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10:30 AM ET, March 20, 2012


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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Santorum outgunned 7 to 1 in Illinois, 21 to 1 in Chicago media market  —  Rick Santorum's campaign and super PAC have been outspent by a margin of 7 to 1 in the Illinois primary, with forces supporting Mitt Romney shelling out a total of about $3.7 million on the airwaves, according to a GOP media-buying source.
Discussion: Guardian and Taegan Goddard's …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In Illinois, Santorum's Chance at Nomination Is Slipping Away  —  A quick glance at the map might tempt you into thinking that the Republican nomination is roughly an even battle between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, with Mr. Romney tending to prevail in the Northeast and the West, and Mr. Santorum in the Midwest and the South.
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Romney faces another ‘must-win’ state in Illinois primary  —  Wheaton, Illinois (CNN) — Here we go again — another Tuesday, another “must-win” primary state for Mitt Romney.  —  Fifty-four delegates are up for grabs Tuesday when Illinois votes for the Republican presidential nominee.
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: Washington Post
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 …
Virginia / CNN:   Obama leads GOP in battleground Virginia
Ashley Perks / The Hill:
Romney poised for key Illinois win
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 …
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.
Adam Weinstein / Mother Jones:
The Trayvon Martin Killing, Explained
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
Washington Post:
Republican budget proposal to be unveiled
Jake Sherman / Politico:
GOP on budget: Bitten, but not shy
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 …
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.
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 …
Daniel Foster / National Review:   And Here You Thought Hope Was Audacious
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 …
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.
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
Michelle Obama: Supreme Court Picks Will Impact Whether Americans Can “Love Whomever We Choose”  —  At multiple events in New York City on Monday, March 19, First Lady Michelle Obama — in campaigning for her husband's re-election — made reference to the effect that Supreme Court appointees will have on …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
De Niro suggests it's ‘too soon’ for another white FLOTUS
Discussion: The Page
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 …
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.
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.
Karen Ocamb / LGBT|POV:
Breaking: California Democratic Party Offers to Help Defeat Antigay Amendment One in North Carolina  —  California Democratic Party Chair John Burton at the 2010 state Democratic Convention (Photo by Karen Ocamb)  —  I'm not sure I recall another time when a state political party has offered …
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.”
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 …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
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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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Mark Kinver / BBC:
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Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Dutch Roman Catholic Church ‘castrated at least 10 boys’
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