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10:00 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
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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Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Mohammed Merah, Toulouse shooting suspect, dead after police standoff, shootout  —  PARIS —French anti-terrorism police blasted into a Toulouse apartment Thursday and set off a violent gun battle that led to the death of the young Islamic radical accused of killing three off-duty soldiers …
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 …
G-A-Y / Good As You:
AUDIO: NOM confronts Starbucks on marriage equality; gets smacked down to great applause  —  NOM gets SMACKED DOWN!  Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Shultz says the company's support for marriage equality “was not something that was a difficult decision for us”:
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Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
When Romney Liked High Gas Prices  —  As he campaigns for president, Mitt Romney is ratcheting up his attacks on Barack Obama over high gas prices, putting the issue at the center of his economic message.  He is calling for Obama to fire his Energy secretary, EPA administrator …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
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Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
AP Fact Check: In 36 Years Of Data, Not A Shred Of Evidence That Drilling Reduces Gas Prices
Murray Weiss / DNAinfo.com:
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.
Discussion: The Hill, NY Daily News and Mediaite
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
Elizabeth Mendes / Gallup:
Americans Favor Keystone XL Pipeline  —  Republicans twice as likely as Democrats to say the government should approve it  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — A solid majority of Americans think the U.S. government should approve of building the Keystone XL pipeline, while 29% think it should not.
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Darren Goodeand Dan Berman / Politico:
Obama: Expedite part of Keystone
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.
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:   Joe Biden in 2016? Not so crazy
Bill Maher / New York Times:
Please Stop Apologizing  —  THIS week, Robert De Niro made a joke about first ladies, and Newt Gingrich said it was “inexcusable and the president should apologize for him.”  Of course, if something is “inexcusable,” an apology doesn't make any difference, but then again, neither does Newt Gingrich.
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 …
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 …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The inexorable march of creative destruction  —  Retreat need not mean surrender.  Still . . .  —  In 1886, a shipment of $25 watches from a Chicago jeweler was rejected by the addressee in Redwood Falls, Minn. The jeweler offered to sell the undeliverable goods for $12 apiece …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Michael J. Totten / Michael J. Totten's blog:
No to America and No to Radical Islam  —  TUNIS - Radical Islamists are making inroads in the Arab world's most advanced, liberal, and tolerant country.  And the secularists think the United States is helping them do it.  —  Thousands took to the streets of Tunisia's capital Tunis yesterday …
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.
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Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
Jason Mattera Still Hasn't Found What He's Looking For
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
 
 
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Lauren Tara LaCapra / Reuters:
Goldman conducts company-wide email review: sources
Discussion: New York Magazine
Roger Altman / Financial Times:
No more inaction on income inequality
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Susan McFarland / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Keller city manager lays himself off
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
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices' Ruling Expands Rights of Accused in Plea Bargains
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Hit & Run
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Did Obama delay stimulus spending to aid his reelection?
MRCTV:
Wasserman Schultz's Selective Memory
Discussion: Hot Air and Michelle Malkin