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10:40 AM ET, March 21, 2012

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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Finally, Romney gets tea party support  —  FreedomWorks drops opposition  —  The organization that ignited the tea party as a national mass movement gave Mitt Romney perhaps his biggest victory yet, deciding to drop its opposition to his candidacy, a top executive in the group told The Washington Times.
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New York Times:
Romney Wins by Wide Margin in Illinois Contest
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
CBS News early Illinois exit polls: 4 in 10 Romney, Santorum voters “have reservations”
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Romney pushes GOP presidential race toward a close
Discussion: JustOneMinute and CNN
Robin Bravender / Politico:
Rick Santorum in the black
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Nominee  —  It is a mathematical improbability that Rick Santorum …
Discussion: GOP 12
Timothy Stenovec / The Huffington Post:
Illinois Primary 2012 Results MAP (REAL-TIME DATA)
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BBC:
France shootings: Police lay siege to Toulouse suspect  —  Mohammed Merah was reportedly convicted of bomb-making in Afghanistan  —  Police hunting a gunman suspected of killing seven people in southern France are laying siege to a flat in Toulouse.  —  The man, named as Mohammed Merah …
Scott Sayare / New York Times:
French Police Raid Toulouse House  —  TOULOUSE, France — Hundreds of police officers surrounded a small apartment building in Toulouse early on Wednesday and were negotiating with a 24-year-old man suspected in the methodical killings of seven people, including three young children, in the past ten days, French officials said.
Murray Wardrop / Telegraph:
Toulouse siege: live
Telegraph:
Toulouse shooting: French police surround house of ‘jihadist’
Discussion: Melanie Phillips and Harry's Place
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Feelin' Blue  —  Looking back at the day's news, I must admit I'm having trouble maintaining my customary good cheer.  —  Watching Mitt Romney's victory speech in Illinois didn't reassure me about his chances against President Obama.  (Watch it yourself to see if I'm being unfair.)
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BuzzFeed:
Story About White House Scrubbing Obama Daughter Travel Story Has Now Been Scrubbed  —  Citing security concerns, Politico removes a detail about Malia Obama's trip to Mexico.  Point taken.  —  The White House's campaign to scrub a story from the internet yesterday about Malia Obama's trip …
Mj Lee / Politico:
Ron Paul: Secret Service is welfare  —  Ron Paul said Tuesday he doesn't want any Secret Service protection because it's “a form a welfare.”  —  “It's a form of welfare,” the presidential candidate told comedian Jay Leno Tuesday.  “You know, you're having the taxpayers pay to take care …
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Claudia Rosett / PJ Media:
Mexico for Spring Break
Jonathon M. Seidl / TheBlaze.com:
RICK SANTORUM REACTS TO OBAMA ALLOWING DAUGHTER TO VACATION IN MEXICO: ‘SET AN EXAMPLE’
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama will avoid healthcare defense during court review  —  President Obama will not mark the two-year anniversary of his signing of the healthcare law — which takes place days before the Supreme Court offers a decision on the constitutionality of his signature legislative achievement.
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Supreme Court faces an unprecedented healthcare frenzy  —  The frenzy generated by the Supreme Court's arguments on the healthcare reform law next week is likely to dwarf anything the court has ever seen.  —  Lawmakers and interest groups plan to stage protests and events outside the court nearly nonstop …
Discussion: Reuters
Jennifer Yingling / The Hill:
‘We have the votes’ to pass this budget in House, says the GOP's Paul Ryan  —  House Republican leaders voiced confidence Tuesday that they will pass their budget despite unified Democratic opposition and grumbling from GOP conservatives that its proposed spending cuts are too small.
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Romney-Ryan?  —  Mitt Romney is close to finishing off his rivals …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Andrew Sullivan Is Frightened by Complexity  —  Somehow, in the midst of grappling with Andrew Sullivan's attack on me (in which he lied about what I have written, what I think, what I believe, and what I've reported, and shows no understanding, by the way, of reporting itself — but, hey, what are friends for?)
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 …
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
David Corn Has Showdown in Barnes & Noble  —  MSNBC Contributor and Mother Jones' Washington Bureau Chief David Corn apparently got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.  —  He was spotted in the Barnes & Noble at Union Station throwing a fit because his new book — his fifth …
Jeff Glor / CBS News:
Calls grow to arrest gunman in Fla. teen slaying  —  (CBS News) SANFORD, Fla. - Pressure is building for authorities in Florida to arrest George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last month.  —  The incident is now a federal case, and it's slated to go before a grand jury.
Discussion: Boston Herald and The Reaction
Ben Geman / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker entertains Obama ‘birther’ notions  —  Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), a top member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Tuesday said he's not yet convinced that President Obama's birth certificate is legitimate.  —  “I am, shall we say, looking at all the evidence,” …
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Family Leader heads lobbying for same-sex marriage ban  —  Hundreds of conservative Christians crowded the Iowa Capitol this morning in favor of advancing a proposed state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage.  —  The rally and lobbying effort, organized by the conservative advocacy group …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
‘Nice Guys’ Finish Last  —  Romney's condescending approach may be the best way to beat Obama.  —  One advantage an incumbent president has when seeking re-election is that he has already persuaded many voters to cast a ballot for him.  That means a challenger—or the incumbent himself …
FRANCE 24:
Cameron ‘tucked in bed’ by Obama during US trip  —  AFP - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday revealed he was “tucked up in bed” by US President Barack Obama during the pair's recent trip on Air Force One.  —  The two leaders were repeatedly seen back-slapping …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and ABCNEWS
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Romney econ adviser posts deport-seniors joke on blog  —  Greg Mankiw, the Harvard professor who serves as one of Mitt Romney's top economic advisers, has managed to take a shot at two key constituencies - Hispanics and seniors - in a single linked post on his popular economics blog.
 
 
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Peter V. Milo / CBS DC:
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Kenneth P. Vogel / Reuters:
Obama fundraising slips from 2008
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Pedro Nicolaci da Costa / Reuters:
Bernanke says gold standard wouldn't solve problems
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Vox Popoli
The Reliable Source / Washington Post:
John King and Dana Bash separate; CNN stars were married four years
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Bill McKibben / The Nation:
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Dutch Church Is Accused of Castrating Young Men
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Sponsor working to amend birth-control bill
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Man Successfully Flies With Custom-Built Bird Wings
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Republican Presidential Candidates Run Low on Money
Discussion: The Caucus
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rep. Kinzinger defeats Manzullo; victory a relief for GOP leaders
Discussion: Politico
Mitch Mitchell / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Davis: ‘Homemade explosive device’ sparked fire outside Fort Worth office
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Obama HQ briefs Romney's press corps
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Romney Gets a Google Tour
Discussion: BuzzFeed