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10:45 AM ET, March 22, 2012

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Salena Zito / PittsburghLIVE.com:
Jeb Bush: It's time to support Romney as Republican candidate  —  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.
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New York Times:
Jeb Bush Endorses Romney; Aide Makes ‘Etch A Sketch’ Gaffe  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney sought to use the coveted endorsement of Jeb Bush on Wednesday to amplify his call for Republicans to rally behind his candidacy and get on with the mission of ousting President Obama.
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)
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
An air of inevitability grows around Romney after decisive primary win
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Carney: Backers of Ryan budget ‘deliberately ignorant’ on clean energy
Club for Growth:
Club for Growth Statement On The Ryan Budget
Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
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.
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 …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Hill and Associated Press
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George Judson / Latest Stories on Marketplace.org:
The Obama interview: Health care law “the right thing to do”  —  To view this content, Javascript must be enabled and Adobe Flash Player must be installed.  — Subscribe to podcast - Embed player - Audio player assistance - Pop-Up  —  Jeremy Hobson: The president will be talking energy today …
Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
Ros Krasny / Reuters:
New Hampshire gay marriage repeal fails  —  (Reuters) - New Hampshire lawmakers easily defeated a bill on Wednesday that would have been the first step toward reversing the state's law that allows same-sex couples to marry.  —  The attempt to repeal a law that made gay marriages legal in the state …
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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
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 …
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Will Rahn / The Daily Caller:
Footage shows OWS protesters dumping fecal matter, urine around NYC
Discussion: Hot Air
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Joe Biden in 2016?  Not so crazy  —  For the past couple of years, Vice President Joe Biden has quietly assembled an A-team of advisers who would, without doubt, be considered the nucleus of a presidential campaign — if only he wouldn't be 73 in 2016.  —  Biden's age would snuff the last embers …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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.
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
Lauren Tara LaCapra / Reuters:
Goldman conducts company-wide email review: sources  —  (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc has begun scanning internal emails for the term “muppet” and other evidence that employees referred to clients in derogatory ways, Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein told partners in a conference call this week …
Discussion: New York Magazine and DealBook
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 …
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
 
 
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Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Sandra Fluke Says She Didn't Know Target Sells Birth Control Pills for $9
Jelani Cobb / News Desk:
Trayvon Martin and the Parameters of Hope
Discussion: Julian Sanchez
Kalyn McMackin / The Daily Caller:
Va. middle-schoolers assigned opposition research on GOP candidates
Roger Altman / Financial Times:
No more inaction on income inequality
Michael J. Totten / Michael J. Totten's blog:
No to America and No to Radical Islam
Tim Mak / Politico:
Linda McMahon pins Christopher Shays, Connecticut poll says
Discussion: GOP 12, CNN and Hotline On Call
Susan McFarland / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Keller city manager lays himself off
 Earlier Items: 
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: The Atlantic Online and Hit & Run