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6:45 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.
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 …
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: Sen. Wyden against Medicare reforms in Ryan budget
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
No, Paul Ryan Does Not Want To Strengthen The Safety Net
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
GOP budget boosts defense spending
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.
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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.
Montreal Gazette:
Obama's daughter spends spring break in Mexico
Erica Ritz / TheBlaze.com:
WHY IS THE STORY ABOUT MALIA OBAMA VACATIONING IN MEXICO DISAPPEARING FROM THE WEB?
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.”
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
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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.
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: Fox News and Booman Tribune
Frances Robles / MiamiHerald.com:
Grand jury to probe Trayvon Martin killing
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.
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.
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CNN:
The nuts and bolts of the Illinois primary
Discussion: Politico
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Santorum outgunned 7 to 1 in Illinois, 21 to 1 in Chicago media market
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 …
Associated Press:
Report: Just $31B from Buffett rule tax on rich  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill designed to enact President Barack Obama's plan for a “Buffett rule” tax on the wealthy would rake in just $31 billion over the next 11 years, according to an estimate by Congress' official tax analysts obtained by The Associated Press.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Buffett Rule would bring in less than $3 billion a year in revenue
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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
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 …
 
 
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Polling on Romney's ‘dog problem’
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
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
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Newt in the red  —  Newt Gingrich has more debt than cash on hand …
 Earlier Items: 
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Warren holds small lead in MA-Senate race
Discussion: Firedoglake and Boston Globe
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