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1:35 AM ET, March 23, 2012


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NBC's Andrew Rafferty /
Santorum: GOP better off with Obama than ‘Etch A Sketch’ Republican  —  SAN ANTONIO, TX — Rick Santorum today suggested it would be better to stick with President Obama over a candidate that might be “the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future” — a shot at chief rival Mitt Romney.
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Mitt Romney's Etch A Sketch Disaster  —  I've been thinking about this all night: Eric Fehrnstrom's Etch A Sketch gaffe yesterday may go well beyond a momentary embarrassment and become a campaign-defining disaster, much as John Kerry's “I voted for it before I voted against it” gaffe …
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Santorum suggests Obama preferable to ‘Etch-A-Sketch’ Romney  —  Rick Santorum holds an Etch-A-Sketch as he speaks during a campaign stop in San Antonio, Texas.  (Eric Gay / Associated Press / March 22, 2012)  —  Rick Santorum's latest attempt to use a Mitt Romney aide's “Etch-A-Sketch” …
Mario Tama / ABCNEWS:   Santorum Suggests Obama Beats an ‘Etch A Sketch’ Candidate
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
For Romney's Trusted Adviser, ‘Etch A Sketch’ Comment Is a Rare Misstep
Rasmussen Reports:
Louisiana GOP: Santorum 43%, Romney 31%, Gingrich 16%, Paul 5%
Maureen O'Connor / Gawker:
James O'Keefe's Panty-Stealing ‘Rape Barn’ Sex Scandal  —  It's a right-wing rabble-rouser showdown!  Jazz-handed pimp impersonator James O'Keefe is at “#WAR” with a former Project Veritas colleague who is now blogging an O'Keefe tell-all involving stolen panties, drugged beers, a “rape barn …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Former James O'Keefe ‘Accomplice’ Reveals ‘Barn Incident’ And Harassment Complaint  —  Last week, we reported that Nadia Naffe, self-described “accomplice” to conservative activist James O'Keefe , had begun publishing a multi-part tell-all series of posts to her blog.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
Part II: The Barn Incident  —  Making the decision to come forward to discuss in detail what happened at the barn that night, between me and James O'keefe, was one of the hardest choices I've ever had to make.  When I left the Westwood Courthouse after the hearing with James …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Sanford Commissioners Who Voted In Support Of Police Chief To Face Recall  —  SANFORD, FL — Two Sanford city commissioners who, amidst widespread outrage at the police investigation of Trayvon Martin's death, sided with police chief Bill Lee at a meeting last night …
Florida governor appoints new prosecutor in Trayvon Martin case  —  Gun control advocates say the Florida law that authorizes using deadly force to stop someone from committing a serious crime also encourages violent behavior.  NBC's Pete Williams reports.  —  By staff
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Karl Rove: Bin Laden killing was no biggie  —  Keep an eye on this one, too, because it will also be central to GOP efforts to rewrite the history of the Obama presidency.  —  In his big Wall Street Journal Op ed piece today atttacking Obama's campaign documentary and minimizing the magnitude …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
'The Road We've Traveled' With Obama  —  Three dismal years are spun into 17 minutes of fact-challenged campaign film.  —  This month, Barack Obama's re-election campaign released a 17-minute film, “The Road We've Traveled,” that previews the Democratic general election narrative.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:   Democrats Have No Fear Of Romney
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Obama heckled during energy speech in Ohio  —  A heckler interrupted President Obama's speech on energy policy Thursday at Ohio State University.  —  The president, looking frustrated, stopped speaking and addressed the man  —  “Sir.  Im here to speak to these folks.  You can hold your own rally.
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Pres. Obama To Heckler: 'You Can Hold Your Own Rally. You're Being Rude'
Discussion: CBS News
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Tilting the Toss Ups - the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate  —  Ah, the Senate.  The battle for control fascinates us — and all election observers — because there are so many intriguing races and personalities.  Yet, as we update our ratings today and move in a new direction …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Never Before  —  Journalistic convention requires that when there are two identifiable sides to a story, each side gets its say, in neutral fashion, without the writer's thumb on the scale.  This rule presents a challenge when one side of a controversy obviously lacks merit.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Homework at Virginia school: Do some oppo research on Republicans but not on Obama  —  The bad news: This is a brazen bit of political indoctrination.  The good news: The class is now more or less qualified for work in America's mainstream media.  If you're going to push your politics on kids, at least teach 'em a trade.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Radio campaign next step against Rush Limbaugh  —  NEW YORK — Rush Limbaugh's opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio star's attack of a Georgetown law student as a “slut” to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business.
Bill Maher / New York Times:
Please Stop Apologizing
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Senate passes JOBS Act, with tweak  —  The Senate on Thursday approved a package of bills that relaxes federal regulations to help boost small businesses and startup companies as the economy continues to recover.  —  Senators passed the JOBS Act on a 73-26 vote Thursday, two weeks after the House voted 390-23 to approve it.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Senate Passes JOBS Act, STOCK Act
Chris Kromm / Pope Watch:
Locke Foundation blog uses racist image in blog on NC's Amendment One (UPDATED)  —  The Meck Deck, an official blog of the Art Pope-funded conservative John Locke Foundation, this week published racially-charged and homophobic imagery of President Obama in a piece this on the president's opposition …
Jim DeMint / CNN:
DeMint calls for GOP assessment of race, praises Romney  —  Washington (CNN) - Sen. Jim DeMint, the South Carolina Republican and tea party favorite, said Thursday he was ‘excited’ about the possibility of Mitt Romney becoming the GOP presidential nominee.  —  While not an outright endorsement …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
DeMint: Time for ‘self-reflection’ from Romney foes
Discussion: Hot Air and Swampland
Murray Weiss /
John Edwards is First Name Uncovered in ‘Millionaire Madam’ Investigation … MANHATTAN — A call girl working for alleged “Millionaire Madam” Anna Gristina told investigators she was paid to have sex with former U.S. Sen. John Edwards when he was in New York raising money for his failed presidential bid, DNAinfo has learned.
Daily Mail:
WHY DIDN'T FRENCH POLICE STOP AL QAEDA FANATIC SOONER?  —  Questions are now being asked as to why Toulouse terrorist Mohammad Merah was allowed to roam free for so long.  —  The French-Algerian had been on a French security service ‘watch list’ since 2008.
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Rick Santorum 1994 Campaign: The Opposition File
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Hillary Clinton to announce continued U.S. aid to Egypt
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Forgetting History
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