representatives passed a budget …
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
GOP's Budget Targets Taxes
Jake Sherman / Politico:
GOP on budget: Bitten, but not shy
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Illinois voters to weigh in on races from White House to courthouse  —  GOP presidential battle overshadows lower-level contests  —  Illinois primary voters head to the polls Tuesday to choose nominees for the fall in races from the White House to county courthouses after a final week …
Ashley Perks / The Hill:
Romney poised for key Illinois win
Erica Ritz /
WHY IS THE STORY ABOUT MALIA OBAMA VACATIONING IN MEXICO DISAPPEARING FROM THE WEB?  —  Have you heard that Malia Obama, the president's daughter, is reportedly spending her spring break in Oaxaca, Mexico?  Allegedly, she's jetting off with some of her classmates and 25 Secret Service agents …
Marc Ambinder / GQ:
Exclusive: GQ Reveals Romney's and Santorum's Secret Service Code Names  —  They are the best kept secrets of any presidential campaign—until someone overhears a whispered shout into a wrist microphone.  Candidates who get Secret Service protection get to choose the code word that they'll be called …
Noel Sheppard /
Bret Baier Strikes Back At President's Alleged Claim Fox Says ‘Obama Is a Muslim 24/7’  —  Politico reported Monday that a new book by Mother Jones's David Corn claims President Obama blamed his 2010 midterm elections defeat on Fox News constantly calling him a Muslim.
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
New York Times:
U.S. War Game Sees Perils of Israeli Strike on Iran  —  WASHINGTON — A classified war simulation held this month to assess the repercussions of an Israeli attack on Iran forecasts that the strike would lead to a wider regional war, which could draw in the United States and leave hundreds of Americans dead …
Rebecca Kaplan /
Santorum: 'I Don't Care What the Unemployment Rate's Going to Be'  —  Candidate suggests that freedom is a bigger issue in the election than the economy.  —  MOLINE, Ill. - Rick Santorum is coming under fire for saying that the unemployment rate and economic growth are secondary issues …
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.
Paul Krugman:
Political Malpractice, Deficit Edition  —  Greg Sargent has more bang-your-head-against-the-wall material about the Obama administration's “pivot” to deficits.  Quoting a new book by David Corn: … The depth of political malpractice here is just mind-blowing.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Obama's pivot to deficit reduction, explained
Discussion: US Politics
Santorum Campaign Floats New Delegate Math Showing Much Tighter Race With Romney  —  ABC's News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  Rick Santorum's number crunchers are under no illusions that they are facing a tooth-and-nail fight with Mitt Romney over delegates, but their calculations show …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
De Niro suggests it's ‘too soon’ for another white FLOTUS  —  Actor Robert De Niro thrilled the crowd at a New York fundraiser headlined by first lady Michelle Obama when he listed the alternatives.  —  “Callista Gingrich.  Karen Santorum.  Ann Romney.  Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?”
Discussion: The Page
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Apple says $60 billion will remain overseas until US tax law changes  —  Apple made an aggressive pitch for a corporate tax holiday Monday, stressing that it plans to keep more than $60 billion parked offshore until Congress makes it easier for companies to bring those profits home.
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 …
MrSpock / The Pirate Bay:
TPB LOSS  —  We were down a few hours earlier today.  There's no need to worry, we haven't been raided this time.  We're only upgrading stuff since we're still growing.  —  One of the technical things we always optimize is where to put our front machines.  They are the ones that re-direct your traffic to a secret location.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Joe Biden On Bin Laden Raid: Most ‘Audacious Plan’ In 500 Years … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  2012 Election, Joe Biden, Osama Bin Laden, Elections 2012, Election 2012 Blog, Biden Bin Laden, Joe-Biden-Bin-Laden, Politics News  —  Vice President Joseph Biden on Monday night upped …
Mark Kinver / BBC:
Update for world temperature data  —  The Arctic is warming faster than any other region on the planet, data shows  —  Researchers have updated HadCRUT - one of the main global temperate records, which dates back to 1850.  —  One of the main changes is the inclusion of more data from the Arctic region …
THE VETTING: BELL'S CRITICAL RACE THEORY PROMOTED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS  —  A radical organization known as the Pacific Educational Group (PEG) is actively promoting Derrick Bell's Critical Race Theory in public elementary and high schools nationwide, with an intense focus on what PEG calls “Systemic Racism.”
Mohamed Fadel Fahmy / CNN:
Al Qaeda leader's brother to be freed in Egypt  —  Cairo (CNN) — Mohamed al-Zawahiri, brother of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, will be freed from prison in Egypt after 13 years, his attorney said Monday.  —  He was acquitted by an Egyptian military court and will be released Tuesday, said attorney Nizar Ghorab.
Jeff Masters / Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog:
Tornadoes, extreme flooding, unprecedented heat expected in U.S. today  —  Widespread and potentially catastrophic areal flooding and river flooding is expected this afternoon through Wednesday morning in Eastern Oklahoma, Western Arkansas, Western Louisiana, and Southwest Missouri …
Nicholas Hahn / RealClearReligion:
Rick Santorum: I'm No Evangelical  —  Rick Santorum has made waves in his run for the GOP presidential nomination in part because of his religion.  His Catholicism has proved so controversial that he's been forced to deny accusations he's running for “Pastor-in-Chief.”
Discussion: Mother Jones and Wonkette
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Marco Rubio / CNN:
Rubio to headline major South Carolina GOP fundraiser
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Welcome to the Sweet 2016!  —  With the Fix's beloved Georgetown …
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Leon Watson / Daily Mail:
‘Honour’ violence is acceptable, say one in five young British Asians
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Jawa Report
Anne Bayefsky / National Review:
Iranians Employ Thuggish Tactics at U.N. Human Rights Council
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Obama is main target in House races, GOP says
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Post and Politico
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