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6:40 AM ET, March 22, 2012

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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Praises 2008 Bank Bailout  —  Credits Bush, not Obama for saving the country from a Great Depression.  A big policy statement on a tough day.  —  US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at his Illinois primary night party March 20, 2012 in Schaumburg, Illinois.  —  (Getty Images / DON EMMERT)
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Niall Stanage / The Hill:
An air of inevitability grows around Romney after decisive primary win  —  Mitt Romney is now within touching distance of the Republican Party's presidential nomination, after being ensnared for months in a tough battle.  —  Romney has taken a bound forward within the past 48 hours.
Discussion: CNN
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Top Romney Adviser Says Romney Can Change His Positions After The Primaries: 'It's Almost Like An Etch A Sketch'  —  Mitt Romney can't be held accountable for his extreme right-wing views, at least according to his campaign's senior adviser, who said the candidate should be given a …
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Walter Shapiro / Yahoo! News:
The other story of Mitt Romney's dog: Character Sketch  —  With his double-digit victory in Tuesday's Illinois primary, Mitt Romney moved closer to a goal he has been doggedly pursuing since 2007—making Seamus famous.  —  Already, Seamus (the Romney family's Irish setter during the 1980s) …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Top Romney adviser: Mitt will erase his conservative positions once he's the nominee
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Platform ‘Like An Etch A Sketch,’ Top Spokesman Says
Discussion: CNN, The Caucus, Politico and New York Times
Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
Jason Mattera Still Hasn't Found What He's Looking For  —  As part of the promotional rollout for his new book, Hollywood Hypocrites, Jason Mattera yesterday unveiled an ambush interview he conducted with U2 lead singer Bono.  Or at least, that's who Mattera thought he had ambushed.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Jason Mattera interviews someone — is it Bono?  —  Jason Mattera, editor at large at Human Events, is famous for rough-and-tumble journalism.  Last year he created a sensation when he pulled something of a fast one on Vice President Biden.  He distracted the veep by pretending he wanted to pose for a picture with him.
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Carney: Backers of Ryan budget ‘deliberately ignorant’ on clean energy  —  House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and the Republicans who support his budget plan are “aggressively and deliberately ignorant” when it comes to the need to invest in clean energy, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.
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Darren Goodeand Dan Berman / Politico:
Obama: Expedite part of Keystone
Discussion: The Huffington Post
NOM Blog:
The National Organization for Marriage Announces International “Dump Starbucks” Protest Campaign  —  Contact: Anath Hartmann or Elizabeth Ray (703-683-5004)  —  “Corporations should not take sides in a culture war that pits a company against the majority of the American people …
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G-A-Y / Good As You:
AUDIO: NOM confronts Starbucks on marriage equality; gets smacked down to great applause
Discussion: ThinkProgress
NOM Blog:   NOM Disappointed in New Hampshire House Failure to Enact Compromise Legislation
NBC New York:
Occupy Protester Dumped Tub of Feces: Police  —  Police said Occupy Wall Street protesters were captured on surveillance video dragging a large receptacle of human urine and feces into a public space in Lower Manhattan  —  This is raw surveillance video of Occupy Wall Street protesters …
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
AP Fact Check: In 36 Years Of Data, Not A Shred Of Evidence That Drilling Reduces Gas Prices  —  Experts deny that drilling brings down gas prices, despite how often Republicans claim to have the “silver bullet.”  Now, the Associated Press reports that an analysis of 36 years …
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Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
More See “Too Much” Religious Talk by Politicians  —  Santorum Voters Disagree  —  A new survey finds signs of public uneasiness with the mixing of religion and politics.  The number of people who say there has been too much religious talk by political leaders stands at an all-time high since …
BuzzFeed:
Gillibrand: Hillary Clinton Should Run In 2016  —  In an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed Shift , New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she will be “one of the first to ask Hillary to run in 2016.”  Gillibrand is a close Clinton supporter, and her words add weight to speculation about Clinton's plans.
Isaac Stone Fish / FP Passport:
Chinese coup watching  —  Last week, controversial politician Bo Xilai, whose relatively open campaigning for a seat on China's top ruling council shocked China watchers (and possibly his elite peers, as well), was removed from his post as Chongqing's party secretary.  He hasn't been seen since.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices' Ruling Expands Rights of Accused in Plea Bargains  —  WASHINGTON — Criminal defendants have a constitutional right to effective lawyers during plea negotiations, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in a pair of 5-to-4 decisions that vastly expanded judges' supervision of the criminal justice system.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Opponents Of Florida's 2005 ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Predicted ‘Racially Motivated Killings’  —  SANFORD, FL — Nearly one month after shooting and killing Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman remains a free man.  The Sanford Police maintain that Zimmerman's conduct was legally justified under …
 
 
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Did Obama delay stimulus spending to aid his reelection?
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Liberal Dems back Obama's no show on health law anniversary
Discussion: Politico
MRCTV:
Wasserman Schultz's Selective Memory
Discussion: Hot Air and Michelle Malkin
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Warren pledges to lead on LGBT rights
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
David Weigel / Slate:
Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum Wield Etch-a-Sketches in Lousiana
Alana / Nielsen Wire:
The Race for Campaign Site Visitors
Discussion: Media Decoder and Ballot Box
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
JPMorgan Employees Join Goldman Sachs Among Top Obama Donors
Jim Ragsdale / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
House approves placing photo ID on November ballot
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Unanimous Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Property Owners in Sackett v. EPA
NBC's Alex Moe / msnbc.com:
RNC rule means hurdle for Gingrich convention strategy
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Under congressional pressure, Verizon bans third-party charges on landlines
Vince Coglianese / The Daily Caller:
Media Matters wants a fight, but can't take a punch
Murray Wardrop / Telegraph:
Toulouse siege: live