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11:03 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.
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.
Santorum Campaign Floats New Delegate Math Showing Much Tighter Race With Romney
Discussion: Washington Post
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Romney faces another ‘must-win’ state in Illinois primary
Virginia / CNN:   Obama leads GOP in battleground Virginia
Ashley Perks / The Hill:
Romney poised for key Illinois win
Santorum: Unemployment Rate “Doesn't Matter To Me”
Discussion: Slate, Mediaite and New York Magazine
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.
Brian Doherty / Hit & Run:
Obama's Daughter Vacations in Mexico, But Let's Not Discuss It.  In Fact, Let's Not Even Ever Have Discussed It
Discussion: alicublog
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.
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
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
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.
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: CNN and The Page
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
Michelle Obama: Supreme Court Picks Will Impact Whether Americans Can “Love Whomever We Choose”
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 …
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 …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Walsh Proposes Federal ‘Proof Of Citizenship To Vote’ Law That Could Disenfranchise 15 Million Americans  —  A Republican congressman from Illinois praised a controversial new voting measure at a town hall last month, calling for a national version of the law that could disenfranchise millions.
David Brooks / New York Times:
When the Good Do Bad  —  It's always interesting to read the quotations of people who knew a mass murderer before he killed.  They usually express complete bafflement that a person who seemed so kind and normal could do something so horrific.  —  Friends of Robert Bales …
Discussion: News Desk and Prairie Weather
Carl Siciliano / The Huffington Post:
A Call to Cardinal Dolan to Stop Endangering LGBT Youth  —  Homeless LGBT Youth , Archbishop Dolan , Archbishop Timothy Dolan , Cardinal Dolan , Homeless Lgbt Teens , Lgbt Teen Homelessness , Lgbt Youth Homelessness , Timothy Dolan , Timothy Dolan Gay Rights , Gay Voices News
New York Post:
Bam's angry adviser  —  Back when he agreed to advise the Obama administration on economics, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt told friends that he thought it would be good for GE and good for the country.  A life-long Republican, Immelt said he believed he could at the very least moderate …
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Tom Hanks, Glenn Frey in 2004: ‘Blackface,’ race jokes at fundraising auction [VIDEO]  —  Video footage obtained by The Daily Caller shows Hollywood screen legend Tom Hanks and Eagles musician Glenn Frey at a 2004 fundraising auction, playfully interacting with a white man dressed as an African native …
Discussion: Hot Air
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.”
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
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Marco Rubio / CNN:
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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
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