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9:15 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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Salena Zito / PittsburghLIVE.com:
Jeb Bush: It's time to support Romney  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says Republican front-runner Mitt Romney has earned the right to take on President Obama in November.  —  “It is time to get behind the nominee,” Bush told the Tribune-Review on Wednesday during a visit to Pittsburgh.
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.
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Romney advisor says his conservatism can be erased
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
New York Times:
French Slaying Suspect Dead After Police Raid Hideout  —  TOULOUSE, France —A 23-year-old Frenchman who claimed responsibility for the killings of four men and three children died on Thursday after jumping from a balcony as security forces stormed the apartment where had been holed up for more than 30 hours …
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CNN:
French killings suspect dies shooting at police, authorities say  —  From Diana Magnay and Saskya Vandoorne, CNN  —  How Toulouse siege unfolded  —  Toulouse, France (CNN) — French police burst into the apartment of a suspected al Qaeda-trained militant accused of killing seven people …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
How Paul Ryan sold his budget plan  —  The Paul Ryan budget was a political disaster last year for Republicans.  This year the GOP had a much more methodical, careful rollout.  —  The party polled on Medicare in 50 battleground districts.  It vetted the plan with a dozen conservative groups.
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Carney: Backers of Ryan budget ‘deliberately ignorant’ on clean energy
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
NOM Blog:   NOM Disappointed in New Hampshire House Failure to Enact Compromise Legislation
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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Josh Gerstein / Reuters:
Health law could hinge on wheat, pot and broccoli  —  The survival of President Barack Obama's signature health care law may come down to wheat, pot, guns — and a nagging question about broccoli.  —  Strange as it may seem, those diverse topics are apt to surface repeatedly during next week's arguments …
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Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Unanimous Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Property Owners in Sackett v. EPA
Discussion: Hot Air
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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Tim Mak / Politico:
Linda McMahon pins Christopher Shays, Connecticut poll says  —  A majority of Republican voters prefer former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon to former Rep. Christopher Shays in the Connecticut senatorial primary, according to a new survey.
Discussion: GOP 12, CNN and Hotline On Call
Susan McFarland / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Keller city manager lays himself off  —  KELLER — Keller City Manager Dan O'Leary decided that someone from the top management ranks at City Hall had to go.  So the person he laid off was himself.  —  He told the City Council of his decision during a closed session Tuesday, then announced it Wednesday morning.
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.
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 …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
How al-Qaeda tried to control the media  —  Among the last known images of Osama bin Laden is a video seized at his compound the night he was killed, which shows the al-Qaeda leader hunched before a television screen studying a video of himself.  It's testimony to bin Laden's obsession …
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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Bill Maher / New York Times:
Please Stop Apologizing
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The inexorable march of creative destruction
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Michael J. Totten / Michael J. Totten's blog:
No to America and No to Radical Islam
Josh Peterson / The Daily Caller:
FOIA data suggests FCC more secretive than CIA
Discussion: RedState
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Why Won't the Democrats Adopt a Budget?
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Independent Rush boycott group coordinated with Media Matters
Discussion: Politico and protein wisdom
Walter Shapiro / Yahoo! News:
The other story of Mitt Romney's dog: Character Sketch
Discussion: Mother Jones
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices' Ruling Expands Rights of Accused in Plea Bargains
Discussion: Hit & Run
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Did Obama delay stimulus spending to aid his reelection?
Darren Goodeand Dan Berman / Politico:
Obama: Expedite part of Keystone
Discussion: The Huffington Post
MRCTV:
Wasserman Schultz's Selective Memory
Discussion: Hot Air and Michelle Malkin
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